Olympia Junior Programs is proud to present “Waters of the Earth” created and performed by Boxtales Theatre company for their Intermediate Audiences.
It is our hope that these tales of humanity’s struggle to understand and grow from their interactions with the natural world will complement educators’ Earth Day curriculums, as well as their literature and emotional intelligence curriculums.
You can find a video trailer here. Read on to learn more
Waters of the Earth explores the rich folklore and mythology of seafaring peoples from all over the globe. Waters of the Earth also includes an introduction to the tradition of Sea Chanteys, songs sung by working sailors on all kinds of ships. Songs from Irish, New England, and African American/Afro Caribbean traditions will be taught and sung during the performance.
In this story, a lonely man steals the sealskin of a Selkie (a seal-woman.) When she asks for the skin back the man refuses to return it unless she marries him and lives with him for seven years. She agrees and eventually they grow to love one another and have a child together, a boy.
Eventually, the woman becomes ill and crippled and in the eighth year, she demands her skin returned to her. The man becomes angry and refuses for fear she will leave him and return to the sea. After the man storms out, the boy is summoned by a mysterious ocean spirit to where the sealskin is hidden. He returns the skin to his mother and they both plunge into the ocean to meet with the wise old Grandfather Seal. The Grandfather nurses the woman back to health and together they take the boy back to the land where he becomes a great musician and shaman.
This story tells how we must all sometimes use our instincts to find our way back home.
Dionysus and the Pirate Ship
In this story, Dionysus is kidnapped by pirates and taken aboard a ship. Onboard the pirates try to tie Dionysus to the mast. When the ropes continue to fall from his wrists the helmsman (the man who steers the ship) realizes that this divine-looking young man must be a god, and urges his fellow pirates to treat him gently, but the captain does not listen, and orders the crew to hoist the sails and set off. Dionysus causes terrible miracles and then transforms into a growling lion. The captain and crew abandon ship and are transformed into dolphins, all except for the good helmsman, who he shows favor.
The lesson of this story is that looks can be deceiving. Every person should be respected no matter who you think they might be.
Raven and the Man who Sits on the Tides(Pacific North West)
In this comic tale Raven, ever-hungry, and even more lazy, tries to find someone who can move the tides of the ocean so he can easily just pick up seafood to eat. When he finds The Man Who Sits on the Tides he has a hard time persuading him to change his habits, but eventually succeeds. From then on everyone benefits from the change.
Sinbad & the Valley of Diamonds
Sinbad the Sailor finds himself once again abandoned by his unwitting shipmates on a remote island. On this island, Sinbad has to survive huge serpents and great giant birds called Rhuks. Sinbad climbs onto a giant Rhuk which takes him to the Valley of Diamonds. Sinbad is very pleased with his discovery but not so pleased about what he has to do in order to get back home.
Teaching Your Students About Theater Etiquette Etiquette is about rules for correct behavior in social situations. If we all know the rules of behavior for a social situation we have the tools we need for a pleasant, comfortable, and safe group experience. We all know what is expected of us and what we can reasonably expect from others.
Etiquette is not about “phony behavior” or unreasonable demands. Its purpose is to help us be courteous and to live together in peace and respect. The manners your students learn while attending Olympia Junior programs performances are the same manners they will use at other cultural events throughout their lives.
Etiquette Rules for Olympia Junior Programs Performances
Do not bring food, drink, candy, or gum in the theater.
Tie your shoes. Dangling shoelaces on the stairs are a hazard.
Don’t wear a hat.
Cameras and recording equipment of any kind is not allowed. The plays are copyrighted material. It is illegal to photograph or tape without permission.
Please turn off cell phones and pagers.
Stay with your class; walk in and out of the theater in an orderly line, following an usher.Talk quietly once you are seated and waiting for the performance to begin.
Your feet don’t belong on railings, your seat, or on the seat in front of you.
Don’t talk during the performance.
Spontaneous laughter, applause, and gasps of surprise are welcome at the theater as a part of the connection between the actors and the audience.
Shouts, loud comments, or other loud noises are rude and distracting to the actors and to the audience around you.
If you must enter or exit your seat while the rest of the class is seated, quietly say “Excuse me,” then face towards the front, press closely against the backs of the seats in front of you, and move along the row to the aisle. Remember, every second that you are standing, you are distracting those around you. Open and close the theater doors very quietly.
After an Olympia Junior Programs performance the actors often will stand in the lobby of the theater and greet you as you leave. You will not have time to stop and talk, but please feel free to say hello or make a brief comment to the actors such as “Thanks, it was a great play!” Or just smile and wave!
Annotated Etiquette Reading References for Teachers and ParentsBest, Miss Alyse. Miss Best’s Etiquette for Young People. Portland, Oregon: PEP Press, 1990. (Library call # J395.122 BEST 1990) Easy ding (third grade level?). Simple strategies for mannerly behavior at home and in public. Role-playing exercises. No specific theater etiquette. 137 pages.
Packer, Alex J. Ph.D. How Rude! The Teenager’s Guide to Good Manners, Proper Behavior and Not Grossing People Out. Ed. by Pamela Espeland. Minneapolis, Minn: free spirit publishing, 1997. (Library call # 395.123 Packer 1997) Everything from knowing when to clap (or not clap) at the symphony to eating dinner at a friend’s home. Easy, fun reading, this is an etiquette book that preteens, teens, and young adults will actually read and learn from. Humorous, practical, and humane. 463 pages.
Butterfly lighting uses only two lights. The key light is placed directly in front of the subject, often above the camera or slightly to one side, and a bit higher than is common for a three-point lighting plan. The second light is a rim light.
Often a reflector is placed below the subject’s face to provide fill light and soften shadows.
This lighting may be recognized by the strong light falling on the forehead, the bridge of the nose, the upper cheeks, and by the distinct shadow below the nose that often looks rather like a butterfly and thus, provides the name for this lighting technique.
Butterfly lighting was a favourite of famed Hollywood portraitist George Hurrell, which is why this style of lighting is often called Paramount lighting.
Windows as a source of light for portraits have been used for decades before artificial sources of light were discovered. According to Arthur Hammond, amateur and professional photographers need only two things to light a portrait: a window and a reflector. Although window light limits options in portrait photography compared to artificial lights it gives ample room for experimentation for amateur photographers. A white reflector placed to reflect light into the darker side of the subject’s face, will even the contrast. Shutter speeds may be slower than normal, requiring the use of a tripod, but the lighting will be beautifully soft and rich.
The best time to take window light portrait is considered to be early hours of the day and late hours of afternoon when light is more intense on the window. Curtains, reflectors, and intensity reducing shields are used to give soft light. While mirrors and glasses can be used for high key lighting. At times colored glasses, filters and reflecting objects can be used to give the portrait desired color effects. The composition of shadows and soft light gives window light portraits a distinct effect different from portraits made from artificial lights.