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Adelaide Fringe Show Announcement!
The Gemini Collective, AU - How to fold a Paper Crane tutorial
atomic 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.
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.
are 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
about ArtReach's THE
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
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
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 Christmas Day.
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
and 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?
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.
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.
Fie! Foe! FUN!
and the Beanstalk! School Play Musical for Children to Perform!
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.
The 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.
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!
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
play 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 in him.
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.
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.
begs 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.
with 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.
army 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"
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.
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
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.
the 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.
the 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
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
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