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these articles and activities related to ArtReachs popular titles: Pinocchio, Emperor's
New Clothes, Sleepy
Hollow, Christmas Peter Pan, Kid
Frankenstein, Little Mermaid, Jack
and the Beanstalk, The Jungle Book. Dont
forget, a Teachers Guide will come with your School Play Package and
contains tons of creative new ideas for your teaching lessons!
is the story of ArtReach's Pinocchio
from the Teachers Guide
How a Puppet
Became a Real Boy: Pictures of Sutter Street Theatre's Production (CA)
As the play
begins we are transported to an Italian village where "Lorenzo
Magnifico's Magnificent Carnival of Puppets!" is playing today.
Lorenzo introduces his magnificent puppets and puppeteers who are
given the task of telling today's story.
Not long into
the storytelling the proceedings are interrupted by an audience
member. But this is no ordinary audience member - indeed, it is a
Talking Cricket named Hickory Cricket. Hickory has some curious news
about a puppet who talks and walks like a live person. So begins
Pinocchio, the story of a puppet who wants to become a real boy.
In his lonely
workshop the old wood carver Geppetto delights in his creations -
Ivana the Wooden Dancer, his Music Boxes and Cuckoo Clocks. It is all
very well to have their company but Geppetto looks at his wooden
puppet Pinocchio and wishes he were a real boy. His Lucky Star shines
and as Geppetto falls asleep the Blue Fairy comes to Geppetto and
grants his wish. She waves her wand and Pinocchio comes to life.
wishes Pinocchio was a real boy."
Theatre's Production of ArtReach's Pinocchio
But the Blue
Fairy tells him, he is not yet a real boy and cannot become one until
he proves that he is good and honest. Pinocchio pledges to prove
himself and the Blue Fairy appoints Hickory Cricket to look after him
in his adventures. When Geppetto wakes his is overcome with joy.
dresses Pinocchio and gives him school books and money and sets the
puppet off to school. Along the way Pinocchio is sidetracked by
Fibber the Fox and Lefty the Cat. They scheme to divert Pinocchio,
sell him to Lorenzo and get their hands on Lorenzo's money. Pinocchio
is completely duped by these tricksters and forgets all about school
and Hickory, letting them lure him with promises of getting into show business.
But Lorenzo is
not happy with his purchase, telling Pinocchio that people want to
see a puppet who can dance. But Pinocchio cannot dance and Lorenzo
locks him in cage until he learns how. Pinocchio calls for his friend
and Hickory appears but, alas, the Cricket cannot free Pinocchio from
The Blue Fairy
appears and questions Pinocchio. Pinocchio lies about his actions and
his nose begins to grow. She reminds him of his promise to become
honest and good and sets him free to try again.
is duped by tricksters and forgets all about school.
Theatre's Production of ArtReach's Pinocchio
Hickory set off for home but Pinocchio is once again lured away from
his goals when he meets up with Lampwick, a real boy who is running
away from home. Lampwick is all bluster and swagger when he tells
Pinocchio of Land of Toys where there are no schools and it's always
vacation from New Year's Day to Christmas. Pinocchio is duped again
and hops a ride on the coach that is carrying children away to the
sinister Land of Toys.
Lampwick have a great time being cool and having fun all day until a
strange thing happens. Lampwick and the other children begin to grow
ears and bray like donkeys. When he learns that the boys who have
become donkeys are being loaded onto a ship Pinocchio calls for
Hickory and once again the good Cricket flies to his side.
They set off
for home only to find that Geppetto has gone away. The Blue Fairy
tells them that Geppetto has gone to the sea to save Pinocchio from
the Land of Toys. Worst of all - Geppetto is at the bottom of the
sea, living in the belly of a Terrible Whale.
Pinocchio musters all his courage and goodness and swears to save his
dear Papa. Hickory and Pinocchio dive into the ocean and are
swallowed by the Terrible Whale. Inside they find Geppetto but it
seems all is lost - how can they escape the whale before they starve
Blue Fairy appears and waves her wand.
