08 March 2018
Platypus Theatre offers resource guides for each of our shows with interactive activities and lesson plans teachers can use to prepare their students for the concert. These guides were created for teachers, by teachers. Educators choose from a number of grade-appropriate activities, such as making masks for Brazilian Carnaval, or learning recorder music or a song to be performed live with the orchestra at the concert. For family shows, presenters can opt for various pre-concert activities in the lobby, rounding out the concert experience for children.
Young audiences learn many musical concepts during a Platypus Theatre show, but the learning goes far beyond a single strand of the curriculum. For example, in Presto, Mambo! students learn about the music and rhythms of Latin America, rhythmic layering and music as a universal language, but they also explore geography (Latin America), social studies (cross-cultural understanding, individuality and community) and drama (masks, puppetry). Not only that, but character education is core to every Platypus Theatre show with cooperation, anti-bullying, tolerance and courage central to the themes in Presto, Mambo!
These great teacher resources are just another way Platypus Theatre makes it easy for presenters to offer delightful and engaging family and student shows.