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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

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Armed with a one-way ticket to New York City, small-town theater geek Nate is off to start rehearsals for E.T.: The Musical. It's everything he ever practiced his autograph for! But as thrilling as Broadway is, rehearsals—full of intimidating child stars, cutthroat understudies, and a director who can't even remember Nate's name—are nothing like Nate expects.

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Five, Six, Seven, Nate!

Raising the Bar | Cyberchase

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In this video segment from Cyberchase, Harry and Bianca have new jobs at a movie theater concession stand. They compete with each other to see who can sell the most snacks, and they report their sales using bar graphs. When their graphs are compared, it appears that Harry has sold more, but Bianca is not so sure, so she takes a closer look at the scale of each graph.

Interview: Marcus

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Actress Priscilla Star Diaz (Jessica) interviews her new co-star, Coy Stewart, about his new role of Marcus on The Electric Company. Coy discusses his character on the show, the most exciting part of being on the set, and his favorite words, among other things. At the end he offers encouragement to aspiring actors, and encourages viewers to work hard to attain their goals.

Appleseed John: Ragdoll-Come-to-Life

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This segment shows a scene from a play set in the 1820s. The play follows Abby, a young girl growing up in the American frontier. In this scene, Abby and her favorite rag doll meet John Chapman, better known as “Appleseed John,” and his companion, Pakanke. Chapman is grouchy and suspicious at first, but both he and Pakanke respond positively to her “rag-doll-come-to-life.” The fun is soon squelched when Abby talks about clearing the land.

Bringing a Theatrical Work to Television

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This segment shows preparation for a KET taping of a Stage One production of The Wind in the Willows. Included are technical preparations such as stringing cable and setting cameras and interviews with the lighting designer, audio supervisors, and director.

Creative Flow

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Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in several activities designed to encourage make believe and the flow of creative movement. Students pretend to be bacon frying, popcorn kernels popping, and balloons filling and emptying with air in an exercise called “Becoming.” Moses Goldberg and actors at Stage One demonstrate how actors might prepare for roles as animals. Students then “move in the manner of” various animals and objects and respond to music with movement.

First Night

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This scene is from a one-woman play called Liz’s Circus Story. The play is based on a young woman’s experience working for a small traveling circus. In this scene, with the circus’ first performance just hours away, Liz plans the order of the acts, recounting the difficulties the circus has faced getting off the ground.

MONTANA SHAKES! DIY: Creative Design Workshop

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Create puppets and and learn about Shakespeare! Unleash elementary-aged students imagination with a DIY craft project to create fairies as seen in the MONTANA SHAKES! 2016, All the West's a Stage adaptation of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'.

Students will:

  • Identify characters, settings, and major events from 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'
  • Identify personality traits of characters from the play
  • Explore and embody different physical qualities and emotions through movement
  • Introduce and explore the concept of personification with found objects

A Trip to the Theater | Everyday Learning

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Have you ever wondered what happens behind the scenes in a theater? In this video visit the Lexington Children’s Theatre to get a peek behind the scenes of a theatrical production from set creation to the final dress rehearsal.

Controlling Creative Energy

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Drama teacher Curt Tofteland leads students in an exploration of how actors use energy. In an activity called “Passing Energy,” students pass an imaginary ball of energy to each other. Jean St. John and Steve Roenker of My Nose Turns Red Theater Company give some background on commedia dell’arte as well as discuss how actors control energy to perform this physical style of comedy.

The Tailor | A World of Stories

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Megan Hicks uses origami and storytelling to celebrate the ingenuity of a grandmother who reuses a piece of fabric in a number of beautiful ways.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories collection.

Old Man Juan Had a Farm/Viejo Juan tenía una granja | a World of Stories

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Listen for different animal sounds in this Spanish version of “Old McDonald Had a Farm.” The nursery rhyme is available in English and Spanish. 

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

The Little Chicks Say/Los pollitos dicen | A World of Stories

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In this nursery rhyme about a mother hen and her chicks, the chicks say “peep, peep” in English and “pío, pío” in Spanish. Nursery rhyme told in English and Spanish.

This resource is part of the KET A World of Stories and Exploraciones collections.

The Mitten/La Moufle | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Priscilla Howe tells a story about how a mitten dropped in the snow becomes a temporary home to several animals. The story is available in English and French.

 

Studio to Stage | Drama Arts Toolkit

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Lyndy Franklin Smith, artistic director of the Lexington Theater Company, explains how a production goes from studio to the stage, beginning with music, then moving to choreography, rehearsals, and blocking. She describes the adjustments made as they move to rehearsing on stage at the Lexington Opera House.

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