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Adelaide Fringe Show Announcement!
Gemini Collective, AU - How to fold a Paper Crane tutorial
bomb that dropped on Hiroshima changed everything, especially for
12-year-old Sadako Sasaki. In a concord of contemporary dance and
original music her true story, captured in A
Thousand Cranes play by Kathryn Schultz Miller, lives on.
Following a five-star debut in 2018, The Gemini Collective pay homage
to the girl who sparked a movement of peace.
paper cranes were folded from medicine wrapping paper and other
scraps by Sadako Sasaki, who was hospitalized with Leukemia, causes
by the atomic bombing. In Japan it has long been believed that a wish
would be granted to those who folded a thousand paper cranes. Sadako
folded paper cranes hoping for a cure, but her condition only
worsened. She died after fighting her disease for eight months."
girl who sparked a movement of peace."
taken from our trip to Japan in August 2017.
If you have
children around Yr 3 age and upwards, we would love for you to come
and see our 2019 Adelaide Fringe performance 'A Thousand Cranes'. It
will be an experience they talk about long after a toy has been forgotten.
folding 1000 cranes before March 5th 2019, opening night of our
Thousand Cranes". Follow this link to our YouTube
Channel to watch Sarah fold a Paper Crane and learn how. Let's
take dramatic step, audition for play
Vindicator, Youngstown OH
filled Frank Ohl Intermediate's gym as nervous fifth-graders
auditioned for speaking parts in "A
Christmas Carol," the school's first play.
spirits, you have saved me," Sabrina Bliss, 11, read from the
script. "I have time, time to make amends, time to be good and
kind to my fellow man."
one of more than 90 Frank Ohl fifth-graders participating in the new
drama club this year. Teachers Jeff Swavel and Shelly Culp decided to
start the club last year during some drama exercises they did in
their language-arts classes. "Some of the
lower-performance students just came alive," Swavel said.
Culp noticed the same.
the lower-performance students just came alive."
Evan Shobel, a fifth-grader and member of the Frank Ohl Intermediate
School Drama Club, reads a part during auditions
Christmas Carol," the school's first play, based on Charles
Dickens' famous story. Photo: Kayla Sahli reads a part
her audition. She is one of more than 90 Frank Ohl fifth-graders
participating in the new drama club this year.
so fun about this is it makes literacy fun for kids," she said,
adding that acting out a play can be a good alternative for students
who don't enjoy sitting down and reading a book.
kind of like teaching reading through the back door," Culp said.
The club is
free to join, and Principal Dennis Rice used the principal's fund to
pay royalties for the script by Kathryn Schultz Miller. Swavel said
the group will rely on student and teacher donations when it comes to
costumes and props. He said they may have a fundraiser for their
group meets each Tuesday for 45 minutes after school. Culp and Swavel
had expected a few dozen students to join and were thrilled to see 90
the first day. Justin
Neff, 10, said he joined because the group sounded fun. He doesn't
mind having to stay after school for practice.
always liked acting," Justin said.
students were divided into smaller groups for auditions. Parts will
be announced Thursday, and the play will be performed in December.
be afraid to act the part," Swavel reminded students auditioning Tuesday.
Kist, 10, said she was excited to join the club and try out for an
acting part in the play. She said the first opportunity for drama
club doesn't come until seventh grade at Austintown Middle School.
happy we don't have to wait until AMS," Veronica said.
the fifth-graders are just as ready and able to act as the
middle-school students and that starting this club was sort of a
reward for them.
kind of feel like they're the top dogs," Swavel said.
said she learned a lot when Culp and Swavel acted out a play for
students during their first practice.
have to have expression. You have to act with hand motions. You have
to be your character," Veronica said. "And you don't have
to wear lots of makeup because you're pretty the way you are."
went without a hitch Tuesday, except for a few nerves. Culp said one
student in her audition group cried before having to read for a
speaking part. With encouragement from her peers, she was able to
finish the audition.
what it's about - taking risks, doing things you're afraid to
do," Culp said.
about ArtReach's THE
Follow Your Heart to a Happy Ending!
