Curtains Up!
Tablado de Doña Rosita

Book Descrip­tion

This over­size anthol­ogy, includes three plays that young chil­dren will delight in read­ing and acting.

The vibrant and delight­ful illus­tra­tions com­ple­ment the story of the plays while also offer sug­ges­tions on how they can be staged and rep­re­sented. The three plays included are:

In the Eng­lish Book

In the Span­ish book

a drama­ti­za­tion of Rubén Darío famous poem

The Rainbow’s Nap

La siesta del arco iris

an orig­i­nal play by F. Isabel Campoy

Puss in Boots

a dra­matic retelling, of the tra­di­tional tale by Alma Flor Ada

Author’s Note

Theatre has been a joyful passion in my life. I was part of every play my school put together during my elementary years, and later in High School, I also begun writing. One of my plays The Museum, was chosen to be performed at the important theatrical event of our class graduation. Theatre was a way of life for me that accompanied me to College.

Because of my experience with theatre, and how important it was in giving me a voice, breaking the barriers of shyness, and encouraging me to speak in public; ensur­ing that chil­dren have access to read and act in plays has always been one of my basic goals. Even if it is done with great sim­plic­ity, act­ing in a play can have very pos­i­tive results.

I am con­vinced that one is bet­ter able to teach some­thing one has enjoyed doing. And just as Alma Flor Ada and I empha­size, in our courses in Authors in the Class­room, that teach­ers who cre­ate their own books will be bet­ter able to get their stu­dents to become authors, I believe that encour­ag­ing teach­ers to do the­atre and expe­ri­enc­ing the rich­ness of the process would bet­ter allow them to incor­po­rate plays in their reg­u­lar teaching.

For a delight­ful anec­dote that shows the magic of the­atre click here: Let’s Raise the Cur­tain! The Ben­e­fit of The­atre in the School.

About the Use of The­atre in the School

The val­ues of the use of involv­ing chil­dren with the­atre are mul­ti­ple. Plays can be an excel­lent tool for pro­mot­ing the abil­ity to speak in front of a group, which is a lead­er­ship skill. Since they offer chil­dren the oppor­tu­nity to uti­lize words and lan­guage reg­istries they may not have other oppor­tu­nity to use, plays can be strong vehi­cle for vocab­u­lary and lan­guage development.

When used for choral read­ing plays can strengthen read­ing skills. In addi­tion, act­ing on a play enhances children’s self-confidence and self-esteem while pro­vid­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties to learn about one’s self and oth­ers. Most impor­tantly, putting on a play, no mat­ter how sim­ple, pro­motes the val­ues of col­lab­o­ra­tion and solidarity.