25 PlaysDavid Mitchell
Inspired by Waldorf Teachers - Both elementary school and high school are represented in this collection of plays along with advice on how to write a play for a class. The plays are included as examples of what some teachers have done, either through adapting stories or writing their own material.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction by David S. Mitchell
The White Snake by Arthur F. Auer for First Grade
The King's Advisors by Cynthia Frongillo for First Grade
The Magpie's Nest by William Ward for Second Grade
Brother Francis and the Wolf of Gubbio by Arthur Auer for Second Grade
Stone Soup by Cynthia Frongillo for Second Grade
The Child of the Nile by David Blair for Third Grade
Daniel, Servant of the Lord by Ann B. Willcutt for Third Grade
Joseph, the Dreamer by Cynthia Frongillo for Third Grade
The Twelve Sons of Jacob by Arthur F. Auer for Third Grade
The Theft of Thor's Hammer by Arthur F. Auer for Fourth Grade
The Fate of Baldur by Arthur F. Auer for Fourth Grade
The Light of Isis and Osiris by Jim McClurkin for Fifth Grade
Dementer and Persephone by William Ward for Fifth Grade
Prometheus the Fire-Bringer by Arthur F. Auer for Fifth Grade
Archimedes' Greatest Challenge by John Trevillion for Sixth Grade
The Road to Damascus by David Blair for Sixth Grade
The Girl From the Sky by Helen-Ann Ireland for Sixth Grade
The Nose Competition by Hans Sachs adapted by David S. Mitchell for Seventh Grade
The Order of the Heavens by John Trevillion for Seventh Grade
Galileo by John Trevillion and his class for Seventh Grade
The Devil with the Three Golden Hairs by David Mitchell for Seventh Grade puppet show
"Of Love, Enough Can Never Be Said" by David S. Mitchell for Eleventh Grade
A Michaelmas Play by Uta Taylor-Weaver
The Christmas Rose by Selma Lagerlof adapted by Mark Birdsall
Winter Festival Pageant by Dennis Demanett for entire school
This book of plays is collected from the work of several Waldorf teachers active in North America. The editor hopes that this book will inspire many new creations by class and subject teachers and that the variety of work included will serve as an inspiration for Waldorf teachers to write their own plays for their students. Magic occurs when a teacher sits down with a subject in mind and a class of students in focus. The personalities of the children weave into the writing, as characters are created for the play. When a teacher writes his/her own plays he/she enters a realm of higher spiritual perception which enlivens the drama. Many pedagogical purposes can be achieved through drama, and such original plays may become "new" festivals within our communities.
Drama is a wonderful shaper of attitude; it enhances experience and codifies it to a universal poetic, making our lives resonant with joy and . meaning. With children it reawakens the heart-memory.
Within this collection there are simple stories dramatized, mathematics lessons portrayed, science lessons illuminated, myths brought to life, and humorous skits arranged for adolescents. Scenes from history are brought into crystalline focus in a form that will be remembered for a lifetime. There is a puppet play written jointly by a class and their teacher as part of an English assignment. The festivals and sense of community are made more accessible through some of the plays. The theme of love, prevalent in all of Shakespeare's plays, is the focus of one play and served as a portion of the academic studies of an eleventh grade high school class.
All Waldorf teachers are allowed to use the plays without infringement of copyright. However, as a courtesy, it is requested that you write a postcard to the author at his/her school announcing when it will be performed.
The editor would like to express gratitude to all the teacher/playwrights included in this book. I especially want to express gratitude to my good friend Arthur F. Auer, whose plays have always been an inspiration to me, as well as to the rest of his immediate colleagues. I am excited for the opportunity to share his work. For me, to enter Arthur's classroom is to become inspired.
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