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and the Beanstalk Play is Full of Folk Music
of the Songs in ArtReachs Jack
and the Beanstalk
Froggy Went a Courting:
This great old story song has quite a history. Some people claim that
it goes back 400 years to England, and that the frog is actually a
French Duke while the mouse is Queen Elizabeth I. It has been popular
in America since colonial times, and it seems to change a little with
each person who performs it. In some versions of the lyrics include
"uh-huh, some "mm-hmm, some "hey hey.
Look the song up and you will find there are so many versions with
so many verses you could sing this song all day!
Dan Tucker was a Mean Old Man!
"Old Jack he went a
running and he did run, uh-huh!" - Tale Tellers!
Polly Wolly Doodle:
This familiar American song dates back to the Civil War where it was
a favorite in minstrel shows. It came to be used as a
"walk-around," often the finale of the show in which each
performer would step out to do a verse, answered by the cast and
audience, leading to a final verse with everyone joining in clapping
and dancing. Polly Wolly Doodle appears in the existing manuscript
for Laura Ingalls Wilder's These Happy Golden Years.
Made popular by Burl Ives in the 1950s, Buckeye Jim was first
recorded around the time of the Civil War. There are many versions
and some believe it belongs in a category with "Limber Jim
songs. It may have come from the slave culture of the south since it
expresses a wish for escape and flight. It was heard most recently in
the animated film "Fantastic Mister Fox.
Old Dan Tucker:
Published in 1843 by Dan Emmett (the author of "Dixie) who
also claimed authorship, Old Dan Tucker may have evolved from a
popular slave song about a part-time minister who lived near
Elberton, Georgia. The song was popular around Northern and Southern
campfires during the Civil War. In later years it became a standard
for bluegrass and country music with recordings by Pete Seeger and
most recently, Bruce Springsteen.
On Top of Spaghetti:
A well-known parody of "On Top of Old Smoky deals with the
loss of a meatball "when somebody sneezed." It is a
well-known childrens song. The song appeals to kids because
its about an inanimate object that comes to life. A meatball
defies expectations, and defiancewithin reasonis usually
celebrated in childrens literature.
music is folk music. I ain't never heard a horse sing a song."
-- Louis Armstrong
Story of ArtReachs Play The
this is the Law of the Jungle
and as true as the sky;
And the Wolf
that shall keep it may prosper
but the Wolf
that shall break it must die.
As the creeper
that girdles the tree trunk,
the Law runneth
forward and back;
strength of the Pack is the Wolf,
strength of the Wolf is the Pack.
Kiplings classic books, The
Jungle Book and The Second Jungle Book have been read and loved
by generations of children and their grownups. It can be argued that
the main story is about a Mowgli, a boy who was raised by wolves in
the Indian Jungle. The greater meaning of the story seems to be a
call for peoples of every kind, animal and human, to overcome
lifes cruelties and work together to order themselves and their
actions in a way that serves the greater good. ArtReachs new
School Play version of the story uses audience participation to bring
everyone together to create their own unique Jungle world.
The play begins with the
storytellers the Jungle-People reciting the law of the
Jungle. They then begin the story of how Mowgli was found one dark
night. A Man-Father was traveling through and was attacked by a
tiger, the legendary Shere Khan. Bagheera, the panther, witnessed the
attack and also saw that a human boy had been abandoned as a result.
Bagheera takes the baby to wolves Akela and Raksha to raise along
with their own four cubs. At first hesitant, Akela resolves to keep
the Man-Cub but must gain the permission of all of the pack at
Council Rock. At Council Rock, the wolves of the pack give permission
and Bagheera promises to educate the boy in the ways of the Jungle.
