SYNOPSIS: While on vacation with her grandma in Hawaii, junior birdwatcher Sarah makes a new friend in Violet who introduces her to the world of the Laysan albatross, a native species of bird that has a different kind of family from many others. Violet suggests they create and act out a story about Makani and Kainoa, two albatross who are working together to hatch an egg. Through their exploration they learn about compromise, believing in yourself and that family – in all its varieties – is made up of the people who love you. The birds rejoice when their egg finally hatches and the play concludes with Sarah hugging her grandma tight, secure in the knowledge that her family is the perfect one for her.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Drama, Social Studies
Character Education Connections: Cooperation, Friendship, Teamwork
Themes: Family, Diversity, Imagination, Identity
Educator previews: Saturday, March 18, 2017
Touring Ontario schools: March 20 – May 5, 2017
School performances include a talk back session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.
LINKS TO RESOURCES:
- Study Guide (username: ‘teacher’; password: ‘teacher’)
- Photos and Videos
- Cast and Crew
- About the Playwright
- Birds of a Feather Flyer
Roseneath produced Robert Watson’s previous play The Money Tree which received two Dora Award nominations for Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Ensemble and the full script will be published in the Canadian Theatre Review. Roseneath’s production of The Money Tree has seen more than 100 performances in elementary schools across Ontario over the last two seasons reaching over 30,000 students.