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.
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.
Flying Carpet: Aladdin
History of the Magic Carpet
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
Solano Youth Theatre, CA
Origins of the Magic Carpet
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.
The Flying 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. video games.
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.
Riverview Park Community School, Ottawa
By Karen McGillivray, Learning Support Teacher
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
Drama brings 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!
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:
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
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 the world.
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.
Plays are Vital for Education
It's vitally 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
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
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
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
behind the creation of The
Wizard of Oz
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.
L. Frank Baum
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
In 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
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
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.
On 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
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.
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."
Lindsey Elementary, 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.
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.
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."
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
NEWELL | 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.
In 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
In 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
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.
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.
The 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.
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."
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
The Summit Tribune, Iowa
| 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.
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.
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 to May.
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.
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 Kids production.
kind of cool because it's all kids," she said. "I was the
only kid in 'White Christmas.'"
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.
The 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.
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.