Years later Bagheera teaches
Mowgli the Master-Words and the Hunting Call. He also cautions Mowgli
against noticing the Bandar-log or Monkey-People. Though Mowgli is
interested in learning, he is a typical boy who loves to climb and
swim and doesnt take his lessons as seriously as his teacher
A bad time comes to the Jungle
in the form of drought. All of the animals are starving and Akela
calls everyone to the Peace Rock. This is a rock that is exposed in
the river when the waters dry up and leave only a little water for
the animals to drink. Because the animals are starving, Akela calls a
Water Truce, meaning that they may all drink from the small supply of
water but must not hunt each other during the time of the Truce. All
the kinds of animals agree and the Truce is sealed by a prayer from
Hathi the great elephant with a chant of "Peace, Peace, Peace!
None of the animals are happy
to see the great tiger Shere Khan arrive at Peace Rock because he
seldom cares about the greater good and acts only for himself.
Shere Kahn tells the group
that Mowgli the Man-Cub endangers all Jungle creatures because when
he grows up he will be a Man, the enemy of the Jungle. The animals
see the truth of Shere Khans words, even though Raksha begs
them to let her son stay. Finally, Bagheera says he will take the boy
to the Man-Village and Mowgli makes his tearful goodbyes.
On the journey, Mowgli defies
his teacher Bagheera and runs away from him.
Kaa, the Rock Python, appears
and uses her large, shining eyes to hypnotize Mowgli. The Man-Cub
falls for her charms and is almost eaten when Baloo, a big bear,
ambushes the snake chasing her off and saving Mowglis life.
Mowgli loves his new friend,
Baloo, who is easy going and funny. The two of them hit it off and
develop a friendship. Soon, Bagheera appears and convinces Baloo that
the boy must be taken to the Man-Village in order to save his life
and keep the Jungle safe from Man. Mowgli feels betrayed and leaves
them both, running off alone.
As he travels alone in the
Jungle, Mowgli is captured by the Monkey-People who swing him among
the treetops and have fun with him like a toy. They take him to their
leader, the Golden Queen of the Bandar-log. The Queen tells Mowgli
that she wants him to go to the Man-Village and bring her the Red
Flower, which is a word the animals use for fire. The Golden Queen
tells him that Akela, the boys wolf father, has been killed by
Coming to Mowglis aid,
the vulture Chil flies in and restrains the Monkey-People so that
Bagheera and Baloo may rescue the boy. They tell Mowgli the sad
truth, that Akela has indeed been defeated and killed by Shere Khan.
Once again the boy defies his friends and runs away. Only now Mowgli
runs straight for the Man-Village with the goal of securing the Red
Flower for his own use.
When Mowgli reaches the
Village he encounters a woman who seems to be the mother he left when
he was a baby. Mowgli begins to understand that he is not Wolf or
Man, but he is both, becoming another kind of Jungle-Creature. The
Villagers recognize the value of Mowglis mission and give him
the Red Flower.
Mowgli runs back to the Peace
Rock in the Jungle and when he gets there, the tiger Shere Kahn is
waiting. Mowgli knows that he must fight the tiger in order to earn
his place in the Jungle. All the animals gather to see the struggle
between the two and recite the Law of the Jungle. Mowgli uses the
power that his human relations have given him, the Red Flower, to
defeat Shere Kahn. But unlike the tiger, Mowgli is generous and lets
the tiger live.
When they are free of Shere
Khan the animals realize that Mowgli has earned his place among them
and cry out "All hail, Mowgli! and again recite the Law:
"The strength of the Wolf is the Pack!
Version of Kid Frankenstein
ArtReachs Kid Frankenstein
to Mary Shelleys Novel
published her most famous book name "Frankenstein; or, The
Modern Prometheus in 1818 and it has been fascinating readers ever
since. The story of a scientist who created a living being from
inanimate tissue has inspired an unending parade of satires, movies,
novels, cartoons and comic books. ArtReachs play Kid
Frankenstein is a light-hearted satire, comedy and fantasy, very
loosely based on Shelleys novel, which is intended for kids to
enjoy and perform.
SYNOPSIS OF THE PLAY
The play begins
with students, Kidz, introducing the weird and spooky event that
happened at their school. They begin their story by explaining
that the Science Fair was coming up and their friends Frankie and
Irving had big plans for their project.
