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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.

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.

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.

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.

Behind the Scenes of a Theater Company | Drama Arts Toolkit

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With a behind the scenes look at the production of Mary Poppins, Jeromy Smith and Lyndy Franklin Smith, founders of the Lexington Theatre Company, describe their partnership, goals, and how they put a show together. Jeromy explains the factors that affect their choice of plays to perform. Lyndy details how a production comes together over the course of three weeks. The collegiate ensemble rehearses music and choreography in a four-day boot camp, then the professional actors join the cast. After almost two weeks of rehearsals, costume fittings, set design, and technical adjustments, the production is ready for opening night.

The Butterfly/La Mariposa | A World of Stories

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This Mexican folktale that explains why butterflies do not live in houses and why they migrate. Story told in Spanish and English.

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

Beijing Opera Dance | Beauty of Jasmine

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This performance by students in the Lexington (Kentucky) Chinese Music, Dance, and Arts program pays tribute to the rich pageantry of Beijing Opera. Beijing Opera is a uniquely Chinese form of theater that combines colorful costuming, elaborate face painting and masks, music, mime, dance, acrobatics, and stylized combat. This resource is part of the Beauty of Jasmine collection.

 

A Brand New Circus

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This segment is the opening to Liz’s Circus Story, a one-woman play about a young woman’s experiences working for a small traveling circus. The play is based on a true story. In this segment, “A Brand New Circus,” Liz introduces the circus and her own dream of becoming an actor.

Little Jack and Big Jack

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Roadside Theater performs a humorous Appalachian tale about Little Jack, who saves his brother, Big Jack, by outwitting the King. This is a classic “Jack Tale” featuring a universal character who can be found in the tales of many countries (e.g., the English Jack, the German Hans, John in African-American stories, and Ivan in Russia). The story is also an example of group storytelling.

Wind in the Willows: The Motor Car

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In this excerpt from the Stage One adaptation of the children’s classic The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Toad, Otter, Mole, and Rat go for a picnic at the high road. When they see an automobile, most of the animals are frightened, but Toad is fascinated. The next thing you know he has “gone wild for motorcars,” and his friends suspect that it can only mean trouble.

Why the Rooster Crows in the Morning (Porque el gallo canta en la mañana) | A World of Stories

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Storyteller Carrie Sue Ayvar tells a traditional Latino story that explains why roosters crow in the morning. The story is told in a combination of English and Spanish.

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

Anansi's Rescue from the River | African/African-American Culture

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In this video, storyteller Nana Yaa Asantewaa performs the story “Anansi’s Rescue from the River.” The Anansi tales are told by the Ashanti people of Ghana, West Africa, and have been passed down through the generations by oral tradition.

Wind in the Willows: Toad and His Horse

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In this excerpt from Stage One’s adaptation of The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame, Toad fantasizes about owning a horse, eliciting a variety of reactions from his forest friends Otter, Mole, and Rat.

Allegory: Mummer's Play

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An allegory is a style of writing a fictional story in which details and characters represent something deeper and more significant. Mumming is an allegorical style that originated in England and traveled to Appalachia as an interlude in the Christmas season. Troupes of actors would present these allegorical plays, receiving food, drinks and tips as pay. A mishmash of storytellers, musicians and partygoers would converge at someone's home for the celebration. This mummer’s play is uniquely Appalachian, written by Joy D’Elia and Tommy Bledsoe.

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