This version of Beauty and the Beast
might be unlike the one you are familiar with, but it tells the same story—one of magic, love and appreciating beauty of all kinds. In this Family Activity, create a storybook, learn some jokes and write a love poem!
In Beauty and the Beast
, Isabella's family is starting a new life in a new home. In this activity, illustrate the prologue to help you imagine this new version of the story. What's a prologue? It's a part of the story that comes at the beginning of a play, often giving information about events that happened before the play began.
A printer, this story book template
, coloring utensils
To get started, ask an adult to print out this story book template
Illustrate the storybook. Remember to add color and emotion. Think about the following:
- What color is the family's castle?
- How do the twins dress? How does the third daughter, Isabella, dress?
- How does Isabella feel about their castle?
- What does their new cottage look like?
Step Three: Read your completed book to a friend or family member. Talk about what you think happens next in the story.
The Beast may not seem friendly at first, but he has a great sense of humor. On your way to the theater, practice telling some monstrously funny jokes.
Here are some examples:
What do you get if you cross a frog with a rabbit?
A bunny ribbit.
Why are seagulls called seagulls?
Because if they flew over the bay, they'd be bagels!
How do you make a tissue dance?
You put a little boogie in it.
Kids, on the way to Beauty and the Beast
try to get your grown-up to laugh! Keep telling jokes until you can get them to giggle, then switch. Are you looking for more comedic material? Find some more jokes here
Check out Beth trying to keep a straight face on her way to the New Vic!
Here are some questions to think about on your way home from the New Vic:
- When do you think the Beast is happiest? How about the twins? When is Isabella happiest?
- Isabella says that "love feels like fireworks in her heart." What does love feel like to you?
- What do you think the main themes of the show are? What lessons do the characters learn?
Love is a big part of this story. In this next activity, write your own love poem to someone you think is beautiful, inside and out!
Paper, writing utensil
Rhyme schemes are the pattern of rhymes at the ends of the lines of a poem. Read these short love poems with two different rhyme schemes, ABAB and AABB:
I love you dear with all my MIGHT.
More than the earth and SKY
You are my world, you are my LIGHT.
I'll never wonder WHY
The earth is big, the world is WIDE
But you I keep right by my SIDE
How lucky to love and how lucky to HOLD
A love like yours that never grows OLD.
Write your own love poem! Try using the ABAB or AABB rhyme scheme, or make up your own.
Read it to the person you wrote it for, or perform the poem out loud to your family as if you are in a play.
Extend your poem beyond four lines. Also, try a haiku
or a sonnet
Read the The Grimm's Fairy Tales
by Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm to see the origins of many classic stories. You may recognize certain parts of the show you just saw in "The Singing, Springing Lark!"
Check out the Children's Center
at 42nd Street for more storytimes.