Irving are regular kids with very vivid imaginations. We see
them in Frankies basement, pretending to be scientist and
assistant. It all seems like a silly fantasy until a package
arrives. The box has been sent from Transylvania and contains a
book by Dr. Frankenstein, explaining how he accomplished the amazing
feat of creating a living being. Frankie is delighted to have a
blueprint for his extravagant science project.
Irving are late for school the next day and are presented by the
principal Mr. Klondike to Mrs. Newton, the science teacher.
Troublemakers, T-Bone and his Gang of Bonez make Mrs. Newtons
job difficult. She introduces two locals who are making
donations for the science lab: Mr. Spots brings a monkeys
brain and the nearsighted Mrs. Magillacutty brings her late dogs
assigns Helga to be partners with Frankie and Irving in their science
project. The three friends pretend that they are in the
laboratory where Frankie has assembled a being made from stuff he
found in his moms freezer. He directs Irving and Helga to
get the monkeys brain to complete the project.
Irving and Helga attempt to sneak into the school to get the brain
but are caught by the Gang of Bonez who try to disrupt their
plans. In the comic fracas, the monkeys brain is
dropped. Irving and Helga get the dogs brain and take it
to Frankie but they dont tell him that they had to
switch the brains.
rigged his laboratory with everything needed to bring his creation to
life. They are very excited when they flip the switch to give
the creature a life inducing jolt of electricity. However, the
creature does not move. Frankie believes all is lost. The
kids leave to eat dinner feeling that their experiment is a failure.
But in their
absence, slowly the Monster comes to life, dances around the
laboratory and escapes to explore the world. The town is in an
uproar as there are several sightings of a creature that cannot be
explained. The Monster comes to Mrs. Magillacuttys
house. She cannot see him clearly and assumes he is a local
school student who would like some chicken soup. When she goes
to light the pilot light on her stove the Monster goes crazy at the
sight of fire, and runs away.
Frankie and his crew find the Monster. As Helga distracts him
by playing her violin, the boys drop a net over him, capturing
him. They take him back to the laboratory where they prepare
him for the Science Fair.
Klondike is keen to get the Science Fair underway to distract the
frightened population from the worry of a Monster running loose.
T-Bone and his Gang of Bonez present their less than impressive
Volcano experiment which fizzles. At last, Frankie is thrilled
to present his creature the Monster who makes a show of
himself by dancing to Helgas fiddle. Surprisingly, the
Bonez volcano erupts belatedly, scaring the Monster. The
kids wrestle him to the ground and bring him back to the laboratory.
Rally Against the Monster!
brain he has used is the dogs brain, Frankie decides he must
perform brain transference. He hooks his head up to the
Monsters head but at the last moment, Mrs. Newton appears and
stops him. It turns out, Mrs. Newton was much like Frankie in
her youth and she knows what Frankie is up to. She knows that
he must stop now. Finally, Mrs. Magillacutty arrives, insisting
that the Monster is really her late dog and insists on taking him
home. The Monster loves the idea and everyone agrees.
gathered in the laboratory when Mrs. Newton gives a strong defense
for kids who love science as Frankie does. She shares old
stories with Frankie as they depart and Irving flips the electric
switch one last time.
At last the
town is safe and Kid Frankenstein has ceased his experiment.
The Kidz end their spooky story with a happy: "The End.
does not become great until human beings,
the courage and the strength, use it to create.
-- Maria Montessori
Christmas Wish from Lewis Carroll
To All Child
Readers of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll, 1871
At Christmas-time a few
grave words are not quite out of place, I hope, even at the end of a
book of nonsense - and I want to take this opportunity of thanking
the thousands of children who have read Alice's Adventures in
Wonderland, for the kindly interest they have taken in my little dream-child.