Theatre's Production of ArtReach's Pinocchio
becomes the hero when he builds a fire and causes the whale to
sneeze! They are rushed on a wave to shore but Pinocchio is lifeless
and does not open his eyes. The Blue Fairy appears and waves her
wand. Pinocchio has proven himself and she tells him he is now a Real Boy.
awakens Geppetto is overjoyed and the old man and his real son are
together at last. Lorenzo reminds us once again that we are
witnessing his magnificent puppets and asks for the audience
applause. Puppets dance and sing and all players return to the stage
for their bows.
But the ending
is not complete until Hickory joins Pinocchio on stage and declares
that wishes really do come true!
Emperors New Clothes"
Emperors New Clothes is Hans Christian Andersens
classic tale of vanity and foolish pride. Now Childrens Theatre
Plays.com brings the story to life. Join crafty Peter as he plots to
embarrass the Emperor and make off with a basket of gold.
gets into the act as audience members are recruited to help spin the
gets into the act!"
Main Stage Playmakers at the
Center, Grass Valley CA - ArtReach's The
Emperor's New Clothes
play opens as the Orchestra Members introduce the play with their
percussion instruments: drum, bell, horn, triangle, whistle, kazoo.
They get the whole thing started with a hilarious fanfare and so the
Grandmother tells Peter that, because of his laziness, they are dirt
poor and have nothing to eat. Peter vows to go to the big city and
become rich. Grandmother just laughs. Go back to playing tricks
and games, Peter, she tells him.
Peter has made up his mind and sets out for the Russian city of
Kostroma, the most prosperous city in the empire. When he arrives he
is tired and very hungry but the street merchants tell him he must
have money to buy their food. Soon he meets with a Blacksmith who
tells him of the Emperor and the royal procession that is to be held
on Saturday. The Blacksmith tells Peter of the Emperors
obsession with beautiful clothes. Suddenly Peter has an idea. I
shall be rich! he declares.
goes to the Emperors palace and tells the Empress that is a
very clever tailor that he can make clothes that are magic!
Finally he convinces her to let him in the palace. Peter hides
as he spies the Emperor walking in his sleep, having a nightmare. The
Emperor dreams that his people are claiming that he is not a good
Emperor, that he is unfit for the office that he holds. Peter
knows just was to do with this knowledge. When the Emperor
awakens, Peter claims that his magic clothes have a very special
power. this cloth, he says, is invisible to anyone
who is unfit for the office that he holds or is very stupid.
the Tailor has an idea. I shall be rich!
Main Stage Playmakers at the
Center, Grass Valley CA - ArtReach's The
Emperor's New Clothes
Emperor and Empress are amazed and agree to have Peter make his
clothes for the upcoming procession. Peter asks for baskets full of
golden thread and jewels, planning to make off with the loot before
the Emperor discovers his scheme. Peter has no idea how to weave
cloth so he asks the audience to help him out.
sounds convince the Emperor that Peter is doing his work. Now the
Empress and the Cabinet Ministers come to view the cloth. Peter
is betting they will say they love the beautiful cloth even though
there is nothing there because they do not want to be considered
stupid. Peter' plan works and finally when the Emperor see the
cloth he too pretends to see it! After all, he doesnt want
anyone to think he is unfit for office.
the Emperor foils Peters plans by insisting that Peter stay
for the procession on Saturday. Peter had hoped to take off with the
riches but has no choice but to stay for the parade. He hopes that
everyone in the village will pretend they see the clothes because
they do not want to be considered stupid.
Orchestra tells us - they all lived happily ever after."
