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discussions, exercises, games before and after the play
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Have Fun with Alice
Discussions, Questions and Quotes
1. Why is the White
Rabbit in such a hurry? Where is he going?
2. What makes Alice
shrink? What makes her grow?
3. Why can't Alice get
through the door after she opens it with the key?
4. Why is
"Cheshire" pronounced "Cheshur"? Where was Lewis
5. Why is the Queen
called the "Queen of Hearts"? What other three similar
Queens are there? What about the King and Jack and all the other "cards"?
in Wonderland - Bangkok Patana School, Thailand
6. Why use Flamingoes
for croquet mallets? What color are Flamingoes?
7. Alice wakes up at the
end of the play. Was Wonderland a real place or was it only a little
8. Why is Lewis Carroll
also called Charles Dodgson? What is a pseudonym?
first -- verdict afterwards!" -
ArtReach's Alice in Wonderland
- Bangkok Patana School, Thailand
in Wonderland Quotes:
Discuss what meaning these
sayings have for us in our everyday lives. Can you give an example
that illustrates the meaning or image?
"What is the use of a
book without pictures or conversations?" - Alice
"Curiouser and curiouser!"
good-bye, hello." - White Rabbit
"Shall I never get any
older than I am now? That'll be a comfort, one way -- never to be an
old woman -- but then -- always to have lessons to learn!" - Alice
"Well, then you see, a
dog growls when it's angry, and wags its tail when it's pleased. Now
I growl when I'm pleased, and wag my tail when I'm angry.
Therefore I'm mad."
- Cheshire Cat
"I can't explain
myself, I'm afraid, Sir, because I'm not myself you see." - Alice
"I've had nothing yet,
so I can't take more." - Alice
"You mean you can't
take less, it's very easy to take more than nothing." - Hatter
"Sentence first --
verdict afterwards!" - Queen
"Begin at the
beginning and go on till you come to the end: then stop." - King
is the use of a book without pictures or conversations?" - Alice
in Wonderland - Bangkok Patana School, Thailand
Children's Theatre - Amelia Earhart
from an Excellent
Study Guide for Amelia
in 1938, Lexington Children's Theatre, "the gem of
Lexington", is a professional theatre creating captivating
theatrical experiences for young audiences and is proud to be the
official Children's Theatre of the Commonwealth of Kentucky.
This awesome company has performed ArtReach Plays and plays by author
Kathryn Schultz Miller for many years.
the complete LCT study guide here: http://www.lctonstage.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Amelia-Earhart-Play-Guide.pdf
Lindy" is American Hero
Amelia Earhart, Lexington
Children's Theatre, KY, professional production
True or False:
T if the statement is true and F if the statement is false.
Earhart was married to Charles Lindbergh.
____ The first time Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, she was
____ Before she was a famous pilot, Amelia Earhart was a social worker.
____ George Putnam was a Hollywood stuntman.
____ The press referred to Amelia Earhart as "Lady Lindy."
____ Amelia Earhart eventually married George Putnam.
____ Paul Mantz taught Amelia all about the Lockheed Model 10E
____ Commander Thompson's ship was the U.S.S. Arizona.
____ Amelia Earhart made her last flight alone.
____ Amelia was trying to land on the island of Howland when she disappeared.
____ Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937.
____ Amelia once landed in a cow pasture owned by a farmer named Gallagher.
____ There are many theories, but no one knows for sure what
happened to Amelia.
some important events that occurred in Earhart's lifetime and
discuss one event in greater detail.
do Amelia Earhart's contributions make her an important American hero?
were some of Earhart's significant challenges? What character traits
did she display in meeting these challenges?
in your own words, an understanding of the structure of a news story.
in your own words, an understanding of the relationship between goal
fulfillment and positive character traits.
Talk About Peter Pan!
Your Cast and Class Ready With Discussion on Peter
/ Questions: Have a class discussion about what it would be
like to never grow up and to live in an imaginary make-believe
place like Neverland:
happen if you never grew up, never got older?
be in this same class forever! No more birthdays! Nor birthday
presents! Your friends would get older, graduate, go away, youd
still be a kid! Etc., etc. This can be fun.)
Why do you
think Peter Pan never wanted to grow up?
day he was born his parents told him all the things he would have to
do when he grew up so he ran away from home! Now, thats
Pan to Learn, Perform and Enjoy!
School, Orange, CT -- Whole Backstage Theatre, Guntersville, AL
think theres actually a magical place like Neverland?
was for Peter Pan! Neverland is an imaginary place created by the man
who wrote the story, J. M. Barrie. Even Peter Pan and all the people
in the story are imaginary. But isnt imagination a wonderful
thing? Without it we wouldnt have wonderful stories like Peter
Pan, the Wizard of Oz, Cinderella.)
think of your own magical place? What would you call it?
