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Within this guide we have included a range of materials and activities. As teachers, you know best the needs and abilities of your students; therefore, please feel free to pick and choose and/or adapt any of the suggestions for discussion or activities.

preparing for the play

We encourage you to take advantage of our photocopy-friendly format and generate copies of the entire guide for each classroom and copies of handouts for your students.

Synopsis..................................... 2-3

Have fun and enjoy the show!

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT Len Jenkin.................................. 4

YiRen Tsai , Academy/Education Associate (414) 267-2975 or ytsai@firststage.org

ABOUT THE AUTHOR Beverly Cleary............................ 5

DIRECTOR’S NOTES Steve McCormick....................... 6

before or after the play

THEATER Breaking the Fourth Wall..........

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Discuss proper audience behavior with your students. While applause and laughter, when appropriate, are appreciated and anticipated, unnecessary noise or movement by audience members can distract the actors and other audience members and affect the quality of the performance for everyone. It is very important that students understand how their behavior can affect a live performance. You, the teacher, and other adult chaperones for your group have the primary responsibility for being sure your students behave appropriately. We ask that chaperones sit among the students, and not together in a group behind the students. Our ushers will react to disruptions and attempt to quell them, and we reserve the right to remove any student causing a dis- traction from the theater.

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*Because of union regulations the use of recording equipment and cameras is strictly forbidden in the theater.

*Food, drink, candy and gum are not permitted in the theater.

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*Any portable radios brought to the theater by students will be kept by the House Manager during the performance and returned to the group leader at the conclusion of the play.

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*There is no smoking in the theater, by order of the Fire Marshal.

ART Paper Plate Puppet.................... Drawing—My Favorite..............

MATH Learning About Budgeting.......

LANGUAGE ARTS Writing: This is My Family......... Leaf Poem..................................

GEOGRAPHY Ramona Needs Your Help.........

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Who Said It? Answers......................................

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Discussion Questions................ Books by Beverly Cleary........... Resources...................................

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*Should a student become ill, suffer an injury or have another problem, please escort him or her to the theater lobby and ask an usher to notify the House Manager immediately.

*In the unlikely event of a general emergency, the theater lights will go on and some- one will come on stage to inform the audience of the problem. Remain in your seats, visually locate the nearest exit and wait for First Stage ushers to guide your group from the theater.

Seating for people with disabilities: If you have special seating needs for any student(s) and did not indicate your need when you ordered your tickets, please call the Box Office at (414) 267-2962

NOW. Our knowledge of your needs will enable us to serve you better upon your group’s arrival at the theater.

Fridays at 7:00 p.m. Sept. 9, 30 and Oct. 7 Saturdays at 1:00 p.m.

Before and after the play

Drawing—My Favorite!............ 13 Math—Learning about Budgeting................................... 14 Writing—This is My Family....... 15 Geography—Ramona Needs Your Help................................... 16 Who Said It? .............................. 17

Twenty family performances of Ramona Quimby are scheduled. If you know of friends or colleagues who might enjoy seeing this play, please tell them about these public performance opportunities. For tickets and prices, please call the Marcus Center box office, 414/273-7206.

The number for TDD (deaf and hard-of- hearing patrons) is 414/273-3080.

Oct. 1 Saturdays at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 17 Saturdays at 3:30 & 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 24 Saturdays at 7:00 p.m.

Sept. 10 and Oct. 8 Sundays at 1:00 & 3:30 p.m.

Sept. 11, 18, 25, and Oct. 2 & 9 *the Sunday, October 9th, 3:30 p.m. performance will be interpreted for deaf and hard of hearing patrons.

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