day, sometime between 500 and 1,000 A. D., somewhere in China,
Persia or India and (perhaps inspired by the riches to be made in the
Eastern silk trade), someone turned a spindle on its side, added a
pulley and connected it to a drive wheel. The spinning wheel was born.
the invention met strong resistance by the time it reached Western
Europe in the early 13th century. Wool merchants saw it as an
impairment in quality by producing thread that was lumpy and uneven.
spinners often used a distaff, (a stick with a fork or comb on the
tip used to hold long-staple fibers while spinning) to hold their
fibers while they were spinning with a spindle. Although time
consuming and awkward, the method produced more consistently even thread.
the machine was simply more economical, saving almost half the work
of hand spinning and, with the later addition of a foot pedal... the
spinning wheel was off and running.
Magic Flying Carpet: Aladdin
History of the
Before people would consider
space shuttles or even jumbo jets, they imagined a fantastic form of
aerial transport - a magic carpet or flying carpet. These fanciful
floorings could levitate great loads and travel at speeds then beyond
fantasy. From their beginnings in the ancient world, legends of
flying carpets have traveled across millennia and continents alike.
Magic Carpet in ArtReachs Aladdin
Cast, Solano Youth Theatre, CA
Origins of the
Legend has it that biblical
King Solomon owned a huge magic carpet - at least large enough to
bring the King's entourage along. Several hundred years later, the
enchanting queen Scheherazade told her husband stories of flying
carpets in Arabian Nights. Fortunately, the queen's storytelling
chops ended the king's practices of summarily beheading his wives
after one night.
Carpet in Western Lore
These Eastern stories have
enchanted the West for centuries; flying carpets pervade our popular
culture today. At the end of World War II, the United States turned
its aircraft carriers and other vessels into giant floating
dormitories, dispatching them to bring servicemen home from far-flung
lands. The armed forces dubbed this effort "Operation Magic Carpet."
Late 60s rock band Steppenwolf
rocked the chart with a far-out (and perhaps pharmaceutically aided)
"Magic Carpet Ride." More recently, animated plumbers Mario
and Luigi contend with rug-riding enemies in the Super Mario Bros.
While the original Aladdin
legend has the bandit using a rug as a getaway vehicle in ancient
Baghdad, Disney's westernized Aladdin whisks his midriff-baring gal
Jasmine on a carpet-borne dream date. Sadly, this is not an option
for modern sorcerers on the dating scene; in the world of J.K.
Rowling's teen warlock Harry Potter, the Ministry of Magic has
outlawed flying carpets.
Students Perform We
Are the Dream: the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.
Community School, Ottawa
By Karen McGillivray, Learning
Junior students in grades 4, 5
and 6 at Riverview Alternative School performed Kathryn Shultz
Miller's play We Are
the Dream: The Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. as a
dramatic culminating activity to a term long unit on heroes in our
lives and as a special way of celebrating Black History Month.
special way of celebrating Black History Month."
Grades 4, 5 and 6 at Riverview
Alternative School performed We
Are the Dream
We Are the Dream is a
dramatization of Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and the civil rights
struggle that took place during that period in history. The
play required the students to not only take on a role but to learn
words to a number of spiritual songs. Students reenacted
painful events in Martin's young life that helped him develop the
resolve to make a change in the world. They showed how Martin
and his wife Coretta returned to Alabama to lift their people
up. Particularly moving scenes involved students portraying the
courageous Rosa Parks refusing to give up her seat and the Montgomery
bus boycott that followed as well as the Freedom March on Washington
when Martin gave his famous and powerful "I Have a Dream"
speech. The students enjoyed preparing props, rehearsing and
performing for a live audience. They learned a great deal from
the experience and are commended for doing a great job.
Comes Alive for School Students
the lessons of history into your heart
History is rich in drama and
intrigue perfect for childrens theatre scripts.
World famous playwrights, from Shakespeare to Arthur Miller, have
used the events of true stories as a basis for their most exciting plays.
ArtReachs plays AMELIA
EARHART, ANNIE OAKLEY
and LEWIS AND CLARK
are just a few examples of plays that bring history alive for young
audiences. Very popular, reaching thousands of school students
throughout the country, are the Cherokee plays YOUNG
CHEROKEE and TRAIL OF TEARS.
These plays bring to life the myths of the ancient tribe and tell
the tragic story of their removal from their native lands.
that bring history alive for young audiences."
Young Cherokee - Western Carolina University Theatre in
Education, Cullowhee, NC
ArtReach plays are well
researched, fast paced, with exciting audience participation.
