Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers

by Irene Watts

Annick Press | January 7, 2010 | Hardcover

Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.

What''s even better than reading a Robert Munsch story out loud? Acting in one!

In this new collection of plays based on the stories of Robert Munsch, experienced playwright Irene N. Watts has adapted eight of his bestloved tales for the stage, classroom or backyard! Complemented by funny, energetic illustrations, including those of long-time Munsch collaborator Michael Martchenko, each story is presented in an accessible theatrical format, making it easy for children to act out their own versions of the adventures of Angela, Elizabeth, Mortimer and more.

These lively, interactive adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation, as well as casting ideas that can involve a whole class. Innovative, uncomplicated (and inexpensive!) ideas for props and costumes are also here. The stories included are:

  • 50 Below Zero
  • Angela''s Airplane
  • Millicent and The Wind
  • Mortimer
  • Mud Puddle
  • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel
  • The Paper Bag Princess
  • Stephanie''s Ponytail

  • Format: Hardcover

    Dimensions: 80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 in

    Published: January 7, 2010

    Publisher: Annick Press

    Language: English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10: 1554512301

    ISBN - 13: 9781554512300

    Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mud Puddle: GROUCH! There’s something about a children’s story by Robert Munsch that never fails to capture the imagination of a child. Having been refined through countless retellings to young children, Munsch is mainly an oral storyteller, who has put his stories down on paper so that children around the world can enjoy them. Now, thanks to the playwriting efforts of Irene Watts, children can also adapt Munsch’s best-loved tales into drama with the help of Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers. The eight selections are drawn from Munsch’s best-known works, his classics: Angela’s Airplane, Stephanie’s Ponytail, Mortimer, 50 Below Zero, Mud Puddle, Millicent and the Wind, Murmel, Murmel, Murmel, and The Paper Bag Princess. If you’re a Munsch fan like myself, it’s hard not to get excited just reading the titles of the plays that have been written for young children to act in. Teachers and parents may find themselves wondering if the title price is worth it. My answer, you just have to see the joy in the face of a child physically moving through a Munsch story – it’s a joy to behold. Not only are children introduced to the rudimentary elements of stage acting: characterization, stage directions, props, costume, audience participation etc. but they have a familiar base to draw from; familiar stories they’ve heard time and time again. Even a four-year-old can get involved when cast as the Mud Puddle for example, and given helpful prompts. Accented with familiar illustrations from Munsch’s stories, each book is cast for between four and seven main actors (including a narrator), but casting suggestions are also given creatively so that most or all of a large school class (or homeschooling co-op) can get involved in the action. In Angela’s Airplane for example, there are many parts created for actors to play parts of the airplane, in Millicent and the Wind any number of children can be cast as village children, and so forth. We normally end up playing Mud Puddle because it only requires four actors. Helpful suggestions for staging, set design, props, and costumes are provided along with the full script for each eight to ten minute play, complete with stage directions. Plays can easily incorporate miming to substitute for props and costume. Normally when my young children want to do a play, we just grab the book and wing it – who needs an audience? These plays can be simple and spontaneous, or meticulously planned and executed. The plays include permissions for free, not-for-profit performances, but if tickets are charged for, permissions need to be sought from the publisher. Bringing Munsch’s stories to life through drama is incredibly fun and I highly recommend Munsch at Play for any class or family who wants to introduce drama through these familiar, and well-loved tales. Reviewed at quiverfullfamily.com
    Date published: 2013-10-29

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    Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers

    by Irene Watts

    Format: Hardcover

    Dimensions: 80 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.31 in

    Published: January 7, 2010

    Publisher: Annick Press

    Language: English

    The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

    ISBN - 10: 1554512301

    ISBN - 13: 9781554512300

    From the Publisher

    What''s even better than reading a Robert Munsch story out loud? Acting in one!

    In this new collection of plays based on the stories of Robert Munsch, experienced playwright Irene N. Watts has adapted eight of his bestloved tales for the stage, classroom or backyard! Complemented by funny, energetic illustrations, including those of long-time Munsch collaborator Michael Martchenko, each story is presented in an accessible theatrical format, making it easy for children to act out their own versions of the adventures of Angela, Elizabeth, Mortimer and more.

    These lively, interactive adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation, as well as casting ideas that can involve a whole class. Innovative, uncomplicated (and inexpensive!) ideas for props and costumes are also here. The stories included are:

  • 50 Below Zero
  • Angela''s Airplane
  • Millicent and The Wind
  • Mortimer
  • Mud Puddle
  • Murmel, Murmel, Murmel
  • The Paper Bag Princess
  • Stephanie''s Ponytail

  • About the Author

    Irene N. Watts is an award-winning playwright and children''s novelist and educator. Watts is a life member of the Playwrights Guild and lives in Vancouver, British Columbia.

    Plays by Irene N. Watts ; Original stories by Robert Munsch

    Editorial Reviews

    The lively adaptations include suggestions to encourage audience participation [and] innovative ideas for props and costumes that are simple and inexpensive.

    Appropriate for ages: 3 - 5

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