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.
Illustration by Claudia Dávila
Recommended for Grades K-4
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Drama, Social Studies
Character Education Connections: Cooperation, Friendship, Teamwork
Themes: Family, Diversity, Imagination, Identity
Touring Ontario schools: January 22nd – February 23rd, 2018
Family Day Fundraiser: February 19th, 2018
School performances include a talk back session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.
LINKS TO RESOURCES:
- Study Guide (Please select ‘Teacher’ view for all activities)
- 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 was published in the Summer 2016 issue of 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.
Birds of a Feather is Written by Robert Watson, featuring Michaela Di Cesare and Bria McLaughlin, stage managed by Sandi Becker, directed by Andrew Lamb, sound designed by Verne Good, set and projection designed by Beth Kates, costumes and props designed by Melanie McNeill.