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in Popular Culture, Before
ArtReach's "Kid Frankenstein"
Shelley's novel Frankenstein, and the famous character of
Frankenstein's monster, have influenced popular culture for almost
two centuries. The work has inspired numerous films, television
programs, video games and derivative works. The character of the
monster remains one of the most recognized icons in horror fiction
and is one of the most popular Halloween costumes for kids and adults alike.
does the monster remain so
Frankenstein - A Children's Theatre of Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM
Era - The
first film adaptation of the tale was made by Edison Studios in 1910.
The brief (16 min.) story has Frankenstein chemically create his
creature in a vat. The monster haunts the scientist until
Frankenstein's wedding night, when true love causes the creature to
vanish. For many years, this film was believed lost. A collector
announced in 1980 that he had acquired a print in the 1950s and had
been unaware of its rarity.
Edison version was followed by another adaptation entitled Life
Without Soul (1915) about a modern-day Frankenstein who creates a
soulless man. In the end, it turns out that a young man has dreamed
the events of the film after falling asleep reading Mary Shelley's
novel. This film is now considered a lost film.
Pictures starred Boris Karloff as the monster."
Frankenstein - A Children's Theatreof Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM
was also at least one European film version, the Italian Il Mostro
di Frankenstein (1921). The film is also now considered lost.
The first and by far the most iconic sound adaptation, Frankenstein
(1931), was produced by Universal Pictures starring Boris Karloff as
the monster. It has been preserved in the United States National Film
Registry. Its sequel, The Bride of Frankenstein (1935) also starred
Karloff. It was followed by Son of Frankenstein (1939), the last one
with Karloff. The Ghost of Frankenstein (1942) was considered a B
movie. Others were: Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943); House of
Frankenstein (1944); House of Dracula (1945); and the comedy Abbott
and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948).
have been hundreds of works created from the Frankenstein story."
Frankenstein - A Children's Theatre of Mesilla, Las Cruces, NM
the story had existed for over 100 years, it was the success of the
Universal films that established Frankenstein as an iconic part of
popular culture - identified more with the Creature than with Dr.
Frankenstein. Since then, there have been hundreds of works (films,
TV series, cartoons, books, stage plays, toys, costumes, etc.)
created from or influenced by the Frankenstein story. For an in-depth
account of these numerous works, see Wikipedia's page
"Frankenstein in Popular Culture."
will often carry us to worlds that never were,
without it we go nowhere."
Was Robert Louis Stevenson?
Information for ArtReach's Treasure
Robert Louis Stevenson wrote
novels, plays, poetry and more, but he's best known for two novels
that have since become classics.
Island: 'Treasure Island' was first written as a serial,
published one chapter at a time in the magazine 'Young Folks' from
October 1881 to January 1882. During this time, the story was
called 'The Sea Cook'. In 1883, 'Treasure Island' was published as a novel.
Hawkins, who goes on an adventure to find hidden treasure."
Thespians, Mastic Beach NY
The story follows a young boy,
Jim Hawkins, who goes on an adventure to find hidden treasure after
being gifted a map by a pirate. Throughout the story, he comes up
against mutiny and treachery, as well as sword fights and excitement
as he and his crew learn to navigate the world of piracy.
'Treasure Island' is credited
as being one of the first books that could be seen as romanticizing
the world of pirates. It also introduces a lot of tropes about
pirates that are still used today, such as black-sailed ships and
treasure maps marked with a cross. It's also thought to be one of the
first books aimed at an adolescent audience that isn't obviously
of the first books that romanticized the world of pirates."
Thespians, Mastic Beach NY
The success of 'Treasure
Island' has endured over the years since it was first published. Over
fifty adaptations have been made of the story, including films, TV
shows, theatre productions, and audio dramas. As well as adaptations,
there have also been numerous sequels and prequels written by other
authors inspired by Stevenson's work.
Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde: 'Strange Case of Dr
Jekyll and Mr Hyde' is a Gothic novella published in 1886. A novella
is a term used to describe a story that is shorter than a novel but
longer than a short story.
