1. Who is Evelyn and what does she do at the Esplanade?
2. What is her main role as the Production Manager?
3. From the video, what are some of the things that she needed to do as a Production Manager?
4. What do you think makes Evelyn’s job exciting?
Download and refer to Handout 5: Educator’s Notes on Building a Visual Scene for suggested answers.
Get students to refer to Handout 1: Props Handout. Give the following instructions.
Imagine that you are the Props Manager of a theatre company that will be staging a show called The Quest for the Magic Potion. Answer the questions either individually or as a class.
1. How many characters do you see in front of you?
2. How many props do you see in front of you?
3. How many different types of props do you see in front of you?
Cut out the props along the dotted lines. Fold the base of the props so that individual props are able to stand on their own. Arrange the props from the biggest to the smallest, leaving the characters out from your arrangement.
4. Which prop is the biggest?
5. Which prop is the smallest?
6. How many props are taller than the Elves?
7. How many props are smaller than the Castle?
Get students into groups and distribute Handout 2: Stage Layout. Each pair/group to have one stage layout. Place the stage layout on the table. Assign the following tasks:
Which props would you use to create a scenery of an Enchanted Forest on stage? Place these props on the Stage Layout and share with your partners on why you have chosen to do so.
Which props would you use to create a scenery of a Mysterious Castle on stage? Place these props on the Stage Layout and share with your partners on why you have chosen to do so.
Get students to refer to Handout 3: Opening Stage Directions. Read the opening stage directions for The Quest for the Magic Potion aloud (individually or to class).
Using the props provided, create the scene for The Quest for the Magic Potion. Share and discuss with your peers on your decisions to place the props.
Get students to think about the general guiding questions and spatial guiding questions below when creating the scene.
General guiding questions:
Spatial guiding questions:
1. Colouring prop items
Students may spend time colouring the props. Some guiding questions for teachers:
a. What colours would you use for the different props?
b. How have the colours created the mood and atmosphere for:
2. Using measurements to calculate distance (Recommended for Mathematics class)
Refer to Handout 4: Measuring Distance
Use a measuring tape or a ruler. Students may calculate the distance between the various props, such as:
a. Between the Wizard and the Enchanted Castle
b. Between the Wizard and the Elves
c. The distance between the three trees
3. Add your own prop items
Students may add additional prop items by drawing and cutting on a separate piece of paper.
Additional props that the students may include in the scene, but not limited, to are:
a. The River the Wizard has just crossed
b. Other Features of the Enchanted Castle
Students should be able to justify their choices.
Khairul Nizam is a theatre and drama educator in Singapore. He has shared his teaching practices through conferences, open classrooms, and on international sharing panels. He is currently serving as the Vice-President of Singapore Drama Educators Association (SDEA).