Theater Episode

Theater Episode


Kid Narrator: Have you ever gone to the theatre
for a performance? It’s so exciting! On this episode of The Kids Clubhouse we’ll
take you to the theatre to learn what happens during a performance and behind-the-scenes too. Dan and DanBot: And scene! Kid Narrator: Our friends, Dan Wardell and
DanBot, are rehearsing for a play, Fancy Frog’s play. Caveman visits some talented ballet dancers. Kids like you and me use their creativity to make theater masks. And awesome Abby Brown takes the stage with some friends to learn about acting because — Kids [in unison]: Today we’re talking about
theatre! Kid Narrator: It’s all next on The Kids Clubhouse. Kid Announcer: Funding for this program was provided by Friends, the Iowa Public Television Foundation, generations of families and friends who feel passionate about the programs they watch on Iowa Public Television. And by The Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable Foundation in support of educational programming. The Coons Foundation of Chariton, Iowa in
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and fresh ingredients. Casey’s, famous for pizza. ♪ Sometimes you wanna use imagination
And fly yourself to the moon ♪ ♪ Or fill your mind with story time rhymes
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Adventure waits at every silly turn ♪ ♪ So grab a healthy treat
Get on your feet ♪ ♪ Let’s go laugh and learn ♪ ♪ Knock knock it’s open Come on in ♪ ♪ A dandy kind of day Is dawnin’ ♪ ♪ Filled with clubhouse fun For you and me ♪ ♪ Knock knock Start up your engines ♪ ♪ Knock knock Come in and see ♪ ♪ How much fun The Kids Clubhouse fun can be ♪ Dan: Greetings, friends and welcome to the
incredible Kids Clubhouse! I’m your friend, Dan Wardell. And, ah! DanBot, I see you’re practicing for our big
debut of the brand new stage show, The End of Two Friends. DanBot: I think I’m ready, dad. I just hope I don’t forget any of my lines. I don’t want to disappoint Fancy Frog. Dan: You won’t, DanBot. We’ve been practicing every night for an entire month. We’re ready and we’re going to make him proud. And guess what I heard? I heard that Fancy Frog’s hero, Opera Frog,
is coming. [singing opera] DanBot: Did you say Opera Frog, the acclaimed theater critic? [singing opera] Dan: I think he’s going to review Fancy Frog’s
new play. DanBot: Oh, this is so exciting. Now we really need to deliver our best performance. Can we practice our final lines one more time? Dan: Of course we can. Let’s see, final page right here. Okay, here we go. And now, young squire, in my last remaining
moments before I go I ask you, what have we learned throughout this voyage? DanBot: We’ve learned that friendship as
near and dear as ours can outlast dragons and pirates and pirate dragons and dragon
pirates and even pirate dragon, dragon pirates. Dan: It has been my honor, my friend. And now, I must go. Both: And scene! Dan: We nailed it. DanBot: Oh dad, that gave me the chills! We should probably get on the plane though. We only have a few more hours until the big show. Dan: Get on the plane? DanBot: Yes, we need to get to Broadway and
take the stage. Dan: DanBot, I’m kind of confused. Broadway is in New York. Today’s performance is happening right here in the TV studios. DanBot: But I thought Fancy Frog said that
this show was destined for Broadway. Dan: Well, maybe someday it will make it to
Broadway. DanBot: Uh, uh-oh. Dan: What do you mean, uh-oh, DanBot? DanBot: I may have told everyone who bought tickets that the show is happening in New York. Dan: DanBot, that means that no one except
Opera Frog will be in the audience! DanBot: Oh no! Dan: Fancy Frog! Fancy Frog: Oh, places everyone, places. Why aren’t you two ready? We’re getting close to our big performance. Dan: How are you doing today, old friend? Fancy Frog: Today will certainly go down as
my finest moment, a play written and directed by yours truly. I can’t wait for Opera Frog to enjoy my play. Stay focused, you two. This needs to be good if we are to bask in
the crowd’s thunderous applause. Dan: DanBot, do you know what this means? We need to fill those seats super quick or
Fancy Frog’s heart will be broken. Who do we know that loves Fancy Frog and who we can call in for a favor? Blathertrap: Da-da-da! Dan: Blathertrap, thank goodness. We need to fill the auditorium ASAP. Call whoever you can. Got it? Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] DanBot: Dad, is this an example of how the
show must go on? Dan: I think so. The show has to go on because today on the show we’re talking all about – Both: Theatre! [music] Abby: A theater is where you go to be entertained. In every theater there is a stage. Everyone who performs on stage is a member of the cast. The cast might sing or dance or deliver lines
that could make you laugh or cry. They keep you entertained. The cast gets a lot of help telling their