The story centers around a
man, Dr Jekyll, who has managed to create a drug that splits his good
traits and his evil traits into two separate personalities. Over
time, his evil personality, Mr Hyde, gains more control and power,
ultimately taking over Dr Jekyll and becoming Mr Hyde permanently.
success of 'Treasure Island' has endured over many years."
Thespians, Mastic Beach NY
Louis Stevenson Facts:
A lot of Stevenson's original
manuscripts have been lost. They were sold off by his descendants
around the start of the First World War, which was when his work
stopped being as popular.
At the age of 36, Stevenson
started to learn the piano and began to write his own musical compositions.
There is a museum dedicated to
the life of Robert Louis Stevenson in Samoa.
The idea for 'The Strange Case
of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde' came to Stevenson in a dream. Stevenson was
so inspired by his dream that he wrote 40,000 words of the first
draft in three days.
According to a UNESCO index of
translated authors, Stevenson is the twenty-fifth most translated
author in the world.
After the Stevensons got
married, they had their honeymoon next to an abandoned silver mine.
Stevenson's work hasn't always
been as popular as it is now. In fact, it wasn't until the 1950s that
his work gained worldwide acclaim.
Pinocchio Game: Kids Become Puppets
A Fun Idea for
This is a
really great way to start a rehearsal on a physical high. It is a
warm-up, stretching exercise with dramatic content to keep it
focused. It is named after the wooden puppet (if you do it at
Christmas, you can call it The Nutcracker Game). The game consists
basically of a narrative pantomime of the wooden puppet SLOWLY coming
to life. Here are some things you can say to play the game:
you're made completely of wood. Your arms and legs are carved from a
single piece of wood. You can't move any part of yourself at all.
Now a magic
spell has begun. It begins at the top of your head. The spell moves
down slowly until your head down to your eyebrows is flesh and blood.
Try and move your eyebrows.
magic spell has begun."
Kenwood School, Minneapolis --
3rd, 4th and 5th Graders.
The spell keeps
moving down. Now you can move your eyes! All your life you've been
staring straight ahead, and now you can look to the sides. The
spell gets to your ears and your nose. See if you can wiggle
them. The spell gets to your mouth. You can smile. It feels
strange at first, and probably looks pretty strange too, but you grow
more comfortable with it. Try some other facial expressions as well.
discover that you can turn your head. Careful! You can look up and
down carefully as well. Look! You have feet! This is the first time
you were ever sure.
reaches your shoulders. But remember, your arms and hands are still
attached to your body, since you are carved from a single piece of
wood, so you can move ONLY your shoulders. Try some circles. Do you
feel a tingle up and down your spine? That's the magic working.
reaches your chest. You can puff it out like a soldier. Your elbows
can move now, but still not your hands. As the spell goes lower, see
if you can pull your left hand away from your body. Ooofff! You did it.
all real now!"
Upright Theatre Company,
Euless TX - YAAN (Young Actors Assoc of Niagara), NY
Bring your hand
up to your face and study it. See if you can move the fingers. Wow!
You've never seen anything so beautiful! See if you can get your
right hand free as well. Does it move too?
The spell has
reached your waist. Carefully bend forward, to the side. See if you
bend backwards. See if you can make a circle. The spell reaches your
hips, but your knees are still locked together and your feet are
still attached to your pedestal. The spell gets to your knees. See if
Reach down and
see if you can pull your left foot free. Ooofff! Point the toe. Flex
the foot. Make little circles. Now see if you can get your right foot
free. You're all real now! See how you can move. Careful at first
these are your first steps! Let's find all the ways our new
And so on&ldots;
Aladdin: Drama Fun and Activities
Try these in your classroom first.
CARPET: Have children draw a place on
the floor around their desk. Pretend it is a magic carpet. Tell them
to close their eyes and wait until you count: one, two, three!
Imagine that you are flying on a magic carpet. What do you see
below you? What do you see above you? Where do you want the carpet to
will your magic carpet take you?"
at Vergennes Union Elem School (VT)
Discuss the lamp that the Genie lives in. Is it like any lamp you
have seen before? Discuss the difference between it and what you have
seen. Discuss the history of oil lamps. Why are lamps such an
important part of our lives?
you are a Genie in an oil lamp. How do you like it in there? Do you
have furniture? Do you want to get out? How would you dress if you
were a Genie? Can you think of other magical creatures like Genies?
