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discussions, exercises, games before and after the play
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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
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.
____ Amelia 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!
School, Nashville, TN
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.
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