Many of the plays come complete with Study Guides to give teachers
the resources for meaningful classroom activities that give a deeper
understanding of history.
Looking for a subject for your
next school tour? Turn the pages of time and discover a world
of thrilling drama!
Story of Sadako
Thousand Cranes is based on a true story
Sadako Sasaki was a Japanese
girl living in Hiroshima when the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan
(August 6, 1945). In 1955, at age 11, Sadako was diagnosed with
leukemia, a type of cancer caused by the atomic bomb.
While in the hospital, Sadako
started to fold paper cranes. In Japan, there is a belief that if you
folded 1000 paper cranes, then your wish would come true. Sadako
spend 14 months in the hospital, folding paper cranes with whatever
paper she could get. Paper was scarce so she used the paper from
medicine bottles, candy wrappers, and left over gift wrap paper. Her
wish was that she would get well again, and to attain peace &
healing to the victims of the world.
Sadako died on October 25,
1955, she was 12 years old and had folded over 1300 paper cranes.
Sadakos friends and classmates raised money to build a memorial
in honor of Sadako and other atomic bomb victims. The Hiroshima Peace
Memorial was completed in 1958 and has a statue of Sadako holding a
golden crane. At the base is a plaque that says:
is our cry
is our prayer
in the world
Although Sadako died at a very
young age, her legacy continues. To this day, the paper crane is
probably the most recognized origami model. The paper crane is often
given as a wish for peace.
Sadako's brother (Masahiro
Sasaki), who is now over 70 years old, saved five of the original
paper cranes folded by his sister when she was in the hospital. He
hopes to donate the remaining 5 cranes to the the five continents of
1990: In Seattle, Washington,
USA, Nobel Peace Prize nominee, Dr. Floyd Schmoe, built a life-size
statue of Sadako. The statue was unveiled on August 6, 1990, 45 years
after the bombing of Hiroshima. The statue is in the Seattle Peace
Park and often has paper cranes draped over it. [Photo from
wikipedia.com] Unfortunately, not everyone is at peace; the statue
was vandalized in 2003 and again in 2012. The statue has been repaired.
are Vital for Education
important -- not
Almost every day we hear it
from one of our teachers my school is cutting back on the
arts! Now its your job to tell the powers that be
why you absolutely must produce a school play this year!
Creative Thinking and Useful
Play! Kids learn how to use their own imaginations to confront
daily issues and learning experiences. Learning how to perform
a fictional character and how to convey ideas on stage light a
kids mind on fire. An exciting rehearsal will spark
inspired participation in class.
Teaches Kids to Work
Together! Kids learn to take time and show patience and
cooperation with their classmates and friends that may never happen
in a classroom sitting at their desks. Students read, move and
think together. Rehearsing a play invites everyone to put down
their phones and really listen to and enjoy interaction with others.
learn how to use their own imaginations."
Kids attend Gemini Project,
Adelaide Fringe Fest, Australia
Builds Confidence! Real
confidence comes from real accomplishments. Nothing is better
for a childs self-esteem than applause. During rehearsal,
otherwise shy kids may trigger positive reactions from fellow
classmates. Laughing, clapping, participating together helps
kids find self-assurance and acceptance.
Improves Reading Skills!
Some kids are never going to sit down a read a novel. But they
will read a script because the script includes them! Maybe a
child is not clever and witty in real life, but for a moment he can
be those things in front of an audience. Suddenly they love
good writing and reading.
plays bring theatre into kids lives and improve their
ability to learn and enjoy life. This is not an option.
Its vitally important to every childs successful education.
WRITERS OF OZ
story behind the creation of The
Wizard of Oz
the years there have been hundreds of books and publications written
about the magical Land of Oz, from the first Oz book, The Wonderful
Wizard of Oz, by L. Frank Baum, to contemporary novels, storybooks,
comics, and television shows for today's audiences. Baum, as creator
of the Oz stories, is regarded as the foremost contributor, having
written the original series of 15 books published from 1900 to 1920.
After Baum's death, his editor, Ruth Plumly Thompson, continued the
series, writing 19 more Oz books from 1921 to 1939 and two more in
the 1970s a few years before she died. After Baum and Thompson, there
were numerous Oz contributors including John R. Neill (Oz
illustrator), Jack Snow, and Rachel R. Cosgrove, to name a few.
I was young I longed to write a great novel that should win me fame.
Now that I am getting old my first book is written to amuse children.
For, aside from my evident inability to do anything "great,"
I have learned to regard fame as a will-o-wisp which, when caught,
is not worth the possession; but to please a child is a sweet and
lovely thing that warms one's heart and brings its own reward."
