Part of the curriculum with Waldorf Schools is doing a class play every year. When Debbie was teaching at the Minnesota Waldorf School she did a play every year with the class from first grade all the way through eight grade when they capped it all off by doing a Shakespeare play.
I was looking through her things a while ago and realized that in almost every year she had chosen a play with an alliterative title. Here’s the list:
First grade: The Golden Goose by the Brothers Grimm
Second grade: Three African Fables
Third grade: The Israelite Saga
Fourth grade: The Curse of the Ring by Roberto Trostli
Fifth grade: The Epic of Gilgamesh
Sixth grade: The Haunted House by Plautus
Seventh grade: The Learned Ladies by Moliere
Eighth grade: Measure for Measure by Shakespeare
I’m not sure if she was being alliterative on purpose, or if it was just coincidence. Or possibly it was a little of both.
Many years Debbie had a complete script she could readily use (4th, 5th, 7th & 8th). But in the other years, there weren’t any plays available that she felt were right for her class. She usually had me scouring the internet looking for plays. When nothing was found she would ask me to adapt a story (1st, 2nd, 3rd, 6th).
She would give me a story and ask me to convert it into a play with enough parts for everyone in the class. I would write a first draft which she would read and comment on. Then after I reworked it, she would make the final edits. It was always fun to see the students do the show.
The Sixth grade play was challenging. Her class that year was 18 students and the play she picked had only 12 parts. So, I added three parts by splitting some characters into two characters. Then I added another three by taking the character with the most lines and splitting it into four. I used the text from Project Gutenberg as a base as I could download it and put it into my word processor. Then because that text was a fairly old translation, I took several books with more current translations and updated many of the lines to more current language.
Because I spent much time looking for suitable plays, I thought I would post the scripts that Debbie and I adapted on this site (https://www.timkwrites.com/waldorf-class-plays.html). If you’re searching for plays to do on the internet and find my blog feel free to download and use the plays. Drop me a line and let me know if you’re using the script.
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