A WORlD PREMiere BY GERARD HERNANDEZ, JENNY KOKAI, & OLIVER KOKAI-MEANS
TENTH ANNUAL FREE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL TOUR SERVING ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS STATEWIDE SEPTEMBER 2022-JUNE 2023
Jacob loves ballet, turkey sandwiches, Pokedudes, and his orange blanket. He does not love living with Crohn's disease or nurses who can't get the IV in on the first try. On the day of his latest infusion, he meets Sophie, a nurse unlike any other (who might be an alien).
A play created specifically for grades 4-6 about being a child living with a chronic illness and how imagination can help get you through.
Based on the life and perspective of playwright Gerard Hernandez.
Fine Arts Core Standards are integrated into the script and the low-prep, pre-and-post-assembly classroom activities provided via the study guide (please click the link at the top). Students will meet Core Standards in Drama, Library Media, Health Education, Science & Engineering, and Language Arts.
INTENDED LEARNING OUTCOMES
After experiencing BALLET FOR ALIENS, students will:
1) develop understanding of chronic illnesses and the challenges they present.
2) define empathy and practice empathy with peers, including peers with chronic illnesses.
3) practice a variety of stress management techniques, including using imagination to navigate difficult situations.
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CAST & CREATIVE
By Gerard Hernandez, Jenny Kokai, & Oliver Kokai-Means
Above: Performed by Tamari Dunbar (Sophie) & Amona Faatau (Jacob)
Below: Performed by Danny Borba (Jacob) & Estephani Cerros (Sophie)
Tour Manager Kallie Filanda
Lighting Design by Pilar I. Davis
Pre- and Post-Show by Sharah Meservy
Videography by Dave Evanoff
Directed by Jerry Rapier (SDC)
Designed by Arika Schockmel (SPM)