August 9, 2018
Nutcracker Prince is a dramatic adaptation of the story by
E.T.A. Hoffmann's story The Nutcracker and the Mouse King.
The story was the basis for the beloved Christmas ballet scored by
Peter Ilich Tchaikovsky that has been delighting children and their
families for decades. Now ArtReach has adapted the story for a
large cast of kids to perform.
As the play begins, Storytellers welcome the
cast to their small village which is preparing for a very special
holiday. It is Christmas and the snow is falling. Clara
and her brother Fritz are having fun playing with the snow and
throwing snowballs when Uncle Drosselmeyer appears to greet
them. He is a kindly and beloved man who provides them with
surprises each Christmas. Back at home, Claras parents
are preparing for Christmas Eve. There is a magnificent tree
and also the gift of a magical gingerbread castle. When Uncle
Drosselmeyer shows up he has gifts for the children.
First he gives Fritz a set of toy soldiers. For Clara,
Drosselmeyer has a special Nutcracker doll. Claras cat
Shadow is afraid of the doll but Clara loves it. Fritz tries to
crack nuts with the doll and breaks it. Drosselmeyer assures
Clara that the Nutcracker will get well and puts the doll underneath
the tree. Everyone agrees it has been a lovely Christmas Eve
and they all depart for a good nights sleep.
Clara worries about her doll and creeps
downstairs to check on him. She introduces him to her other
dolls, Mother Ginger and Katarina. Before she goes back to bed,
Clara kisses the Nutcracker. Little does she know that the kiss
has broken a spell! The Nutcracker and the dolls now come to
life and we are plunged into the make believe world of Claras dream.
A battalion of ruffian Mice appears with the
mission of finding better food than they are used to getting in the
house. They have set their sights on the gingerbread
castle. The Nutcracker Prince takes charge of the castles
defense calling all the toy soldiers to battle. He dispatches
them to the far reaches of the house to defend against the
enemy. Suddenly the Rat King appears and he is surrounded by
his adoring Mice.
The Rat King is determined to get at the castle
but just as he approaches, Nutcracker comes out of hiding and draws
his sword, setting off a battle between the Mice and the
Soldiers. The Rat King is defeated and dies an elaborate
death. The Mice carry him away.
Everyone cheers for Clara and the Nutcracker
explains that she has broken his spell. He invites her to the
wonderful Land of Sweets. Clara and Shadow join the Nutcracker
Prince on a thrilling journey through the castle doors and on to a
land of enchantment.
The Sugar Plum Fairy is preparing for
Claras arrival by directing the Snowflakes to decorate the Land
with sugary snow. When she arrives, Clara sees that everything
is made of candy. The Flowers appear and direct the audience in
the art of filling the Land with flowers. The Sugar Plum Fairy
tells Clara that she is now their Princess. The Nutcracker
Prince asks her to stay with them.
Follows her Heart to a Happy Ending!
Just as Clara is about to answer, the Mice come
marching into the Land of Sweets. The Rat King appears to them
and explains that he was never really dead. Claras cat
Shadow has been enjoying her stay in the Land of Sweets and suddenly
confronts the Rat King with a terrifying roar and hiss!
The Rat King did not expect to defend himself from a cat!
Shadow advances on the Rat King and the Mice until she and the others
drive them away.
Everyone cheers for Shadow and now it is time
for Clara to make her decision. Will she stay in the Land of
Sweets forever? Though she loves the Nutcracker Prince
and everyone in the beautiful Land, Clara tells them that she wants
to grow up to be a woman. Therefore, she must go home.
The sadness of her choice causes the dolls and make-believe
characters to go back to the original state as inanimate toys.
Clara calls out for her Nutcracker Prince as the dream begins to fade
and she wakes up.
