Post-Show Activities

Engaging Junior/Intermediate students in post-show activities provides them with an opportunity to share their reflections and their knowledge . These arts-based activities enable students to share what they saw, what they heard, and what they took away.

Spirit HorseQuestions about the Set, Action, and Music

Ask individual students or small groups of students to focus on the following components of the play:

Set

  • What did the students see in the set (e.g., a teepee, a boat, etc.)?
  • How did the actors use the set to represent the various places in the story?
  • What were the different places that the set represented (e.g., an apartment, a street, mountains, movie theatre, etc.)?
  • How did the actors use the set to communicate what they were doing (e.g., climbing around, through, over, etc.)?

Read aloud “Notes from the Set and Lighting Designer” (PDF | RTF) discussing and exploring aspects of the set with students.

Acting/Movement

  • What different ways did the actors represent the Spirit Horse? What were the different characters and non-humans portrayed by the three actors?
  • How do the actors change from one character to another? What techniques did the actors use to change from one character to another, without changing costume or going off stage (e.g., voice, body language, gesture, facial expression, physicality)?
  • What movements or actions did the actors use to recreate or to help us to imagine different things or objects (e.g., helicopter)?

Read aloud “Notes from the Director” (PDF | RTF) after discussing and exploring the dramatic aspects of the play with students.

Music

  • How did the music suggest different locations and how did the musician create mood and atmosphere?
  • How did the actors create sound effects with their vocal sounds, body percussion, etc. (e.g., police sirens, dogs, helicopters, etc.)?

Read aloud “Notes from the Composer” (PDF | RTF) and “On-Stage Musician” (PDF | RTF) after discussing and exploring aspects of the music with students.

Curriculum Connections/Expectations

Music: All grades – C1.3, C2.2 (emphasis on Reflecting, Responding and Analyzing)
Dance: All grades – A3 (emphasis on Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts)
Drama: All grades – B3 (emphasis on Exploring Forms and Cultural Contexts)

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