Thursday, June 20, 2013

In to the Woods with Mama Drama

We have had a crazy week!  I'm finally starting to breath and the laundry pile is beginning to recede which means me can resume our summer lessons.  

Writing a lesson plan for this musical had it's challenges.   There is so much wonderful material to work with and I found myself getting a bit to complex for their little minds.   Although I think kids are capable of far more then we give them credit for I had to keep reminding myself to simplify and save some of those acting exercises until they could at least read better. 

We started with a simple warm up.  Lying on the floor we relax our bodies 

Then we tighten every muscle in our body. 
We did this about 4 times just to wake our bodies.  

Then I played the instrumental music to Into the woods.  The girls wiggled and danced around the room and when I paused the music they became statues in a museum.

I'd walk around them like I was a guest in the museum inspecting the sculptures and taking pictures of the beautiful art.  After a few rounds of the free style poses I would give them a character from "Into the Woods" that they would have to turn into a statue.



Coppelia wanted a prop and a second chance at her giant statue 

We then moved on to vocal warm-ups. 

We started of with Repunzals "AHH AHH AHH" singing.  I gave them different ways to sing it.

Calling for her prince
in agony

Then we worked on our pronunciation and projection Using these lines from the musical.

"Beans, beans, the special beans, I let him go, I didn't know he'd stolen my beans."

The second line used was,
"To see, to sell, to get to bring, to make, to lift, to go to the festival."

Typically at this age I would cut these lines in half but since my children have the whole show practically memorized the real exercise for them was in saying it clearly.

We then moved as the characters would across the floor

 The bakers wife - chasing after the cow

Rapunzel's prince stumbling blind through the forest
The Giant
Little Red Riding Hood
The Wolf
Prince Charming searching for Cinderella

As actors I think it is important to understand a character and the decisions they make.  
The girls really like the Witch in this musical she has some of the best songs and lines and in this musical she would be considered an anti-villain.  What qualifies her as the villain is the poor choices she makes against the people that have wronged her and towards the daughter (Rapunzel) who she loves and really just want to protect.

We sat next to our music player and listened to her sing and then discussed the Witch.  Once we were done I had them sing along with the Witch expressing the emotions they now understood.

We finished out our lesson with two mini scripts.

The first is between Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

Little Red Riding Hood:  Good day Grandmother.  My Grandmother, you're looking very
                                     strange. What big ears you have!

Wolf:                               Te better to hear you with my dear.

Little Red Riding Hood:  But Grandmother, What big eyes you have!

Wolf:                               The better to see you with my dear.

Little Red Riding Hood:  But Grandmother, what large hands you have!

Wolf:                                The better to hug you with my dear.

Little Red Riding Hood:  Oh, Grandmother what a terrible, big, wet mouth you have!

Wolf:                                The better to eat you with!

Little Red Riding Hood:  (SCREAM)

The second script was between Rapunzel and the Witch

Rapunzel: (singing) ahhhhhhh ahhhhhhhh ahhhhhh

Witch:       Repunzel

Rapunzel: (still singing) ahhhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhh

Witch:       Repunzel

Rapunzel:  (still singing)  ahhhhhh ahhhhhh ahhhhh

Witch:       (bangs on tower) Rapunzel!

Rapunzel:  Stops singing

Witch:       Let down your hair to me

(witch climbs hair and Rapunzel shows on her face how much it hurts)

This is were we concluded the lesson.  I hope you enjoyed.

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