The Giver. About The Giver and Your Theatre Experience. Childsplay s 360º Theatre Resources for: By Eric Coble Adapted from the book by Lois Lowry - PDF

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Childsplay s 360º Theatre Resources for: The Giver About The Giver and Your Theatre Experience BROUGHT TO YOU BY WHERE EDUCATION AND IMAGINATION TAKE FLIGHT By Eric Coble Adapted from the book by Lois Lowry Directed by Andrés Alcalá Scenic Design by Jim Luther Costume Design by D. Daniel Hollingshead Lighting Design by Jennifer Setlow Sound Design by Christopher Neumeyer Projection Design by Boyd Branch Stage Manager: Samantha Monson The Cast Father Louis Farber Mother Debra K. Stevens Lily Michelle Cuneen Jonas Adrian Hernandez Asher Cullen Law Fiona/Rosemary Kaleen Newman The Giver Dwayne Hartford October 21 November 11, 2012 Tempe Center for the Arts, Studio Recommended for AGES 9 and up This production is supported in part by The National Endowment for the Arts Themes/Curricular Ties: Page to Stage Conformity Individuality Responsibility to Society Ethics Family Relationships Memories Coming of Age Feelings and Emotions Individual vs. Society Community Fear Utopia vs. Dystopia Importance of Remembering History Precise Language The Hero s Journey Governance & Social Structure The Story: Jonas lives in a utopia a community where individuality is discouraged, and feelings like pain and love are nonexistent. It is a colorless world in which sameness is highly valued. One day, Jonas and his best friend, Asher, are playing catch with an apple when Jonas sees a flash of color. Back at home, Father returns with Gabe, a fussy baby who needs to stay with them temporarily. Sometime later, at the Ceremony of Twelves, The Chief Elder gives Jonas the job assignment of Receiver of Memory and Jonas reports to the Giver who explains that his job is to transmit memories of the Community. Later, while Jonas looks around the Giver s office, he once again sees a flash. The Giver explains to him that once there were many colors. The Giver then gives him the memory of a rainbow. Jonas feels that everyone should see color and have more choices. The Giver decides it is time to give Jonas a memory of pain: the pain of breaking a bone. That night Jonas realizes no one in his family has ever known real pain or witnessed real beauty. Back at home, Mother is struggling because Gabe won t sleep. Jonas offers to help and accidently transmits the memory of sailing which comforts Gabe and he sleeps soundly. The next day, at the Giver s office Jonas takes on some horribly painful memories. To comfort him, The Giver conveys a memory of love, family and celebration. Jonas is distressed that no one in his family understands what it means to love. During dinner that night, Father says he is apprehensive because he must perform a release procedure on a newly born twin. Jonas asks the Giver about release. The Giver explains that ten years ago he trained a Receiver who became extremely unhappy and was approved for release. When she left, the entire Community suffered because the memories came back and overwhelmed them. The Giver tells Jonas that he may not apply for release but he can watch. Jonas views are changed forever. When Jonas arrives home, Father tells him that Gabe will be released the next morning. Jonas makes the decision to save Gabe and regain power over his own destiny. About Childsplay: Childsplay is a professional non-profit theatre company of adult actors, performing for young audiences and families. Our Mission is to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future. What We Do: In addition to our weekend public performances, we also offer three theatre experiences for our school audiences: Field Trips, School Tours and Artist in Residence Programs. Field trip performances, where students come to the theater and see a production, can be booked by contacting Beth Olson at School Tour Performances, where we come to your school or other location and perform, can be booked by contacting Jaime Fox at Artist in Residence Programs, where students do theatre activities in the classroom, can be individually designed to meet the needs of your school or can be based on one of our many existing formats (page to stage, creating original work, use of drama to teach curriculum, professional development for teachers), can be booked by contacting Korbi Adams at Our Home: The Sybil B. Harrington Campus of Imagination and Wonder at Mitchell Park (formerly Mitchell School) is where you ll find our administrative offices, costume shop, prop shop, rehearsal spaces, and Academy classrooms. We love to hear from our audiences. Send your letters and reviews to: Address: 900 S. Mitchell, Tempe, AZ Phone: Web: Facebook: To help enrich and extend your theatre experience, check out the 360 Theatre Resource Center on our website! We perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ Theater Etiquette: It s helpful to review the rules of theater