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Bringing storytime alive 1

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Pete Turner and Christi Underdown-DuBois created & presented March 23, 2011 @ Tennessee Libraries Annual pre-conference.

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Bringing storytime alive 1

  1. 1. Bringing Storytime Alive with Acting Techniques <ul><li>An Interactive Workshop with </li></ul><ul><li>Christi Underdown-DuBois </li></ul><ul><li>& Pete Turner </li></ul>
  2. 2. What not to do...
  3. 3. Banish Shyness. Literally. <ul><li>The Importance of Warm-Ups: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>&quot;The body is your instrument and tool, just like the book you are going to present.&quot; </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Let’s Get Physical </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s Get Vocal </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s Get Emotional </li></ul>
  4. 4. Physical <ul><li>Spine Roll </li></ul><ul><li>Swing </li></ul><ul><li>Front - Back - All the Way Around ! </li></ul><ul><li>Big & Small </li></ul>
  5. 5. Vocal - Projection <ul><li>Oooo’s </li></ul><ul><li>Yawn (Temple Mandibular) </li></ul><ul><li>Na Na Na </li></ul><ul><li>Ma Na La Tha Va Za </li></ul><ul><li>Tongue Rolls & Lip Rolls </li></ul>
  6. 6. Vocal -Diction <ul><li>Red Leather Yellow Leather </li></ul><ul><li>Toy Boat </li></ul><ul><li>Rubber Baby Buggy Bumpers </li></ul><ul><li>Nat's knapsack strap snapped </li></ul><ul><li>Bruce bought bad brown bran bread </li></ul><ul><li>Pacific Overtures... </li></ul>
  7. 7. Adapted from Pacific Overtures by Stephen Sondheim <ul><li>Please, Hello, I come with letters from Her Majesty Victoria </li></ul><ul><li>Who, learning how you're trading now, sang &quot;Hallelujah, Gloria!&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>And sent me to convey to you her positive euphoria </li></ul><ul><li>As well as little gifts from Britain's various emporia. </li></ul><ul><li>Tea? For drink? I thank you. I think. </li></ul><ul><li>Her letters do contain a few proposals to your Emperor </li></ul><ul><li>Which if, of course, he won't endorse, will put in her in a temper or, </li></ul><ul><li>More happily, should he agree, will serve to keep her placid, or </li></ul><ul><li>At least till I am followed by a permanent ambassador. </li></ul><ul><li>Her Majesty considers the arrangements to be tentative </li></ul><ul><li>Until we ship a proper diplomatic representative. </li></ul><ul><li>We don't foresee that you will be the least bit argumentative, </li></ul><ul><li>So please ignore the man-of-war we brought as a preventative. </li></ul><ul><li>And speaking of the man-of-war That's anchored rather near the shore, </li></ul><ul><li>It's nothing but a metaphor That acts as a preventative. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Hints to Help a.k.a. The Yellow Brick Road <ul><li>Body as a Tool </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ping Pong Lead </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Posture & Gestures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Body Leads </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Standing vs. Sitting </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Placement of Voice </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sean Connery vs. Other Scottish vs. Irish vs. New York </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Droopy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Laban’s Effort Shapes </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Practice Practice Practice ~ make the story your own ~ <ul><li>Read the Story Aloud </li></ul><ul><li>Read from the Side and Upside Down </li></ul><ul><li>Find the Arc of the Story, the Rhythm, the Trouble Spots </li></ul><ul><li>Cheat Front </li></ul>
  10. 10. Audience ~ Taming the Wild Pony <ul><li>Memorize First and Last Line </li></ul><ul><li>Make Eye Contact </li></ul><ul><li>Personal Space as a Control </li></ul><ul><li>Laugh with Them </li></ul><ul><li>Interact with Questions </li></ul>
  11. 11. Story~ Text Analysis <ul><li>Honor the author and honor the story. Try to make choices that emphasize, not detract from, the story. </li></ul><ul><li>It's always more about the story than the performer. Lose your self-consciousness and ego. </li></ul>
  12. 12. Story ~ Text Analysis <ul><li>Find unique elements & Author’s voice </li></ul><ul><li>Repetition of words or elements </li></ul><ul><li>The Rule of Threes </li></ul><ul><li>Sound Effects & Onamanopia </li></ul><ul><li>Poetry & “Tasty Words” </li></ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul>