Golfshore Playhouse, FL -
Brandenburg Elementary School, Irving, TX
The thought of the many
English firesides where happy faces have smiled her a welcome, and of
the many English children to whom she has brought an hour of (I
trust) innocent amusement, is one of the brightest and pleasantest
thoughts of my life. I have a host of young friends already, whose
names and faces I know - but I cannot help feeling as if, through
"Alice's Adventures" I had made friends with many other
dear children, whose faces I shall never see.
To all my little friends,
known and unknown, I wish with all my heart, "A Merry Christmas
and a Happy New Year". May God bless you, dear children, and
make each Christmas-tide, as it comes round to you, more bright and
beautiful than the last - bright with the presence of that unseen
Friend, who once on earth blessed little children - and beautiful
with memories of a loving life, which has sought and found the truest
kind of happiness, the only kind that is really worth the having, the
happiness of making others happy too!
Your affectionate Friend,
December 25, 1871
Transforms: Beauty and the Beast
Lessons From a
Story Old as Time
Dispenza and Dr. Beverly Nelson
children's story Beauty
and the Beast is one of the finest parables we have about the
transforming qualities of love -- and about one of life's most
important lessons: things are not always what they seem.
Magic for Your School
School, Santa Maria, CA - Solano Youth Theatre, CA
Here are some
lessons from Beauty
and the Beast about choosing truth over appearances -- and love
Virtually all spiritual literature warns us against judging people
and conditions. The reason is that when we judge someone or
something, we immediately put them in a kind of prison of our opinion
-- a prison which they cannot get out of and which we cannot get
into. If you think of a person as a thief, for instance, the person
is labeled forever -- and your judgment actually can make that person
act like a thief. Stay away from judgment: it limits perception and
keeps you in fear.
See the beauty.
Beauty is all around us, everywhere and at all times. But it is up to
us to actually see and appreciate beauty. Many people go through life
choosing to regard their reality as ugly and unsatisfying. They look
at the half-full glass and see it as half-empty. When all of life is
seen only as an opportunity to confirm the human experience as a vale
of tears and troubles, then it certainly becomes that! See life for
the beautiful journey it truly is, and watch miracles happen.
Complaining is another form of judging. When you complain, you are
automatically saying that people and situations are imperfect,
defective, and even ugly. Try to head off a complaint by taking a
second to question and reconsider your initial response. Even a brief
moment will give you the chance to see things in a different way. A
complaint is a comment that comes from a willful ego. Life will go
much smoother if you trade a complaint for a compliment.
Move beyond the appearance.
Things are not always what they seem. In fact, things are almost
always different from how they appear to the eyes and how they sound
to the ears. If you will find the truth about people and things, move
beyond appearances -- entertain exactly the opposite of what you are
seeing and hearing. The truth, like the prince, lies behind the wall
of the physical senses, in a place where only the heart can discern.
When given the choice between fear and love, choose love every time.
If the culture is presenting you with fearful visions, you can
personally dispel them by deciding to leave fear behind and go toward
love. In this way, by raising your own consciousness into a loving
place, you are lifting all of Consciousness with you. This is how
wars are stopped or prevented -- and how people and situations in
'terminal' conditions are healed unconditionally.
The lessons of
The Beauty and the Beast are everywhere in this enchanting fairy
tale. We encourage you to surround yourself this month with the
energy of its transformative teachings: love transforms everything,
elevates everything, and reveals your life as the truly beautiful
experience it is.
Cinderella is an Ageless Classic
Perrault The Classic Cinderella
Perrault was born in Paris in 1628 to a wealthy bourgeois family. He
attended the best schools and studied law before embarking on a
career in government service. He took part in the creation of the
Academy of Sciences as well as the restoration of the Academy of
Painting. When the Academy of Inscriptions and Belles-Lettres was
founded in 1663, Perrault was made secretary for life.
Magic for Children to Perform
Theatre, Fairfield, CA
At the age of
55 Perrault tried his hand at children's literature and in 1697 he
wrote his famous Contes de ma Mere L'Oye Tales of Mother
Goose. Its publication made him very popular and marked the
beginnings of a new literary genre, the fairy tale. He used images
from around him such as the Chatename au Ussé for
Sleeping Beauty and in Puss-in-Boots, the Marquis of the Chateau d'Oiron.
of his age, Perrault did not sign his own name to the collection, but
published under the name of his 17-year-old son. Ever since, there
has been some dispute whether father or son wrote it, but the
tendency of scholarly opinion is to attribute it to the father.
