Discover Big Stage in “TUKLAS”

Discover Big Stage in “TUKLAS”


Leadership and communication are essential skills in the workplace but how do we start these skills from youth? World Stage’s youth arm created an after school program to do just that. We take the best bits of leadership and speakership concepts and techniques for adults that we teach in our corporate training and distill it to bite-sized tokens for the youth to take in.

Big Stage club opens young learners to public speaking, leading a group, and stepping into the shoes and perspective of other people and all in the guise of amusing creativity. The stage is a safe space to explore your voice and movement which our students took full advantage of to have lots of fun—yes, it’s silly and the sessions even feel like playing.

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“Every behaviour has a positive intention.”
Below is a sneak peek into one of our sessions where we talked about how characters (and in real life, this means the people around us) have different beliefs and values which is why we behave a certain way. In Neuro Linguistic Programming, this concept stems from the presupposition that “Every behaviour has a positive intention.” A character who is a bully can be behaving that way because he wants to befriend the other cool characters and doesn’t know any better. A very talkative character can be loud and noisy because she just wants people to notice her and to listen to her.

Knowing this is already a big step towards being a flexible and adaptable leader who can understand where another person is coming from without judgment. And for our young students, they can use this to understand their classmates better especially when disagreement happens. This allowed them to also embody characters better knowing why they behave the way they do.

Ending the school year with a bang, Big Stage launched its showcase called “Tuklas” which means “discover.” Just as the students discovered more about themselves and their skills, we want to share these discoveries to the school community. Each discovery—whether it’s discovering the true story behind a children’s game, or discovering what it takes to be a ninja—must be celebrated. We had four plays: Rock, Sword Firecracker, Silent But Deadly, Monster Survival Skills During a Gremlin Outbreak, and Pain Scale.

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World Stage International Network offers Youth Leadership, Communication and Empowerment programs during summer and throughout the school year with school partners.  It’s an exciting fresh program for youth looking to step up and experience mind shifts and an awakening of potential energy right before their eyes and stay with them long after the session.

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