It is Christmas morning and Uncle Drosselmeyer
is there to show her that the Nutcracker doll has been repaired.
Fritz has been imagining a wonderful battle with his toy
soldiers. He describes a battle that sounds a lot like the one
in Claras dream. Clara tries to tell the grownups of her
wondrous journey. But no one believes her. She dances
with the Nutcracker and remembers her Prince...
The Storytellers bring us back to the small
village and everyone dances in celebration of another special
nutcracker sits under the holiday tree, a guardian of childhood
stories. Feed him walnuts and he will crack open a tale...
The Perpetual Calendar of Inspiration
the Beanstalk is Fun with Giants!
Let's Talk About
Get your kids talking about the big stuff!
Can they think of any other big characters/giants in books, movies
or TV? Discuss the personality of the most well-known
giants. If you were a giant, would you be good or bad?
Jacks Giant: Often
the first concept of a giant children are exposed to, nearly everyone
knows the tale of Jack
and the Beanstalk. The storys origin is somewhat murky,
with some scholars pointing to early Norse tales. There are dozens of
different versions of the story, but most include Jack climbing a
magic beanstalk to steal golden treasure and, eventually, murder the
giant that lives at the top, thus living happily ever after.
Bigfoot: The Bigfoot, or
the Sasquatch, is an animal which might exist but for which little to
no scientific evidence exists. Described as ape-like,
this missing link stands well over six feet tall,
prowling the wilds of America, particularly the Pacific Northwest.
Often the only clue left behind by the Bigfoot are the enormous
impressions of his feet, many of which if they are fake
are extremely realistic hoaxes.
and the Beanstalk! School Play Musical for Children to Perform!
Paul Bunyan: First
documented in the stories bandied about by French-Canadians, Paul
Bunyan is a giant lumberjack. A larger than life character in the
tradition of many such tall tales, Paul played a role in various
creation myths, such as dragging his axe behind him to cleave out the
Grand Canyon. Bunyan is always accompanied by his pet, a blue ox
named Babe, of equal enormity. Giant statues of Paul and Babe have
become a roadside staple in dozens of towns around America.
monster, which remains nameless throughout Mary Shelleys gothic
masterpiece, is described as being eight feet tall and clad in
transparent yellow skin, hideous beyond comprehension. Victor
Frankenstein tacks his beast together out of spare parts taken from
graveyards and slaughterhouses, and he is forced to make it huge
because of the inherent difficulty of replicating the tiny, intricate
parts of the human body.
Jolly Green Giant: The
mascot of the Green Giant vegetable company (a subsidiary of General
Mills), the Jolly Green Giant has been the subject of innumerable
television commercials, concluding with his trademark "Ho ho
ho. Upon his debut in 1928, the giant was a stooped, menacing
creature, but subsequent versions have been increasingly genial,
adopting a frock of leaves and an always present grin.
Goliath: Arguably the
most famous of all giants, Goliath was a massive Philistine warrior
who faced off against the Israelite army in the Valley of Elah.
Offering to defeat any Israeli in one-on-one combat, Goliath was
rebuffed, until the challenge was taken up by young David. Eschewing
armor, the smaller combatant knocked Goliath down with a stone hurled
from his sling, securing victory for the Israelites and proving
himself, by his valor and faith in God, to be the one true king.
Pan" will fly into Magnolia Arts Center June 23-26
are under way for the Magnolia Arts Center production of "Peter
is the fun part!
ArtReach emphasizes the process. Have fun!
The show, Peter
Pan, written by Kathryn Schultz Miller, will be staged at the
Arts Center on South Washington Street at 7 p.m. Thursday, June 23
through Saturday, June 25, and at 2 p.m. Sunday, June
26. Advance tickets for the play are $5 for Magnolia Arts
members and $7 for the general public. They are available at Lois
Gean's or by calling 870-901-3600.
