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Study Guide

Book and Lyrics by:

David Crane and Marta Kauffman

Music by:

Michael Skloff

A Story about

Facing Fears

For Rapunzel and her friends,

facing fears means:

Having the courage to try new things.

Focusing on the positive.

Remaining calm and expressing your anxiety.

We hope you and your early learners will use these

show-related activities to get inspired about facing fears.

A Letter from Emerald City


A Note From Our Artistic and Education Directors:

Welcome to Emerald City Theatre and our presentation of Rapunzel. We are thrilled

that you have decided to support live theatre.

We hope that this show will be a gateway for your students to a lifetime enriched by

the arts. In addition to creating theatre of the highest standards, Emerald City is

dedicated to providing creative educational tools to enhance your experience.

Please use this guide to prepare your class before the production and help them

continue their understanding of concepts after their visit, making your field trip more

than just a one-day experience. Developed with the National Standards and Illinois

Common Core Standards in mind, the themes of this production are introduced and

explored throughout our guide.

Theatre and the arts are full of creative possibilities. We hope that this guide and

production are inspiring for you and your students!

Ernie Nolan

Producing Artistic Director

Jacqueline Stone

Education Director

Guide Written by:

Whitney Minarik, Education Manager

Guide Design by:

Joelle Weber

Show Graphic Design by:

Charles Riffenburg IV


Introduction Letter

& Show Theme....................................... 2

National/Common Core

Standards Guide................................... 3

How to Be a #1 Audience.................... 4

Theatre Words........................................ 5

About the Play...................................... 6

Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair............. 7

Cast of Characters................................ 8

Discussion Questions............................ 9

Theatre Games..................................... 10

When I’m 16.......................................... 13

How Much Does That Cost? ................ 14

Create Your Own Actor Bio................. 15

Become a Costume Designer............. 16

Write Your Own Theatre Review.......... 17

About Emerald City.............................. 18

National Standards and Common Core Standards


Teachers: Here’s a map for you to match the National Standards and Common Core Standards

to the icon you’ll see on several of the pages throughout this study guide!

National Theatre Standards in this Guide:

1. Script writing by planning and recording improvisations based on personal experience and heritage, imagination,

literature, and history.

2. Acting by assuming roles and interacting in improvisations.

3. Designing by visualizing and arranging environments for classroom dramatizations

4. Directing by planning classroom dramatizations.

5. Researching by finding information to support classroom dramatizations.

7. Analyzing and explaining personal preferences and constructing meaning from classroom dramatizations and

from theater, film, television, and electronic media productions.

Common Core Standards in this Guide:

Reading Standards

ELA RL.K-2.2 Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their

central message, lesson, or moral.

ELA RL.K.3 With prompting and support, identify characters, settings, and major events in a story.

ELA RL.1.3 Describe characters, settings, and major events in a story, using key details.

ELA RL.2.3 Describe how characters in a story respond to major events and challenges.

ELA RL.2.5 Describe the overall structure of a story including describing how the beginning introduces

the story and the ending concludes the action.

ELA RL.K-2.9 Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors or from different cultures.

ELA RI.K-2.4 Ask and answer questions to help determine or clarify the meaning of words and phrases in a text.

Writing Standards

ELA W.K.2 Use a combination of drawing, dictating, and writing to compose informative/explanatory texts in which they name what they are writing

about and supply some information about the topic.

ELA W.1.2 Write informative/explanatory texts in which they name a topic, supply some facts about the topic, and provide some sense of closure.

ELA W.K-2.6 With guidance and support from adults, use a variety of digital tools to produce and publish writing, including in collaboration with


ELA W.K-1.7 Participate in shared research and writing projects.

Speaking and Listening Standards

ELA SL.K-1.1 Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners about topics and texts with peers and adults in small and larger groups.

ELA SL.K-1.2 Ask and answer questions about key details in a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

ELA SL.2.2 Recount or describe key ideas or details from a text read aloud or information presented orally or through other media.

ELA SL.1.4 Describe people, places, things and events with relevant details, expressing ideas and feelings clearly.

ELA SL.2.4 Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.

ELA SL.1.5 Add drawings or other visual displays to descriptions when appropriate to clarify ideas, thoughts, and feelings.

Mathematics Standards

M OA.1.2 Solve word problems that call for the addition of three whole numbers whose sum is less than or equal to 20.

How to be a #1 Audience!

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Whether it’s your first play or your fiftieth, here are a few guidelines for being a respectful audience

member. Every person has a job to do to make sure the live performance goes on! Here is how you

can play your part!

