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Ready-to-play activity in which students act out fairy tales in three frozen pictures.

Tableau work is the pre-cursor to creating effective stage pictures. In theatre, tableau means to create a silent, still picture using the actor’s bodies. In this activity, students work in small groups to re-create a fairy tale in three frozen pictures. The goals are for every actor to be able to be easily seen, and for what’s happening in the picture to be apparent to the audience. Included in this lesson are complete instructions and nine well-known fairy tales broken down into three scenes.

Example of a Fairy Tale Tableau

Sleeping Beauty

Scene One: All the characters in the castle are busy getting ready for Aurora’s birthday party.

Scene Two: Aurora pricks her finger and everyone in the castle falls asleep.

Scene Three: The prince finds the castle breaks the spell, and everyone wakes up happy!

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