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Onstage and Backstage: At the Night Owl Theater
     

Onstage and Backstage: At the Night Owl Theater

by Ann Hayes
 
Describes the work done by various people--the director, stage manager, set designer, actors, and others--involved in putting on the play, "Cinderella."

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Describes the work done by various people--the director, stage manager, set designer, actors, and others--involved in putting on the play, "Cinderella."

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susan Hoyle Fournier
Interested in the technical side of producing a play? Follow this cast of animal characters as they rush to stage a production of Cinderella. From actors, stage and prop managers to lighting and sound engineers, everyone must do their part to ensure the play's success. This book offers a behind the scenes look at the world of the theater. Complete with a glossary of theater terms, Onstage and Backstage will teach its readers a thing or two about the complexities of producing a simple looking play.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2-4--From casting and publicity, to the hard work of creating characters, sets, costumes, and staging, this is a straightforward picture of the play-making process. Using the vehicle of performing "Cinderella," the author explains stage terminology, directions, and the ways in which everyone works together to create a successful production. Duffy, the director, is a bear; the leading lady is a fox. However, there are so many other characters in the watercolor and soft line illustrations--a raccoon, hippo, otter, alligator, warthog, goat, hedgehog and lion--that it is sometimes difficult, particularly at a distance, to make out who is doing what. Terminology is explained both in context and in a glossary. As a finale, two gatefold pages of a curtained stage open outward to expose four scenes from the play. These pages may mimic the magic of the rising curtain, but they will not survive many circulations. However, for stage-struck children or for those preparing a play, this is a clear presentation of all that goes into creating our willing suspension of disbelief in the theater.--Susan Hepler, Burgundy Farm Country Day School, Alexandria, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A terrific introduction to the staging of a play. The Night Owl Theater is comprised of thespians who happen to be animals, and they are staging Cinderella in a month's time. Hayes familiarizes readers with casting and read-throughs, the prop and costume shops, lighting and sound engineers, dress rehearsals, and opening night. She peppers the text with the jargon of the theater without turning it into a vocabulary lesson, and in the process concocts a fabulous bestiary: A bespectacled bear is the old-soul director ("Don't worry, kids. A bad dress rehearsal means good luck on opening night,"), an anteater cranks out publicity material, a hyena hammers, and a badger paints scenery. The excitement gathers as the big night approaches—a performance that appears in a four-panel gatefold—depicted with grace and humor in Thompson's wry, affectionate watercolors. Not only a painless overview of theatrical presentations, it's also quietly inspiring—readers will be tempted to stage a production of their own.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780152007829
Publisher:
Harcourt Children's Books
Publication date:
10/13/1997
Edition description:
1 ED
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.34(w) x 11.29(h) x 0.39(d)
Lexile:
730L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

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