1. Stay sitting in your seat.

2. Keep your hands and feet to yourselves.

3. If the actors ask the audience a question, it’s okay to answer!

4. You can laugh when something is funny!

5. Pay attention! Watch and listen carefully to what is going on.

6. Get ready to clap at the end of the show when the actors bow.

7. Have fun, and enjoy the show!

The Audience Game

Learn the difference between a #1, #2, and #3 audience

Teachers, here’s a theatre game to play with your students. It’s a fun way to reinforce what it

means to be a #1 listening audience and prepare for watching a play in the theatre.

#1 Audience is quiet, stays still, and pays attention to what is going on.

#2 Audience whispers, fidgets a little, and looks around.

#3 Audience talks loudly, moves around, and doesn’t really care about

what’s happening on the stage.

After explaining the differences among the different audience

behaviors and having your class practice each one, hold up one,

two, or three fingers to signal which audience the class should

pretend to be. Switch from one audience number to another to

get the appropriate response. To be tricky, you can hold up the

same number finger twice or change numbers really quickly!

You can also have students, one at a

time, take your place, allowing

them to be the leader of the group

by holding up fingers and directing

the class themselves.

I’m a


Theatre Words!

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How many theatre words and their definitions do you know?



Actor – a person who uses their mind, body, and voice and pretends to become a

character on stage to tell a story.

Adaptation – when a story is changed from one form into another; for

example, a book can be changed into a play or movie.

Audience – the people who are watching the show on stage.

Bio – a short paragraph about the actor put in a show’s program for the audience

to read.


Choreography – the dance steps and movements performed by actors in a musical.


Designer – the people who create everything we see in a play besides the actors;

there are light, sound, set, and costume designers.

Director – the person who tells the actors where to go and how to move and thinks

about how all parts of the play come together to best tell the story.


Headshot – a photograph of an actor smiling or looking serious, usually just of their

head and shoulders.





Musical – a special kind of play that includes song, music and dance to help tell

the story.

Play – a live story put on by actors in front of a group of people.

Playwright – the person who writes a script which has lines, or sentences, that the

actors memorize.

Program – a small book given to audience members at the theatre that has

information about the actors, crew, and the play.

Review – written by a person who has seen the show to tell what they liked and didn’t

like about it.

Set – the background scenery that is on the stage to show where the story

takes place.

About the Play

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Once upon a time, the lovely and

long-haired Rapunzel dreamed of

leaving her tower home. A Prince

named Brian, also had big dreams;

he wanted to do something brave and

courageous, like rescue

a Princess.

When Rapunzel meets the Prince on her

16th birthday, they plan to face their

fears together. Prince Brian will get to be a

hero and Rapunzel will finally see the world.

It’s the perfect plan until their parents, an evil

witch and a strict King, find out! See how the

tangled tale unravels in this musical version

written by the creators of the

TV show, Friends.

Story Map

Teachers, use this Story Map (or one of your own) after seeing the play to

help discuss the major plot points. Find out if your students know what

happened at the beginning, end and everything in between!



MIDDLE: Rapunzel &

Prince Brian plan for

Rapunzel’s escape

from the tower.

Rapunzel, Rapunzel, Let Down Your Hair



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Adaptations and Origins of the Story

This musical version of Rapunzel is an adaptation. We

learned on page 5 that an adaptation is when a story

is changed from one form into another. However, the

tale of Rapunzel went through many variations before

it became the story we know of today; popular in fairy

tale books, plays and even in movies! The common

thread in each version of Rapunzel is that there is

princess locked away in high tower who is able to use

her long hair as a climbing rope. “Rapunzel, Rapunzel,

let down your hair,” has become a very well-known


Where did the story of Rapunzel originate?

3rd century AD (201 - 300): Recognized Christian

martyr, Saint Barbara, is locked away in a tower by her

father. It is speculated her story contributed to

elements of the Rapunzel fairy tale.

10th century AD (901 - 1000): The epic poem

Shahnameh by Persian poet, Ferdowsi, incudes the

tale of Rudāba. Rudāba. offers to let down her hair

from her tower so that her lover Zāl can climb up

to her.

1698: The Grimm Brothers’ story of Rapunzel was

adapted from the fairy tale Persinette by

Charlotte-Rose de Caumont de La Force.

1812: The story of Rapunzel appears in a collection of

German fairy tales assembled by the Brothers Grimm,

and first published as part of Children’s and

Household Tales.

Cast of Characters

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Look below to see which actor plays which character in the story and

get a chance to read the bio of the actress who plays Rapunzel!

Katrina Kiss (Rapunzel)

Katrina is currently a senior at the Chicago College

of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University,

where she will be graduating in the spring with a

BFA in Musical Theatre. This is Katrina’s first Emerald City show,

but she has been seen elsewhere as Wendla in Spring Awakening,

Mimi in Rent (Chicago College of Performing Arts), Sarah Miller

in Lords of the Levee (Acorn Theatre), and Wendy in Peter Pan

(American Heritage Center for the Arts). Katrina’s

favorite fairy tale is Beauty and the Beast.