Main Stage Playmakers at
the Center, Grass Valley CA - ArtReach's The
Emperor's New Clothes
procession begins with the hilarious sight of the Emperor standing
proud and regal in nothing but his silly underwear! Just as
the Emperor is about to bestow a high honor Peter, a child in the
audience (audience member) calls out, The Emperor has not
clothes on! suddenly the Emperor sees he has been tricked and
chases Peter through the audience. Peter must run away, leaving
behind all the riches he had hoped to take home.
runs home to his Grandmother and tells her the fantastic story of
his adventure as the Emperors tailor. Of course, she
doesnt believe him and explains that while he was goofing off
she had to sell his bed to get money for food. Peter will have to
sleep on the floor or as his Grandmother laughing suggests, make a
bed, like you made the Emperors suit&ldots; with magic.
play ends as the Orchestra begins to wrap up the story and all
member of the cast begin to take their bows. From the back of the
house the Emperor chases Peter on stage and peruses him as he hides
among the cast members who are taking their bows. In then end all
actors who have played the part of Peter hop on stage, the Emperor
chases them all out of the theatre. And as the Orchestra tells
us&ldots; they all lived happily ever after.
man's life is a fairy tale written by God's fingers
Legend of Sleepy Hollow
Children's Theatre Study Guide
Life Lessons: Sleepy
Hollow's flawed characters and what they can teach us. The
characters in The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow all contribute to the unfortunate end.
From each of these characters we can learn how selfish acts, and
working against each other, rather than with one another can lead to
Sleepy Boy from the beginning of our tale immediately doesn't like
Ichabod Crane because Mr. Crane is different than the Sleepy boy.
This kind of thinking is closed minded and unfair to the person being
judged. Thinking to yourself that you do not like someone just
because they are different could be holding you back from meeting
someone you would actually like and become friends with.
Lessons of Sleepy Hollow
is a character who revels in making others feel small to make
himself feel better. He finds the weakness that Ichabod has, and
continually uses this against him. This tactic eventually works in
Brom's favor, but at the cost of hurting someone. On top of hurting
Ichabod, the satisfaction Brom obtains will never last. He is ahead
of the game for only a short while, as Katrina already has a new beau
Ichabod is a man distracted by fear and greed. Ichabod allows himself
to get distracted by his greed, which leads to his fighting with
Brom, and eventually his own downfall. Ichabod letting his fears get
the best of him is how Brom eventually "wins" the game he
and Ichabod are playing.
Van Tassel: Katrina
uses both Brom and Ichabod to get what she wants. This is another
catalyst to Ichabod's downfall. Establishing relationships with
others will eventually render reward, sometimes in the form favors,
but what is important is the bond you establish with the other person.
Christmas Peter Pan Classroom Ideas
A Christmas Peter Pan
The classic tale of Peter Pan
explores the world of fantasy and imagination. The popular story,
also captured on film and written by James Matthew Barrie in 1904,
has captivated audiences for decades. Take your students on a journey
of exploration with Peter Pan and the gang through the world of
Neverland. Adapt a lesson plan for K-12 students from math to
physical education with Peter Pan classroom activities.
the Plank Vocabulary: The menace of the story of Peter
Pan is the pirate, Captain Hook. Gather your students and invite them
to test their vocabulary knowledge aboard Hook's plank. You can
create a plank out of cardboard or wood or alternatively use tape or
other items to identify the tip of the plank. Using words from the
book like "engrossed," "spinster" and
"subtle," ask the students either how to spell or define
terms. Every mistake means one step closer to the edge of the plank.
After hitting the edge students are eliminated from the game until
there is one player left.
Math: Create mystical math questions for your students
to solve using the Peter Pan theme. For younger grades stick to
simpler equations using addition and subtraction. For example, if
Peter Pan has three wishes and he uses one, how many does he have
left? For higher level students you can create tougher questions
using multiplication, division and word problems. For example, if
Captain Hook has a treasure chest with 100 pieces of gold and Peter
Pan takes half but drops half while getting away, how much gold does
Peter bring back to Wendy?
Treasure Hunt: Take your students on a hunt around the
world to locate Hook's treasure. All you need is a map or globe of
the world and a few stickers to mark the spot. You can perform this
activity one of two ways. One requires you to mark the map prior to
the game and have the children identify the city and/or country of
each mark. You may also present the clean map or globe to the class
and name cities or countries that the students must locate and mark
on the map.
