A literary tale created by the
French writer, Mme Gabrielle-Suzanne de Villeneuve
in 1740 and shortened 16 years later by Mme
Leprince de Beaumont, a French governess working
in England. Based on an ancient folktale with
global variants, this is a story with levels of
meaning for all ages. French is spoken (and sung)
predominantly throughout with some English and may
be tailored to grade levels. There are many visual
references to the culture of 18th century France.
The story is performed with humour and pathos.
Key Learning Areas
Within the Australian curriculum, the show supports the Learning Areas of Design & Technology, Languages and The Arts. It also encourages General Capabilities through Intercultural Understanding and Critical and Creative Thinking.
Design and Technology – puppetry, masks from commedia dell’arte which were popular in the plays of Molière, 18th century-style costumes, a rococo style set featuring portrait painting and furniture inspired by period designs.
LOTE – French language and cultural and historical knowledge.
The Arts – storytelling, characterizations, masks and puppetry, traditional French songs, original music, visual arts via beautiful set painted by renowned artist Dee Smallwood.
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