The Lass Who Went Out with the Cry of Dawn Resource Guide
This audience guide is intended to be a tool to use as a means to enrich your experience at The BiTSY Stage. Here you will find activities that will prepare you for our show as well as fun things to do and talk about once you’ve seen our production.
We hope this will deepen your understanding and enjoyment of theater in general.
Preparing for your visit:
1. Have you ever been to a theater before? What can you expect? How is being at a theater different than watching a movie or a TV show? How does having live actors change the experience?
2. Do you watch a TV show the same way you would sit at a theater? How is it different? How is it the similar?
3. What are some ways we can show our appreciation for the performers? How can we ensure that our behavior doesn’t disrupt anyone else’s enjoyment of the show?
4. What do you think a play is? How would you define it?
1. The Lass Who Went Out with the Cry of Dawn is an adaptation of a Scottish folk tale. What is an adaptation? Can you name an adaptation of something you’ve seen? Did you know that many Disney cartoons are adaptations of very old stories? Why do you think people would adapt stories? If you could adapt a story you already know, what story would you choose? How would you adapt it? Play? Movie? TV Show? Book? Describe how you would tell the story in your own way.
2. The Lass in our story acts very bravely as she goes on a journey to save her sister. What is the bravest thing you’ve ever done? What do you think being brave means? What kinds of things prevent people from acting bravely? Is there someone in your life you’d be willing to be brave for? Are there any people you think would do brave things for you? Can you think of anyone you know who has ever done something brave?
3. A large part of our tale takes place on a very big hill that the Lass needs to climb. How do you think we might show that in our theater? If you had to tell a story that took place up high how would you make it happen? Look around your home and find some things you could use to create a mountain on stage.
1. The Lass’ parents give her a lot of things to take on her journey. Did you think they would all be useful when the story started? How did she use each of the things she was given? (coin, needle and thread, thimble, penny whistle, knitting, cotton) Do you think her parents knew she would need each of these things? Can you think of any reason her mom sent her off with so much stuff? Do any adults in your life ever give you something that doesn’t seem useful when you get it but comes in handy later?
2. The last line of the last song in our show is
“There’s a lesson here should not be forgot / Kindness unties any Celtic knot.”
That’s a metaphor – which means a word or phrase that does not mean what it literally says. What do you think we mean by that? What is the knot that kindness can untie? Do you agree with what we say? How important do you think it is to be kind to others? Is it possible to be kind to someone who is not kind to you? What are some of the reasons people might not be kind to one another?
3. Our designer created our sets and costumes in the style of Steampunk. Steampunk is a style of design that features steam-powered machinery instead of advanced technology. Draw a picture of what you think something that is modern would look like if it had been created in the world of Steampunk. What might a computer look like if steam was the primary source of power? Go online with an adult and look up Steampunk design for some inspiration.
4. Our costumes were created using a lot of plaid. In Scotland those patterns are often referred to as “tartans” and different color and pattern combinations represent different families. If you were able to create a tartan for your own family, what colors would you use? Why would you make those choices? Draw a picture of the pattern you would design. What piece of clothing would you make for yourself to wear with your family’s pattern?
5. The Balladeer in our story becomes the Mischanter. If he was singing his own story the whole time, how do you think he went from the end of the tale where the Lass and her sister promise to visit to traveling around and sharing his experience with audiences? Create a story that explains what life was like after his enchantments are broken. You could write it down and illustrate it or turn it into your own play and act it out. You could also write a song that the Balladeer could sing.
6. The Lass Who Went Out with the Cry of Dawn is a Celtic tale and we had a Celtic harpist accompanying our performance. Have you ever seen a show with a live musician before? Do you think there is a difference in how it feels to see a show with someone playing in the same room as you versus a show where the music is pre-recorded? What do you think that difference is? Does it change the way the show feels? If you were to tell your own version of our story, what kind of musician would you choose and why? Think of another story you know and imagine you’re going to turn it into a play. What kind of musician would you want to perform for your play? Find an example of the type of music you would have this person play for the tale you chose.