Are there similar characters in the stories you watch on TV or in the movies?
WISHES: Teacher, pretend you are Genie
and you have the power to grant each child three wishes. Have them
write down their three wishes. What do you want more than anything in
the world? Sometimes you can wish for a thing like a new car. And
sometimes you can wish for something that is not tangible, the way
the Genie wishes for his freedom. What kind of things like that do
you wish for? Happiness? Love? Now think of others such as friends
and family. What do you wish for them?
CAVE OF WONDERS: Have
some of the children create the cave doors. Others may ask to be let
in the cave by calling out: Open Sesame! The cave may refuse to admit
them but they must explain their reasons. If the children are
admitted what do they find there? Have them pretend they are in a
cave that is dark and echoic. What kind of treasure might they find
there? If you find a statue made of gold have someone show how that
statue would look.
Treasure: "Open Sesame!"
School, Vermont - YAAN (Young Actors Assoc of Niagara), NY
the children think about what kind of side kick they would like to
have with them all the time, the way Aladdin has his cat Persia. What
kind of animal would you have? If they could talk what would be their
language? Would they help you in times of trouble? If they got in
trouble what would you do for them?
the children compare their house to a palace? What would a palace
have that you dont have at home? What would the palace be made
of? Sugar, chocolate, ice, glass? What would your room in the
palace look like? Would you let other people live there too?
STAFF: Omar the Magician has a magic
staff where he keeps all his magic power. If you had magic power
where would you keep it? In your backpack, in your hat, in your desk?
Name two things that your power lets you do that you cannot do
without it. Would you want to be invisible, to fly, to have new toys?
If you could give one of your powers away who would you give it to?
AND PRINCESSES: Pretend you are a
prince or princess. What clothes would you wear and where would you
live? Would you go to school? Would you have to do homework? If you
were a princess what would be different from the way you are now?
to Scheherazade by Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov. Discuss the origins of
the piece and talk about which parts you liked best. Read the story
of Scheherazade and talk about how the music fits the parts of the story.
to Scheherazade (Vienna Philharmonic)
original story in this Guide is quite different from the story in the
play. Can you identify the different parts? Why do you think the
story is different? If you could change the story what would you put in?
WRITING: Aladdin is just one of many
stories from The Arabian Nights. Have the children write a
story that is all their own using the same characters: Boy, girl,
magician, sultan, genie maybe even give them different names.
Discuss what their new story is about. Love, power, freedom, good
over evil? What can the characters do to prove they have these things?
the Beanstalk" Glossary
for a Hill Country Adventure!
Timers: Old timers are people who have been around a
long time. In Appalachia music and stories are often called
old-timey because they are passed down from generation to generation.
music & stories are often called old-timey."
Auburn Area Community Theatre,
AL performs ArtReach's Jack
and the Beanstalk
A sassafras tree has aromatic leaves and bark; it is
often used to make tea. The word is often used to describe someone
who is sassy.
This word is slang for hollow, used in Appalachia to
describe a small rising valley region between two hills or mountains.
In this play Jack lives in Sweetwater Holler and is nicknamed
Fie Foe Fum: Nonsense syllables which appear in an
old-time fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk. These nonsense words are
changed throughout the play to create humorous rhymes.
lives in Sweetwater Holler and is called Sweetwater Jack."
Auburn Area Community Theatre,
AL performs ArtReach's Jack
and the Beanstalk
A thick, sweet cake made of oatmeal usually with molasses or honey.
The words sometimes describes pancakes.
Fay: Fay is a form of the word Fairy.
Fairy is an airy mythical being with a kind disposition. So the term
fairy fay in Polly Wolly Doodle probably is a kind endearment.
A gradual increase in the loudness of a sound or section of music. In
this play the audience and players are asked to build their sounds
and movements to a crescendo so that when the beanstalk
is grown it will be exciting as possible.
Along Cassidy, a name for a cowboy hero of wild west fiction."