etiquette before seeing a show, especially since this may be the first live theater experience for some of your students. Please take a moment to discuss the following pointers prior to seeing the performance: Use the restroom before seeing the show as we do not have intermission during our school performances. Stay seated during the performance. Be respectful to the performers and other people in the audience by not talking during the performance. Remember, the actors can see and hear the audience just like the audience can see and hear them. Appropriate responses such as applause or laughter are always welcome. Food, candy, gum and beverages will not be allowed in the theater/during the performance. Use of cell phones (including text messaging), cameras or any other recording device is not allowed in the theatre/during the performance at any time. Following the performance (time permitting) there will be a brief question/answer session where audience members will have an opportunity to ask the actors questions about the production. The Giver: A Banned Book The Giver by Lois Lowry won the Newbery Medal in 1994 yet the American Library Association lists the trilogy of The Giver, Gathering Blue, and Messenger among the most frequently challenged books of the 1990 s. Here are some examples of reasons people wanted The Giver banned: The Giver was challenged in 1995 by a parent in Franklin County, Kansas, on the grounds that it is concerned with murder, suicide, and the degradation of motherhood and adolescence. The book was removed from elementary libraries but remained available for classroom use at teachers discretion. In Johnson County, Missouri, complainants charged that The Giver desensitized children to euthanasia and asked that the book not be read in class to children under high school age. The book remains in the high school section of the K-12 library. A parent in Sidney, New York publicly objected to the novel s usage of mind control, selective breeding, and the elimination of the old and young alike when they are weak, feeble and of no more use but did not file a formal complaint. Somewhere in Oklahoma (no city given), a parent objected to the novel s use of terms such as clairvoyance, transcendent, and guided imagery, because these are all occult New Age practices the Bible tells us to avoid. The review committee voted unanimously to retain the book but prohibited it from being read aloud in fourth grade. The committee also recommended that immature readers be discouraged from reading it, and that the librarian should make fewer copies available. ~From What do you think? What are your feelings on banning books? Does knowing a book is banned affect your decision to read it or not? Having read The Giver, do you agree with any of the reasons for banning it? There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them. --Joseph Alexandrovitch Brodsky Preliminary costume design renderings for The Giver by D. Daniel Hollingshead also used for video projections. Video is used throughout the performance (both recorded and real time). Certain characters appear in video and at times video is used to give the illusion of seeing into a room or as an extension of a location. The palette of the set and costumes consists mostly of different shades of grey. The costume designer created a uniform look for the character s clothing that suggests they are from a world where conformity is the norm. The Giver s house by Projection Designer Boyd Branch The Production Elements: It takes a whole team of people to bring a play to life. For The Giver, the director worked closely with the design team to create the world of the play. The Giver takes place in a colorless, controlled environment where people are being watched and monitored at all times. Since the story involves several locations, the scenic designer chose an open, flexible space with various levels. The panels that create the back wall are Scenic design 3D model by Jim Luther A sneak peek at Childsplay s production of: The Giver By Eric Coble Adapted from the book by Lois Lowry October 21 November 11, 2012 Tempe Center for the Arts, Studio Recommended for AGES 9 and up The Story: Lois Lowry s Newbery-winning novel, beloved by kids and teachers for years, finally comes to life on stage! Jonas lives in a perfect world a world without war, fear or pain. All of the world s problems have been eliminated including making choices or feeling emotion. But when Jonas turns 12 he is selected to receive special training from The Giver. Soon, a new world opens up to him exposing harsh truths about his society. In this moving adaptation, audiences will discover what it means to grow up and take charge of their own future. Themes/Curricular Ties: Page to Stage Conformity Individuality Responsibility to Society Ethics Family Relationships Memories Coming of Age Feelings and Emotions Individual vs. Society Community Fear Utopia vs. Dystopia Importance of Remembering History Precise Language The Hero s Journey Governance & Social Structure Questions to ask before seeing the production: 1) How do you think the production will be different from the book? What are some of your favorite moments (like the reveal of the apple) and how do you think they will be portrayed in the production? 