Legend of Mulan: STUDY GUIDE/SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY
Here is ArtReach's Version of
the Age-Old Legend of Mulan
Legend of Mulan is based on an ancient Chinese poem that has
been the inspiration for countless films, books and television
productions around the world. It tells the story of a girl who wishes
to save her father from forced conscription in the Chinese army.
Dressed as a boy, she becomes a distinguished warrior and heroine.
Mulan's spirit of adventure and courage makes it a beloved story for
begins with the Ancestors of the Fa family describing the country of
China and its philosophy of "Yin and Yang". The Chinese
Emperor is introduced and his assistant Momo instruct all in this
presence to offer "respect and honor". The Emperor says
that he has information that the country will be safe if they trust
story of a girl who wishes to save her father."
Huns - Intro to Asian Culture - Imoogi the
Dragon - Island School HI & Lansing Middle School, MI
Ancestors direct us to a valley where Mulan and her Little Brother
are playing at sword fighting. Mulan is much better than her brother
and dreams that one day she could grow up to be a soldier. Father and
family love her but disapprove of her aspirations and wish that she
conduct herself with more feminine modesty that will lead to
marriage. Though she promises to do better, Mulan asks her father if
her dream will ever come true. Her father promises that it will.
But war is
stirring up in the country and the Emperor issues a decree that every
family must send one adult male to the army. Little Brother is too
young and Father is too old. Mulan begs the family to let her go but
they tell her it is against the law for a girl to serve. Father is
resolved to join, though the prospect of military life cannot be safe
for him since he is in a frail state of health.
the Fa Ancestors to help her save her father. They tell her that she
must go and introduce her to the rabbit Pika, and the Dragon Imoogi,
who will help her on her journey. Imoogi tests the girl in martial
arts and determines that she is worthy of the task. In the morning,
the Fa family wakes to see that Mulan has taken the horse and fled to
take her place in the army.
Pika and Imoogi, travel to the Imperial Army camp. Pika attempts to
teach Mulan how to be like a man but Imoogi objects. The dragon tells
her that the way to convey strength is to summon the spirit of the
sword within her own heart.
Captain Cheng attempts to ready his men for war. Momo, the Emperor's
assistant is with Captain Cheng and believes the soldiers are of poor
quality. Captain Cheng says his problem is that there are not enough
men. Mulan introduces herself and shows him her superior ability to
use a sword. She tells him her secret is that she trusts in her heart
as well as her head. Captain Cheng is impressed and asks her to fight
by his side in the coming battle.
returns to her beloved Father and the rest of her family."
Lansing Middle School, "The
Legend of Mulan"
The Huns are
headed by General Lu Bu who believes that Captain Cheng has secret
plans and sends one of his men to discover them. Captain Cheng has
sent Momo with orders to the Emperor to send more troops. The Hun
soldier Yu Fie stops Momo on his journey, takes the orders and
reports back to General Lu Bu. With this information, the Huns now
feel confident that they will win the battle.
But the Huns
had not expected to encounter one such as Mulan (going by the boy's
name Me Lang). Imoogi helps her and the audience conjure a chaos
inducing storm. Captain Cheng despairs and believes the storm will
destroy his battalion's chances. Mulan reminds him to use his heart.
With Mulan's encouragement he wins a sword fight with General Lu Bu.
Then, Mulan commands the army (audience) to rise and raise their
weapons to the Huns, forcing a retreat. Mulan is hailed as a hero.
Captain Cheng has been injured by General Lu Bu's sword. As Mulan
nurses him to health, the Imperial soldiers tell her that she has
been summoned to the Emperor, who wishes to honor her bravery.
