Theater Arts Lesson and Study Guide | Hadestown the Broadway Musical

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Part of a Bundle The Broadway Tony Award Winner Hadestown is a fantastic, new musical which intertwine classic Greek myths into a love story. Students use a study guide to learn about the show's origin, creative team, plot, trivia, songs and end with an enrichment assignment which can be completed individually or in a group.

This two or three day lesson can stand alone or be combined with one of my Famous Artist Biographies (Lin Manuel Miranda) or other musical lessons (Wicked, Dear Evan Hansen).

The teacher will need access to

Note: Included in this products is a digital version which I created for you. I split up the students' pages and added answer boxes to the questions sheet. I hope this helps.

Need a quick emergency lesson plan? Or one for a substitute? Everything is provided for the busy teacher.

This Product includes:

  • Letter to Teacher
  • Warm Up--MY Version of a Popular Physical Warm Up
  • Teacher's Script--What I Say and How I Say it!
  • Photos of the Statues of Greek Gods or Persephone & Hades
  • Paintings of the Statues of Greek Gods of Eurydice & Orpheus
  • Plot of the Musical
  • Synopsis of the Musical
  • A Brief Description of the Four Mythological Characters to Help Your Students Understand the Musical More Fully
  • Separate File of Photos for Teacher's Use in Lecture
  • History about the Origination of the Production
  • Information on the Director, Rachel Chavkin
  • Information on the composer, Anais Mitchell
  • Information about the music arranger and orchestrator, Michael Chorney
  • A Shortened Lesson on: What are the Tony Awards?
  • List of Tony Awards
  • New York City Map Link with Competing Theaters Labeled
  • Student Note Page
  • Teacher Note Page Key
  • Trivia about Broadway Musicals with Some Surprising Facts!
  • Lyrics from "Why We Build a Wall"--Good for Class Discussions or as a Jumping Off Point
  • Extension Activities--Terrific Suggestions of Ways to Secure the Learning and Enrich the Experience, Individual and Group
  • Sources & Links to Film Clips from the Show
  • And More!

Comprehensive? You bet.

This is a unique, engaging product created by an award winning, veteran drama teacher of 38 years.

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Total Pages
35 pages
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Teaching Duration
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