Klingensten Day 8: Warhorse

Saturday night I went to see the play Warhorse in Lincoln Center in New York City. I can say without question that this is the best play I’ve seen. Ever.

Teachers, if you have a chance to go, GO! It will give you ideas about cross curricular projects to do because it involves:

1) Engineering and Math understandings they used to build the puppets. See this awesome Ted Talk.

2) Science/Biology: understanding the physical structure of a horse, and the effects of gas as a weapon, to name a few science skills.

3) History: the play’s writers must have had thorough knowledge about World War I.

4) Drama: the acting is outstanding.

5) Art: the beautiful and innovative set was simple, effective, and aesthetically unique. Costumes were designed to help actors blend in or stand out as necessary.

6) English: the script was based on a story written by Michael Morpurgo. For more information, see the NYTimes Review: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/12/books/michael-morpurgo-author-of-war-horse-an-unlikely-hit.html?_r=2

7) Foreign Language: the characters fight to overcome language barriers between German, French, English throughout the course of the play.

8 ) Music:  the songs and use of sound strongly enhances the visual experience.

I can see students working to create a play like this that would require them to have interdisciplinary skills, would be focused toward an authentic audience, and would provide them a meaningful project of which they could be proud.

 

For more information, see the play page: http://www.lct.org/showMain.htm?id=199

 

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About epdwilliams

Junior High English Teacher The Westminster Schools
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2 Responses to Klingensten Day 8: Warhorse

  1. JLAL says:

    PDobbs,
    I’ve been loving your reflections! Thanks for writing–you are inspiring me!

  2. Betsy says:

    I was amazed and fascinated by “Warhorse” after watching the Tony’s. I’m hoping I’ll get to see it at some point when I’m back in NYC. Glad to hear you enjoyed it!

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