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Puppet Show Jack and the Beanstalk ( elementary)

Last changed: 05/28/2019 12:29pm
PK , K , 1 , 2 , 3 , 4
Theatre English
Grade Level Program Access
1 45 min
In-School Performance In-School Performance (intended for the entire grade level to experience together)
All year
$10 60
no Email
We bring our puppets, set and sound system.
No need.
Minimum performance area: 14’ wide x 10’ deep. We recommend arranging the stage at the same level as the audience. We do not recommend a raised stage or an auditorium with seats. Our experience has been that our shows are better received when children have closer contact with puppets and action on stage. Children should be seated on the floor 2-3 feet away from stage area. Set up time: 2 hours. Strike time: 1 hour. We will need a standard electric outlet for our sound system.
I CAN tell what a puppet theatre is and of what elements it consists of.

I CAN describe how puppets look like and how they are operated.

I CAN retell details about the story’s plot and characters.


Jack and the Beanstalk is a puppet show created in a Story and Puppet Time format where one performer provides narration and gives voices to the characters and a second transforms himself into different characters by using hand puppets, figure puppets, and marionette, mask, costume elements, props, and other performing objects as well as implementing a number of acting techniques. The show is a joyous, original adaptation of the classic tale about poor Jack who went to sell his cow and came home with three magic beans. Jack’s daring adventure up the huge beanstalk helps him and his mother out of their difficult financial situation, even if his mother is a bit worried about the moral issues surrounding this unusual way to acquire wealth. The show engages its audience emotionally and intellectually. Children are inspired and motivated to think, ask, and answer the questions about the story and its characters, their backgrounds, motives for actions, challenges, and conflicts. The stylized theatrical format provides ample opportunity to discuss with students theatrical styles and to teach them about visual, aural, oral, and kinetic elements of the performance.
We recommend that children are introduced to the story prior watching the show. It is also beneficial to familiarize children with puppet theatre and theatre manners. During the presentation, the teachers and students will witness a theatrical interpretation of the fairy tale, gaining experience and acquiring knowledge which will inspire, motivate, and enrich classroom discussions and teaching. The recommended audience size is up to 100 children. Minimum # of students: 60.
Parents are welcomed, but this is not required. During the show teachers and parents become important role models as spectators.

Grade PK

Grade PreK: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Grade PreK: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in the story.
Grade PreK: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. With prompting and support, explore preferences in dramatic play, guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama), or age-appropriate theatre performance.
Grade PreK: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. B. With prompting and support, name and describe characters in dramatic play or a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama).

Grade K

Grade K: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 1: With prompting and support, ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Grade K: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 3: With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in the story.
Grade K: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. With prompting and support, identify preferences in dramatic play, a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama), or age-appropriate theatre performance.

Grade 1

Grade 1: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 1: Ask and answer questions about key details in a text.
Grade 1: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details #3: Describe Characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.
Grade 1: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. Explain preferences and emotions in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama), or age-appropriate theatre performance.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Grade 2: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 3: Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.
Grade 2: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. Explain how personal preferences and emotions affect an observer’s response in a guided drama experience (e.g., process drama, story drama, creative drama), or age-appropriate theatre performance.

Grade 3

Grade 3: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 1: Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of the text, referring explicitly to the text as a basis for the answers
Grade 3: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 3: Describe characters in a story (e.g. their traits, motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. Consider multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Grade 3: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. C. Examine how connections are made between oneself and a character’s emotions in drama/theatre work.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 2: Determine a theme of a story, drama, or poem from details in the text; summarize the text.
Grade 4: Reading Standards for Literature: Key Ideas and Details # 3: Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g. a character’s thoughts, words or actions).
Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. A. Compare and contrast multiple personal experiences when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.
Grade 4: Theatre: Responding: Anchor Standard 8: Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work. C. Identify and discuss physiological changes connected to emotions in drama/ theatre work.