Pan: Keep your students active with physical
activities based on Peter Pan. For younger students, play a variation
of Duck, Duck, Goose entitled Peter, Peter, Pan. Seat the kids in a
circle with one child, known as Captain Hook, walking around lightly
tapping the heads of his peers exclaiming "Peter" until he
lands on the one he wishes to race. He must exclaim "Pan"
when tapping the head to initiate the race. The two students, Peter
and Hook, must run around the circle. If Peter manages to tag Hook
before he sits in Peters spot in the circle, the student
playing Peter now plays Hook and gets to tap heads around the circle.
the world of fantasy and imagination."
Christmas Peter Pan, North Shore Children's Theatre, Salem, MA
PLAY, CHARACTERS, IDEAS, ETC.
FAIRIES: Ask the class to pretend that they are
snow fairies. What is your name and what do you look like?
Where do you live and why? Do you have a magic wand, or could
your special powers be in your shoe or your hat? What are your
magical powers? If the sun was shining brightly on you, what
would you do? Show how you would do it.
CAROLS: Which are
your favorite Christmas Carols and why? Have everyone sing a
Christmas Carol. Now pretend you are a pirate singing the
song. What words would you change to make it sound more like a pirate?
HOOK TREASURE MAP: Choose Christmas tree
ornaments to be treasures. Hide them on the around the school
or on the playground and let the children find them like an Easter
egg hunt. Have them draw a map from their desk to the place
where they found the treasure. Look at places on a map or a
globe where pirates once sailed such as the Caribbean and Spain.
Find your home on the map and trace the way to the nearest port and
then to the place of the pirates origin.
ELVES: If you were an
elf what would your name be and what kind of toy would you make?
What kind of materials would you use? Paper, wood, plastic,
glue? What tools would you use? Are these in your
garage at home or would you need to invent special magical tool? How
long do you think it would take you to make such a toy? Who
would you give your toy to? Draw picture of the toy you would
like to give your best friend or family member.
Have everyone draw a picture of a crocodile. How wide is your
crocodiles mouth, how big are his teeth? What does he like to
eat the best? Discuss the difference between crocodiles and
alligators. Look up where they live and find them on a
map. Do you think a crocodile would rather live in a zoo or in
SHIP: Draw a picture of a pirate ships and
identify the various parts of the ship: main deck, rigging,
mast, sails, port, starboard, bow, stern. Pretend that you are
a pirate and you are being attacked by another ship. What kind
of treasure do you have on board and what will you do to protect
it? Pretend the Captain is a villain like Captain Hook and
stage a mutiny.
Activities for Kid Frankenstein
Talk, Write and
Perform Kid Frankenstein
The idea of the Mad Scientist is that the scientist loves his work so
much he takes it too far. Think of other professions,
especially those you aspire to be. Talk about what can go wrong
when someone takes their ambitions a little too far.
Suggestions: Astronaut, Baker, Football Player, Librarian, School Bus Driver.
Your Own Silly Monster:
Think of all things you think are funny. Tutus, chickens, top
hats, tricycles, wigs, even things from your freezer or
refrigerator. After you have named these things, draw your own
monster incorporating these objects as part of the monster. For
instance, your monster may have a beak like a chicken and wear a tutu
and a top hat. What magical powers does your silly monster have?
Your Own Laboratory: Have each
student bring in or draw a picture of something in their own home
that could become a part of a magical laboratory where anything can
happen. Look for objects with electric cords, knobs, wheels,
dials, buttons, etc. Pretend the object has a magic
power. Demonstrate that power to the class. Now
have students put their magic objects together to make a
laboratory. Demonstrate your laboratorys process and what
is the outcome of the function? Frankie chose to
make a Frankenstein monster in his laboratory. What would you
like to make?
is your favorite monster?"
I? We'll see if I'm crazy or not!" - Mad Scientist Frankie Stein
in ArtReach's play 'Kid Frankenstein'!
Youth Summer Theatre Program,
Grand Rapids, MN
What monsters are your favorites? Have kids come to school
dressed as their favorite monster. This can be especially fun
on the day of the performance of Kid Frankenstein especially
if its around Halloween!