  13. 13. Story ~ Text Analysis <ul><li>Find the Main Character’s A rc and the rhythm of the story. </li></ul><ul><li>The Arc of a Character is that Character’s Journey and how they CHANGE. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Story ~ Text Analysis <ul><li>ACTS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Beginning, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Middle </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>& End </li></ul></ul><ul><li>PLOT POINTS: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Where the Action Changes </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Story ~ Text Analysis <ul><li>Rhythm! </li></ul><ul><li>Find the places that speed up & slow down </li></ul><ul><li>Don't be afraid of silence </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t go too slow either! </li></ul>
  16. 16. Story ~ Text Analysis <ul><li>Find the Problem Spots </li></ul><ul><li>Tough words & odd phrasing </li></ul><ul><li>Sentences that break over pages </li></ul><ul><li>Pictures that differ from text </li></ul>
  17. 17. Story ~ Performance <ul><li>Stay in the moment in the story . </li></ul><ul><li>L ive the story with the characters and the children who are hearing it for the first time.  </li></ul><ul><li>Try not to project the next moment. </li></ul>
  18. 18. Story ~ Performance <ul><li>Emphasize Important Moments with all the tools from our warm-up </li></ul><ul><li>“ Pronounce” those Moments </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sources <ul><li>Best Read Aloud Picture Books </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://www.mnstate.edu/cmc/BestReadAlouds.cfm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>ICDL - International Children’s Digital Library </li></ul><ul><ul><li>http://en.childrenslibrary.org/ </li></ul></ul><ul><li>opening graphic is poster from Mel Brooks’ Young Frankenstein </li></ul>
  20. 20. <ul><li>  Aardema, Verna; illustrated by Petra Mathers. Borreguita and the Coyote. New York, NY: Dragonfly Books, 1991. </li></ul><ul><li>Breathed , Berkeley. Goodnight Opus. Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Company, 1993. </li></ul><ul><li>Breathed , Berkeley. Red Ranger Came Calling. Boston, MA : Little, Brown and Company, 1994. </li></ul><ul><li>Bunting, Eve; illustrated by Kurt Cyrus. The Bones of Fred McFee. Orlando, FL : Harcourt, 2005. </li></ul><ul><li>Cinderella . (Octopus Pop-Up Picture Stories) London, UK : Octopus Books Limited, 1980. </li></ul><ul><li>Cowley, Joy: illustrated by Robyn Belton. The Duck in the Gun. London, UK : Walker, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Cronin, Doreen; illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Duck for President. New York, NY : Simon & Schuster, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Duran Ryan, Cheri; illustrated by Arnold Lobel. Hildilid's Night. New York, NY : Macmillan, 1971. </li></ul>Books we like to use for story times
  21. 21. <ul><li>  French, Jackie; illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Pete the Sheep Sheep. New York, NY : Clarion, 2004. </li></ul><ul><li>Ga'g, Wanda. Millions of Cats. New York, NY : Scholastic, 1956. </li></ul><ul><li>Hort, Lenny; A N Afanasʹev; illustrated by Gennadiĭ Spirin. The Fool and the Fish. New York, NY : Dial Books, 1990. </li></ul><ul><li>  Jagtenberg, Yvonne. Jack's Kite. Brookfield, Conn : Roaring Book Press, 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>Leaf , Munro; illustrated by Robert Lawson. The Story of Ferdinand. London, UK : Viking, 1936. </li></ul><ul><li>Lionni, Leo. Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse. New York, NY : Scholastic, 1969. </li></ul><ul><li>Mack, Stan. Where's My Cheese ? Pantheon Books, 1977. </li></ul><ul><li>Orleans, Susan; illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Lazy Little Loafers. New York, NY : Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Slobodkina, Esphyr. Caps For Sale . Reading, MA : Young Scott Books, 1968. </li></ul><ul><li>Snow White . (An All-action Treasure Hour Pop-Up Book) Czechoslovakia : Brown Watson, 1983. </li></ul>Books we like to use for story times
  22. 22. <ul><li>Steig, William. Brave Irene. New York, NY : HarperCollins, 1986. </li></ul><ul><li>Thompson, Jill. Scary Godmother . San Antonio, TX : Sirius, 1999. </li></ul><ul><li>Ungerer, Tomi. Crictor. New York, NY : HarperCollins, 1986. </li></ul><ul><li>Ungerer, Tomi. The Three Robbers. London, UK : Phaidon, 2008. </li></ul><ul><li>Ungerer, Tomi. Zeralda's Ogre. New York, NY : Delacorte Press, 1967. </li></ul><ul><li>Viorst, Judith. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day . Hartford, CT : Atheneum, 1972.  </li></ul><ul><li>Waddell, Martin; illustrated by Helen Oxenbury. Farmer Duck. Cambridge, MA : Candlewick Press, 1996. </li></ul><ul><li>Willems, Mo. Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus . New York, NY : Hyperion, 2003. </li></ul><ul><li>Willems, Mo. Edwina, the Dinosaur who didn't know She was Extinct . New York, NY : Hyperion, 2006. </li></ul><ul><li>Willems, Mo. The Pigeon Finds a Hot Dog . New York, NY : Hyperion, 2004. </li></ul>Books we like to use for story times

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