Fantasyland? Funnyland? Weirdland? Billyland, Maryworld...)
live in your magic land?
Me? Pirates? Space people? Crocodiles? Dinosaurs? Green elephants?
Hump back camels and chimpanzees? Unicorns?)
really fly? But can you imagine what it would be like to fly?
the only way we can "do something is to imagine doing
it.) (Continue the discussion...)
it be like if we couldnt imagine fun or silly or impossible things?
couldnt play? If we had to be serious and real all the time?
we get older well still like to imagine fun things, wont we?
though we all have to get older, maybe we can be like Peter
Pan by using our imaginations to create a world where we
"never grow up like writing stories, painting
pictures, playing music...
performing a play.
Learning with Creative Dramatics
Sculptures! Court of Animals!
pantomime to children as acting without words or props. It combines
elements of theater and works best with a strong script or actions
and allows the actors to "talk without speaking. The
secret is to exaggerate everything and move in slow motion.
pantomime activities, pick kids and ask them to pretend they are
doing sports activities. The kids in the audience should try to guess
what the "actor is doing. If possible, have enough
activities so that every child has an opportunity to pantomime.
class into pairs. In each pair, one student is the
"sculptor" and one the "clay." The sculptor
"sculpts" his or her partner's body into a statue of his or
her choosing. The sculptor may do this by physically moving the
partner's body into position, or by showing the "clay" how
to stand. The sculptor pays close attention to even small details
like facial expression or the position of a finger.
"sculpture" is finished, she or he freezes. (It the
position is difficult or impossible to hold, the "sculpture"
may memorized it and then relax until her or his turn in the
of the artists have finished their masterpieces, I call them together
in the center of the room. The "sculptures" remain in place
around the room. In role as a museum guide, I conduct a tour of the
"gallery." When we reach each work, the artist who made it
steps forward and explains his or her work to the group. In this way
we make a complete tour, giving each artist a chance to show off and
describe his or her work.
"sculpture" has been viewed, she or he may relax and join
the group on the rest of the tour. Once the "tour" is
finished, the partners switch roles and the process is repeated.
With Creative Dramatics!
Participates in the Emperor's Parade! Ensworth School,
Court of Animals
Emperor, like a King, needs a court. A King needs to have people
around him who are his friends, whom he can trust and upon whom he
can rely. These people are called courtiers. What qualities should
courtiers possess? Some will suggest: "strong," and
"brave," "helpful" and "loyal," and
"clever." Think about which animals exemplify each quality.
(For example, elephants are strong and helpful, dogs are helpful and
brave, cats are clever and brave, horses are loyal and helpful, etc.)
the sort of animals who would make good courtiers Appoint an
"Emperor and call the animals forward. He asks, "What
sort of animal are you?" The student announces what animal he or
she is portraying. The student then describes the qualities of
her/his animal that make that court." After the animals have
been named have them have a "royal procession with the
Emperor leading the animals around the room.
Dramatics Ideas for Teachers
Pass The Glass Slipper
- Play this game like Hot Potato: Turn your back to the guests
-seated in a circle - play music and whenever you stop the music the
person with the shoe is out - the last person left wins. (An
idea for making a glass slipper is to use one of your old high heels
and glue a bunch of glitter to it )
Pin The Star On
Fairy Godmother's Wand
- Print out or draw a picture of the fairy godmother without the star
on the end of her wand. Print out or draw enough stars for each guest
and play this like pin the tail on the donkey.
"Pin the Star on Fairy Godmother's Wand"
Performance, Athol-Royalston School Theatre, WA
Who Am I
- Before the party, write the names of Cinderella characters on
several 3x5 cards; stepmother, step sisters, prince, fairy
godmother... To play, tape the cards onto the girls
backs, so that they cannot see their own character. The object of the
game is to identify who is on your back, by asking yes/no questions
of the other players. Example: Am I a girl ? Boy? Am I nice? Do
I have magical powers?
A Great Way to
Enhance Your School's Performance!
How do you say
Merry Christmas in ASL?:
of your hands and put them on your chest by your collar bones and
extend them outwards twice. Then you make a C (if you don't
know how to sign spell then its exactly how you would imagine how a C
would be)... and you rest both your arms over each other (like in
"I dream of Jeannie") and lift up the arm with the C to a
90 degree angle.
