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Go beyond the theatre experience. Enrich your understanding of our productions with our 2011/2012 Play Guides. Learn about each play's background, history, characters, author, and glossary of terms. Activate your mind with lessons and activities!

Go beyond the theatre experience. Enrich your understanding of our productions with our 2011/2012 Play Guides. Learn about each play's background, history, characters, author, and glossary of terms. Activate your mind with lessons and activities!

Play Guides: 2011/12 Season!

 

Explore and gain insights into our productions with Play Guides!


PART 1: Enrich your experience! Read our Play Guides to learn about each play's history, creators and artistic development.

PART 2: Activate your mind! 
Download our lessons and activities created by professional educators. 

As a teacher, use and adapt suggested activities and lessons in your classes before or after viewing the performance.
As a parent, enhance your child’s theatre experience.
As a patron, stimulate your own exploration and gain new insight into the production.

The Playhouse Teachers Advisory Board [PTAB] creates lessons and activities based on Playhouse productions.
We thank our PTAB members for their passion, expertise and dedication. 

PTAB members:
Dan Adrian | Moscrop Secondary
Kelly Arnold | Moscrop Secondary
Kim Bothen | Capilano University, School of Motion Picture Arts 
Denise Clark | Vancouver Technical Secondary
Liz Cochran | Fine Arts Freelance Educator
Julia Giuriato | David Thompson Secondary
Andra Lincke | Uplands Elementary
Ally MacIntyre | Martha Jane Norris Elementary
Eve McBride | David Thompson Secondary
Erin McGinley | Moscrop Secondary
Dr. Warren McKinnon | UBC, Continuing Studies
Heather Robbie | David Thompson Secondary
Sal Robinson | City School

We'd love to hear your questions and ideas: 604 637 3094 or mwickes@vancouverplayhouse.com
Get involved!
We welcome new PTAB members at any point throughout the season.


SUGGESTED LESSONS/ACTIVITIES are divided into four categories:
Quick and Easy
: intro activities or ice-breakers to do just before viewing a performance
Drama Activities: Up and At 'Em!
Points to Ponder, Discuss or Write About: essay, writing prompts, discussion questions
Creative Assignments/Projects: more comprehensive or creative lessons/projects

Did you know?
You can get your favourite theatre books and play scripts at Biz Books

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Tosca Cafe
OCT. 8-29, 2011

SUITABILITY: Grades 7 and up | Students in Dance, Drama, English, Music.
THEMES: American history, artistic expression, romance, music, dance, beat poetry, opera, time, popular music

PLAY GUIDE (Part 1):
Story, Background, Music History, Creators, Performers...

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
Quick & Easy
Response to Tosca Cafe (post viewing)
Drama Activities
Sense-Memory Activity (pre or post viewing)
Points to Ponder
Paradox and Plot (pre viewing)
Tosca Cafe North (post viewing)
An Archaeological Dig: Part 1 (pre or post viewing)
An Archaeological Dig: Part 2 (pre or post viewing)
Creative Assignments/Projects
I Am Writing (pre and post viewing)
Focused Review (post viewing)
Music of Love and Loss (post viewing)
Exploring our "Enduring Vulnerabilities" (pre and post viewing)

LINKS:
The real Tosca Cafe in San Francisco
The American Conservatory Theater  

VIDEOS: 
Scene from Tosca Cafe at Theatre Calgary
Interview with Carey Perloff and Rex Harrington

 

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La Cage aux Folles
NOV. 26-DEC. 24, 2011

SUITABILITY: Grades 7 and up | Students in Planning 10, Music, Dance, Drama & LGBT/GSA Clubs
THEMES: family, love, self-esteem, personal empowerment, tolerance, acceptance, gender issues.


PLAY GUIDE (Part 1): 
Synopsis, Characters, Music, Creators and more... 

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
Drama Activities / Creative Assignments

Lessons on Acceptance (post viewing)
Points to Ponder / Creative Assignments
Predicting & Introducing La Cage aux Folles (pre viewing)
Writing Prompts: Synthesis Skills (pre and post viewing)
"I Am What I Am": Personal Identity - Part 1 of 5 (pre viewing)
"I Am What I Am": Personal Identity - Part 2 of 5 (pre viewing)
"I Am What I Am": Personal Identity - Part 3 of 5 (pre viewing)
"I Am What I Am": Personal Identity - Part 4 of 5 (pre viewing)
"I Am What I Am": Personal Identity - Part 5 of 5 (pre viewing)

SUGGESTED READING / LINKS:
Official La Cage aux Folles Tour Site

 

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RED
JAN. 14 – FEB. 4, 2012

SUITABILITY: Grades 9+ | Students in Visual Arts, Art History, Drama, Social Studies, and English. 
THEMES: abstract expressionism, artistic integrity, Apollonian vs. Dionysian, mentorship, perception

PLAY GUIDE (Part 1): 
COMING SOON!

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
COMING SOON!

 

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CATALYST THEATRE'S HUNCHBACK
FEB. 18 - MAR.10, 2012

SUITABILITY: Grades 7+ | Students in French, Drama, English, History, Music and Social Studies.
THEMES: abandonment, determinism, social strife, justice, existentialism, literary adaptations.

PLAY GUIDE (Part 1): 
COMING SOON!

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
COMING SOON!

 

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GOD OF CARNAGE
APR. 14 – MAY 5, 2012

SUITABILITY: Grades 9+ | Students in Career & Personal Planning, Drama, English, Social Studies and Pyschology.
THEMES: aggression, middle-class morality, parenting, appearance vs. reality, inter-personal relationships, domestic reconciliation. 

PLAY GUIDE (Part 1): 
COMING SOON!

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
COMING SOON!

 

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THE CAT CAME BACK
MAR. 26 – APR. 5, 2012

SUITABILITY: Ages 3-10 yrs | Students in Health & Career Education, Language Arts, Music and Drama.
THEMES: resilience, friendship, adaptations, man vs. nature, survival, and music.

PLAY GUIDE (Part 1): 
COMING SOON!

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES (Part 2):
COMING SOON!

 

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PLAYHOUSE 101 - NEW!

SUITABILITY: These resources, lessons and activities are intended as preliminary guides for all students especially ESL students, elementary school students, and those new to theatre.

SUGGESTED LESSONS AND ACTIVITIES:
Theatre Cloze Activity (pre or post viewing)
Downtown Vancouver Scavenger Hunt & Orientation (pre or post viewing)
Cultural Questions (pre or post viewing)