Rapunzel...Katrina Kiss

The child of a Cobbler and his wife.

Taken a baby by a witch and held

captive in a tower for 16 years.

Witch...Tamara White

A evil witch who took Rapunzel as payment

for stolen vegetables and held her captive

in a tower for 16 years.

Prince Brian...Tommy Thurston

A Prince who sets out on a mission to do

something brave and courageous to prove

his worth to the King.

Simon the Valet...Danny Taylor

Prince Brian’s trusty valet and friend, who is

there for the Prince and whatever he needs.

Discussion Questions


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Teachers, here are some

questions to help your

students start thinking about

Rapunzel, the Witch, Prince

Brian and learning about

facing fears.

Before the Show

1. What does it mean to have a fear? How does it make

you feel?

2. Have you ever been afraid to try something new?


3. What is courage? Why is it important?

4. If you don’t know whether you will be able to succeed or

accomplish a task, what should you do?

5. What is something that you used to need a grown-up to

help with? How did you learn to do it yourself?

After the Show

1. Why does Prince Brian “runaway” to the forest? What

does he hope for when he returns home?

Here are some ways

to engage your

students in

conversation after

the show!

2. What is the reason the Witch uses for not letting Rapunzel leave the

tower? Is it true?

3. Simon is scared to meet the Witch at first, how does he feel about

her at the end of the play?

4. On their journey to the castle, Rapunzel and Prince Brian sing “The

First Step is the Hardest.” What is the song about?

5. Why are the Witch and the King afraid of Rapunzel and Prince Brian

growing up? In the end, what do they do?

Theatre Games for Students!


Dear Teacher,


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Here’s your chance to put a little drama into your classroom! (The good kind!)

On the following pages are drama games for theatre-goers. When you explain the

games to your students, make sure to give clear instructions and model what a good

example looks like! (Try it! It’s fun!) The goal is to encourage students to explore the

world of the play with a dramatic flair!

Let The

Play Begin!

Blind Walk


When the Witch casts a spell on Prince Brian taking away his vision, he relies on

Rapunzel to be his eyes. Rapunzel must describe everything to Prince Brian on their

way to the castle so he can help her navigate the world outside the tower. Rapunzel

and Prince Brian face this fearful time by working together and trusting each other.

Objective: In this drama game, students will use this event from the play and

become Rapunzel, the Prince and the world around them. You will need a large

open space either inside your classroom or outside.

1. Separate your students into two groups.

2. Have each group form a line (shoulder to shoulder) facing the other group. Once each line is

formed the students can stretch out the line so it takes up the length of the space being used.

3. Pick two students to be the first group. One student will be blindfolded and will hold the other

students arm.

4. The partners will slowly walk through the middle of the two lines from one end to the other. During

this time, the blindfolded partner will be unable to see (like Prince Brian) and the other will describe

everything around them (like Rapunzel).

5. Meanwhile, the students in the two lines will create sounds that Rapunzel and Prince Brian might

have heard in the forest or town. Animals, wind, rain, and other people are examples. Give the

students time to think of their sound prior to starting the walks. They will also serve to make sure the

blindfolded student makes it safely to the other side.

6. Once the walking partners reach the end, they should stop and remove the blindfold. The

“blinded” student can then share a few of the sounds they heard and how they felt during the

walk. The other partner will then put the blindfold on and it will be their turn for the walk.

7. Go through the class two by two until everyone has had a chance to do a blind walk.

Extra Challenge!

For older students, the same exercise can be played with all students in pairs at the

same time. An “obstacle” course can be set-up for the partners to walk through

while one is blindfolded. Just be sure any obstacles set up are safe and age


Acts of Bravery


During the play, Prince Brian has set out on a mission to do something brave. He

wants to prove to his father, the King, that he is worthy of his title by slaying a dragon

or rescuing a princess.

Objective: In this drama game, students will use their bodies and imaginations (not

voices) to act out different brave characters or people. You will need a large open

space either inside your classroom or outside.

1. Separate your students into two groups.

2. One group will act, and the other will be the audience. After one group performs, they can


3. The “audience” group will start sitting down facing the “acting” group.

4. Give the “acting” group about 10-30 seconds to huddle and decide (with your help if

necessary) what brave character they will act out. You can also start the game telling the students

what brave character they will be, until they are comfortable to pick on their own.

5. While the actors are huddling, the audience group can count, sing A, B, C or any activity that

doesn’t allow them to hear what the actors are


6. When the actors are ready, they should line

up facing the audience, so they can be seen.

7. Prompt them by saying, “1, 2, 3—ACT!”

Students will act, as the brave character they

picked, without using their voices.

