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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.

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.

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.

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.

Anansi and the Hat Shaking Dance | A World of Stories

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Donna Washington tells a traditional West African story about Anansi the spider. The story explains why spiders don’t have hair.

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

Ten Little Chicks/Diez pollitos | A World of Stories

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Count chicks in this fun game. Song avavilable in Spanish and English. 

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

 

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.

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