2) What is a utopia? Why would a utopia be a place you d want to (or not) live? What is a dystopia? What issues found in our society today, if left unchecked, could cause a dystopian society? 3) How do your memories help shape who you are? Who is the keeper of memories in your family? Questions to ask after seeing the production: 1) What are some examples of choices that the directors and designers made (staging, video, etc.) to help tell the story? What would you have done differently? 2) What do you think our society will look like 50 or 100 years from now? 3) Jonas is given permission to lie. Is it ever acceptable to lie? 4) What do you think happens to Jonas and Gabriel? Interesting Internet Links: -author Lois Lowry s website -explanation of utopia/dystopia with links to fiction -info about colors, how we see them and what they mean Books to Check Out: The Giver Quartet (The Giver, Gathering Blue, Messenger, Son) by Lois Lowry The Book of Lies by James Moloney Memories of Summer by Ruth White The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman Uglies by Scott Westerfeld The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt 5 Minute Activity Play the observation and memory game Change 3. Divide into pairs. Stand facing your partner observing them in detail for one minute. Turn your back to your partner. Without talking, secretly change 3 things about your appearance (take off glasses, cuff a pant leg, etc.). At the same time, turn and face your partner and see if you can identify the changes they made. Theatre; Gr 4-8, Str 1, Conc 2, PO 104: Describe or illustrate recalled sensory experiences. *Quick Activities Connected to Arizona Common Core Standards* 15 Minute Activity Think about some of the locations in The Giver (the family home, the nurturing center, school and playground, the Giver s home, etc.) Using your imagination, create a simple map of the community including all the locations from the play. What other places can you add that may be necessary? Social Studies; Gr 5, Str 4 Geography, Conc 1, PO 6: Construct maps, charts, and graphs to display geographic information. 30 Minute Activity Divide into groups of five or six and with your team, create your own Committee of Elders. Come up with a vision statement for the community you govern. Identify at least three problems in today s society that you would like to change and develop a set of rules for your new society that will help eliminate or reduce these problems. Share with the rest of the class. Writing for Literacy in Social Studies; Gr 6-8, #4: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience. *For more extensive resources go to About Childsplay: Childsplay is a professional non-profit theatre company of adult actors, performing for young audiences and families. Our Mission is to create theatre so strikingly original in form, content or both, that it instills in young people an enduring awe, love and respect for the medium, thus preserving imagination and wonder, those hallmarks of childhood that are the keys to the future. What We Do: In addition to our weekend public performances, we also offer three theatre experiences for our school audiences: Field Trips, School Tours and Artist in Residence Programs. Field trip performances, where students come to the theater and see a production, can be booked by contacting Beth Olson at School Tour Performances, where we come to your school or other location and perform, can be booked by contacting Jaime Fox at Artist in Residence Programs, where students do theatre activities in the classroom, can be individually designed to meet the needs of your school or can be based on one of our many existing formats (page to stage, creating original work, use of drama to teach curriculum, professional development for teachers), can be booked by contacting Korbi Adams at Our Home: The Sybil B. Harrington Campus of Imagination and Wonder at Mitchell Park (formerly Mitchell School) is where you ll find our administrative offices, costume shop, prop shop, rehearsal spaces, and Academy classrooms. We love to hear from our audiences. Send your letters and reviews to: Address: 900 S. Mitchell, Tempe, AZ Phone: Web: Facebook: To help enrich and extend your theatre experience, check out the 360 Theatre Resource Center on our website! We perform at the Tempe Center for the Arts 700 W. Rio Salado Parkway Tempe, AZ Theater Etiquette: It s helpful to review the rules of theater etiquette before seeing a show, especially since this may be the first live theater experience for some of your students. Please take a moment to discuss the following pointers prior to seeing the performance: Use the restroom before seeing the