Engage creative thinking skills and spark the imagination with the use a new twist on a familiar story in this idea for a classroom theater production!
Grade Level: 3-6
Story Preview: Queen Beetifah, the leader of a hive near Rapunzel's tower, raps about the princess with long, golden hair who was locked away and found by a music-loving prince. (Note: Before asking students to read this script, you might want to familiarize them with the story by asking them to read, or by reading aloud to them, the fairy tale Rapunzel.)
Roles: Queen Beetifah, drones (played by any number of students), wife, husband, sorceress, Rapunzel, prince
Setting: once upon a time
Theme: fairy tale
Props: drums or other percussion instruments might be used
Have your students work in groups to create a beat and write a rap that retells a fairy tale or focuses on a specific character. Raps might include an intro, verses, a chorus, and an ending. Drums or other percussion instruments might be used to maintain the beat. Make recordings and share them or have the students give "live" performances.
Additional Notes: Because of the format of this read-aloud, it might be beneficial to have students read through the material silently or read their individual parts aloud for practice. It also can be fun to add sounds to the buzzing chorus of the drones; students who do not read single roles can join in that chorus.
Click here for a printable script.
Article by Cara Bafile
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