Monsters are just a figment of our imaginations. Monsters come
from people looking at real creatures and assigning them super
powers. Think about real life animals and natural objects
like gnarly trees and clouds in the sky. Imagine that you see
monsters in these objects that come to life. What do they look
like? What powers do they have?
at the Movies! Show classic
movies such as Frankenstein (1931), Bride of Frankenstein and Young
Frankenstein. If you are short on time or wish to cut out
certain scenes, just show excerpts. Pop some
popcorn! Throw blankets on the floor and let kids sit on
the floor. Tell them if they get too scared to grab each
other and scream their heads off! Thats part of the
fun. And remind them that nothing in the movie is real.
Afterwards talk about scary movies and how to keep from getting too
scared by them.
will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.
-- Albert Einstein
Dramatics and More Fun Ideas for Jack
and the Beanstalk!
Fun with this
Famous Mountain Jack Tale
Has anyone visited the Smoky Mountains? Do they know of anyone who
hiked the Appalachian Trail? Tell the class about your experiences.
What did you like best about the area? Have everyone imagine a
favorite mountain or valley spot and draw a picture. Draw children in
the picture. How do they spend their days? Imagine yourself in the
deep dark woods. Is it peaceful? Describe the things that live in the forest.
you were going to dress up as a cow for Halloween, how would you
look? What kind of costume pieces would you need to be a cow? If
there's a cowbell around, ring it for the class and talk about its
uses for farmers. Ask kids, do you like the sound? Do you think cows do?
Beans, Crazy Creatures & Giants in the Sky!
in the Beanstalk is one of ArtReach's most popular musicals!
music is fun because it's music that anyone can join in with! And
it's interesting because every single culture has their own folk
music! There's English folk music, Scottish folk music, Welsh folk
music, Irish folk music, American folk music, South American folk
music, Polish folk music, Hungarian folk music, Russian folk music,
Australian Aboriginal folk music and on and on. Can you name a song
that you have learned in your class that is a folk song? Find out
what country or region it is from. Locate it on the map and look up
other songs from that area. You may be surprised how many you know!
Ask the music teacher to devote a session to old folk songs and new
songs that sound like folk songs.
Creatures: Jack was afraid of purple-eyed monsters, horny-toed
dragons and warty-faced giants. What kind of scary beings do you
imagine? Make a mask out of construction paper or foam. Show the
class how your scary creature walks and talks. What does he eat? Are
they afraid of him too?
For a fun creative dramatics
exercise, have each student choose a characteristic from the first
column and a type of creature in the second. Combine the two, become
the crazy creature and sing Polly Wolly Doodle as your creature would.
Think of ways to defeat the
monster and stage the battle for the class. Do you feel like a hero?
Divide the class into two sides and have a battle of imaginary beasts.
Magic Beans: Do
you believe in magic beans, like Jack did? Plant some sunflower
seeds in a cup and grow it on a windowsill in the classroom. Talk
about the very large plant that comes from a tiny seed. Can you see
why that growth would cause people to be inspired by its
"magic"? Consider the trees you can see from your school.
They grow much slower than Jack's beanstalk but they certainly grow
magically tall, don't they?
Dreams of Magic:
Magic Polly tells Jack the magic beans will do all his chores and
grow candy canes. If you had magic beans what powers would you like
them to have?
Castle in the Sky:
What kind of castle do the giants live in? Is it beautiful and
ornate? Or run down and falling apart? What kind of furniture do you
think you would find there? Jack hid in a potato bin. What kind of
hiding places would you look for in a castle in the sky? Roll out
some paper on the floor and draw a picture of your classes' castle.
is Full of Fun Activities
Underwater Sea Party!
The wording of your under the sea birthday party invitations can say
"Calling all Jellyfish, Sharks, Squid and Seals, too...There's
going to be an adventure, and we'd love to share it with you! You're
O-Fish-ally invited to come under the sea. It's (your child's name)
Under the Sea Birthday Party!". Then include day, time, address.
Here is a slightly different
idea for your under the sea party invitations. Make your under the
sea birthday party invitations as "messages-in-bottles."
