The Little Mighty Superhero (Elementary School)

Silhouette of a little boy looking out a window. Outside there is a big white water dragon stealing the crescent moon from the sky.

One night, Max and his imaginary friend, Jayson (aka the Little Mighty Superhero), share in their bedtime ritual of re-enacting the story of the Bakunawa, the moon-eating water dragon. But this night is different, and Max misses his Lola who used to tell him the same story whenever he was afraid of the dark. When Max and Jayson discover that the moon in the sky is gone, the two go on a wild adventure to the underworld where they are met by a travelling Ferryman, the powerful Bathala, and the infamous Bakunawa, only to discover that as Max’s courage grows, Jayson begins to disappear.

The Little Mighty Superhero is a heartwarming, wonderful journey of a young boy’s quest to stand up to his fears and finding the bravery it takes to make hard decisions. At the core of this vibrant and visual play is the reminder that every adventure is more memorable when you can share it with someone you love.

 

A NOTE ON CONTENT

The main character, Max, misses his grandmother, his Lola,  who has died, and goes on a journey to visit her in the Underworld. While her death is not directly mentioned nor detailed, the fact that she has died is implied and serves as the basis of Max’s journey. The plot culminates when he finds his grandmother in the Underworld and they are reunited in a warm moment. Max’s Lola explains to him that she cannot leave with him to the Land of the Living, but that she lives on in his memories of her and the stories she told him. It is to be noted that the Underworld consists mainly of a beach filled with mango trees (reflecting the childhood memories of Max’s grandmother), a coconut grove and a courtyard. None of the characters “look dead” or “look zombie-like”.

* Also, please note that there are loud sounds in some parts of the play that may startle more sensitive ears.

Excerpt of when Max is reunited with his Lola.

LOLA

Just close your eyes, think of me and I will be there. The stories, the memories will come alive. Whenever you forget something, let your imagination take over and it will help you remember, like tonight – you were thinking about me and your imagination took you here, to the places I showed you in my photos. Look – it’s almost sunrise. It’s time for you to go home. I love you, Anak.

MAX

Lola, I love you forever.

They hug

 

 

 

RESOURCES

Helping young students dealing with grief

If a child in your class appears distressed during the topic of loss, please speak to the school counsellor.

 

Helping young students dealing with fear/anxiety

If a child in your class appears distressed during the topic of fear/anxiety, please speak to the school counsellor.

Help Children Manage Fears by The Child Mind Institute

 

 

 

QEP COMPETENCIES

English Language Arts

- Uses language/talk to communicate and to learn

- Reads and listens to written, spoken and media texts

- Produces texts for personal and social purposes

 

Cross-Curricular Competencies

- Uses information

- Exercises critical judgment

- Uses creativity

- Adopts effective work methods

- Uses information and communications technologies

- Cooperates with others

- Communicates appropriately

 

Arts Education - Dramatic Arts Competencies

- Creates dramatic works

- Performs dramatic works

- Appreciates dramatic works

- To invent and interpret short scenes