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Onstage and Backstage: At the Night Owl Theater

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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."

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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Thompson, Karmen San Diego, New York, London 1997 Hardcover First Edition Near Fine in Very Good jacket 4to. Signed by Author and Illustrator Scarce SIGNED copy. 1997 Stated ... First Edition, First Printing with "A" in printing line. NEAR FINE in VERY GOOD, price intact, dust jacket. INSCRIBED by author Ann Hayes and SIGNED by BOTH Hayes and illustrator, Karmen Thompson on title page; "9/13/97-Encore, Encore! -Ann Hayes-and-Karmen Thompson." A fresh, clean, otherwise unmarked copy. Pages are clean and unmarked. There is a double-foldout illustration and one folding leaf has a vertical crease. Pages are otherwise fine, tightly bound in color pictorial hard cover with gloss lamination. Cover is clean and fresh; small bump to front bottom corner, otherwise fine. Unclipped jacket, artwork matching the cover is clean and bright; lightly shelf-rubbed. Tiny spot, not very visible, on front of jacket, no tears or chips. Jacket is in a clear archival protector. Binding tight, spine and boards straight. An imaginative an Read more Show Less

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Overview

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

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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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

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

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