1. PICTURES INTO STORY
In small groups, choose five images from the Isango Ensemble’s production of The Magic Flute to examine at http://isangoensemble.org.za/shows/magic-flute/ . Look at each image closely. What do you imagine the relationship between the people in the picture might be? Where do you think the scene takes place? What do you imagine is happening? Take turns looking at the photos and write your responses down by each picture. You can also respond to comments your other group members have already made. Using the photo gallery of characters, discuss which characters might be represented in your selected photos.
- Did any of your classmates write something that helped you to make your own connection to a photo?
- How might these moments be connected in a story? Why does one picture come before another?
- What evidence did you use in the “text” of the photo to make predictions about which characters are represented?
CONSIDER COMMON CORE ANCHOR STANDARDS R1, R7
2. THE STORY IN SHORT
Before you see the Isango Ensemble’s production, use these resources to become acquainted with the story and follow the performance more easily:
- Review the photo gallery of characters and the story of Acts 1 and 2.
- Watch a video trailer of the production.
- Listen to two excerpts from the play’s musical score – “The Sun Has Arisen” and “Queen of the Night Aria (The Wrath of Hell).”
Discuss what else you would like to learn about the play before going to see the performance. In groups, list all questions you still have about the story on large chart paper and hang them around the classroom. As you explore the story further, fill in the answers to the questions. Listen and watch closely during the performance to be able to respond to any of the unanswered questions when you return to the classroom.
- What images come to mind when you hear the music from the Isango’s production of The Magic Flute?
- What do you already know about the art form of opera and what distinguishes it from other art forms? What do you already know about Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart? And about South Africa?
- What questions do you still have about the story as you anticipate attending Isango’s production?
CONSIDER COMMON CORE ANCHOR STANDARDS R2, R7