8. The audience group watches the actors

and should raise their hand when they have

a guess as to what character the actors are


9. When the brave character has been

guessed, the audience applauds for the

actors, and then the groups switch. Switch

back and forth between the two groups.

When I’m 16...


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On Rapunzel’s 16th birthday, she wishes to leave the tower and go outside

for the first time in her life. What is something new you hope to do when

you turn 16 years old? Draw and write your wish below.

When I’m 16, I wish to…

happy 16th birthday

How Much Does That Cost?


ELA W.K-1.7

M OA.1.1


The Cobbler and his wife are so hungry and cannot afford to go to the store and

buy ingredients for a salad. Their neighbor, the Witch, has a bountiful garden full of

vegetables, and so they decide to steal some lettuce in the night. How much do

you think it would cost for the Cobbler and his wife to buy ingredients

for a salad?

List three vegetables and how much you think they would cost on the worksheet

below. Then research the actual cost by going to the grocery store or using the

internet. Add the totals for each column and write those in as well.

Is the cost more or less than you thought?

Vegetables My Guess Actual Cost
















Create Your Own Actor Bio!

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Actors write bios or short paragraphs about themselves for the audience programs so that

we learn about who they are, what other plays they have been in,

and what sorts of things they like to do!

Now is your chance to write a bio about yourself!


is a student at


and is in



grade. He/She loves going to see Emerald City Theatre shows,

especially (title of the play you just saw!)


(favorite subject)

favorite subject at school is



After school, he/she really loves to play (activity)

and also (activity) .

Create Your Own Actor Headshot Too!

All actors get photos taken of themselves either smiling or

looking very serious. The photos are usually of the actor’s

head and shoulders – that’s why they’re called headshots!

Draw a photo of yourself-smiling or serious-on a blank

piece of paper. Or, get your own “Star Performer” coloring

page from the Emerald City Website:

Become a Costume Designer!

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Draw your costume design for Rapunzel’s outfit below.

What do you think she would wear?

Write Your Own Theatre Review!



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Play reviewed by:

Emerald City News

A reviewer’s job is to see a play and

write about what they liked and

what they didn’t like. Now it’s your

turn to share your thoughts

about the play!

Teachers, your students can create individual reviews or write a review together

as a class. Submit your review electronically through the Emerald City website or by email to Jackie Stone, Education Director,


Every review submitted will earn one entry for that classroom to win a special

prize; a drama workshop with an Emerald City teaching artist!

About Emerald City Theatre


Emerald City Theatre School’s Outreach Programming

At Emerald City Theatre School, we want to be your partner in raising an

imaginative, loving, and confident student. Emerald City offers several outreach

programs that bring drama to your classroom including our popular Read, Write, &

Act Residency Program, After School Drama Classes, and Touring Productions. See

below for more information.

Read, Write, & Act Residency (for pre-k through 5th grade)

Bring the gift of creative drama and literacy to your school! Emerald City Theatre’s

Read, Write, & Act Residency program focuses on developing confident readers,

writers, and actors in your classroom during the school day. Our professional

teaching artists help your students to develop academic, artistic, and life skills

during multiple visits over a period of several weeks. Students focus on

comprehension, creative and dramatic exploration, vocabulary acquisition and

oral language practice, ensemble building, self-esteem, and awareness of actor,

author, and playwright’s tools. For more information about residencies, contact

Education Director Jackie Stone at 773-529-2690 x815 or

After School Drama Classes

Our world-class teaching professionals come directly to you! We offer a wide array

after school drama classes for all age levels with exciting new themes each session!

Bring the gift of theatre to your school by providing students with classroom

opportunities to dive into acting, singing, and dancing after the bell rings! Our

weekly programs heavily focus on team building, communication and listening skills,

storytelling techniques, and self-esteem. Each class session culminates in an informal

performance open to family and friends. For more information about after school

programs, contact: Jacqueline Stone, Education Director at 773-529-2690 x15 or


We will travel to you with everything needed to transform your location into a magical place where

anything can happen! All we need is a gym, auditorium, or cafeteria, and we’ll create a theatre

experience for your entire school. To book a tour for your school or library, contact Audience Services

at 773-529-2690 x 10, or email Our current touring production is Llama


Emerald City Theatre

Emerald City creates theatre experiences to inspire early learners through play. Our programming includes

professional productions at the Apollo Theater in Lincoln Park, The Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower

Place, and The Little Theatre in Lakeview. Emerald City Theatre School offers classes, camps, and in-school

programming year-round. The 2013-2014 Season at the Apollo Theatre is Llama Llama…, Rapunzel, Stiles &

Drewe’s The Three Little Pigs, and Ramona Quimby.

For more information, visit

2936 N. Southport Avenue, Chicago 60657 | P 773.529.2690 | F 773.529.2693

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