Soren Bennick's The Power of One™
A bullying-proofing performance for elementary school children
The Power of One is a series of skits presented by actors who use boxes, colours, and masks to vividly portray what bullying is, what can be done about it, and how every child has the power of one, the power to report and deal with bullying when they see it. The Power of One:
- Explains the roles in bullying: Bully, Target, Bystander, and Upstander
- Shows vivid examples of different types of bullying: Physical, Verbal, Exclusion, and Cyber bullying
- Alerts children that Targets need help and shows them how to be Upstanders rather than Bystanders
- Provides solutions to bullying including reporting, intervening, and assisting the Target
- Emphasizes the need for individuals to take action to make their community a safer, better place
- Refers children to parents, adults, and teachers for further assistance and instruction
The set for the Power of One consists of a series of boxes that fit inside each other like a Russian egg. Each box is a different color: green, purple, yellow, and white, representing the different roles in the bullying process.
Following the color scheme of the boxes, the actors put on a green mask when they play the Bully, a purple mask when they play the Target, and a yellow mask for the Bystander.
The highlight of the performance occurs when a volunteer from the audience looks into the Power of One box (which contains a mirror) and sees himself/herself! The audience then takes the Power of One anti-bullying oath:
The Power of One Oath
Two shows per school:
Junior Show, grades K-3
Senior Show grades 4 + (either grades 4-6 or grades 4-8