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Receive royal gifts, transform your home with theater magic and create your own game in this Family Activity for The Young King! For each show in the season, we post a new Family Activity. You can find all of our past posts on our blog and at
Royal Retrieval
In The Young King, a young man suddenly learns that he will become a king. Entranced by palace life, he demands expensive gifts like a robe of tissued gold, a pearled scepter and a ruby-studded crown. What do you think it would be like to be royalty?

Materials: Anything around your house

Step One: Together, create an outfit fit for royalty! Search your house and find or make a crown, cape and scepter. HINT: A pot could be a crown, a blanket could be a cape and a broom could be a scepter!

Step Two: Pick one family member to wear the outfit first—they are now The Royal. When The Royal says "go" everyone else searches around the house for the best gift to present to him or her. HINT: The goal is for your present to be their favorite, so consider what that person would like!

Step Three: When everyone has a gift, The Royal picks their favorite. The person who gave The Royal's favorite gift becomes royalty next. Now, everyone finds gifts for the new Royal. Keep playing until everyone has had a turn!

BONUS: Royalty can be very rich and powerful. If you were in charge and and could have anything, what would you want? Discuss as a family.

Make a World, Play a Game
The Young King is ruler of a large kingdom split into four sections. He learns about these factions throughout the show, and about how his demands affect them. As a family, design your own kingdom in a boardgame and learn how rules affect each other.

Materials: Board game template, card template, scissors, coloring materials, a coin, items to use as game pieces (a thimble, a small toy, a paper clip, a bottle cap, etc.) 

Set Up Your Game
Step One: Print out the board game and the card template

Step Two: Cut out the cards and put them into a deck.

Step Three: Get a coin to flip and find small items around the house to use as playing pieces.
Step Three
Decorate Your Game
Step One: Have each player pick a section—this is your kingdom! 

Step Two: Everyone picks a different color. Use your color to outline your section and rectangles.
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Step Three: Take a moment and consider what kind of kingdom you want to have. Draw elements of the world in your section. Consider the geography, temperature and the residents!
Step Three
The Rules of Your Game
Step One: Start the game by putting your piece on the edge of your section.
Step One
Step Two: Choose a player to go first. On your turn, flip the coin. If it's heads go forward one space; if it's tails go two.

Step Three: After you move, draw a card. Ask the question to the ruler of the section you are in. Once the card is answered, you move forward the number of spaces indicated on the card. If you preside over the section, go forward one space.
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Step Four: After you move forward, it's the next player's turn. Whoever first journeys in a complete circle around the board wins! 

Transform Your Home

Did you know The Young King is an interactive play based on a short story by Oscar Wilde? When plays are based on books or movies they are called adaptations. A good adaptation brings the world of the source material to life through costumes and sets. In this activity, set up your home to create an interactive dramatic experience based on your favorite book or movie!

Materials: An open area, furniture, blankets, boxes or anything else you can think of!  
Step One: Pick a favorite book or movie to act as your source material.
Step Two: Time to make a set! Create a world based on your source material with the items you collected from your home. For instance, you can throw blankets over furniture to create mountains, or make a mighty castle out of boxes and chairs.
Step Three: Choose two or three lines from the source material and act them out. Try using props from around the house to really set the scene.

Step Four: In The Young King, audience members travel throughout the theater before the show. Transform other rooms of your house into different settings and move between those spaces to act out multiple scenes!
The Young King  

Welcome both the Young King and our brand new lobby! Tickets to The Young King are available here
Posted by Beth Henderson

Summer may be coming to an end, but our 2017-2018 Season is getting closer and closer. For ages, the written word has spread powerful ideas, preserved memories, built countries and sparked imaginations.  Based on two upcoming shows, Undesirable Elements and William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play, our final two Summer Field Guides will inspire the creative writer in you. 

Contributed by Ruthie Ostrow, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice
In Undesirable Elements, Ping Chong + Company encourages young New Yorkers to share their stories. After a series of interviews, their experiences will be woven together to form a script that's then performed by the interviewees themselves! 
JournalThis production urges kids to dig deep into themselves, to ask questions like: Where are you from? What are your hopes and dreams? What mistakes have you made and what have you learned from them?
One of the best exercises to explore your personal histories is journaling. It gives you the chance to lay out your goals, remember fun times and get creative. Claim the power of the pen by reflecting on yourself!
We've added some tips and prompts to get you started. Get writing! 
  • Your journal isn't something a teacher will grade you on—it doesn't need to be perfect. Your thoughts can be as messy or as neat as you want them to be!
  • Try free writing. Put five minutes on the clock, write down whatever comes to mind and don't let your pen stall until the time is up! 
  • When words fail, draw a picture.
  • Cut out pictures and pieces of paper to remember special moments and thoughts.
  • Where do you live? Where is your family from?
  • What are three things you want to do this week? What are three things you want to do in your lifetime? 
  • What's a quote that describes the way you feel right now?
  • Where's the place that makes you happiest?
  • What's your favorite part about school? What is your least favorite part?
  • Who's your favorite teacher? What did you learn from them?
  • What's your favorite family tradition?
  • What's your favorite food?
  • What do you want to do when you grow up?
  • What's the scariest thing you've ever done?
  • Where would you want to travel someday?
  • What's one thing you would do if you weren't so afraid?
  • Who's your best friend?
  • What are three words you would use to describe yourself?
  • What's one thing you want to learn about?
  • What are three things that make you happy?
  • What are you most proud of?
  • What's the nicest thing someone has ever said to you?

Contributed by Caroline Dowden, Summer 2017 Communications Apprentice

William Shakespeare’s Long Lost First Play (Abridged) 
This play is Shakespeare like you've never seen him before. Reduced Shakespeare Company is back at the New Vic with an "ancient" manuscript believed to be a long-lost play written by a young William Shakespeare. All of his greatest hits are combined—and reduced—in one wacky story. Reduced Shakespeare Company is well known for their hilarious, shortened romps through the famous playwright's work. 
Get silly with a game of Mad Libs! Fill in the blanks of Shakespearean Sonnet 106 to make it as ridiculous as possible. 

Sonnet Mad Lib

Undesirable ElementsLong Lost First Play
Interested in joining us next season? Learn more about Undesirable Elements and William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play here!
Posted by Beth Henderson
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