The Contes were
instantly successful on their first publication and have remained
enormously popular ever since. Although the style of the tales
in the original French suggests the sophistication of the courtly
audience, by the time the tales were translated into English (by
Robert Samber in 1729), they were clearly directed toward a child audience.
In England, the
fairy tales became widely available through chapbooks (cheap,
inexpensive books sold by traveling peddlers) as well as other, more
reputable publications. The first American edition was not published
until 1794, although the tales may have been available to colonial
readers through imported books.
famous stories are still in print today and have been made into
operas, plays, movies and animated films. Some of Perrault's
best known stories are:
Perrault died in Paris in 1703.
Civic Theatre needs community's help to make 1,000 paper origami cranes
the Scene: Canon City News, By Carie Canterbury, The Daily Record,
Canon City, Colorado
community is invited to be a part of Fremont Civic Theatre's
upcoming production of "A
Thousand Cranes" by making paper cranes for the production
that also will be sent to the Children's Peace Monument in Hiroshima, Japan.
Varsity Players need 1,000 of these origami paper cranes by April 1.
production is based on the true story of Sadako Sasaki, a
12-year-old girl who died as a result of the atom bomb radiation sickness.
actually love the story of Sadako."
14, Emma Schmitz, 13, Valerie Goodland, 12, Bella Martinez, 15, and
Bjorn Piltingsrud, 14, create paper cranes for an upcoming
Theatre production of 'A Thousand Cranes' on Thursday. (Carie
Canterbury / Daily Record)
cranes are a tribute to her, and also a global symbol of peace, said
Marcy Del Castillo, the production's director.
Sadako Sasaki finds out she is dying, she tried to fold 1,000 cranes.
Japan, there is a legend that if you can fold a thousand paper
cranes, you will get your wish to become well, which is her
wish," Del Castillo said. "She starts folding cranes, but
she dies before she is able to finish them."
classmates finish them for her, and they also raise money to build
the Children's Peace Monument.
veteran actress Bella Martinez, who plays Sadako Sasaki, already was
interested in this story before she was cast for the role.
actually love the story of Sadako," she said. "I thought
it was really fun that there was a play about her because it combines
my favorite things, history and Sadako. I think it will be a lot of
fun bringing the character back to life. Her story is so inspiring."
Castillo said the cast and crew would like community involvement in
folding the paper cranes.
are going to send them off to the Children's Peace Monument."
are made in preparation of Fremont Civic Theatre's production of 'A
Thousand Cranes.' (Carie Canterbury / Daily Record)
will be used in our production, but when production wraps, we are
going to package up all of the cranes and send them off to the
Children's Peace Monument," she said. "Every year, people
that perform this play send cranes to the monument, so we are going
to do the same thing."
who would like to help are invited to visit FCT's website for paper
folding directions or search for directions on Google.
cranes may be dropped off from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays or
from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays at the FCT office at 623 Main St. The
cranes will be placed in the front window display so passersby can
watch them grow.
LEGEND OF MULAN
School News, Lihue, Hawaii - 1/10/2018
graders are preparing in earnest for their upcoming show, "The
Legend of Mulan," by Kathryn Schultz Miller and directed by
Peggy Ellenburg. Yesterday, the class had a session on set painting
led by former Island School parent and volunteer, Laurel McGraw.
These photos capture them painting base colors on their backdrop
flats. The finished product will be of a Chinese landscape.
volunteers have been assisting with set building and volunteer
coordination. Anyone wishing to get involved with sets or costumes is
encouraged to contact Peggy Ellenburg: 808-639-7963.
Legend of Mulan" will run the weekend of March 2-4 at the
Island School theatre.
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