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