Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Controversy threatens to cancel a famous music festival.
Roles: Narrators 1-3, Concertmaster, Maestro Alfred Allegro, Cello Player, Trombone Player, Clarinet Player, Flute Player, Sandra Scoop, Man in Crowd, Woman in Crowd, Tim, Teen Boy, Teen Boy's Mother
Setting: present day; a music hall, a town square, a university
Props: (Optional) music stand, toy musical instruments or pictures of musical instruments in an orchestra (including violin, cello, flute clarinet, trombone), baton or stick, toy or student-made microphone, (from paper, cardboard or other available materials), small cardboard or plastic box, small pieces of paper
Follow-Up Activities: Ask students to look up other ways of referring to the following musicians: cello player, trombone player, clarinet player, flute player. Then have students research the sections of an orchestra and other instruments in each of those sections. You also might divide the class into small groups to create posters announcing the festival's 50th anniversary. When completed, invite groups to present their posters to the class.
Additional Notes: Before students read the play, invite them to discuss their favorite kinds of music, or share their experiences at music events they have attended. You also might use the play as a supplemental activity for a music program or concert at your school.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Lois Lewis
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