Auburn Area Community Theatre,
AL performs ArtReach's Jack
and the Beanstalk
Along Cassidy: This characters name is a play on
the name of Hop Along Cassidy, a name for a cowboy hero of wild west fiction.
Pointe Drama Holds Poster Contest, ArtReach's
The Little Mermaid
Greenwood Life, AR
Easy for you,
creative fun for them!
Take a cue from
East Pointe Drama Club!
Partner up with art class and have kids create posters for their
upcoming ArtReach play performance. Display all of them in the
school halls for a week before the performance to create
excitement. Have the kids or teachers take a vote and present
the award at the end of the performance. East Point Drama Club
had a great time with their contest:
East Pointe Drama Club held
their annual poster contest for the upcoming performance of "The
Little Mermaid." Look for posters at ARVEST Bank.
(L to R): 1st grade winner,
Jadyn Townley, not pictured; 4th grade winner, William Gaines; 3rd
grade winner, Mason Williams; 5th grade winner, Carolyn Young; and
2nd grade winner, Avery Maxwell.
Consider asking a neighborhood
business such as a bank or market
to display the posters for a month after the performance!
SHOWCASE: 1000 PAPER CRANES
Academy at the
Lakes, Land O' Lakes, FL
One 6×6 inch piece of
paper plus 20 intricate folds equals one origami paper crane. In
Japanese legends, cranes are powerful creatures that are respected
for their ability to bring luck and grant wishes. The legend states
that when one thousand cranes are created, the crane will grant a
wish or eternal luck. Art students in grades 5-12 worked for two
weeks to create one thousand paper cranes. Afterward, the students
combined the cranes into garlands. Finally, the installation art
piece was complete and ready for its theatrical debut.
students in grades 5-12 worked for two weeks.
Thousand Cranes at Academy
at the Lakes, Land O' Lakes, FL
In collaborative fashion, the
Middle Division joined hands with the Upper Division to make a unique
drama class this fall. Together they rehearsed and staged "A
Thousand Cranes" by Kathryn Schultz Miller. A true story of
peace arising from the aftermath of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, the
story still rings true today. The crane is a symbol of peace in
Japan, so Sadako Sasaki, the protagonist, decides that if she makes a
thousand cranes, she will survive her bout with leukemia and live;
however, her wish does not come true. Even ten years after the
bombing, children and adults still felt the effects of the atomic
explosion. Now a statue stands in Hiroshima celebrating her life. In
studying and preparing for the play, Academy actors learned about
Sadako, her real life, and the historical events and effects of the
bombing. In addition they learned about Kabuki theatre, the national
theatre of Japan. Drama students performed the play for grades 7-8 on
October 29 and 30 during Advisory.
Each year, students from all
over the world make groups of one thousand paper cranes and send them
to the Children's Peace Monument in the Hiroshima Peace Park in
Japan. The installation piece created by Academy students will be
displayed here on campus. The piece stands as a reminder of the
importance of world peace and the individual role each of us plays in
creating a peaceful world.
Are Made of This: Studying the Characters of Heroes
Arts/Social Studies Classroom Activity for A
(This activity is in the
online A Thousand Cranes
study guide: https://www.firststage.org/media/pdf/CRANES_EG.pdf
Taken directly from: http://www.readwritethink.org/lessons/lesson_view.asp?id=784)
1. Divide the class into small
groups, and ask them to list as many heroic and un-heroic traits as
2. After allowing students
ample time to brainstorm in their groups, ask each group to share
a. As students list their
traits, write them on the board, chart paper, or an overhead
transparency so that you have a class list of traits. Ask students to
copy the traits down for later use.
b. Ask the class to infer any
heroic traits based upon un-heroic traits or vice versa.
Powerful Story About a Real Hero
School of Drama, Delhi, India - First Stage Milwaukee
For A Medium
Size (Medium) Cast of Teens, Middle Schools, High Schools
3. Next, ask the class to
discuss why these various traits listed are classified as heroic or un-heroic.
a. Make a point of identifying
which traits the class agrees on and which there is some question
about. It is fine if there is disagreement. The point with this
exercise is not to create consensus but to explore the idea of
heroism, which is a culturally constructed concept.
