Receive royal gifts, transform your home with theater magic and create your own game in this Family Activity for The Young King
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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?
Anything around your house
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!
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!
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!
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.
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
Print out the board game
and the card template
Cut out the cards and put them into a deck.
Get a coin to flip and find small items around the house to use as playing pieces.
Decorate Your Game
Have each player pick a section—this is your kingdom!
Everyone picks a different color. Use your color to outline your section and rectangles.
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!
The Rules of Your Game
Start the game by putting your piece on the edge of your section.
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.
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.
After you move forward, it's the next player's turn. Whoever first journeys in a complete circle around the board wins!
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!
An open area, furniture, blankets, boxes or anything else you can think of!
Pick a favorite book or movie to act as your source material.
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.
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.
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!
Welcome both the Young King and our brand new lobby! Tickets to The Young King are available here.