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Project Discovery VIrtual Workshop: A CHRISTMAS CAROL 2018

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Adaptation, Music & New Lyrics by Todd Almond || Conceived by Lear deBessonet
Based on the play by William Shakespeare

The story is told by Antigonus (Liz Mikel), and it all starts in the Kingdom of Sicilia, where King Leontes (J.D.Mollison) suspects of treachery from his wife Queen Hermione (Tiana K. Blair) with his friend King Polixenes of Bohemia (Ivan Jasso). When the Queen reaches her ninth month of pregnancy of a baby that Leontes suspects it’s Polixenes, King Leontes plots to kill Polixenes but he manages to escape. He then accuses Hermione of adultery and asks the Oracle of Delphi for proof. The Oracle declares Hermione’s innocence but he refuses to believe. Antigonus’ wife, Paulina (Sally N. Vahle) communicates to the monarchs that their older son, Mamillious (Alan Ramirez) has died of grief. The Queen collapses and Paulina takes her to sanctuary. Paulina comes back to King Leontes to announce the sudden death of Queen Hermione, which leaves King Leontes with a terrible heartache. He concedes to not sacrifice the baby, but he orders Antigonus to take her far away to die.

The newborn princess, who we come to know as Perdita (Ivey Barr) is left by Antigonus at the shore of Bohemia where he is eaten by a bear. A shepherd (Terry Thompkins) finds the baby princess and raises her as a shepherdess. She seems to be falling for a Bohemian boy named Florizel (Jeff Pope), whom she doesn’t know is the prince of Bohemia. King Ploixenes, who discovers them at a sheep-shearing festival, would not approve this match, so the couple elopes to Sicilia.

Activities

Pre-show Questions

  1. Some people describe America as a meritocracy—a place where power is determined by ability or merit. Do you view America as a meritocracy? What about Victorian London?
  2. Have you ever disagreed with a family member over their opinion on something? What was the disagreement about, and how did you handle the conflict?

Writing Prompts

  1. Which ghost do you think is the most important in redeeming Scrooge? Why do you think that?
  2. When are people deserving of charity? Why do those circumstances make them deserving?
  3. How has the current COVID pandemic left our Dallas residents economically? Research ways that the city is coming together to support one another.  How could we assist each other more effectively?

Activities

  1. Watch two different film adaptations of A Christmas Carol. How do they compare to one another? What do they change from the original story? What characters or plot points do they leave out?
  2. Research activities that were popular at Victorian Christmas. Give a presentation of what one may expect to do, see, and eat at a Victorian Christmas in London.
  3. A Christmas Carol was only one of the many novels Charles Dickens wrote in his career. Research some of his other works, and give an oral report to the class of your discoveries.

Post-show Questions

  1. How did poverty change the family dynamic of the Cratchit household?
  2. Why is the story titled A Christmas Carol and not The Christmas Carol?
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Adaptation, Music & New Lyrics by Todd Almond || Conceived by Lear deBessonet
Based on the play by William Shakespeare

The story is told by Antigonus (Liz Mikel), and it all starts in the Kingdom of Sicilia, where King Leontes (J.D.Mollison) suspects of treachery from his wife Queen Hermione (Tiana K. Blair) with his friend King Polixenes of Bohemia (Ivan Jasso). When the Queen reaches her ninth month of pregnancy of a baby that Leontes suspects it’s Polixenes, King Leontes plots to kill Polixenes but he manages to escape. He then accuses Hermione of adultery and asks the Oracle of Delphi for proof. The Oracle declares Hermione’s innocence but he refuses to believe. Antigonus’ wife, Paulina (Sally N. Vahle) communicates to the monarchs that their older son, Mamillious (Alan Ramirez) has died of grief. The Queen collapses and Paulina takes her to sanctuary. Paulina comes back to King Leontes to announce the sudden death of Queen Hermione, which leaves King Leontes with a terrible heartache. He concedes to not sacrifice the baby, but he orders Antigonus to take her far away to die.

The newborn princess, who we come to know as Perdita (Ivey Barr) is left by Antigonus at the shore of Bohemia where he is eaten by a bear. A shepherd (Terry Thompkins) finds the baby princess and raises her as a shepherdess. She seems to be falling for a Bohemian boy named Florizel (Jeff Pope), whom she doesn’t know is the prince of Bohemia. King Ploixenes, who discovers them at a sheep-shearing festival, would not approve this match, so the couple elopes to Sicilia.

Activities

Pre-show Questions

  1. Some people describe America as a meritocracy—a place where power is determined by ability or merit. Do you view America as a meritocracy? What about Victorian London?
  2. Have you ever disagreed with a family member over their opinion on something? What was the disagreement about, and how did you handle the conflict?

Writing Prompts

  1. Which ghost do you think is the most important in redeeming Scrooge? Why do you think that?
  2. When are people deserving of charity? Why do those circumstances make them deserving?
  3. How has the current COVID pandemic left our Dallas residents economically? Research ways that the city is coming together to support one another.  How could we assist each other more effectively?

Activities

  1. Watch two different film adaptations of A Christmas Carol. How do they compare to one another? What do they change from the original story? What characters or plot points do they leave out?
  2. Research activities that were popular at Victorian Christmas. Give a presentation of what one may expect to do, see, and eat at a Victorian Christmas in London.
  3. A Christmas Carol was only one of the many novels Charles Dickens wrote in his career. Research some of his other works, and give an oral report to the class of your discoveries.

Post-show Questions

  1. How did poverty change the family dynamic of the Cratchit household?
  2. Why is the story titled A Christmas Carol and not The Christmas Carol?