Sadko's Song 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.

Kaitlyn Althoff, Karin Carr, and Matthew Davis in Sadko's Song

Pre-Show Questions/Activities

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?

Our Production

1. Sadko’s Song is an adaptation of a Russian 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. Sadko is a musician. What type of instrument do you think he plays? If you had to guess what instruments are popular in Russia what would you say? If Sadko was a sad man, what would you guess he plays? Why?

What if he were happy all the time? What instrument would go with that feeling in your opinion? Do you play an instrument? If so what do you think that instrument says about you? If you don’t, what instrument do you think would most suit you, and why?

3. The story takes place half on land and half under a lake. How do you think we are going to make that happen in the theater? If you had to tell a story that was set in those two places how would you make it happen?

Look around your home and find some things you might use to decorate the underwater portion of the play.


    Kaitlyn Althoff in Sadko's Song

    Luca Grieman, Michael Gurshtein, and The Girls in Sadko's Song

    Post-Show Questions/Activities

    1. The tsarina tells Sadko, “It is selfish to keep your gifts to yourself, musician.” What do you think that means? Do you agree with that statement? What gifts do you have to offer the world? What will sharing your gifts do for others?

    2. The people of Sadko’s town cannot seem to tell the difference between a good musician and a bad one. Why do you think this is? Is it possible to tell the difference between good art and bad? Is there such a thing? How much does one’s skill have to do with it? Is there more to it than that? If so, what is it that makes someone a good artist in your opinion?

    3. We used some puppets in our play. Ours were fancy, but a puppet is any inanimate (lacking life or movement) object that we move in such a way as to make it seem alive. Look around your house for an object you can turn into a found-object puppet. How can you move it so it seems to have a life? What voice would it have? What is its personality? How does it interact with others? Use your puppet to tell a story for an audience.

    Even one person who is watching you perform is an audience.

    4. Thanks to the fish with the golden fins from the tsarina, Sadko accumulated a lot of wealth and yet was still not content. What do you think it is that makes someone truly happy? Is it different for each person? When are you happiest? What makes you happier – things or experiences?

    5. Our costume designer created very elaborate costumes to tell this story. In what way did that help transport you to the world of Sadko? Pick a character from our story and create your own costume at home using clothing, fabric, towels, ribbon, or anything else you have permission to use. You could also draw a picture of a costume you would create for someone in the story. That drawing is known as a “costume rendering” in the theater. What materials would you use if you were going to build your costume? Colors? Patterns?