4. Ask students to name
heroes-historical, contemporary, or fictional. List the names
students share on the board, an over head, or chart paper.
5. Ask students to name some
villains-historical, contemporary, or fictional. Again, list the
names students share on the board, an overhead, or chart paper.
6. Once you have a good list,
ask the class to discuss the individuals on the board, using the
following questions to guide the conversation:
a. Do we agree on who is or
isn't a hero?
b. When we disagree about
whether someone is a hero, what are we considering? Why do we disagree?
c. What makes the heroes, heroes?
d. And what makes the
7. After the discussion, make
any adjustments or revisions to the class list of heroic and
8. Ask students to return to
their small groups and arrange the heroes whose names they gathered
at the beginning of the session into categories other than
historical, contemporary, and fictional.
makes heroes, heroes?"
Pima Community College, AZ
- Honolulu Theatre for Youth
9. Come back together as a
class, and ask each group to explain what categories they created and
who they listed in each.
a. Ideally, as this discussion
progresses, students may begin to speculate that heroes and heroism
are not fixed terms.
10. After reading the story of
Sadako, or seeing the production of A
Thousand Cranes, have students discuss how Sadako can be viewed
as a hero.
a. What heroic traits that
were listed previously does Sadako possess?
b. Who are other heroes
mentioned earlier that share similar traits and qualities with Sadako?
Ideas for ArtReach's
Beauty and the Beast Activities
Beauty and the
Beast: Exercises & Activities
Before the Play:
theatre and what a play is. What other plays have you
seen? Describe them to the class. Why do you think
certain parts of those plays are memorable to you? What do you
expect this play will be like? What is the difference between
seeing a play on television or movies and seeing actors perform it live?
students the proper etiquette for audience members during a live
performance. Impress upon them that the actors they see are
live people who care very much how you respond to the work they are
doing. Young audience members should learn the meaning of
applause and laughter and that they should be polite to the people
who are performing for them.
original story and the synopsis of the play that appear in this
Teachers Guide. How are the stories alike? How are they
different? Talk about the practical consideration of putting on
a play and why the actors might need to adjust the story in order to
present it on stage.
The play takes
place in France where they used to tell fairy tales. Look up France
on the Internet and in books, locate it on the globe. Talk
about what we know about the country, history, music and the
people. What kinds of clothes do they wear and what did the
wear in years past? Remember your answers when you see the
actors in their costumes. Or if you are performing in the play
use the pictures you find to help create your costume.
will participate by helping make sounds etc."
Beauty and the Beast - Theatre in the Park, Severna Park MD
play, children will be asked to participate by helping make sounds,
wind, music, wolves, etc.. Describe a storm, scary forest,
angry mob or ferocias wolves and talk about how they sound and
move. Point out the actual events or other plays or movies you
may have seen. How does your play relate to events in "real
life or other "fantasies?
clothes and what they say about your personality. Name some of
your favorite movie stars or musicians and how the clothes they wear
shape the image we have of them. What makes some clothes come
into fashion why others go out of style. Describe your favorite
shoes, hat and coat. What makes you like them? How do you
feel when you wear them?
After the Play:
Discuss in more
detail the play you have just seen. Who is your favorite
character and why? Talk about how the actors created the
illusion of many things such as the castle, the forest, the
marketplace and the invisible painting that Marcel sets up.
Talk about how you were asked to use your imagination as opposed to
movies and cartoons that show you a picture of everything.
Talk about some
of the characters you saw in the play such as the Villagers and
Household Servants. What did they do with their voices and
bodies to convey their character to you? Would you like to try
your hand at acting? Write down the names of characters such as
Beast and Wolves. Come up with crazy names as Huey Kazooie and
show the class how Huey would act and talk. Choose other
characters, perform them and ask your classmates to guess who you are.
Perrault wrote many play besides Beauty and the Beast.
What titles are you familiar with? Can you recount these
stories? Which do you like best and why?
What do you
think a magical Prince-turned-Beast would actually look like?
Draw a picture of the Beast showing how he thought he looked once
like a Prince. Draw a picture of the Prince before he turned
into a Beast.