Terrified that this event will reveal her secret, Mulan runs away.
golden Imperial Palace the Emperor asks to meet Me Lang but is told
that the heroic soldier will not appear. At last, Mulan does appear
and finally reveals to all that she is not a male soldier named Me
Lang, but a woman named Mulan. Momo insists she be punished, but the
Emperor prefers to honor her anyway. He offers her gifts and honors
but Mulan says she just wants to go home.
painfully long absence, Mulan returns to her beloved Father and the
rest of her family. They are overjoyed to see her again. After
greeting her they ask who is the person standing beside her. It turns
out that Captain Cheng has followed Mulan from the Imperial Palace to
her valley home. He asks her father for permission to marry her but
Mulan says she has made up her mind. Though she respects her father's
wishes this is her own decision. She has decided to marry Captain Cheng.
Ancestors welcome the couple into the Fa home and into the family
that they represent. They speak of the Chinese belief in yin and
yang, offering their approval of the couple to be wed.
firm, the enduring, the simple, and the modest are near to virtue."
Confucius, The Confucian Analects
FWSU Story: Arts Abound for BFA 4th and 5th Graders:
Elementary, VT, 4/5 Drama Club Continues to Entertain
Tom Walsh writes about the spring 4/5 Grade Dramatic Club presentation
Arts at BFA Fairfax continue to grow and thrive. This year our school
has offered four performances that have provided opportunities for
over one hundred students in grades 3-12. This past Tuesday, our
grades Four/Five Drama Club put on two highly entertaining
performances of Kid Frankenstein
for students, parents and staff members.
have fun and build positive memories."
appreciate the opportunity to watch the expressions and reactions of
audience members as they see their friend, sibling, or family member
shine during the performance. The smiles, laughter and pride are
contagious. It never gets old watching our students take a risk and
discover the enjoyment of performing for others. Most importantly,
students have fun, build positive memories, and foster the continued
desire to participate in theater.
so fortunate to have a dedicated group that value dramatic arts."
I want to
extend a big thank you to Katie Haddock, Juliet King, and Jennifer,
Mark, and Nevan Kalbfleisch for continuing to provide this
opportunity for our students. We are so fortunate to have a dedicated
and committed group of people that value dramatic arts, and offer
these engaging opportunities annually for our students. I appreciate
that our community continues to support local theater and I look
forward to next year's performances.
Pointe Drama Club presented The
Drama Club presented The
Little Mermaid, Thursday, January 29, at 6:30PM at the Greenwood
High School Performing Arts Center.
Mermaid by Hans Christian Andersen is a beloved story of a little
mermaid longing to be human. Kathryn Schultz Miller took this story
and transformed it into a play suitable for the youngest cast. With a
grant from the Greenwood Education Foundation, East Pointe Drama Club
auditioned over 90 Kindergarten through 5th grade students for the play.
a 5th grader in Mrs. Summer Martin's class, enjoyed seeing how happy
everyone was when she performed. In the production of The Little
Mermaid. Complete with cute little jellyfish, adorable sea creatures,
and comical humans.
drama. It is fun, awesome and cool!"
East Point Drama Club, Greenwood AR
the beginning of the school year, over 80 students and dedicated
staff volunteers have practiced tirelessly to provide a quality
show," stated Mr. Mike Dean, East Pointe Elementary Principal.
"It is exciting to see the awesome talent that we have here at
East Pointe Elementary!"
talent! Many drama club participates play musical instruments such as
the violin, piano, guitar, and drums. Also, many members take
singing, gymnastic, and dance lessons.
Drama Club is sponsored by Malynda Sayers, Third Grade Teacher.
Volunteers include Stephanie Griffith, Literacy Specialist; Hilary
Huneycutt, First Grade Teacher; Leslie Peresta, Music Teacher; Rick
Clow, Gifted and Talented Teacher; April Norris, East Pointe
Cafeteria; Jessica Cole, University of Arkansas - Fort Smith; and
Natalie Mulvihill, East Hills Middle School.
Graves, a 4th grader in Miss Amber Quillman's class, replied, "I
love drama. It is fun, awesome, cool, and super fun."
from the show benefited East Pointe Drama Club and "Pants for Pupils."
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