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is 200 Years Old!
most famous monster's birthday
Even National Public Radio is
celebrating the worlds most famous monsters
birthday! Frankenstein still fascinates kids of every age!
Today on NPR: "Two
hundred years ago, a 20-year-old English author anonymously published
the tale of a scientist obsessed with the impossible
creating life. The story evolved into a classic. A masterpiece.
Revered alongside Shakespeare. Byron. Melville. The book was decades
centuries, even ahead of its time. Raising deep,
existential questions about who we are, our responsibility in
science, and our ethical obligations. This hour, On Point:
Frankenstein rises again 200 years on. -- Jane Clayson
My La-bor-ra-tory! Ha-ha!
Frankenstein was written by Mary
Wollstonecraft Shelley. She started writing the story
when she was 18, and the first edition of the novel was published
anonymously in London on 1 January 1818: It is still available
for kids today: Frankenstein (Junior Classics for Young
Readers) Discover Books, Dalmatian Press.
Critics have responded
positively to Frankenstein positive since the mid-20th century.
Director Guillermo del Toro describes Frankenstein as "the
quintessential teenage book", adding "You don't belong. You
were brought to this world by people that don't care for you and you
are thrown into a world of pain and suffering, and tears and hunger.
It's an amazing book written by a teenage girl. It's mind blowing."
Frankenstein200 is a transmedia
project, studying the learning that occurs when people participate in
a combination of hands-on activities and immersive digital
experiences. The Frankenstein200 kit includes seven hands-on
activities that encourage creativity and reflection about responsible innovation.
Check it out here: https://frankenstein.life/
of Sleepy Hollow Script is Kid-Friendly
Halloween Script is Full of
You might be surprised during the first few
minutes of ArtReachs The
Legend of Sleepy Hollow. Rather than recoiling in
horror, youll be laughing your socks off!
Legend of Sleepy Hollow has been adapted especially for kids and
family audiences. Irving Washingtons famous American tale
takes center stage, with his story and language in tact. The
bumbling school teacher Ichabod Crane woos his hearts desire,
the plumb and blushing Katrina, never suspecting that he is the butt
of his rival Brom Bones practical joke. Katrina has no
intention of dropping her brawny beau for the school teacher, she
just plays coy until Brom wins the match.
The Ride of the Headless Horseman! Great
Roles for Middle, Jr/ High School.
Never too scary for the little ones!
LEGEND OF SLEEPY HOLLOW
Laughs and audience participation make this a
great play for Halloween entertainment. Clearly drawn
instructions for building a Headless Horseman costume are included in
the Teachers Guide, making it easier for you concentrate on comic
timing. Dont hesitate to assure your young audiences
that, though there will be moments of thrilling fright, theyll
leave the theatre laughing.
Loved Childrens Theatre
Every Child Deserves Theatre in School
Theatre is a great educational feature. The time ought to come
when a child's theatre will be a part of every public school in the land.
Mark Twain (The New York Times) August 10, 1909
The occasion of Mark Twains quote was the
closing of East Side Playhouse due to lack of funds. Just one
year earlier Mr. Twain had delighted in a performance of an
adaptation of his book, The Prince and the Pauper, produced for a
young audience. Our most beloved American author knew
more than a century ago what we all know now, childrens theatre
should and must be a staple of feature of education.
For many years, we would hear from teachers who
lamented the fact that there could be no drama club at their schools
because they had no stage. Sometimes they would say their
school could only afford a few dollars toward the expense of a
theatrical production. Without sewing machines there
could be no costumes. Without a work shop there could be no
scenery. But anyone who has read or seen an ArtReach play
knows that none of these things are needed to put on a wonderful show
that will light kids imaginations and make their parents fairly
burst with pride!
Twain's Greatest Hits for Teens
ArtReach Touring Theatre, The
Mark Twain Show
At ArtReach we encourage educators to
concentrate not on what they dont have, but what they do have
in abundance! Every teacher and every student has a deep well
of imagination that can be called on to delight, dazzle and
enchant. ArtReachs plays are designed to coax out
the treasures that already exist in the hearts and minds of every
student, young or old.
One of ArtReachs biggest fans, Sarah
inspired me to go back to school to become an elementary teacher. As
I've completed my schooling, I've come to really understand and
appreciate your philosophies about the emphasis being on the process,
not so much the completed product.
As you might have guessed, Sarahs recent
production of ArtReachs TREASURE
ISLAND was huge hit. Mark Twain would have loved it!
