Plays of Mythology for Children

Plays of Mythology for Children

by L. E. McCullough, L.E. McCullough
     
 

These 12 original plays recreate the stirring power of classic mythology, with humorous and adventurous dramatizations of well-known myths from around the world. Each play has an introduction with information about its source culture and historical context, as well as helpful notes for staging, costuming and music. Plays from Mythology brings timeless legends…  See more details below

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These 12 original plays recreate the stirring power of classic mythology, with humorous and adventurous dramatizations of well-known myths from around the world. Each play has an introduction with information about its source culture and historical context, as well as helpful notes for staging, costuming and music. Plays from Mythology brings timeless legends of epic fantasy to your home and classroom stage!

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 4-6-These 12 selections from 6 continents are written in a melodramatic tone that children will find condescending. In the Norse comedy "Freya's Golden Necklace," Freya calls Thrym an "ill-bred, half-witted, pin-headed, freak-faced ogre." This recurring mix of classic tales with slang is jarring. Unsophisticated, simple songs by the author accompany most of the plays. However, aspects of the collection are useful. Pronunciations of most of the character and place names are provided, stage directions and costuming suggestions are clear, and the stage plans are diagrammed. Unfortunately, the author hasn't taken his own advice to "...never underestimate the capacity for even the youngest children to amaze you with their skill and ingenuity in making a show blossom." Skip this collection and suggest that adults working with children adapt a story from the D'Aulaires or from Geraldine McCaughrean's The Golden Hoard (McElderry, 1996). dePaola's Fin M'Coul (Holiday, 1981) is much more fun as is Warwick Hutton's Theseus and the Minotaur (McElderry, 1989).-Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781575251103
Publisher:
Smith & Kraus, Inc.
Publication date:
12/01/1997
Series:
Young Actors Series
Edition description:
1ST
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
807,555
Product dimensions:
5.42(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
9 - 11 Years

Meet the Author

L. E. McCULLOUGH, PhD is an educator, playwright, composer, and ethnomusicologist whose studies in music and folklore have spanned cultures throughout the world. He is the author of twenty books of plays, monologues, and scenes for Smith and Kraus. L. E. now has 17 titles in print for young actors.

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