story from the crew. Everyone that works backstage is a member of the crew. Like the stage manager, who tells people what to do during the performance, the set designer, carpenters and painters who create the sets, the control booth operators who manage the lights and sounds, the costumers who design
and create everything the actors wear and so many more. The audience sits in the part of the theater
called the house. Whether you’re on stage, behind-the scenes
or in the audience, the most important rule is that you must play along or use your imagination to really believe in what is happening on stage. When the cast, crew and audience comes together
for a performance, the theater becomes alive with excitement and energy. [bell chime] Oh, that’s our cue. When you hear that sound and the lights go
down, it’s a message to everyone in the house that the cast and the crew are about
to begin. [music] Narrator: And now it’s time for Theater Etiquette Monthly with your host, Fancy Frog. Fancy Frog: Hello, theater lovers. As you know, it is extremely important to
remember how to behave when attending a performance so that everyone in attendance can enjoy it. Here with some important theatre etiquette
is accomplished playwright and my dear friend, Theodore Alistair Reginald IV. Blathertrap: (speaking dragon language) Fancy Frog: Wait a second, Blathertrap, you
are not Alistair. Blathertrap: (speaking dragon language) Fancy Frog: You are going to have to help
me then. The first thing to remember is to not talk
during a performance. Blathertrap: (speaking dragon language) Fancy Frog: I said do not talk, Blathertrap. The second thing to remember is to try and
sit as still as possible. I said as still as possible. I know sitting still is hard for you. Blathertrap: (speaking dragon language) Fancy Frog: And finally, whatever you do,
no cell phones during a performance. [phone rings] Blathertrap: (speaking dragon language) [phone rings] Fancy Frog: Also, no tackling other audience
members. Ahh. Narrator: Thank you for watching Theater Etiquette Monthly with your host, Fancy Frog. Kids [in unison]: Read a good book! [music] Today we went to the library to learn about
theater. The books that we read were about masks. Cat. Look, it’s a cat! To make a mask you need paper, markers and imagination. I’m making a sad face and I’m doing droopy
eyebrows. I’m drawing a fish and I’m working on the
scales. Masks can help actors and actresses to convey
emotions. Masks can also help people transform into
animals or creatures. I made a cat and I drew its nose and cut out its mouth and whiskers and I put rubber bands on the back to hold it on my head. I made a happy mask and I feel happy when I put it on because it’s a happy lady. So I started out by drawing a big mouth and
I did high eyebrows because that’s what you look like when you’re happy. I made a bird and the bird has a beak that
opens up. Then I made a nest for the bird because the
bird needs to have a home. I had so much fun! Kids [in unison]: Theater is awesome! Dan: So there’s this guy named William Shakespeare. Have you ever heard of him? Yeah. Dan: Pretty fancy. He wrote a bunch of plays a long, long time ago, you know. Yeah. Dan: And he has written some of the most important
lines ever written. To be or not to be! A horse! [horse sounds] A horse! [horse sounds] A horse! [horse sounds] My kingdom for a horse! [horse sounds] Dan: Was that a good horse? [horse sounds] Dan: On guard! [swishing sounds] Dan: To be or not to be! That is the question. Dan: It’s like you’re actually observing a
theater play. [swishing sounds] Romeo! Romeo! Dan: Where art thou, Romeo? Time out. Isn’t this so amazing! [swishing sounds] Time out again. You feel like you’re really there. Time in. [swishing sounds] And thank you. They love us. You’ve got to keep going. They love us. Look at this! They want us to bow all night long. Kids [in unison]: Go outside and play! [music] Abby: In theater you can use your voice to
tell a story and you can also use your body to tell a story. My friends and I are going to practice both
today. Are you guys ready? Yeah! Abby: Actors and actresses have to get their
bodies warmed up. Kids: Five, six, seven, eight! Abby: They also have to practice their movements before a big performance. When we tell stories with our voices we have to practice saying some hard words. Today we’re going to learn about tongue twisters. Do you guys know what a tongue twister is? Ice cream, ice cream, we all scream for ice
cream! (indistinguishable) — toy boat. Abby: It’s when we use lots and lots of the
same sounds and a fancy word for that is alliteration. Guys say alliteration? Alliteration. Bubble bubble gum. Bubble bubble gum. Abby: Say unique. Unique. Abby: New York. New York. Abby: Unique New York. Unique New York. Abby: Unique New York. Unique New York. Unique New – Abby: [laughter] What? You guys did an excellent job practicing telling
stories with your voices and telling stories with your bodies. Now it’s performance time and you’re going