L. Frank Baum
the characters he created - Dorothy, the Tin Woodman, the Scarecrow,
and others - L. Frank Baum traveled a long road to reach his goals.
Along the way, he encountered physical illness, bankruptcy, rejection
and failure. However, like any hero, he triumphed in the end.
Today, audiences still read and enjoy his fairy tales, proving L.
Frank Baum to be a master of storytelling.
still read and enjoy his fairy tales."
Brookings Harbor Community
Theatre, OR - Colombo School, Sri Lanka
Frank Baum was born to Benjamin and Cynthia Ann Stanton Baum on May
15, 1856 in Chittenango, New York.. Benjamin Baum made his fortune in
the oil business and the family enjoyed a happy existence which
revolved around friends, family and church. Since birth, Frank
suffered from heart trouble. Frail and sickly, he stayed close to
home, receiving his education from a private tutor. Once he learned
to read, he could be found in his father's study, devouring volumes
by Dickens and Thackeray.
also enjoyed fairy tales, although he found that he didn't enjoy the
presence of witches and other frightful creatures that often popped
up in the stories. He vowed that someday he would write fairy tales
that would not frighten young readers.
his fourteenth birthday, Frank received a small printing press.
Inspired, he and his younger brother began publishing a neighborhood
newspaper. The journal boasted poetry, articles, editorials and word
puzzles. He also earned money by printing signs, stationery and
program. When he was 17, Frank started another paper, The Empire, and
a magazine for stamp collectors. As he grew into an adult, he worked
at a variety of positions, including salesman, reporter, owner of a print shop,
director of a chain of opera houses, and actor.
and friends found him charming and delightful. He loved to tell and
hear stories, and some even said he himself could not distinguish
reality from events he had only imagined. Practical jokes and word
games also enchanted him. In 1881, Frank's charm won him the
attention of Maud Gage. They were married the following year.
the year before his marriage, Frank wrote a melodrama entitled The
Maid of Arran, which became a local hit. After the wedding, Frank and
Maud toured with the company for a while, then moved to Syracuse,
where Frank labored as a salesman.
Benjamin Baum had passed his businesses and money on to his son,
Frank soon found that a clerk had gambled away all of the business's
capital. He continued to write, attempting to pull himself out of
bankruptcy. Several years later, the Baums moved to the Dakota
Territory, where yet another business dissolved in bankruptcy. In
1891, Frank moved his family to Chicago where became a buyer and a
salesman. Although he traveled a great deal, he continued to write.
loved children and delighted in telling them stories."
Wizard of Oz - Scripted Drama, Currambine AU
loved children and delighted in telling them stories. He would read
Mother Goose rhymes to his children, who simply could not understand
why a mouse would run up a clock or why a cow would jump over the
moon. Frank made up his own explanations, which Maud urged him to
publish. Her insistence led to Mother Goose In Prose (1897). He
continued to write and publish both fiction and non-fiction. Although
he published many books, Frank achieved popularity and fame because
of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (1900). The book wowed audiences with
its story and its vivid illustrations. It became an instant hit, and
earned the honor of best-selling book
in 1900. Since the book had been so successful, Frank decided to
adapt it for the stage. Oz, his musical extravaganza became immensely
popular, and toured for 9 years. Frank wrote 14 more Oz books, two of
which were published after his death. He also tried adapting the
stories for stage and film, but had marginal success. Once again, he
many years of hard work, Frank grew weaker and weaker, but he
continued to write, even if it was only a little each day. He stashed
two manuscripts in a safe deposit box to be published if he became
too ill to write.
May 5, 1919, L. Frank Baum suffered a stroke. He died quietly the
next day. He is buried in Forest Lawn Memorial Park in
Glendale, California. Frank's oldest son, Frank Jr., and others
continued the Oz legacy by writing and producing more Oz books, plays
and radio shows. However, none of those mediums achieved as much
success as the 1939 MGM movie, The Wizard of Oz, starring Judy
Garland as Dorothy. In fact, most people probably know the movie
better than the book.
Prepare for Performance at ORRJHS
Mermaid is in rehearsal regardless of the weather
Rochester MA, By
Old Rochester Regional Junior High School has resurrected its Drama
Club and is ready to show the public how hard work, dedication, and
the desire to have fun simply cannot be stopped by marathon snowstorms.
