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Study Guide - Flat Stanley

Study Guide - Flat Stanley

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06/14/2010

 
StudyGuide
Cover Placeholder 
 
   S   T   U   D   Y   G   U   I   D   E
Bookby
Timothy A. McDonald
Music and Lyricsby
Bryan Louiselle
Theatre For Young Audiences Version
Based on the
Flat Stanley 
Books by
Jeff Brown
Illustrations by
Scott Nash
 
Table of Contents
2
Welcome Letter 2Plot Synopsis 3The Creators of the Musical 4The Origins and Creator of
Flat Stanley 
5Places and Things Stanley Visits 6Words to Know from the Show 7Pre-Show Activities 8Post-Show Curriculum Connections 9 & 10
Where In the World Is Your Stanley?
11Flat Stanley Cut-Out 12
Greetings and welcome to
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley 
!This version of the show has been developedspecifically for theaters wanting to produce theshow for young audiences.TYA, or "Theater for Young Audiences," has a longand noble history. When you produce a musical for  young audiences you are introducing them to themagic of theater and isn't that a great thing to do? You are also nurturing not only the nextgeneration of writers, directors and performers, butalso the next generation of audiences. Many thinkthis is the single most important thing we can doin the theater, and I agree.This study guide provides teachers and parentswith all the tools necessary to turn a day at thetheatre into an interactive educational experience.It contains biographies of the show's creators, thehistory of the story, curriculum connections in avariety of content areas, and activities to do beforeand after the production.Please take advantage of these resources and thank you in advance for making the world a better place!Enjoy the show!Timothy A. McDonaldiTheatrics.com
Study Guide Written by Marty Johnson for iTheatricsStudy Guide Designed by Steven G. Kennedy for iTheatricsStudy Guide Produced by iTheatrics
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley TYA
Study Guide © 2007 iTheatrics
 
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Plot Synopsis
Our rapping narrators introduce us to the
LAMBCHOP FAMILY
, including our titlecharacter 
STANLEY
(
Flat Stanley 
).Stanley and his little brother,
ARTHUR
,are in their bedroom and Stanley issharing his hopes to leave his boring lifebehind and go on adventures (
Anything Else But This 
). As Stanley is falling asleep
CORKY
, the bulletin board, warns him tobe careful about what he wishes for because crazy things could happen.In the morning, Stanley
'
s family discoversthat he was flattened when the bulletinboard fell down on him. Even thoughStanley is okay being flat,
MRS.LAMBCHOP
is quite worried. She decidesto see if anyone can help Stanley (
The Way You Were Before 
) and she rusheshim to see a
DOCTOR
,
PSYCHIATRIST
,and
TRAINER
. No one is able to find anyproblems with Stanley, except for the factthat, well, he's flat. Arthur rushes in quite sure that he is goingto be in big trouble with his parents. The
COOL KIDS
convince Arthur to turnStanley into a kite and Arthur leaves himstuck in a tree. Being stuck in a tree makesStanley start to think that it isn't so greatbeing flat (
Being Flat 
). That is until aletter carrier,
MRS HERMES
, encourageshim to travel the world by sending himself everywhere in an envelope (
Where in the World 
). This new thought thrills Stanleyand he decides to begin his adventures! With his family’s blessing, Stanley starts hisadventure visiting a friend in Los Angeles.But before he can find his friend, Stanleymeets a
TALENT AGENT
who decidesthat Stanley could be a star (
T-A-L-E-N-T Spells Talent 
). She encourages Stanley tovisit her old friend in Washington, D.C. to figure out where his talent lies.Stanley mails himself to D.C. and getsdelivered to the National Archives wherehe meets
DUSTY
, the curator, and
INDIE
,the Declaration of Independence. Yes, thescroll talks. After Stanley learns a little bitmore about Indie (
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness 
), Indie encouragesStanley to continue his adventures in Paris. While Stanley mails himself to Paris, Arthur sends him a letter (
Dear Stanley 
).In Paris, Stanley goes to The Louvre andmeets two paintings;
MONA LISA
and
 JOHNNY
. After a quick French lesson(
Parlez Vous Francais 
), Stanley saves theday and the paintings by catching
THESNEAK THIEF
. As Stanley is beingcongratulated he receives another letter  from home (
Dear Stanley 
). Before he hastoo much time to think about his family,he gets a call from the Talent Agent.Stanley has been cast in a movie filming inHonolulu, Hawaii.Stanley heads straight to Hawaii. After shooting his scene (
Surfin' the U. S. A.
) he is surprised when he receivesa big package in the mail. It's his family!Stanley is thrilled and the whole family isreunited and sings a big finale (
Where inthe World Reprise 
).

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