Plays for Preschoolers
Publication Year: 2013
Young children love to explore their world through drama—characters, dialogue, story arcs, and props are all standard elements of a child’s play. It is no surprise then that professional theatre has long been regarded as a way to support children’s social-emotional, cognitive, and creative development. Increasingly, there is an international interest in theatre for very young audiences, and the Wall Street Journal reported on a “baby boom” in American theatre, with a marked upswing in the number of stage plays being written and produced for toddlers and preschoolers.
Fueled by ongoing research into developmental psychology and theatre arts, the Children’s Theatre Company (CTC) of Minneapolis presents in this book four of its newly commissioned plays for preschoolers. CTC is widely recognized as the leading theatre for young people and families in North America; it received the 2003 Tony award for regional theatre, and Time magazine rated it the number one children’s theatre in the United States. These four plays encompass a broad range of styles and subjects: Bert and Ernie, Goodnight! is a musical about Bert and Ernie’s unlikely but true friendship, written by Barry Kornhauser and based on the original songs and scripts from Sesame Street. The Biggest Little House in the Forest is a toy-theatre play about a group of diverse animals trying to share a very tiny home, adapted by Rosanna Staffa from the book by Djemma Bider. The Cat’s Journey is a dazzling shadow-puppet play with a little girl who rides on a friendly cat, written by Fabrizio Montecchi. And Victoria Stewart’s Mercy Watson to the Rescue!, adapted from the Kate DiCamillo Mercy Watson series, is a comic romp featuring the inadvertent heroics of everyone’s favorite porcine wonder.
While these plays are as different as they could be, they all help young children to develop a moral compass and critical-thinking skills—while also showing them the power of the theatre to amaze, delight, and inspire.
Published by: University of Minnesota Press
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Theatre Company for the past four years as CTC develops its early childhood theatre arts initiative, Ready for Life. It is an honor and a privilege to write the preface to Igniting Wonder, which gathers together plays produced at CTC specifically for very young audiences.theatre arts for young children. I recognized the natural connection ...
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...and thoroughly delightful. What truly struck me, however, was the incredible focus of the audience. These preschoolers were rapt, completely captivated by the story and the wonderfully inventive puppeteering. There was a palpable energy in the room. I saw that this kind of work needed to happen in the United States. This young ...
Bert and Ernie, Goodnight!
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September 11, 2009, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, “One and One Make Two,” “I Don’t Want to Live on the Moon,” and “Dance Myself to Sleep” by Christopher B. Cerf, with lyrics by “How Can I Sleep” and “Bert’s Lullaby” by Ron Barnett, with lyrics The curtain rises on the bedroom of the basement apartment of 123 Sesame ...
The Biggest Little House in the Forest
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The world premiere of The Biggest Little House in the Forest opened on April 30, 2010, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, Minnesota. This production of The Biggest Little House in the Forest was Note: One actor performed all roles (with the animals featured as puppets) in the original production of The Biggest Little House in the ...
The Cat’s Journey
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Minnesota. This production of The Cat’s Journey was funded in part b: Here in our theatre it is very important that all children are sit-ting so that they can see well. If you grown-ups want to sit with a: But then you’ll have to sit a little farther back or on the sides. We Game with flashlights. Animal sounds. b at the back with the carousel ...
Mercy Watson to the Rescue!
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September 9, 2011, at Children’s Theatre Company, Minneapolis, francine poulet, animal control oﬃcer, ambitious but maybe not mr. watson reads the paper in the kitchen. mrs. watson sets the table.mrs. watson: What else would I make on Mercy’s first morning in mrs. watson puts two pieces of toast in the toaster, stands with her back ...
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ELISSA ADAMS is director of new play development at Children’s development of more than twenty new plays since 1998, including Esperanza Rising, Brooklyn Bridge, Once Upon a Forest, A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings, Reeling, Five Fingers of Funk, Snapshot Silhouette, Korczak’s Children, and Anon(ymous). She received a McKnight Foun-...
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Minnesota, is widely recognized as the leading theatre for young people and families in North America. Winner of the 2003 Tony® Visions 2010 series presented by the John F. Kennedy Center for the ing, and community and education programs. For more information about Children’s Theatre Company, visit www.childrenstheatre.org....
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Publication Year: 2013