Drama Club has been learning its lines, rehearsing its moves, and
finding its singing voice since January 21, despite the cancelation
of a number of its scheduled rehearsals due to the weather. But the
show will go on with a rendition of Hans Christian Andersen's classic The
Little Mermaid, led by a group of dedicated parent volunteers
who have been organizing and facilitating the production.
production has been designed a bit differently than other school
plays, said parent volunteer Beth Marsden. Multiple actors will be
playing each of the roles as a way of giving everyone a chance to
shine in the play.
were trying to make this play so that there's really no lead so that
it's easier," said Marsden. "So that way all the kids could
be a part of it.
tons of chances for tons of involvement."
Chesterland OH - Old
Rochester Regional Jr High VT
there are 31 actors and 10 crewmembers responsible for make-up and
lighting, among other aspects of production.
fun because there really are no lead roles," said parent
volunteer Casey Quirk. "So there's tons of chances for tons of involvement."
rendition of The Little Mermaid, adapted by Kathryn Schultz Miller,
varies from the Disney version. For example, the names are different,
although they echo of their Disney counterparts, and the story is
based more on the Christian Andersen book and less on the cartoon.
the center of the plot is Annabelle, played by Lyla Horton and
Michaela Mattson, a young mermaid who is in love with a prince and
would do anything to be a human. Her father, Neptune, played by both
Emma Quirk and Emily Wilson, tries in vain to keep his daughter from
mingling with humans, while Annabelle is pursued by the evil Odessa,
played by Kate Marsden and Hannah Grace Johnson, who tricks Annabelle
into giving up something precious in order to gain power over Neptune.
Drama Club was formed again this year when the school asked some
parents if they would revive the Drama Club after years of
inactivity. This will help the young actors in the future, said
Quirk. "When they get to high school, they've already been
introduced to drama," Quirk said. "And the kids involved in
this are awesome kids who work hard and are having fun. I'll be sad
when it's over."
actors are enthusiastic and shine brightly on an underwater stage
bursting with color. They are building their confidence and will
really be "hamming it up" in the junior high auditorium on
Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 pm during its public performance of The
Little Mermaid. Tickets at the door are $10; $5 for students,
seniors, and kids; and kids age four and under are free.
middle school drama students excel with spring production: The
of Sleepy Hollow
Brunner, Butte County Post
| On April 13 and 14 in Austin Auditorium, eight middle school drama
students, under the direction of Meg English, brought to life the
story of a spooky night and a hapless school teacher, Ichabod Crane.
the role of Crane, Caleb McGregor, a sixth grader at Newell Middle
School, played the part with flamboyance and an assured natural
style. In other roles, Ian McCaskey, also a sixth grader, played the
role of Brom Bones; Lacey Kenoyer played the female lead as Katrina
VanTassel; Carlee Vavra played Judity; Annie Miller played Emily;
Madison Miller played Charlotte and Abbie Nelson played the part of
Penny and "Nails" the dog. Kai Banks lended a narrative
role as Washington/Irving.
look forward to many years of great drama."
Legend of Sleepy Hollow - Newell Middle School, CA
two acts, the young thespians told the story of a schoolmaster who
comes to Sleepy Hollow and falls in love with a young girl who ends
up rebuffing him. On his way home from a Halloween party at the home
of his heartthrob, Crane disappears and only his hat and a smash
pumpkin are left behind.
intensity of the supernatural atmosphere was felt as Crane hesitated
on Church bridge and relished the thought of beautiful Katrina and
his fascination with the tale of the Headless Horseman, said to be a
Hessian soldier who lost his head to a cannon ball during the
students in Cranes school reacted realistically to his punishment,
which he doled out only to those who could handle it. The teacher,
who makes extra money teaching singing lessons, also portrayed an
insatiable hunger and a taste for the finer things, like Miss Katrina.
besides the cast were involved in the top-notch production including
Ken and Noah Seieroe, who constructed the base for the stage trees,
Marty Jump on piano, Heather Brown for lighting and sound, Dave
Nuenke as construction consultant, and Paula Reedy as art consultant.
The stage crew was made up of Noah Seieroe, William Timm, Alex
Herrera Seikkula, Draven La Boucane and Kendra Wetz.
Braaton and Deana Jaukauri lent a hand with set design, and Vonda
Clausen did makeup. Todd Komes and Sandy Miller helped with
maintenance, and Victoria Tucker created the programs.
play, The Legend
of Sleepy Hollow,
by Kathryn Schultz Miller and based on the story by Washington
Irving, was the spring production for the middle school.
have many young and good thespians in the school," said English
of the drama students. "I look forward to many years of great drama."
Tibbits Summer Theatre, Meet the Costume Designers
Charles Burr - Scenic Design: Rudy Schuepbach
- Tibbits Popcorn Theatre's version of "Pinocchio"
will take youngsters on Pinocchio's quest to become a real boy as he
tangles with tricksters and some no-good buddies in the Land of
Toys. Here are renderings of the costumes,
as well as Hickory Cricket puppet and clothing artists.
