Setting the Stage for Chinese

The Setting the Stage series allows learners of all ages to read and perform well-loved Chinese tales as well as the fables of Aesop in Chinese. Contemporary dialogues, rhymes and songs are woven into the scripts, making the language come alive for the stage. The text is presented in simplified characters and accompanied by pinyin and English translations.

To learn more about Setting the Stage for Chinese and to preview the plays, please visit the Setting the Stage for Chinese product page.

Level 1

1. Happy Chinese New Year

Costumes and props ideas for "Happy Chinese New Year"

1. Dressing Up:

Dress students in traditional Chinese costumes (contact a local Chinese Cultural Association for renting costumes). If no costumes are available, students should wear new clothes in bright colors.

 

2. Making Paper Fireworks:

a. Find some thick and shiny red paper.

b. Cut the red paper into ten 4"x 6" pieces.

c. Roll the paper into 6"-long cylinders.

d. Stuff the cylinders with tissue paper.

e. Punch a hole through the side of each cylinder.

f. Thread firecrackers together using red string.

 

服装道具:

 

如条件允许,给孩子们穿上唐装或各种各样五颜六色的中国服装。

鞭炮的制作(见英文图)。很多老师喜欢买现成的装饰鞭炮和灯笼。

English Translation of "Happy Chinese New Year"

Happy Chinese New Year

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

Children light firecrackers

Hear them crackle and bang!

 

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

Children laugh merrily

It's the Year of the _________.

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

All homes have been cleaned,

And signs hung for good luck.

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

Children wear new clothes,

And eat dumplings and cake.

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

The adults give red envelopes;

The children bow in thanks.

Happy New Year, the new year is here;

Everyone's in high spirits

Good luck in the new year!

 

2. The Ants and the Grasshopper

Costume and prop ideas for The Ants and the Grasshopper

Students can create their own headbands or use baseball caps to represent the ants and the grasshopper. The ants can wear black baseball caps with two antennae, while the grasshopper can wear a green baseball cap with two antennae.

 

服装道具:

学生们可以用垒球帽子来做蚂蚁和蚱蜢头上的装饰。 (见英文图)

蚱蜢可以用真的小提琴或玩具小提琴来表演。

3. The Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mother

Costumes and props for The Little Tadpoles Look for Their Mother

1. Create a headdress for Big Frog out of colored construction paper or soft foam.

2. Ask the students playing the roles of the small animals to create their own headdresses.

服装道具:

小动物们的头饰和小动物们的服装可由学生自己设计制作。小蝌蚪们的服装基本是黑色的衣裤。大青蛙的形像可用帽子做青蛙的头饰。(见英文图 )

4. The Turtle and the Hare

Costumes and prop ideas for The Turtle and the Hare

1. Hare's headdress can be created by students.

2. Make two trees out of cardboard boxes. One will be a landmark for the starting point and the other a landmark for the finish line. The two trees should not be tall; two students should be able to stand behind the trees with their heads still visible.

服装道具:

学生可自己选择服装,兔子的头饰可自己做,也可去买。用硬纸板做两棵树,一个当起点,一个当终点。树不用太高,叫两个学生站在树后面,头要露出来。树放置在舞台前左右对称的地方。学生们表演时绕着树走,不会偏台。

 

5. The Legend of Mulan

6. The Turnip is Back

Costumes and prop ideas for The Turnip is Back

1. Making Two Red Turnips:

a. Use paper to form the turnip's root.

b. Tape the root onto a paper mache ball.

c. Glue red strip tissue paper on the turnip.

d. Glue another coat of shiny red paper on the turnip.

e. Use green tissue paper to create the leaves of the turnip.

 

2. Making Houses:

A horse barn and rabbit den can be made from project display boards. Encourage students to use their creativity and work together to create appropriate houses for the different pairs of animals. Having students participate in the house-building process will build enthusiasm.

 

服装道具:

 

用两个旧的篮球或足球做两个萝卜:

 

步骤:

用报纸揉搓成萝卜的根茎。

把做好的根茎和篮球黏在一起。

用浆糊和红纸条把萝卜糊起来。

用光亮的红纸条把萝卜再糊一层。

加上草绿色的软纸作萝卜的叶子。

 

这个马棚和小兔子的家是用厚纸板做成的。学生很有兴趣设计制造他们自己的房子。

7. Mimi Says

8. Me

Level 2

Ideas for performing the Level 2 plays

In these PDFs, the author of Setting the Stage for Chinese has shared photos of stage props and costumes (with brief instructions) used in her students' productions, plus other notes related to the stories. Yuanchao Meng has been teaching Chinese in the United States for 12 years and strives to make learning the language and culture interesting for students through class performances of traditional myths and legends from China. We hope that these materials will inspire your class performances and make learning Chinese fun! Feel free to post suggestions and pictures of your own.

Online Seminar

Watch a presentation by the author of Setting the Stage for Chinese, Yuanchao Meng. Learn how to motivate your Chinese language students with plays and performances from her book Setting the Stage for Chinese, a vital resource of TPRS plays and activities for K-12 Chinese programs.

WEBINAR: Setting the Stage for Chinese: Plays and Performances for Grades K-12

Watch a presentation by the author of Setting the Stage for Chinese, Yuanchao Meng. Learn how to motivate your Chinese language students with plays and performances from her book Setting the Stage for Chinese, a vital resource of TPRS plays and activities for K-12 Chinese programs.