"Oklahoma!", which tells the story of people living in the Oklahoma Territory before it became a state, was a musical that was innovative in its approach to using song and dance numbers. Rather than simply inserting them in the story to provide the audience with some form of entertainment, Rodgers and Hammerstein, along with the members of the original creative team, used these elements to propel the plot forward and to reveal information about the characters. |
In this lesson, students will learn about the history of the musical "Oklahoma!" as well as the reasons it was considered to be important in revolutionizing the art form. They will view Laurey's Dream Ballet from the GREAT PERFORMANCES program, create a written summary piece about the ballet, reinterpret the ballet and, as a group, create new choreography for the piece.
Four 45-minute classes
Students will be able to:
1. Understand the history and importance of the musical "Oklahoma!."
2. Analyze Laurey's Dream Ballet and understand how plot and character development can be achieved using dance.
3. Use their own knowledge of dance and movement to reinterpret and choreograph segments from the Dream Ballet.
4. Gather information from viewing/listening to media segments.
5. Understands how informal and formal theater, film, television, and electronic media productions create and communicate meaning.
6. Understands the context in which theater, film, television, and electronic media are performed today as well as in the past.
3. Understands dance as a way to create and communicate meaning.
9. Uses viewing skills and strategies to understand and interpret visual media.
This lesson was prepared by Adrienne J. Kupper.