show as we do not have intermission during our school performances. Stay seated during the performance. Be respectful to the performers and other people in the audience by not talking during the performance. Remember, the actors can see and hear the audience just like the audience can see and hear them. Appropriate responses such as applause or laughter are always welcome. Food, candy, gum and beverages will not be allowed in the theater/during the performance. Use of cell phones (including text messaging), cameras or any other recording device is not allowed in the theatre/during the performance at any time. Following the performance (time permitting) there will be a brief question/answer session where audience members will have an opportunity to ask the actors questions about the production. Childsplay s 360º Theatre Resources: The Giver Booklist and Websites Season *Prepared with the help of Tim Wadham, author and librarian The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry The Giver Gathering Blue Messenger Son Utopia vs. Dystopia The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins Matched by Ally Condie Article 5 by Kristin Simmons Uglies by Scott Westerfeld Individuality The Gooney Bird Greene books by Lois Lowry: Gooney Bird Greene Gooney Bird and the Room Mother Gooney the Fabulous Gooney Bird is So Absurd Gooney on the Map The Dunderheads by Paul Fleischman The Dunderheads Behind Bars by Paul Fleischman Jake and Lily by Jerry Spinelli Responsibility to Society True Green Kids: 100 Things You Can Do to Save the Planet by Kim McKay Conformity The Loud Silence of Francine Green by Karen Cushman A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle Family Relationships The Austin Family books (series) by Madeleine L'Engle Knucklehead by Jon Scieszka Smiles to Go by Jerry Spinelli Don't Tell the Girls: A Family Memoir by Patricia Reilly Giff Memories Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos The Book of Lies by James Moloney Memories of Summer by Ruth White Looking Back: A Book of Memories by Lois Lowry Sun and Spoon by Kevin Henkes Other books by Lois Lowry Number the Stars Bless this Mouse The Birthday Ball Like the Willow Tree Crow Call The Willoughbys Gossamer Silent Boy A Summer to Die Coming of Age All the Right Stuff by Walter Dean Myers Ninth Ward by Jewell Parker Rhodes The Water Seeker by Kimberly Willis Holt Every Soul a Star by Wendy Mass The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt Individual vs. Society Breaking Stalin's Nose by Eugene Yelchin Interesting Internet Links: -author Lois Lowry s website -explanation of utopia/dystopia with links to fiction -info about colors, how we see them and what they mean -interesting lesson plan about brain power and short term memory 5 Childsplay s 360º Theatre Resources: The Giver Quick Activities Connected to Arizona Common Core Standards Season Minute Activities: 1) Play the observation and memory game Change 3. Divide into pairs. Stand facing your partner observing them in detail for one minute. Turn your back to your partner. Without talking, secretly change 3 things about your appearance (take off glasses, cuff a pant leg, etc.). At the same time, turn and face your partner and see if you can identify the changes they made. Was this activity easy or difficult for you? Why? Theatre: (S1.C2.PO104) Describe or illustrate recalled sensory experiences. 2) In The Giver, families are limited to having only 2 children in order to control population growth and prevent a lack of food for The Community. If the current population of adult couples is 500 and each family has 2 children (with equal numbers of males and females), what would the population be after 100 years, considering the youth grow to have their own 2 children at the end of every 20 years? Now refigure the numbers considering that 10% of the population is released at the end of every 10 years? Mathematics: (5.MP.1) Make sense of problems and persevere in solving them. 3) Sameness or conformity is a theme in the play. Without talking, form a group with people who have the same eye color as you. Try it again but this time get into a group with the same hair color as you. Now, group yourselves together with people who you feel are the same as you. Talk about why you chose the group you did. What are some other ways people can be grouped? How would it feel to be part of a community where everyone was the same? Social Studies: Grade 7 (S2.C9.PO3) Analyze how world events affect the social climate of the world Social Studies: Grade 6 (S4.C4.PO5) Identify cultural norms that influence different social activities 15 Minute Activities: 1) Think about some of the locations in The Giver (the family home, the nurturing center, school and playground, the Giver s home, etc.) Using your imagination, create a simple map of the community including all the locations from the play. What other places can you add that may be nec
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