to perform an animal. [making animal sounds] Tiger T-Rex Abby: Ask him, A T-Rex Yay! [making animal sounds] Frog! Abby: A frog! And every great performance ends with a bow or a curtsy. [music] Dan: Oh, no. DanBot, there’s only five minutes until show
time and no one is in the audience. [cricket sounds] DanBot: Do you think we should tell Fancy
Frog? Dan: Not yet, DanBot. We still have just a little more time. Fancy Frog: Places, everyone, places. Dan: Fancy Frog, how are you? We’re fine. Everything’s fine. Fancy Frog: How does the crowd look? Standing room only I presume. DanBot: [laughs nervously] There’s plenty
of standing room. Fancy Frog: I simply must have a peek. Dan: No, no, no that’s bad luck. DanBot: Really bad luck. Dan: Like the worst of luck. Let me and DanBot check it out. (cricket sounds) Dan: DanBot, do you want to break the news
to Fancy Frog or do you want me to? DanBot: Oh, this is all my fault. Even Opera Frog didn’t show up. Dan: We’re going to have to tell him, little
buddy. Dan: Fancy Frog, I’m afraid we have something to confess to you. Fancy Frog: No, no, don’t thank me yet. We don’t know if the crowd will enjoy the
show. But I’m sure they will. DanBot: Yes, about the crowd – Fancy Frog: Yes? DanBot: You see, I accidentally – Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] Dan: Blathertrap! What’s that? Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] Dan: Ah! Fancy Frog, give us one minute. Fancy Frog: Just when I think those three
can’t get any stranger. Dan: DanBot, look! [indistinguishable chatter] Dan: Blathertrap invited his entire family,
his entire extended family! DanBot: Wow, dad, there are so many of them! Dan: Yeah. And look! DanBot, I think Blathertrap was somehow able
to get Opera Frog here. DanBot: Oh and not a second too soon! Fancy Frog: Come on you two, it’s show time! [indistinguishable chatter] [bell chime] Dan: And now young squire, our adventure will begin, an adventure filled with dragons and pirates. It will surely be a grand tale. DanBot: Surely they will tell stories and
sing songs about us for a thousand years. Dan: And now our adventure will begin! DanBot: I could not be more excited! Narrator: And so Dan and DanBot gave the performance
of a lifetime. There was comedy, drama and tragedy. It was indeed an incredible theatre experience. Dan: And now, young squire, in my last remaining
moments I ask you, what have we learned along this voyage? DanBot: We learned that friendship as near
and dear as ours can outlast dragons and pirates and pirate dragons and dragon pirates and
even pirate dragon. dragon pirates. Dan: It has been an honor, my friend. And now, I must go. [applause and cheering] Kids [in unison]: Eat healthy food! Caveman: Today Caveman visits dance studio to talk with ballet dancers. Excuse me, excuse me. Who are you? And what are you doing? My name is Miss Anna and I am a ballet teacher. Caveman: Ooh, what is a ballet teacher? Anna: Don’t you know what ballet is? We dance. Caveman: What is the best part about dancing the ballet? Anna: Being on stage is the best part. Caveman: And who might you be? My name is Emily. Caveman: So tell me, when you are on the dance
floor doing the dance moves how much energy does it take to do the ballet? Emily: Oh, it takes a lot of energy, especially
with the jumps. Caveman: Oh, you have powerful jumps? Emily: Uh-huh. Caveman: Can I see your powerful muscles? What kind of foods do you think dancers should eat before a big performance? Anna: They need protein like chicken or fish
and they need to also have vegetables and fruit and carbohydrates to keep them going. Caveman: Is water important when you do the
ballet dance? Anna: Yes, we need to stay hydrated otherwise
we won’t have energy either. Caveman: What is your name? Isabella. Caveman: What do you have to do to become successful ballet dancer? Isabella: You have to eat lots of healthy
food, drink lots of water and get a lot of sleep. Caveman: Do you think Caveman can join your
dance troupe? Anna: We’d love to have you. Caveman: Oh, I might not be the best dancer
but I do have a big heart. Anna: That’s wonderful. We can teach you the rest. [music] Max: My name is Max and this is my diary. Dear Diary, today the local community theatre
and I were wrapping up practice for our new play, The Sword and the Stone. And action! As the director I was so proud of what we
had accomplished. The costumes were top notch. The acting was brilliant. And the props — ah! One of the props had broken and it wasn’t
just any prop, it was the most important prop, the sword. If the princess didn’t have a high quality
sword, then she would never be able to ward off the dragon. With opening night just a few days away I
had to create a better, stronger, more believable version. I rushed back to my workshop to see if I could
fix the thing. Hmm, nope, not a chance. I was going to have to start over from scratch. Thanks to some careful scavenging I found
much stronger cardboard, cardboard that was befitting a sword meant for a warrior princess. I drew up a few different sketches and found