Simply fill clear plastic bottles with sand, mini sea shells,
glitter, etc. Write your invitations on parchment paper, then roll
them into scrolls, and insert invitations into bottles.
them create a mural of sea life."
George J. Mitchell School, Egg
Decorate your under the sea birthday party room with green and blue
balloons. Hang green "seaweed" streamers from the ceiling,
chairs, or from the top of a windowsill. Cut out starfish, seahorses,
and other sea animals from construction paper. Tape cutouts to some
of the streamers. Cover the lights in the room with blue cellophane
paper, which will give the party "under water"
feeling. Spread out any stuffed sea animals that you might have
around the room. Have Mylar fish and dolphin balloons free-floating
in the area, and have lots of blue latex balloons on the floor to
create "ocean atmosphere." Hang a fish net in the
corner of the under the sea birthday party room. Put a blue or
turquoise tablecloth on your under the sea party table, and then
spread multi-colored confetti around it. Put plastic fish in a clear
bowl for table centerpiece. Hang a personalized theme "Happy
Birthday!" banner in the area.
and Introductory Activities:
Seascape Gel Bags:
Here are some directions for your under the sea birthday party guests
to follow for this activity. Cut small fish from foam paper. Fill a
Ziploc bag with blue hair gel so when the bag is closed it's about
1/4" thick. Place the fish shapes, colored beads, and some
glitter in the bag. Squeeze out excess air from the bag before
sealing it Place the bag, sealed end first, inside another bag. Seal
the second bag and cover the zipped end with clear tape. Have
children make the fish move by running their hands over the surface
of the bag.
Sea Life Mural: Tape
a wide sheet of butcher paper on the wall at kids' eye level. Spread
posters and pictures of tropical fish, dolphins, sharks, and other
sea animals for ideas. Provide the kids with paints and markers, and
let them create a mural of sea life.
Party Favors: Since
kids are fascinated with sea life, any theme related items as
keepsakes will do the trick! For your under the sea party favors, you
can have such items as beach balls, fish squirts, straws, sticker
sheets, toy dolphins, and starfishes.
Under the Sea
Birthday Party Games:
the Whale: This classic game is easy to design and set up.
Just draw a large whale on paper, leaving out the tail. Then cut out
"whale tails" for all your guests. Put children's initials
and a double-sided tape on each tail. At game time, blindfold the
kids one by one, spin them around, and get them to pin their tail
shapes where they belong.
Shark Chase: Get
the kids to spread out on one side of the party area - they are
fish. Scatter five or more hula hoops around the opposite side of the
area (the hoops are the fish's "homes"). Select one
child to be a shark, and have that player stand between the
"fish" and their "homes." When the
"shark" calls Shark!, he or she runs after the
"fish" and tags as many as possible. The fish must reach
home - step inside the hula hoop - to be safe from the shark.
Any player who is tagged becomes a shark for the next round, and tags
remaining fish. For each round, take away one hula hoop until only
one hoop is left. The game continues until all the fish are caught.
Chase" and "Octopus Alert" with your students!
Chesterland OH - Old
Rochester Regional Jr High VT
Toss: Place candies or small prizes in three or four pails.
Place the pails against the walls. Have a couple of beanbags for
children to throw. (It's ideal that you make a beanbag that looks
like fish, but it's not crucial!) Have the kids take turns throwing
beanbags into a pail. Allow children to choose a prize from whatever
bucket the beanbag lands in. Be sure every under the sea birthday
party guest receives a prize.
Here is a great outdoor game for under the sea birthday party, and it
will require water balloons. Choose one person to be an octopus.
Arrange everyone else in a big circle around the octopus. Have the
kids in the circle toss a water balloon back and forth, trying to
keep it away from the octopus. If the octopus pops the water balloon
by batting it out of the circle, the person who threw it is out. Last
child left in the circle wins.
Animal: Have your party guests sit in a circle. Play lively
music in the background, and let the kids pass around a sea animal
toy. Whenever the music stops the person holding the toy - goes out
of the game, and receives a prize (e.g., favor bag). Play until
everyone has won a prize.