Plays for young audiences / Schooltours
Plays for young audiences
Every year, students from the age of 10 and up enjoy our special youth production. The plays deal with topics and stories that reflect the experiences and literary interests of our young audience. The language is adapted to their level and we support teachers with scripts, worksheets and follow-up workshops. This season The English Theatre Frankfurt will present an adaptation of the Oscar Wilde classic, The Canterville Ghost, for our young audiences.
The performance has been specifically designed for a target audience between the ages of 11 and 14. In other words, it is most suitable for the 5th to 7th grades.
Students from the third grade and up who are more fluent in English are also most welcome to attend.
The duration of the show is approximately 60 minutes, with an actor talkback session afterwards. Price: € 10 per ticket. This includes a textbook and detailed materials for working with students. The materials can be downloaded from our website at no extra cost.
Accompanying teachers receive free tickets.
Due to popular demand our Plays for Young Audiences programme has been extended to include entertainment for the whole family over the Christmas period. This silly season children and their families can watch Cinderella, a classic pantomime suitable for all ages during December.
The Canterville Ghost
by Clive Duncan, adapted from a short story by Oscar Wilde
High-spirited Americans take a good natured shot at the British stiff-upper-lip
The story begins when the Otis family move into Canterville Chase. The family come from the United States of America and want to settle in a traditional English mansion. The problem is that the house is already inhabited by the Lord Simon Canterville, the Canterville Ghost. He has haunted the mansion for three hundred years and he cannot rest in peace until the time “when good speaks for ill, peace will come to Canterville”. The Otis family don ́t believe the rumours and move in anyway. Sir Simon does his best to frighten them but the family is not afraid of him and he has to increase his attempts at scaring them. The family hears clanking chains, they witness reappearing bloodstains on the floor just by the fireplace, which are removed every time they appear in various forms. Humorously, none of these scare the Otis family in the least. In fact, upon hearing the clanking noises in the hallway, Mr Otis promptly gets out of bed and pragmatically offers the ghost lubricator to oil his chains.
Because the family are not impressed by Sir Simon, he feels increasingly helpless and humiliated. When Mrs Otis notices a mysterious red mark on the floor, she simply replies that she does “not at all care for blood stains in the sitting room”. When Mrs Umney informs Mrs Otis that the blood stain is indeed evidence of the ghost and cannot be removed, Washington Otis, the eldest son, suggests that the stain will be removed with Pinkerton’s Champion Stain Remover. Only one member of the family, the 15-year old Virginia, is sympathetic to Sir Simon ́s plight and she is the key to removing the curse from Canterville…
approximately 55 minutes
Price: 10,- Euro per ticket.
This includes a textbook and highly detailed materials
for working with your students. The textbook will be sent per post before the performance. The material can be downloaded from this website. Accompanying teachers will get free tickets.
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In order to better understand the play we recommend that teachers briefly introduce the piece to students before watching the show. Educational materials to be used in the classroom will be available online. Teachers can use these in the classroom to improve and enrich the students´ understanding of the play and the worksheets are helpful for follow-up exercises.
Please register using the online form provided. The play scripts are available in booklet form and are included in the ticket price.These are automatically ordered upon registration.
Please note that cancellations need to be made well in advance for us to make alternative arrangements.
The booklets for students will be sent directly to the schools. For re-orders, changed orders or additional orders of booklets the delivery costs will need to be borne by the respective school. Payment will be cash on delivery.
Duration of the show: approximately 60 minute
Price: 10,- Euro per ticket.
This includes a textbook and highly detailed materials for working with your students. The textbook will be sent per post before the performance. The material can be downloaded from this website. Accompanying teachers will get free tickets.