Smith O'Neal: Costume
Designer Tibbits 2019: Popcorn Theatre. 1st season. Favorite
Productions: Blood Wedding at Pacific Lutheran University, Little
Shop of Horrors at Lakewood Community Theatre. Training:
Pacific Lutheran University. "I have always had an
affinity for clothing and discovering a profession that embodies that
passion has been a dream come true."
profession that embodies passion has been a dream come true."
at Tibbits Summer Theatre - Popcorn Theatre - Costumes & Puppets
Stage Manager for Popcorn Theatre, Assistant Stage Manager for
Mainstage Shows. Tibbits 2019. All Productions. 1st season.
Favorite Shows: Guys and Dolls and It Shoulda Been You at The Players
Guild of Dearborn, Woody's Order! with The REP of Point Park
University's Pittsburgh Playhouse, Lottery Day at Goodman Theatre.
Training: Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Production from Point Park
University. "Thank you to my family for believing in me
and encouraging me every day."
Kriser: Scenic Designer - Connor Beatie: Lighting Designer - Sarah
Gens: Properties. Pinocchio is presented with the support of
Tibbits sponsor Honor Credit Union.
explore their creative side in FC theater program: Kid
PIEPER, The Summit Tribune, Iowa
CITY | Forest City area children who are interested in theater have
an opportunity to learn and perform close to home.
Theatre, which stages productions with mostly adult actors, launched
summer camps open to youth ages 6-17 in 2016.
year BST Kids is having 21 youngsters in the play camp currently are
rehearsing for the June 22-23 performance of "Kid
Frankenstein." Registration is still underway for the
musical camp scheduled for July 9 through Aug. 4. Youth participating
in that camp will put on a production of "High School Musical
Jr." on Aug. 3-4. All four performances at at 7 p.m. in
the Forest City High School Auditorium. Admission is $5 at the door.
LaMoore, a former BrickStreet board members, was instrumental in
getting BST Kids started two years ago and is again coordinating this
year's camps. Elizabeth May, a current BrickStreet board
member, is the chairwoman of the organization's education committee.
She said it's unusual for a community the size of Forest City to have
a children's theater program. The goal is to expose kids to the
theatrical arts and have them get comfortable with being in front of
an audience before they get to middle school, according to May.
children a chance to express themselves."
BrickStreet Theatre, Forest
City, IA. ArtReach's Kid Frankenstein.
BST Kids, "They don't have a lot of opportunities to do
that," she said. The camps also gives children a chance to
express themselves and "work together to create something,"
she said. BST Kids allows children to work with youth of all
ages rather than just ones that are the same age as them, according
Frankenstein" takes the familiar tale of a scientist who
creates a monster and sets it in a modern-day middle school.
The play is funny rather than scary. May described it as "a
little kid version of 'Young Frankenstein,'" with a lot of
references to the Mel Brooks film.
learn about the basics of acting, such as character development and
blocking. In addition, they explore costuming, set production and
other aspects of theater. During the musical camp the children
also gain skills when learning choreography and musical scores.
Appel, 12, Fertile, is playing the lead role of Frankie Stein in "Kid
Frankenstein." This is his third year in BST Kids.
"I love to act and this is a great opportunity to do it in the
summer when I have time," he said.
kind of cool because it's all kids."
BrickStreet Theatre in rehearsal.
ArtReach's Kid Frankenstein.
Klaassen, 10, Forest City, plays Helga, the principal's daughter, in
"Kid Frankenstein." She said the role requires her to
speak with a German accent and play the violin. She began
acting in BrickStreet productions when she was in second grade.
She was in BrickStreet's "A Christmas Story," and
"White Christmas," but this will be her first time in a BST
kind of cool because it's all kids," she said. "I was the
only kid in 'White Christmas.'"
the regular BrickStreet program, BST Kids had to find various places
around town for rehearsals before the BrickStreet got its own
downtown building. "It is nice now being in our own
space," May said.
kids who are in the play camp this year are in seventh grade or younger.
"They tend to skew a little bit older" for the musical
camp, May said.
Kids partners with Forest City Parks and Recreation. Parks and Rec
includes BST Kids as part of its summer programming.
"It's exciting that Parks and Rec and BrickStreet can work
together to make that happen," May said.
for "High School Musical Jr." is open through the
first morning of camp on July 9. Those interested in
signing up should contact the Forest City Parks and Rec department at 641-585-4860.