What is the
meaning of this famous story? When people say "his bark is
worst than his bite what do you think they mean? The
Prince embarrassed when he realized he had been tricked and turned
into the Beast. What might he have done to prevent this embarrassment?
you like to try your hand at acting?"
Beauty and the Beast - Monkton
Central School, Bristol, VT
STORY: Read a version of the story as a class.
View an animated version and compare the two. After seeing the
show, compare all three genres.
A HERO: Ask the class what it means to be a hero.
Brainstorm a list of qualities that make a person seem like a
hero. In groups, pick the most important qualities and identify
heroes today. Share as a class. Discuss whether or not there is
a hero in Beauty and the Beast.
ACTIVITY: Have students imagine that they are in
Beautys shoes. In order to save their fathers, the
students have to live with a terrifying beast. What would it feel
like? Would the students have the courage to do it?
ARE A HERO!: Ask students to write about a time
in their lives when they had to overcome something or helped someone.
THE OUTSIDE IN: Have students imagine that they could
only show people their worst qualities. No one would ever know
the good qualities they had deep down inside. What would that
look like? What would it feel like? Have students draw
what that person would look like, and write a story to go along with it.
AND FUNNY: Have students write a fractured version of Beauty
and the Beast. Explain that a fractured fairy tale is made to be
humorous by changing the story in a surprising way; like changing a
character or adding todays language and events to the
story. Encourage the students to take creative risks.
YOU SEE IT, NOW YOU DONT: The element of magic is
common in fairytales. In Beauty and the Beast, things
arent always what they seem. Explore optical
illusions. Look at examples as a class. View optical
illusions as a class using the internet and books.
Rewrite the ending of Beauty and the Beast."
Beauty and the Beast - North Texas Performing Arts, Plano TX
THE WORLD ONCE UPON A TIME: Research different fairy tales
from around the world and different times.
INFORMATION DOWN GENERATION TO GENERATION: Gather students on
the rug and have them sit in a circle. Explain that fairytales
were handed down through word of mouth. Pretend that each
student sitting in that circle is another generation. Play a
game of "telephone (one person thinks of a sentence and
whispers it in the person sitting next to him/hers ear, and
that person passes, and so on) to demonstrate how stories change.
HISTORY: Ask students to rewrite the ending of Beauty
and the Beast. What would the play version of this look
like? After rewriting the way the story turns out, have
students design a scene from their versions (the castle, forest,
etc&ldots;) using only their imaginations to guide them.
THE PICTURE: Have students design what the costumes
would look like. Remind them that the story can take place
anywhere and in any time period.
The Legend of
Sleepy Hollow is Creative Fun for Students
Discussions and Activities from
BEFORE THE PLAY:
1. Read the outline of the
play and the glossary that appears in this Teacher's Guide. Advanced
students should read the original story by Washington Irving. When he
wrote this story it was one in a whole book of stories called The
Sketch Book. Rip Van Winkle is another famous story in the book. Can
you tell the story of Rip Van Winkle?
2. Washington Irving is called
"the father of American literature". Why do you think they
called him that? Washington Irving was born when George Washington
was president and was named in honor of him. How long ago was that?
Does that seem like a long time to you? Actually, it is a very short
time for a nation to exist. American is still a young country. Before
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow was written there had been few American
writers who were considered to be very good, so Americans were very
proud of him.
3. How do you know if a writer
has written something good? Consider some of he rich phrases in
"Katrina was&ldots; plump
as a partridge, ripe and melting and rosycheeked as one of her
"Ichabod's head was
small, flat at top, with huge ears, large green glassy eyes and long
Can you see how Irving helps
us to imagine his story vividly because of his talent for writing?
4. What do you like to do in
autumn? Carve a jack-o-lantern, drink apple cider, gather pretty
leaves? Talk about autumn and how that season affects us. Do you know
any scary stories? Sit in a circle as if around a fired and tell each
other ghost stories that you know.
Irving: The Father of American Literature
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow
- Gaffney Little Theatre, SC - DCP Theatre, Telford, PA
AFTER THE PLAY:
1. Talk about the play you
have seen. Was it how you imagined the story when you read it? What
things are different and which are the same? Have you seen the Walt
Disney movie version? How were the two versions different? Why did we
laugh at Ichabod? Did you want Katrina to marry Brom bones or Ichabod?
