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Book and Lyrics by Mo Willems • Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma Directed and Choreographed by Abe Reybold • Music Direction by Allen Robertson

The story of the play comes from these Elephant & Piggie books: I am Invited to a Party! Listen to My Trumpet! I am Going! Should I Share My Ice Cream? I Love My New Toy! We Are in a Book! Elephants Can’t Dance BUT... if you have read other Elephant & Piggie books, you just might see some parts from a few of those too. See if you notice which ones.

Rhyme Time During the songs in the play, listen for RHYMING WORDS, like “Piggie” and “biggie” or “fear” and “dear,” or SOFT RHYMES—words that don’t exactly rhyme, but sort of sound the same like “prince” and “audience” or “imagine” and “having.” To get warmed up, see if you can fill in words of these parts of the song “Ode to Toy.”

It’s my new joy This wondrous _______________________ So I will play Both night and_______________________ Enjoy the show!

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Elephant

Piggie

Squirrelle

Squirrelle (Ice Cream)

Delivery Dog

Penguin

Costume Design: What the actors wear to represent the characters. The costumes for Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play are inspired by the book illustrations. The colors in the books guided the whimsical designs. For example, Elephant is dressed in gray, and Piggie is dressed in pink.

The characters in the play are all animals, so different animal ears are used to represent them. The “Squirrelles” have a basic squirrel costume, and then add pieces for different songs like “Ice Cream Hero.”

The costumes are fun and playful, like all the Elephant & Piggie books you read and love. Christina Montgomery, Costume Designer

Drawing: Draw Elephant and Piggie and give them fancy party costumes!

Use these steps to draw Piggie

Draw your own Piggie here

Draw your own Elephant here

Use these steps to draw Elephant


Writing: Fill in the blanks to finish Elephant and Piggie’s day at a play. One day, Elephant and Piggie were invited to the theatre to see a

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Noun

They were excited, because they had never been to a theatre before! When they got there, people were in a line to buy himself, and one for

. Elephant bought two, one for

Noun

.The usher took them to seats in Row A and they

Noun

. Then, the lights when out, and it was very

Verb

Adjective

,

but Elephant and Piggie were not scared at all because there were many other wearing

in the audience. Then, the play started. The actors were

Noun Noun

and

painted to look like

Piggie, “This music is really is! I love

Adjective

Noun Noun

Adjective

. The scenery was . Elephant whispered to

!” Piggie whispered back, “Yes it sure

music!” At the end, the audience

Verb

.

Elephant and Piggie had such a good time, they decided to become actors, and write and star in their own play called Noun

(Noun–Title of the play)

and then went to

! To celebrate, they went to eat Noun

Noun: a person, place or thing like “Piggie,” or “toy,” or “playground.” Verb: an action word like “run” or “jump“ or “laugh.” Adjective: a descriptive or modifier word for a noun to make it more specific like “fast,” or "pink," or “funny:”“pink” (adjective) “Piggie” (noun) or “new” (adjective)“toy” (noun).

Set Design

The set for this play was inspired by colors from the books and graphic design from the 1960s, (like the fun shapes on the floor) but set designer Brandon M. Newton also thought that a playground would be a good place for the action to take place, somewhere that Elephant and Piggie and their friends might go to play, with monkey bars and a merry-go-round. The talk bubbles in the Mo Willems books were also a fun element to use in the design. The original drawings at the right show the floor design, and a fun word bubble portal (a place for the characters to go in and out). These drawings are shown to the director and then to the carpenters who build the set that you see on stage.

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What do you think?

Elephant and Piggie Artistic Team and Staff

Write your answers on a piece of paper or discuss the questions with classmates or family and friends. 1. What were your favorite parts of the play? 2. Elephant and Piggie are best friends. What did they learn about friendship in the play? What does it mean to be a good friend? 3. How did the actors playing Gerald and Piggie represent the animals they were playing onstage? 4. How did the Squirrelles help to tell the story? 5. How did Gerald feel when he learned that the swim party was a dance party? How did Piggie make him feel better? 6. When Elephant gets an ice cream cone, he has a very important decision to make—share his ice cream cone with Piggie — or not? Why is sharing important? When did you last share something you love with a friend? 7. How did Piggie feel when Gerald broke her toy? When was a time you made a mistake with a friend? How did you fix the problem?

I would share:

Education Director..........................................................................................Nat Miller Performing Arts School Manager....................................................... Chad Dike Pre-Professional Manager................................................Jen Young Mahlstedt Education Associate, Acting Coach...................................Kate Shaw-Nappi Education Assistant................................................................................Shannon Fox Director of Production.................................................................................Paul Flint Assistant Production Manager..................................................Lesley Fairman Production Coordinator............................................................. T. Scott Wooten Company Manager and Casting Assistant.......................... Austin Collins Technical Director...............................................................................Michael Essad Scene Shop Foreman...........................................................................Tom Lucenti Lighting and Stage Operations Supervisor....................... Melissa Baglio Master Electrician................................................................................Nick Swanson Stage Crew Chief.................................................................................... Taylor Novak Audio Supervisor........................................................................................Craig Brock Properties Master.................................................................................... Steve Baglio Scenic Charge............................................................................................J. Aaron Bell Costume Shop Manager.........................................................................Blair Hurry Assistant Costume Shop Manager...................................Brandy Lee Harris Wardrobe Supervisor....................................................Christina Mongtomery START

Should I share My ice cream?

Write something you would share with a friend in the thought bubble.

Director and Choreographer...........................................................Abe Reybold Musical Director.................................................................................Allen Robertson Gerald...............................................................................................................David Peña Piggie......................................................................................................Amanda Clifton Squirrelle.............................................................................Megan Richards Wright Squirrelle................................................................................................. Jessica O’Brien Squirrelle..........................................................................................................Kelly Petlin Female Understudy................................................................................Lydia Myers Male Understudy.................................................Anthony Vincent Toudjarov Stage Manager............................................................................... Kaitlyn Kennedy Set Designer............................................................................Brandon M. Newton Prop Designer............................................................................................Steve Baglio Lighting Designer..........................................................................Annalise Caudle Costume Designer........................................................ Christina Montgomery Draper......................................................................................................... Wayne Fowks Sound Designer..............................................................................Rodd Simonsen Assistant Director.................................................Anthony Vincent Toudjarov Audio Crew.......................................................... Kellie Baldwin, Corrine Mears Wardrobe Crew..........................................................................Desiree Humphries

Help Piggie go through the maze to find her new toy. Dear

; ZACH

Write the actors a letter! Write a letter or draw a picture to tell us about your experience and mail it to: ZACH Theatre / Education Department  • 1510 Toomey Road, Austin, Texas 78704 Theatre for Families Season Sponsors

This project is funded and supported in part by a grant from the Texas Commission on the Arts and by the Cultural Arts Division of the City of Austin Economic Development Department.


ZACH Elephant And Piggie "We Are In A Play" Enrichment Guide