ERIC Number: ED442167
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995
Reference Count: N/A
John Steinbeck: "The Pearl," Adapted by Warren Frost and Dramatized for the Kennedy Center by Nick Olcott. Cue Sheet for Students.
Carr, John C.
This performance guide is designed for teachers to use with students before and after a performance of "The Pearl" by John Steinbeck, adapted by Warren Frost and dramatized for the Kennedy Center by Nick Olcott. It is in the form of a Director's Notebook--a scrapbook/journal of clippings, memos, lists, illustrations, notes, and other items--to show students how a director finds and develops ideas to make a playwright's script come to life on stage. The "Cuesheet" contains 10 sheets for use in class, addressing: (1) Locale and Origin of "The Pearl" (looking at the original folktale heard in Baja, California); (2) The Story and Characters of the Play; (3) Important Dialogue (with important lines from the play for discussion); (4) Social Background and Resources (looking at social and power relationships in the story, and listing resources for further exploration); (5) Design Problems To Solve (looking at set, sound and music, and costume design issues that contribute to the play's effectiveness); (6) Pearl Lore (with information about how pearls are formed, their value, where they are cultured, and beliefs about pearls); (7) Why a Theatre Audience Is Unique (discussing the important role of the audience in live theatre); and (8) About John Steinbeck. (SR)
Descriptors: Audiences, Class Activities, Cultural Activities, Elementary Secondary Education, Novels, Production Techniques, Theater Arts
Publication Type: Guides - Classroom - Learner
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of Education, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC.