Frank Levy directs plays and theater
The year 2018 marks Frank's 23rd year as the creative force behind the Camps. He was named St. Tammany Parish's Performing Artist of the Year for 2011-2012.
NEW SERVICE: Click here for full scripts for large casts of many favorite stories, including JUNGLE BOOK, PETER PAN, BEAUTY & THE BEAST, WIZARD OF OZ, PINOCCHIO and more. E-Z templates also available for program and show poster for each script.
Frank has toured area schools with a wide variety of programs for students, including successful interactive theater projects, workshops, and performances. Frank has also taught theater at Southeastern Louisiana University, Media Arts at Tulane University and recently performed in a highly acclaimed production of Eugene O'Neill's The Iceman Cometh at the CAC in New Orleans. He is listed in the Louisiana Registry of Performing Artists.
Contact Frank for information about booking his Stories in Motion Instant Theater performances. You can also print the brochure for the 2018 camps right from the contact page or an email request will get you the 2018 Summer Theater Camp brochure text via email, just for the asking.
Frank Levy's Stories In Motion
Instant Theater - Instant Great Events
Students can't help getting caught up in Instant Theater with award-winning educator and director Frank Levy as he enlists audience members as the cast and crew of a theatrical, historical, or famous event performed on the spot.
With wit, charm and a deft turn as narrator, Levy takes the group from zero to a full show in forty-five minutes, complete with sound effects, props and even perhaps a pirate ship or a magical cave or two.
Students learn first-hand that the art of theater is accessible to anyone. They learn presentation of self through exposure to fundamentals of acting. They learn that performing in front of others is not so frightening and that a group working together can produce more than individuals working alone. They especially take with them the valuable lessons contained in the social, historical, literary and other educational elements of each production.
Instant Theater Plays (I have over 50 to choose from.) include:
- MANY Jewish Folk & Hanukkah Tales:
The Smell of Latkes, The Noisy House, The Candlesticks, & more
- The Story of Passover
- Holding Up the Sky/Tu B’Shvat a blending of Tales promoting trees & the environment
- Yom Ha’atzma-ut/Israeli Independence Day show
- The Story of Esther Purim Shpiel (5 versions)
- The Story of Abraham and Sodom & Gomorrah
- The Story of Jonah
- The Story of Shavu’ot
- The Story of Ruth
- The Story of the Creation
- - Aladdin
- Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves
- Beauty and the Beast
- Jungle Book
- Lil Red Riding Hood
- Little Mermaid
- Goldilocks and the 3 Bears
- Peter Pan
- The Purim Shpiel (Esther's Story)
- The First Thanksgivings
- The Wizard of Oz
- The Story of Columbus
- Christmas Show
- A Visit with Huey Long
- A Visit with Thomas Jefferson
- Christmas on the Bayou
- Robin Hood
- The True Story of the Star Spangled Banner
- Holding Up the Sky
- LEAP Test Success
- Anti-Smoking/Conflict Resolution
- Grades - All
Instant Theater Louisiana Heritage, Historical, or Great Event dramas include:
-Instant Story of the Louisiana Purchase (1492-1803)
The story is an accurate history of the Louisiana Purchase, in honor of its 200th anniversary, 1803-2003. The scope of the presentation spans 1492-1803, from the landing of Columbus at Santo Domingo to the actual signing of the Purchase in New Orleans in December of 1803. The performance includes students playing such characters as: Christopher Columbus, Don Alonzo Alvarez de Pineda, Alvarez Cabeza de Vaca, Coronado, Native Americans, Governor Bienville, Napoleon Bonaparte, Acting Spanish Intendant Juan Ventura Moralis, Trappers, Pirates, Thomas Jefferson, Robert Livingston, Dominique Toussaint L'Ouverture (the Leader of the Santo Domingo slave revolt), French Soldiers, Governor W. C. C. Claiborne and more.
-Instant Battle of New Orleans
Historically accurate events and troop movements tell the tale with students as the actors and sounds. The exciting drama is augmented with student portrayals of fascinating, documented behind-the-scenes stories involving such important figures as General Andrew Jackson, Jean Lafitte the Pirate, and Governor Claiborne. AND right now just happens to be the bicentennial of the War of 1812!
-Instant Battle of Lexington and Concord
Relive the beginnings of America, including the rides of Revere and Dawes, tactics of both sides, heroes and villains, details of the day; and the Battle's place in history.
-Instant Waltzing Matilda
Performing this charming Australian heritage tale allows students to learn the meaning behind the famous "unofficial national anthem" of Australia.
-Instant You Name the Event
Choose your own historical, scientific, social or other great event and let Instant Theater make it come to life for and through your students.
-Instant You Name the Guy
Frank can BECOME your chosen character from history. He will dress, walk and talk as the character. He will make a full presentation on your character's life and times, including props and taking live audience questions. A few of the individuals Frank has portrayed for schools, libraries and special events are: Thomas Jefferson, Franz Schubert, Karl Faberge, and Claude Monet.
Frank Levy's Stories In Motion Theater Workshops
Mr. Levy will direct your group through a complete theatrical learning experience aimed at putting on a show. Students will have instruction in fundamentals of acting, use of props, sound effects, mime, body language and the actual staging and performing of a workshop production. Workshop projects begin at three-five hours and can be scheduled in one or any number of sessions.
Frank Levy's Summer Theater Camps
The theater camp is located at Playmakers Theater, which is nestled in the Sans Souci forest, two miles north of Covington off of Lee Road.
Aladdin ($250), ages 5-16, two weeks and a bit more right after schools close (May 28 - June 10), from 10 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays; with videoed performances the last weekend on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
July, full-show-in-one-week-camp, Jungle Book ($185), ages 5-16. We now have a ONE-WEEK full show camp in July at the Greater Covington Center. We have not been able to have performance-producing camps at Playmakers in July because of the great Playmakers summer musical, which takes all of July. So NOW we will have a one-week, full production show camp right in downtown Covington during that time! (July 16th-21), from 10 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays; with two performances on Friday, July 21 and Saturday July 22.
Rock and Roll Middle School ($250), ages 5-16, last 2 weeks before school starts. Camp is scheduled for July 23-August 5, from 10 am to 2:30 pm on weekdays; with videoed performances the last weekend on Friday evening, as well as Saturday and Sunday afternoons.
For more info, call Frank at (985) 626-2605, email Frank, or go to the contact page for a printable/mailable registration form.
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