Once Upon a Time in China

This enchanting Chinese Tale teaches the importance of being honest. The Emperor is very old and needs to find someone to take over his duties, as he has no son. The new leader must be smart and strong, kind and courageous, patient and honest, especially HONEST. How will he find just the right boy?  (Based on the story of The Empty Pot). Ages 3-11

ELAGSE2RL2: Recount stories, including fables and folktales from diverse cultures, and determine their central message, lesson, or moral.

SS1CG1 The student will describe how the historical figures in SS1H1a display positive character traits of fairness, respect for others, respect for the environment, conservation, courage, equality, tolerance, perseverance, and commitment. 

Note: While this show does not depict the particular historical figures in the curriculum, it could be used to prompt a discussion comparing and contrasting those figures with the Emperor and Ping in the story.

55 minutes, Maximum audience: 75 for preschool, 150 for elementary. Hand puppets inspired by the Peking Opera tradition, rod puppets. Space needed 6’x6’. Set-up: 45 minutes.

A short excerpt from the show
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