Sunday afternoon was delightful as several of my siblings and families met in the Indianola High School Auditorium for the community theatre presentation of the musical “Shrek”. Our star of the show was the little red-headed magician. Other patrons may have focused on different characters!
What is the “backstory” of Shrek? Where did it come from?
Shrek! is a picture book written and illustrated in 1990, by William Steig. An ogre is sent from home at the age of seven to see the world and ends up saving a princess. The story includes many favorite fairy tale figures like the Gingerbread Boy, Pinocchio, the Three Little Pigs, the Big Bad Wolf and of course, Shrek’s sidekick, the donkey.
The book and the play have similarities. But it’s the differences between the movie and play version and the book that are quite interesting for readers. Which has the most memorable language? Descriptions?
After two different online book clubs this summer, writing about reading Shrek! and writing about viewing the stage version of Shrek! was not easy to focus. Should I write about the power of the music? The staging of the play? The character development? Or was it okay to focus on the sheer enjoyment of the afternoon?
What is the purpose of writing? (Do our students know and understand?)
What would “actors” in the production say about how the play was or was not like the movie?
I wonder if the stage actors ever read the book? What do you think?
Tuesday is the day to share a “Slice of Life” with Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.