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The Power of One delivers a clear and specific message that is understood and remembered by children.

Our Message

Report and deal with bullying when you see it

Don't be a Bystander

Bystanders are as guilty as bullies

You can make a difference

 

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Soren Bennick's The Power of One™

Junior and Primary Shows

There are multiple versions of the Power of One. The show is changed based on the age of the audience. In most cases, two performances are done per school. We recommend that these shows be targeted towards:

  • Junior Show, grades K-3, 40 minutes long

  • Senior Show grades 4 + (KS2), (either grades 4-6 or grades 4-8), 40 minutes long

In special cases, a K-6 or K-8 performance can be done for the full school. We can, when required, also perform a senior version of the show for grades 6-8. It is your choice, however, how you want to split your school. For schools that have only junior or primary students, but not both, we usually still do two performances, repeating the same show twice.

The Power of One is performed in two schools per day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. We try to be free and clear from the morning school by 11:30 AM and we try not to start the first performance at the afternoon school before 1 PM. This means that on a per-school basis, the two 40-minute performances that make up the booking are done back to back, with the second show starting as soon as the second audience is seated.

Differences Between the Shows

The difference between the Junior and Primary shows is that:

  • The Primary Show does not present a cyber-bullying scene. We found, through experience, that not enough of the children in grades K-3 understood enough about electronic communication to make this an effective scene.
  • The Primary show uses a call-and-response technique with the audience that is missing in the Junior Show. Older children, we found, were not enthusiastic about this type of audience involvement.
  • The Primary Show has a longer introduction that explains in detail about the boxes, colors, and roles that are used in the presentation. For the Junior show, we assume a higher sophistication level and move directly to the bullying scenarios. This is appreciated by the audience.
  • Tongue-and-cheek humour is used in the Junior Show so that the audience understands that the actors are not talking down to them. This is especially true in the Bystander and Power-of-One Reveal scenes which involved audience interaction. By asking the students to be part of the humour of the show, we hold their attention and reinforce the message. This is especially true when there are grades sevens and eights in the audience.

  • The Full School Show is a middle version between the Primary and Junior Shows. Cyber bullying is shown and humour is used to promote the message. Bullying concepts are explained at the outset and the introduction touches on the purpose of the colours and the boxes. The actors are aware of the gap between younger and older children and adapt their style so that each age group is reached.

Special Bookings

From time to time, special unique bookings of the Power of One are made to meet the needs of specific schools. For example:

  • Evening shows can be booked as part of a parent-committee meeting or special occasion at the school where families and parents are present. These bookings are usually done in conjunction with an afternoon booking at the school so that the actors do not have to re-locate or return to the school.
  • For larger schools, three-performance bookings can be made so long as the shows do not limit our ability to perform in two schools per day.
  • Multiple schools (two or more) can combine to make one booking so long as the two performances involve only one venue. Here, the host school is responsible for payment and for making all arrangements with any other school that may be participating. Note that in these situations, we do not split invoices. Also, it is wise to order at least one pledge board for each school that will be in the audience.

Special Needs Schools

The Power of One has been performed for a variety of special needs schools and for audiences that include children who are autistic, are hearing impaired, and/or have mental or physical challenges. Shows of this nature are well planned and involve a detailed discussion ahead of time with each school so that the full content of the show is known and the unique situation of each audience can be properly addressed.

Audience Size, Staging, and Performance Venue

The Power of One can be performed on the gymnasium floor, on the school stage, in the cafeteria, in the library, or in any large open area. In warmer climates, the show has even been presented outside. Access to an electrical outlet is required and, at minimum, the actors need a space that is 15'x12' in which to work. No preparation work or assistance is needed from the custodial staff.

How to Book

Booking the Power of One is easy and straightforward and is really just a matter of finding a date and start times for the two 40-minute performances. That said, shows are booked on a first-come, fist-serve basis and we do not hold dates or take tentative bookings. Which means that the schedule can change on a daily basis, so it is best to book via telephone, in real time, rather than by email (which is also possible, but it means more back-and-forth is required to pin down a date). Direct telephone contact is also important because it provides you with an opportunity to ask questions and receive a full briefing about the show.

Performed at over 9,000
schools to date.

Over 3 million children
positively impacted

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