Theater

The Case of the Smelly Backpack | Take the Stage

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Become a detective to solve the case of the smelly backpack!  Act out the clues and draw conclusions to solve the mystery.

When Detective Bentley cannot figure out why his backpack is smelly, he retraces the events in his day to find clues.  Taking on the role of detectives, the viewers act out the events of Bentley’s day and use textual clues to solve the case.

Learning Objective:
Draw conclusions from the facts presented in text and support those assertions with textual evidence. 

View the Spanish version of The Case of the Smelly Backpack by clicking here.

London Town | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd sings about the horrors of London to young sailor Anthony Hope in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Sweeney Todd tells his story of a barber and his wife and the corrupt judge who sentenced him to prison. Todd vows to seek his revenge.

El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor | Take the Stage en Español

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Conviértete en un detective para resolver el Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor! Actúa las pistas y saca conclusiones para resolver el misterio. 

Cuando el detective Bentley no puede entender por qué su mochila huele mal, recorre los acontecimientos de su día para encontrar pistas. Asumiendo el papel de detectives, los espectadores representan los eventos del día de Bentley y usan pistas textuales para resolver el caso.

Objetivo de Aprendizaje:
Sacar conclusiones de los hechos presentados en el texto y respaldar esas afirmaciones con evidencia textual.

View the English version of El Caso de la Mochila con Mal Olor by clicking here.

History of the World | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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The Demon Butcher of Fleet Street and his landlady Mrs. Lovett sing a duet about turning his victims into tasty pies in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. As the last song in Act 1 of the musical, this dark comical song introduces the macabre plan to make pies out of Todd's enemies and then sell them to the unsuspecting public.

Liz Vandal : Becoming a Costume Designer | Me, Dorothy

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After making her first fashion drawing at 9 years old, Liz Vandal knew she’d become a costume designer. But she also knew it would take more than just innate talent to get her there. Now, as the the costume designer for The Kansas City Ballet’s world premiere of “The Wizard of Oz,” she gives her tips on how to set yourself apart.

The Contest | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Two London barbers compete in a shaving contest in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Watch as the Italian barber Signor Pirrelli and Sweeney Todd battle to give a man the fastest shave.

Matthew Pierce: Becoming a Music Composer | Me, Dorothy

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Matthew Pierce moved to New York City to “find fame and fortune,” but he felt like there was something he was missing. Then he met a guitarist and began writing music. One tip the Kansas City Ballet’s music composer for The Wizard of Oz offers is to master an instrument, because it gives you the tools and confidence to explore music in any way.

Worst Pies in London | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd encounters Mrs. Lovett and her Pie Shop in this excerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Mrs. Lovett, Todd's former landlady, sings to him of her terrible tasting pies in this humorous number.

Artistic Roots: Alabama's Creative Culture (Full Episode)

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Artistic Roots: Alabama’s Creative Culture explores the study and creation of music, theatre, sculpture, folk, and visual arts around the state. Students have the opportunity to learn about folk art from the Cargo Collection at the Birmingham Museum of Art, meet Medusa being carved from Sylacauga marble, visit a community playhouse in Montgomery, witness a giant sting ray mural come to life on Dauphin Island, discover what it takes to become a record producer in Birmingham, and experience a studio session at the infamous Muscle Shoals Sound Studio. Studying the arts provides opportunities for students to expand their understanding of the world and their place in it and gain essential skills needed to create their own artistic expressions.

A Lesson in Wig Making | Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

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Sweeney Todd, the Demon Butcher of Fleet Street, hatches a plan to rescue his daughter Johanna from Mr. Fogg's Asylum in this exerpt from the musical Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. Todd convinces young Anthony to disguise himself as a wig maker in search of hair the exact color of Johanna's. See how the use of a chorus in the background serves the narrative and reflects Todd's actions in this scene.

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