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Playwriting Curriculum & Script Library
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- 14 scripts for grades K-12
- 7 with accompanying study guides
- All downloadable as PDFs
- All available for free, in-class use
- Some available for full production
- All by Utah playwrights
- K-6 playwriting curriculum with videos & lesson plans
As the only professional theatre company in Utah creating new work specifically for elementary students each season, we are honored to serve schools statewide with our Free Elementary School Tour as part of Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS), managed by the Utah State Board of Education (USBE) and partially funded by the Utah State Legislature. FEST is also funded by the National Endowment for the Arts.
The Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) launched with Sergei Prokofiev’s PETER AND THE WOLF (a co-production with Gina Bachauer International Piano Festival, grades K-3, 2012-2013), a well-known title selected to pave the way for a series of world premieres by Utah playwrights: DIFFERENT=AMAZING by Matthew Ivan Bennett (grades 4-6, 2013-2014, 2014-2015); RUFF! by Jenifer Nii (grades K-3, 2015-2016); THE EDIBLE COMPLEX by Melissa Leilani Larson (grades 4-6, 2016-2017), RIVER.SWAMP.CAVE.MOUNTAIN. by Elaine Jarvik (grades K-3, 2017-2018), ZOMBIE THOUGHTS by Jenny Kokai and her 11-year-old son Oliver Kokai-Means (grades K-6, 2018). Upcoming: FLORA MEETS A BEE by Morag Shepherd (grades K-3, 2019-2020), PRESENTING: SUPER CAT & REPTILE ROBOT by Rachel Bublitz (grades 2-4, 2020-2021), ALLI & #3 by Debora Threedy (grades K-3, 2021-2022) and a new play by Jennifer Kokai & Oliver Kokai-Means (grades 4-6, 2022-2023).
The mission of the Free Elementary School Tour (FEST) is to authentically connect what students see onstage with what they envision themselves creating as artists, expecting as patrons and supporting as citizens. USBE Arts Core Standards Strand 3 (Respond) and Strand 4 (Connect) are organically and thoroughly integrated into FEST. Additionally, simple, low-prep, pre- and post-assembly classroom activities are detailed in the Study Guide, incorporating Strand 1 (Create) and Strand 2 (Perform), as well as play-specific Core Standards.
FEST’s objectives are to:
Expose elementary students to professional theatre by providing free, in-school professional performances of a world premiere play by a Utah playwright created specifically for them each school year.
Enrich elementary education
- Help students create, perform, respond to, and connect with live theatre as outlined in Utah State Board of Education’s Fine Arts Core Standards
- Provide teachers with quality curriculum and training for integrating theatre and playwriting into their classroom
Encourage discussion of complex issues
- Contribute to a culture of empathy
- Teach and reinforce healthy behaviors
- Teach all students that they have the ability to create theatre
- Teach all students theatre can be about them
- Teach all students that theatre can be about what they care about
Create from a foundation of diversity and inclusion
- Prioritize Title I schools
- Focus on representation, so more students see stories performed onstage by people who look and sound like them
- Feature plays written primarily by female playwrights
Reflecting our Title I school audiences in each aspect of our work serves more than our own needs: our overarching, down-the-road-a-generation-and-beyond goal is to expand Utah’s talent pool and performing arts audience – particularly among communities of color – by truly investing in, reflecting and representing our community.