Dramatizing Myths and Tales


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Dramatizing Myths and Tales
By Louise Thistle
200 pages

Tips on creating plays for large groups (up to 35 students) of children of all ages and abilities using narrative-mime theatre. Includes: mechanics of producing & directing a play; information on creating costumes, sets, and musical instruments; rehearsal scheduling; warm-up acting exercises; illustrated dance step instructions; formal and informal performing; how to write a script.

Also includes scripts for the 5 tales in chapters 5 - 9.

For grades 3 to 12.


Part I Getting Started
Chapter 1: The Mechanics of Producing and Directing a Play
Chapter 2: Setting the Scene
Chapter 3: A Model Step-By-Step Rehearsal Schedule
Chapter 4: Informal Classroom Dramatizations

Part II Developing Scripts for Myths and Tales
Chapter 5: Talk, Talk, Talk (A West African Folk Tale)
Chapter 6: The Creation and the Birth of the Corn God (A Mayan Creation Myth)
Chapter 7: Coyote and the Swallowing Monster (A Nez Perce Trickster Tale)
Chapter 8: The Crane Maiden (A Traditional Japanese Folk Tale)
Chapter 9: Jack and the Beanstalk (A Traditional Folk Tale of Magic and Its Earth-Shaking Consequences)
Chapter 10: Writing a Narrative Mime Script

Part III Appendix


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