Munsch at Play: Eight Stage Adaptations for Young Performers (Plays by Irene N. Watts)
|May 27, 2010||Posted by Cheryl Wartman under Children's Lit, Non-fiction, Resource, Young Adult|
Published by Annick Press, 2010
Vancouver playwright and novelist, Irene N. Watts adapted eight of Robert Munsch’s best-loved stories for stage. Even my ten- and twelve-year-olds got excited when this book arrived. We had a delightful time reading the plays, with each of us taking different parts. My children loved this retelling of some of their favorite books from “when they were young.” The trip down memory lane was made even more captivating by inclusion of the artwork from the original books.
Watts has kept to the true spirit of a Robert Munsch story by keeping the plays energetic and interactive. She makes suggestions for easy and inexpensive ways to perform these plays, but as she says, “suggestions… are intended as a starting point—one possible way. You and your students will discover may others. Let the power of Robert Munsch’s stories and your own creativity be your guide.” The stories included in this collection are: Angela’s Airplane, 50 Below Zero, Millicent and the Wind, Mortimer, Mud Puddle, The Paper Bag Princess, Stephanie’s Ponytail, and Murmel, Murmel, Murmel.
This book is perfect for any group that wants to put on a play or just relive these stories in another enchanting way. I think it is ingenious to take stories that the children know and adapt them to stage allowing imaginations to run rampant. The plays can be adapted for a small group or an entire class. The cast and audience can interact with the story with the simplest of sets and “found” or crafted props. Storytelling through drama by working together is a fun way to teach working as a group.
Munsch’s books are made to be read aloud and this extension to the stage works well. Munsch at Play would be perfect for plays in the park, or on rainy days at home. It says for aged six to nine, but I learned that older children and even adults love it too. I loved this book almost as much as I loved reading it aloud with my children.