Story Time at LOOK OUT!

Hello.

My name is Serena. I am the storyteller at Story Time from LOOK OUT! Theatre Company. On this blog you will find stories for a Story Time, photos and videos of my work. I am available to come to your school or library through the year. Please contact me at serena@lookoutcompany.com and for information about our plays for English students please go to www.lookoutcompany.com

I would also like to thank everyone who has been involved in making this a fantastic year of storytelling for me, especially Lali Sala i Andrés at the Biblioteca Municipal Sant Pol de Mar and Neus Lorenzo Galés, Cap del Servei de Llengües at the Departament d’Educació.

Have a great summer and I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Serena

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Stories for 9-12 year olds

Please find below a selection of stories available for Story Time for children aged between 9 and 12.

 

Jim and the Beanstalk

Themes: Fractured fairy tales, helping the aged and measuring.

Story Description: Jim woke up early one morning to find a plant that was very like a beanstalk growing outside his window. Climbing to the top of the beanstalk, he found a castle and a giant, but with very modern problems that only Jim could help solve.

 

Snow White in New York

Themes: Fractured fairy tales, Art Deco and Jazz.

Story Description: Pulsating with the rhythm and vibrancy of the Jazz Age, set in New York City in the 1920s. The story may be familiar, but the cast of characters will surprise you. Snow White is a beautiful jazz baby, protected by seven hot jazzmen. Instead of a wicked stepmother, her arch-enemy is the Queen of the Underworld. And her Prince Charming is a crack reporter from the “The New York Mirror”.

 

Rumpelstilstskin & Rapunzel

Themes: Tracing traditional tales and Italian Renaissance painting.

Rumpelstilstskin Story Description: The funny little man who spun straw into gold and helped the beautiful miller’s daughter marry the king gives her three days to guess his name or he will take away her child.

Rapunzel Story Description:  Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing.

 

The Thousand Nights and One Night

Themes: The storyteller and literary techniques.

Story Description: Welcome to an ancient world of enchantment and adventure where animals talk, genies grant wishes and sorcerers and sultans rub shoulders with men. Retellings based on the original nineteenth-century English translation by Sir Richard Burton.

 

Poetry Workshop

Using poetry in the classroom is a great way to teach English. Poems are often rich in cultural references, and they present a wide range of learning opportunities. This workshop concentrates on communicative speaking activities and pronunciation.

Stories for 6-9 year olds

Please find below a selection of stories available for Story Time for children aged between 6 and 9.

 

The Gigantic Turnip

Themes: Growing vegetables and weather

Story Description: A counting book, an animal book, and a book of the seasons all rolled into the one cyclical narrative.

Stone Soup

Themes: Sharing and food.

Story Description: Stone Soup is a popular folktale in many countries that has been told for centuries. I use a version of Stone Soup which is an imaginatively creative story with colourfully descriptive pictures that bring the plot about sharing to life.

Lazy Jack

Themes: Jobs and places of work.

Story Description: A mournful princess sits at her castle window. Meanwhile, Jack (probably the laziest person in the world) is sent out to work by his mother. On his first day he is paid a shiny coin, but he drops it on the way home. “You should have put it in your jacket pocket!” cries his mother. So the next day, having worked for a dairyman, he pours the jug of milk he is given in payment into his jacket pocket! In fact, he always follows his mother’s most recent advice when bringing home his day’s earnings: it results in the most ridiculous scenarios.

New Patches for Old

Themes: Kindness and clothes

Story Description: A traditional Turkish folktale. Poor Hasan! His trousers are too long and it seems that nobody will help him to shorten them. What will he wear on the holiday?

The Little Red Hen Makes Pizza

Themes: Kindness, cooking and ingredients.

Story Description: A spirited and quirky remake of the classic tale, about an industrious hen and the rewards of her hard work and self-reliance. Children will enjoy following the process of making a pizza as the Little Red Hen–who can get no help from the duck, the dog, or the cat–buys an appropriate pan, kneads the dough, cuts and chops vegetables (and other stuff) for a fabulous topping, and bakes a giant pizza.

The Magic Paintbrush

Themes: Selfishness and sharing

Story Description: As Shen draws pictures in the sand, a mysterious man gives her a magic paintbrush. She paints, fish, pots and ladders and watches them come to life for the poor people in her village. But when the emperor hears of this, how can Shen outwit his greedy plans?