Language: It is becoming quite common to see a stage
production signed for the deaf community in the audience. This
not only makes the play accessible to more people it can add a
wonderful dramatic element for everyone. I once saw a
production of "The Secret Garden" signed in Scotland.
It was helpful to me because I often found the Scottish accent hard
to understand. But what made the experience memorable was that
the signer's reaction to the play. Near the climax the signer
was so moved by the performance that she was signing through
tears. She may have not been aware that her emotions made her
gestures more fluid and they became a kind of background music that
made the drama even more poignant.
Sign Language is Important Part of Performance
Story! Theatre Works, LLC of Stewartstown, PA
Consider having your students
learn to sign a scene from the play. As many as ten or more
students may participate in this way and might spark an interest that
will become a lifelong skill. The Internet is an
excellent medium for learning American Sign Language since it can
incorporate short videos to illustrate gestures. Here
are some resources:
Dictionary of ASL Terms: http://www.masterstech-home.com/aSLDict.html
Lesson Tutor: http://www.lessontutor.com/eesASLdictionarylinks.html
Start ASL.com: http://www.start-american-sign-language.com/asl-dictionary.html
Sign Language in the Classroom: http://www.brighthub.com/education/special/articles/5250.aspx
Island: Yo-ho-ho and a Barrel of Fun!
& High Sea Terms in ArtReach
Stage Adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson
are nautical terms and pirate/sailor slang used by characters in the play.
Blimey: An English
expression of surprise or excitement.
Buccaneers: A term for
pirates, usually on the South American coast.
Scallywag: A pirate
expression for someone who is mischievous.
Land lubber: A pirate
expression for someone who is not used to being at sea.
Doubloons: A Spanish
gold coin, found in pirate treasures.
Rapier wit: A rapier is
a thin sword with a long point. If you say someone has a rapier wit
you mean they are very intelligent and clever.
Wench: A pirate type of
woman with a fiery attitude.
Adventure for Large Cast of Kids!
Island - Brookhaven Little
Theatre, MI - Bradley Playhouse, CT
Benbow Inn: In Robert
Louis Stevenson's book Treasure Island, Jim Hawkins works at the
Benbow Inn, a tavern and hotel, where he meets guest, Billy Bones.
Scurvy and scurviest: Scurvy
is a condition caused by lack of vitamin C, common among pirates
because they ate few vegetables at sea. Pirates use the term as an insult.
Knave: A dishonest man.
Keep a weather eye: To
keep your eyes open and watch out. A term used by pirates because it
also means to keep an eye on the changes in the weather.
pronunciation of afraid.
The Black Spot: A spot
upon a piece of paper. When one pirate gives it to another pirate it
means that his men will no longer follow him. It was so feared by
pirates it was almost a condemnation of death.
Jamaica and Tortuga:
Islands in the Caribbean frequented by pirates.
Anchors Away: The ship
is about sail, also spelled Anchors Aweigh.
Fifteen Men On A Dead Man's Chest:
A song that Robert Louis Stevenson invented for Treasure Island. It
is like a sea shanty, or songs that sailors sing while on the sea.
Ahoy: A nautical term,
now used to say hello or get attention.
Worm in yer grub: It
was hard to keep food dry on the ship which often resulted in worms
in the sailors food. Since Long John Silver is the cook he can use
this as a threat.
Pieces of eight: A
Spanish silver coin that could be divided into eight pieces.
Waltzin' with Matilda: Refers
to "Waltzing Matilda", an Australian song that pirates sang.
Gaggle: A flock of
geese. Pirates used the term to describe a crowd of people they
Blaggard: A pirate word
The largest and most important sail on the ship.
Batten down the hatches:
Ship term, to prepare for rough sailing.
Grog: Diluted rum or
low form of drink.
Trade Winds: Consistent
winds that blow to the east and west around the equator.
Polaris: A bright star
that sailors used to navigate by.
Mutiny: A rebellion
against authority. It usually refers to sailors or pirates on a ship
rebelling against their captain.
Farthing: A British
coin of little value.
Cassava: A starchy root
plant eaten in tropical areas.
Liverpool: A port town
in England. Many pirates left the mainland from this town.
Marooned: A marooned
pirate was one who was left behind when the ship left the island.
Stilton: A kind of
English cheese known for its strong smell.
Smart as paint: Robert
Louis Stevenson made up this phrase to mean fresh and clever. Long
John Silver uses this term to charm Jim.
Plague: A contagious
disease, particularly fearful in a tropical climate.Swabbie: Pirate
talk for sailor, sometimes an insult, referring to a sailor who swabs
Galley: Kitchen area of
Davy's locker: Also
Davy Jones' Locker. Pirate talk for the bottom of the sea.
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