a design that I absolutely loved. After cutting out all the blades I made sure
to give them a couple coats of silver and gold spray paint for dramatic effect. The original prop was a bit one dimensional
and so I added some layers. I also included some fancy multicolored gems
and a few extra details for added flourish. When all was said and done this new sword
was far more realistic than the original and I’ve got a good feeling it’s going to help
the princess steal the show. And action! [applause] Thank you. Thank you. And that, Dear Diary, was my adventure for
today. [music] Narrator: And now, a song from Doctor Notable. [music starts] ♪ When he was but a tadpole living in the
swamp, underneath the murky fog, ♪ ♪ little one they said, you’re too small,
you’ll never measure up to the big bullfrogs. ♪ ♪ But that little tadpole began to change
and his voice grew deep and strong. ♪ ♪ His ribbit, ribbit, ribbit would mesmerize,
it was the stage where he belonged. ♪ ♪ Opera Frog, how you shine when the spotlight called. ♪ ♪ You found your home. ♪ ♪ Opera Frog, you triumphed, giving it your
all, when the curtain rolled. ♪ ♪ The critics were astounded, so they wrote, five star rave reviews. ♪ ♪ Amphibian Magazine’s cover read, we love Opera Frog and you should too. ♪ ♪ All the bullfrogs talking at the swamp
were shocked, they wouldn’t have guessed. ♪ ♪ It’s not about your looks, it’s not about
your size, it’s all about giving it your best. ♪ ♪ Opera Frog, how you shine when the spotlight called. ♪ ♪ You found your home. ♪ ♪ Opera Frog, you triumphed, giving it your
all, when the curtain rolled. ♪ ♪ You gave it your all, when the curtain
rolled. ♪ [music ends] Dan: DanBot, the reviews are in! Opera Frog loved us! DanBot: Of course he did! Did you see how the crowd went wild when the
curtain went down? Dan: I told you all that practice would pay
off, my friend. DanBot: So, dad, what does the review say? Dan: All right, let’s see what it says here. It says, the brand new play, The End of Two
Friends, is a breathtaking wonder of the stage, one of which I, Opera Frog, have never seen. DanBot: Oh, dad, he’s talking about us! Dan: Okay, he also adds, Fancy Frog has written
and directed a masterpiece of the ages. DanBot: Wow, dad! What a review! Fancy Frog: I’d say! Thank goodness I am such a genius. Dan: Fancy Frog, congratulations! And thanks for letting us participate in your
theater smash hit. Fancy Frog: No need to thank me, it was a
team effort. And Opera Frog loved the performance so well
he has invited me and a guest out for dinner. DanBot: Ooh, take me! Take me! Fancy Frog: Now, now, I promised Opera Frog
I would bring with me the individual who was most responsible for creating such an enthusiastic atmosphere. Dan: Well, I had the main acting role. I was the lead. DanBot: And I was the lovable sidekick and
we all know the lovable sidekick is always the audience’s favorite. Dan: But to be honest, Fancy Frog, the real
reason the audience was completely packed with such an eager crowd – Fancy Frog: Yes, yes, please tell me. Blathertrap: Da-da-da! Dan: It was all thanks to Blathertrap! Fancy Frog: What? No, he was not in any of my scripts. Dan: No, but he was the one that made sure
that all the seats were filled. Fancy Frog: Oh please tell me you are not
serious. Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] Fancy Frog: Okay, a deal is a deal. But no putting your feet on the table and
definitely do not lick the waiter. Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] Fancy Frog: Okay, you can order off the kid’s
menu. Let’s go, Blathertrap. Blathertrap: [speaking dragon language] Dan: You know, DanBot, I think despite what
Fancy Frog leads us to believe, I think those two are actually the best of friends. DanBot: Just like us, dad? Dan: [laughs] Just like us! Kids, thanks for watching. Don’t forget to go outside and play, use your imagination, read a good book and eat healthy food. We’ll see you next time, kids! Dan: And now, DanBot, we must take a bow. Dan: Take a bow. Take a bow. Take a bow. [music] Kid Announcer: Funding for this program was
provided by Friends, the Iowa Public Television Foundation, generations of families and friends
who feel passionate about the programs they watch on Iowa Public Television. And by The Max and Helen Guernsey Charitable
Foundation in support of educational programming. The Coons Foundation of Chariton, Iowa in
support of educational activities that promote exploration, literacy and creative thinking. Additional funding provided by Announcer: Blank Children’s Hospital knows kids. Its pediatric physicians and staff know children have unique health care differences and needs. At Blank Children’s Hospital we
provide specialized care and compassion for your child and you. Announcer: This is Casey’s pizza dough. We make our dough the way your grandmother
made it. It starts in our kitchen with lots of love
and fresh ingredients. Casey’s, famous for pizza.

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