2. Consider all the food that
is described in the play. What kind of food do you like to eat in
autumn - pumpkin pie, caramel apples, apple strudel? Bring your
favorite recipes (ask you parents to help you) and share with the
class. If you give each other copies you will soon a book full of
your experiences with your classmates."
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Winthrop High School Drama,
3. The people of Sleepy
Hollow, Dutch settlers who came from Holland to live in America,
are much like the pilgrims we think of at Thanksgiving. Many people
came to American 200-300 years ago. They came here to pursue a better
way of life than they had in Europe. Are you descended from early
American settlers? Talk about other immigrants to the United States
and discuss the issue of immigration in American history.
4. Did you laugh because
Ichabod was scared of the Headless Horseman? Why was that funny?
5. Have you ever been scared
of something that turned out to be harmless/ have you seen movie that
scare you? Share your experiences with your classmates.
6. What things (movies, books,
darkness etc.) scare you? Tell us what you do when you're scared. Can
you help each other figure out how not to be afraid of things that
really aren't there.
Exercises and Activities - General Preparation and Discussion
1. Talk about theatre and what
a play is. What other plays have you seen? Describe them to the
class. Why do you think certain parts of those plays are memorable to
you? What do you expect this play will be like? What is the
difference between seeing a play on television or movies and seeing
actors perform it live?
2. Discuss you students the
proper etiquette for audience members during a live performance.
Impress upon them that the actors they see are live people who care
very much how you respond to the work they are doing. Young audience
members should learn the meaning of applause and laughter and that
they should be polite to the people who are performing for them.
3. Read the Hans Christian
Andersen's story and the Outline of the Play that appear in this
Teachers Guide. How are the stories alike? How are they different?
Talk about the practical consideration of putting on a play and why
the actors might need to adjust the story in order to present it on stage.
4. The play takes place in
Russia where they used to have Emperors rule the country. Look up
Russia on the Internet and in books, locate it on the globe. Talk
about what we know about Russia. What kinds of clothes do they wear
and what did the wear in years past? Remember your answers when you
see the actors in their costumes. Or if you are performing in the
play use the pictures you find to help create your costume.
participate by helping Peter the tailor."
Emperor's New Clothes - Greenbrier Valley Theatre WV
5. During the play, children
will be asked to participate by helping Peter to make the sounds of
the looms at work. Describe a loom or show a picture of one and talk
about how they work. Explain that the cloth is woven from textile
fibers. Point out the clothing of class members and show how
different colors of thread make patterns. In the play Peter weaves
threads made of gold!
6. Talk about clothes and what
they say about your personality. Name some of your favorite movie
stars or musicians and how the clothes they wear shape the image we
have of them. What makes some clothes come into fashion why others go
out of style. Describe your favorite shoes, hat and coat. What makes
you like them? How do you feel when you wear them?
1. Discuss in more detail the
play you have just seen. Who is your favorite character and why? Talk
about how the actors created the illusion of many things such as the
palace, the marketplace and the mirror the Emperor looked into.
Talk about how you were asked to sue you imagination as opposed to
movies and cartoons that show you a picture of everything.
2. Talk about some of the
characters you saw in the play such as the blacksmith and the horse,
the cabinet ministers and the Empress. What did they do with their
voices and bodies to convey their character to you? Would you like to
try your hand at acting? Write down the names of characters such as
elephant and antelope. Come up with crazy names as Huey Kazooie and
show the class how Huey would act and talk. Choose other characters,
perform them and ask your classmates to guess who you are.
3. Hans Christian Andersen
wrote many play besides Emperor's New Clothes. What titles are you
familiar with? Can you recount these stories? Which do you like best
4. What do you think magical
clothes would look like? Draw a picture of the Emperor showing how he
thought he looked in his "magic clothes". Draw a picture of
the magic clothes you would like to wear.
5. What is the meaning of this
famous story? When people say "the Emperor has no clothes"
what do you think they mean? The Emperor was embarrassed when he
realized he had been tricked. What might he have done to prevent this embarrassment?
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