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Lexington Children's Theatre - Amelia Earhart
Here's an Excerpt from an Excellent Study Guide for Amelia Earhart Productions

Founded 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.

See the complete LCT study guide here:  http://www.lctonstage.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Amelia-Earhart-Play-Guide.pdf

Amelia Earhart Classroom Activities Amelia Earhart Playscript for Middle Schools
Amelia Earhart, Lexington Children's Theatre, KY, professional production

Amelia True or False:

Write T if the statement is true and F if the statement is false.

1. ____ Amelia Earhart was married to Charles Lindbergh.

2. ____ The first time Amelia Earhart flew across the Atlantic, she was a passenger.

3. ____ Before she was a famous pilot, Amelia Earhart was a social worker.

4. ____ George Putnam was a Hollywood stuntman.

5. ____ The press referred to Amelia Earhart as "Lady Lindy."

6. ____ Amelia Earhart eventually married George Putnam.

7. ____ Paul Mantz taught Amelia all about the Lockheed Model 10E Electra airplane.

8. ____ Commander Thompson's ship was the U.S.S. Arizona.

9. ____ Amelia Earhart made her last flight alone.

10. ____ Amelia was trying to land on the island of Howland when she disappeared.

11. ____ Amelia Earhart disappeared on July 2, 1937.

13. ____ Amelia once landed in a cow pasture owned by a farmer named Gallagher.

14. ____ There are many theories, but no one knows for sure what happened to Amelia.

Amelia Discussion Questions:

Mention some important events that occurred in Earhart's lifetime and discuss one event in greater detail.

Why do Amelia Earhart's contributions make her an important American hero?

What were some of Earhart's significant challenges? What character traits did she display in meeting these challenges?

Discuss, in your own words, an understanding of the structure of a news story.

Discuss, in your own words, an understanding of the relationship between goal fulfillment and positive character traits.

Lets Talk About Peter Pan!
Get Your Cast and Class Ready With Discussion on Peter Pan!

Discussion / 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:

What would happen if you never grew up, never got older? 

    (You’d be in this same class forever! No more birthdays! Nor birthday presents! Your friends would get older, graduate, go away, you’d still be a kid! Etc., etc. This can be fun.)

Why do you think Peter Pan never wanted to grow up?

    (On the 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, that’s pretty imaginative!)

Peter Pan to Learn, Perform and Enjoy!
Peter Pan and Wendy!  ArtReach's School Play for Kids to Perform! School Play for Children to Perform - Peter Pan
Turkey Hill School, Orange, CT -- Whole Backstage Theatre, Guntersville, AL

Do you think there’s actually a magical place like Neverland?

    (There 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 isn’t imagination a wonderful thing? Without it we wouldn’t have wonderful stories like Peter Pan, the Wizard of Oz, Cinderella.)

Can you think of your own magical place? What would you call it?

    (Magicland? Fantasyland? Funnyland? Weirdland? Billyland, Maryworld...)

Who would live in your magic land?

    (You? Me? Pirates? Space people? Crocodiles? Dinosaurs? Green elephants? Hump back camels and chimpanzees? Unicorns?)

Can you really fly? But can you imagine what it would be like to fly?

(Sometimes the only way we can "do” something is to imagine doing it.) (Continue the discussion...)

What would it be like if we couldn’t imagine fun or silly or impossible things?

If we couldn’t play? If we had to be serious and real all the time?

Even when we get older we’ll still like to imagine fun things, won’t we?

So even 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...

Or performing a play.


Fun Learning with Creative Dramatics
Pantomime! Sculptures! Court of Animals!

Pantomime

Explain 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.

For simple 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.

Creating Sculptures

Divide the 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.

When the "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 "tour" arrives.

Once all 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.

Once a "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.

Fun With Creative Dramatics!
Large Cast Comedy Script for Kids to Perform!  The Emperor's New Clothes! Hilarious Comedy Fun for Kids!  The Emperor's New Clothes!
Audience Participates in the Emperor's Parade!
Ensworth School, Nashville, TN

Emperor’s Court of Animals

Every good 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.)

Discuss 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.


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