Immediately after seeing The Halloween Tree, discuss it with your class, even if you’re on the bus back to school. The purpose of doing this is twofold: to garner the students’ immediate impressions and also to capitalize on the concept of ‘instant’.
Some questions to help prompt discussion:
- Did they enjoy the play?
- What was the general feeling of the play?
- Who was their favourite character? Why?
- Did they have a favourite or least favourite scene? Why?
- What types of reactions did you have to the play? Did it seem realistic?
- Did any scenes or moments in the play stand out? Why or why not?
With the initial impressions of the play explored, move the discussion a bit deeper.
Question to ask:
- What was The Halloween Tree about? Describe.
- What was the main concept or point of The Halloween Tree? Explain.
- Can you relate to it? Why or why not?
- Did The Halloween Tree seem like a believable real-life story to you? Why or why not?
- What did you think of the ending of the play?
- Discuss the various friends in the play. Can you name them?
- What did you think of Carapace Clavicle Moundshroud when the play started? Did your opinion of him change at all by the end?
When the discussion is complete, ask students to write a review of The Halloween Tree Instead of writing a standard review, ask them to be creative in how they approach this.
- Choose a character from the play and write a journal entry from their perspective
- Create a promotional campaign for the play (including posters/pamphlets, press release etc…)
- Write a letter to Amanda Kellock (playwright) or Geordie Productions
- Write a newspaper human interest story about one of the characters in the play
- Write a song that describes your thoughts on the play
- Write a pitch for the play to be turned into a movie including casting info.
- Create a comic book
When they’re done, ask students to share their creative reviews with the class.