Six children acted like brand new pencils in the upstairs of St. John's United Church of Christ in Kutztown.Some children tip their bodies as if they are being tipped out of the box, and roll onto the floor.
Becky Hunsberger praises each child for their interpretation.
Then she asks the children to pretend they are being sharpened.
One child rotates her body on the floor. After a few rotations, the child places her hands into a point on top of her head.
These children are a part of Drama Dazzlers, a new class taught by Hunsberger, a Kutztown mother of three girls.
Drama Dazzlers is a new class for children ages 5 to 12 who want to learn drama techniques through movement, improvisation, mime and speech.
One of the participants, Kutztown Area Elementary student Skylar Moyer, 11, of Kutztown, joined because she wanted to improve her acting skills.
In the beginning of each class, Hunsberger guides the children through warm-up and annunciation activities.
Then she opens her book she co-authored, "All You Need to Teach Drama," and selects activities to do.
A native of Kutztown and a 1987 Kutztown Area High School graduate, Hunsberger received her bachelor of arts from the University of New South Wales in Australia and masters of teaching from the University of Sydney.
She taught at an inner city school in Australia where she was also an assistant principal.
She co-authored with Julie Chiert three teachers' resource books, which three were short listed in 2005 for The Australian Awards For Excellence in Educational Publishing. They were published in a number of other countries.
After many years away from Kutztown, she said, "The pull to come back home was strong and even more so after having my children because Kutztown is such a beautiful, wholesome community where people still have values and consideration."
Her 6-year-old, Aiyana, attends the class. She enjoys acting and wants to follow in her mother's footsteps.
Hunsberger hopes that Drama Dazzlers will help children "build confidence, self-esteem and become risk takers while learning specific drama skills."
She also wanted to create a fun after school activity for children within the community.
"In Australia, drama is used heavily as a teaching technique," Hunsberger said.
Through the span of 10 weeks, the activities start off basic, and then build throughout the weeks.
Her long time goal for Drama Dazzlers is to give the children the opportunity to create their own play.
Classes are held on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 4 to 5 p.m. for a 10-week term, but new members are welcome at any time. Classes are held at St. John's United Church of Christ on West Walnut Street, Kutztown.
For cost, discounts and other information about Drama Dazzlers, contact Becky Hunsberger at 484-226-0201, or e-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.