Importance of Being Tinker Bell
Why is Tinker Bell one of
childrens theatres most beloved characters?
In the play PETER
PAN, Tinker Bell is Peters best friend and constant
companion. She tags along with him to the Darling house, helps
Peter find his shadow and sprinkles pixie dust on the children to
help them fly. She may even be in love with Peter though he
doesnt know that since hes only a little boy.
Before its all over Tinker Bell has saved Peters life by
drinking the poison that was meant for him. And in a way, she
has saved us -- the audience, by inspiring us to "believe.
Tinker Bell is a childs ultimate
imaginary friend. One who loves Peter no matter what and will
help him in lifes struggles and even save him from death.
Tinker Bell from Shoultes Elem (WA) & Welsh
Hills Granville (OH)
In the original production of PETER
PAN, Tinker Bell is seen only as a reflected light and heard
only as the tinkling of bells. ArtReachs production
allows the Tinker Bell to come fully alive onstage. Instead of
a light, a real performer uses only a kazoo and body language to
communicate, which retains the effect of her original
otherworldliness while allowing the young actor to fully embrace and
enjoy Tinker Bells unique fairy/pixie character.
At ArtReach we often point out that Tinker Bell
is a great role for kids who love to act but have trouble learning
lines. That doesnt mean that this is a simple role to
perform -- only that a playful, imaginative child can truly convey
Tinker Bells rare and magical gifts.
ArtReachs Wizard of Oz so popular?
Its not hard to understand
why teachers all over the world recommend ArtReachs version of WIZARD
OF OZ over all others.
This script is one of the most beloved because
it stays true to L. Frank Baums original book. This no
need for gimmicks, stage tricks or elaborate effects. There are
no long speeches or complicated sequences. Just as Baum gave
kids a safe place for dreaming in his classic book -- this version
uses the written word as a structure for kids to hang their dreams
on. It uses the childs innate impulse to play and invent
the essential elements that make the story so endearing.
Using creative play as its base, kids are allowed to be silly, to day
dream, to explore a land of Oz that is distinctly their own.
Why just watch a storm appear? Why not become the storm
yourself? Why should Toto stay in his basket when he has so
much to do and say? Why does there have to be just one
Dorothy? Why cant everyone who wants to play the girl
from Kansas have her own special moment?
Script Sparks Kids' Imaginations!
Stage Kids (CA) & Shoultes Elem (WA) - Up
to 4 Scarecrows!
ArtReachs version of THE
WIZARD OF OZ was written just for kids. Fun, freedom and
creative joy are infused in every page of this script, inviting
children and directors to create a play that is meaningful for their
special kids. No hassle, no fuss and no demands. Whether
you are a professional or a first time director, you cant go
wrong with ArtReachs WIZARD
OF OZ. The script takes you by the hand and lets you and
your kids find your own yellow brick road.
is Theatre Not TV
So you didnt like the TV
Special PETER PAN LIVE? Almost nobody did. Heres why.
The TV Special Peter Pan Live! had hardly begun
before twittering folks all over the country were sharing their
displeasure. It seemed everyone was disappointed in this most
anticipated production. Why?
Allison Williams and Christopher Walken gave
heartfelt performances. The scenery and costumes were unique,
colorful and imaginative. The songs were the same great songs
we remembered. So why did so many folks feel let down when they
watched this beautiful and exciting TV event?
At ArtReach, we realized long ago that a live
performance never translates to video or TV. Television
productions are written, acted and edited for televisions
unique platform a screen. A stage performance is a once
in a life-time event, and its magic depends entirely on the
interaction and participation of a live audience. When we watch
live people pouring their hearts out on stage we engage, sympathize
and feel invested in the success of the performance and performers we
are watching. We are as exhilarated as the performers because
for just a short while we are sharing an extraordinary moment of
Pan, North Shore Children's Theatre, Salem, MA
J. M. Barrie wrote PETER
PAN specifically for the stage. He didnt write his
novel PETER AND WENDY (which is now in the public domain) until long
after the stage plays spectacular success. Never was
there a story that depended more on the delicate interaction between
actor and audience. Try as they might, the best actors
directors and designers in the world cannot save PETER PAN from
looking bland and lifeless on a TV screen.
People reacted negatively to the TV Special
Peter Pan Live! simply because they instinctively wanted more.
They could feel in their bones that this would be terrific if only
they were actually there to expereince it. Thats why no
matter how many media screens we own on our TVs or our phones; we
will still seek out live theatre performances. Peter Pan will
always fly into our hearts, as long as theatre lives.
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