Yay! Blake Education’s new ‘Australian Readers’ Theatre’ series has arrived from the printers! It’s been great fun working as series consultant with editor Vanessa Barker and publisher Lynn Dickinson and to have six plays included alongside those of the talented Sandie Eldridge, Catherine Bauer and Elizabeth Klein. It’s a great series (all photo-copiable) with lots of Australian humour and drama. No primary school should be without a copy!
From the Blake website:
“A Reader’s Theatre performance is a dramatic reading without the need for stage actions, or elaborate sets and costumes. It provides teachers with an opportunity to stage a play without the challenges that come with designing and building sets and creating costumes.
Each book in this series contains 10 photocopiable Reader’s Theatre plays written by Australian authors covering a wide variety of genres. Each play has ACARA curriculum links and Teacher’s Notes with information about:
- the script’s plot, characters and setting
- introducing the play – main topic, characters, ideas
- vocabulary discussion and list of tricky words
- interpreting the story
- rehearsal and stage movement
- performance and staging ideas
- post-play review
Photocopiable assessment checklists for pre-performance, peer evaluation and oral performance assessments are included, as well as two worksheets for each play.”
Book Cover – Australian Readers Theatre Lower Primary
Australian Readers’ Theatre – Lower Primary
Book Cover – Australian Readers Theatre Middle Primary
Australian Readers’ Theatre – Middle Primary
Book Cover – Australian Readers Theatre Upper Primary
Australian Readers’ Theatre – Upper Primary
A big shout out to Jill McTeigue and the students of Red Beach School. Loved your photos from Compass Rose! Your sets and costumes look gorgeous and I hope you had a great time putting it on!
One lovely touch; Red Beach borrowed our original prop ‘Compass’ (to the right in the featured photograph) and it appeared in their school’s production. What a wonderful sharing across the ocean!
‘Compass Rose’ received a promo in the March / April edition of Stage Whispers.
My good mates at Maverick Musicals (who publish my musicals) have just updated their website and what a beauty it is!
Now, I must admit to nostalgia for the old site, after all, I designed and coded it, learning FrontPage, asp programming and design along the way.
But there was no easy way to bring this very 90’s looking (and functioning) site into the 21st century. And I was the first to admit that it was beyond my abilities, especially the web-payments side of things.
But Queensland web designers Fig Creative have risen to the challenge and delivered a crisp, clean, modern and easy-to-navigate website that’s a delight to use.
Maverick have always had a reputation for great customer service and the new website reflects this totally. If you’re a school looking for a show to put on, you won’t find a better range anywhere.
Just like before, you can download free samples of every play, musical, theatre-restaurant and classroom resource. But now you can order direct from the site for immediate dramatic-gratification. Play information is more readily accessible and there are clear descriptions of copying fees, royalties and performance costs on each page.
The old site did us well for many a year, but I’m so proud to see my musicals up on such a fantastic site.
Well done guys!
Compass Rose & the Birdnesters
It is the early 19th century and Queen Victoria is on the throne in England. An ocean away in the far Pacific, the HMS Shearwater, with famous explorer Captain McAlister at the helm, is nearing the mysterious Island at the End of World’. Locked in her cabin for disobedience (and not doing her homework) is his wanna-be explorer daughter, Constance Rose.
Already on the apparently deserted island is ex-pirate Captain Jack Daw and his crew. They’re birdnesting – collecting rare bird eggs for a rich baron back in England. Since this is against the law, they hide themselves as soon as the navy ship is spotted.
Constance escapes from her cabin, rows to the island and goes exploring. Unfortunately, the first thing she discovers is her father and the crew. After a lecture on following orders, she’s locked back in her cabin. Captain McAlister informs his crew of his secret orders; to capture the birdnesters reported in the area. Lookouts are posted, a cannon set up and the botanists start collecting animals.
Hi, I’m Tim Tuck, and I teach Reception through Year 12 students at Maitland Area School in South Australia. This blog is my online hitching-post to share classroom resources, reviews and classroom hacks. It also (quite) subtly provide links to some of the school musicals (at Maverick Musicals) and educational books (at Blake Education and Pascal Press) that I’ve written over the years. Music, drama, science and technology are my main interests and I hope that’s reflected in the posts and downloads on show. Enjoy!
My Links: Maitland Area School | Blake Education | Pascal Press | Maverick Musicals
Various Rapa Nui phrases for tides.
Rapa Nui – the language – is spoken by a minority of Easter Island’s population. Figures suggest perhaps 800 out the 3700 or so inhabitants.
I wanted to include some authentic Rapa Nui language in the script for my new musical ‘Compass Rose’, though I’m not convinced I’ve achieved it!.
There aren’t a huge number of resources out there, but these sites were useful:
Here’s the latest songbook file.
Compass Rose Songbook
Compass Rose and the Birdnesters
You never quite know when – or where – you’ll turn up on the net.
But even I was a little surprised to find myself (and one of my musicals) in the footnotes to “Cornish Wrecking, 1700-1860: Reality and Popular Myth” (Cathryn Pearce).
Even more surprising is to discover I’m actually a Cornish teacher…
I have to admit to some links with Cornwall. Just up the road from us in South Australia is the historic Moonta township (‘one of the three towns in the ‘Copper Triangle’) settled by Cornish miners. I did also visit Cornwall a few years ago but make no claims to any Cornish blood, as I was born in Welwyn Garden City.
Still, it is nice to have ‘Wreckers’ (one of my favourite productions) footnoted so.