Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Very Hungry Caterpillar Activity Guide

Who doesn't love the classic tale of the Very Hungry Caterpillar?  Well, to prepare for the Hungry Caterpillar Show, we've rustled up an array of pre-show activities for you and the littles to try!

Caterpillar Macaroni Necklace

The whole family can dress up for the show with this simple craft.


Get creative with dried pasta, string, and cut paper, making your own caterpillar.  Match the classic book colors, or design your own!



Countdown to your performance of Hungry Caterpillar Show, but building your own caterpillar chain!  Who can make the longest?  And of course, don't forget the googley eyes!



Are you familiar with story stones?  They're an amazing way to explore storytelling in a tactile way.  Enjoy painting rocks to tell the story of the very hungry caterpillar!




Enjoy some nice leaf collecting and crafting with this fun project.  Who knows, maybe you'll see a few caterpillars while you're out there!

Got some other great craft ideas, or want to show off your creations on social media?  Don't forget to tag us!  @bactheatre. 



Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Rainbow Fish Reading List

If you and your little loved watching and reading Rainbow Fish, here are the next books to add to your reading list!

Here's our pick of books to read after Rainbow Fish!


Get in the spirit for our next show, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, with this Eric Carle classic, The Grouchy Ladybug.  Focus on concepts of time and space while following the ladybug's adventures.




For a slightly older crowd, the beautifully illustrated Stellaluna, follows a young bat attacked by an owl, who must learn to embrace the meaning of family.





Enjoy a great classic with Coduroy, in the tale of a bear waiting on the department store shelf for his new owner.  This one is even more popular today than in was during it's late 1960's release.





Stick with your friend Rainbow Fish in this more recent scale tale, Rainbowfish Finds his Way.  When Rainbow Fish loses his way, he finds new friends help him get back to his sparkle scale school.



Are there other classics about family and friendship you and your kids love? Tell us about it in the comments!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Rainbow Fish Snacks

What do we love more than The Rainbow Fish Musical?  Food, of course!  If you and your kids feel the same, heres a selection of great snacks to enjoy before our after your trip to the wild, aquatic world of Rainbow Fish.

Fish on the River


It's a new generation of ants on a log!  For a quick, simple and nutritious fishy snack, food.com combined celery, cream cheese, and goldfish crackers to create this line of fish swimming up stream.  Substitute cream cheese with nut butter or humus, for a savory, dairy-free protein boost!  

Under the Sea Cookies


These cookies are almost too fun to eat!  Explore the depths of the ocean by creating mini seascapes on sugar cookies.  Combine graham cracker  sand, candy rocks, and an array of gummy creates in these edible aquariums!

Jello Fish Bowls


For a snack that jiggles and wiggles, try these edible fish bowls!  Nilla wafer sand, berry Jello water and multicolor Swedish Fish create the perfect afternoon treat.  Add other gummy animals like sharks.  The possibilities for sea creature fun are endless.  Cast your spoon into this aquarium and catch a fish or two!


Do you have another other great Rainbow Fish themed snacks?  Other things you'd love to see on the blog?  Let us know in the comments! 

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Our Junior Blogger, Julietta, LOVED Fly Guy, read her review here!

The Fly Guy play had me buzzing for more BACT plays! 


It was really amazing, and I loved the set especially. It was about a boy named Buzz who has a fly as a pet (it can even say his name!). He also meets a girl named Liz who also has a fly as a pet (and it can also say her name!). However, some people might not like the idea of it. They think of flies as pests, not pets.
The play is really funny and I really enjoyed it. 

So what about those people who think of flies as pests? Can flies really be friends, not foes? In my opinion, sure, if you prefer a very, very small pet that has a chance of easily flying away or causing chaos in restaurants, or maybe a fly swatter factory, if you go to one ( hopefully without your pet!).



The moral of the story? Check what kind of factory your touring before bringing your pet fly!
What do I think about a pet fly and if they are pests or pets? Well, during the play I felt like I needed to help Fly Guy and Fly Girl when they were almost going to get swatted, but being honest, I still do not want those flies in my house!  I'm thinking of them as kind of a mix, since they are a bit gross, but the play helped me see the pet part of flies.
But, even though I would never have a pet fly, I still loved the play and the books too.

The fly in the play is given personification to make him fit in the story better. For one thing, he can talk, like say Buzz, friendzies, Hizee, and more. The only thing about it is he can only say words with a Z in them (or at least words humans can understand.) . The same thing goes for Fly Girl too. So they are given personification, only more realistic. 

I'm excited for the next BACT play!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

The Rainbow Fish Musical Preshow Activities!

It's time for a #summerofsharing with everyone's favorite sea creature: Rainbow Fish.
Here are some fantastic pre or post show activities to get you in the Rainbow Fish groove!

Paper Plate Fish
If you have some spare summer BBQ plates, this is the project for you!
Just make sure your workspace is ready for some glitter!


 Write your own version of The Rainbow Fish Musical, or reenact scenes at home with these easy-peasy hand traced puppet!  It's the perfect group project!


This project is super easy, and fairly mess free.  Sculpt your fish and let them dry for a long lasting aquatic friend, or reusing the play dough again and again!  Are there other creatures in the Rainbow Fish story you can sculpt?




Whether you're gearing up for a weekend performance of Rainbow Fish, or want to keep the fun going all summer long, we hope these activities bring a little more Rainbow Fish into your life!


Monday, June 5, 2017

Construction Site Activity Guide

Do your kids love  Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site? Looking for the perfect pre or post show activity?

Grab your hard hats and get ready for some fun with these Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site activities


Counting
If you're focused on learning to count, this activity only requires your excavator, paper, and a handful of dried beans!

Painting
This project is a little messy, but tons of fun for the budding artist in your family!

Printables
If you're looking for more thorough preschool curriculum and activities surrounding the books, check out these free printables!



Sensory Bin
Get out some legos, beans, balls, and noodles to create a sensory bin that's eye catching fun for the whole family, like this one!

Enjoying these activities? Hoping to see more activities liked to our shows?  Let us know in the comments, or connect on Facebook and Twitter!


Friday, June 2, 2017

Reopening the Construction Site

Here's everything you need to know about the remount of Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site!


Our new Downtown Berkeley home, The Osher Studio, is, shall we say, under construction.  And there's no better way to celebrate than with another run of the hit musical Goodnight Goodnight Construction Site.


Here's what's new:

If you liked Fly Guy, get jazzed because Ann Norland aka Fly Girl is joining the cast as Cement Mixer!

Jack Sale is returning to BACT to play Bulldozer.  Some may remember him as James in our production James and the Giant Peach that traveled to Shanghai a few years ago.

The rest of the cast returns, with their Heelys and hard hats to rock this musical from bath time to bed time. 


If you saw the show at Fairy Land, you missed out on a whole element--lighting!  Our designer Kevin August Landesman was nominated for a TBA Award for his outstanding design, so now you can see it in the Osher!

We're just starting to move into our new spaces, and explore expanding the stage beyond ways we used the space in shows like Fancy Nancy's Splendiferous Christmas, or Where the Mountain Meets the Moon. 

So, be sure to check it out, and help us think playfully in a whole new way!



Monday, April 24, 2017

Summer Reading List: Part 2

We're so excited for next season at BACT, we can hardly contain ourselves  To tide us over, we're doing some summer reading to prepare.  Join us!

Here's part 2 of our Summer Reading List!

Beautiful Oops!



One of the most exciting pop-ups for young readers, Beautiful Oops! focuses on the creative potential of our mistakes.  If you've already read it, consider these as companion pieces: The Dot and Ish.  And teachers, don't forget to join the Beautiful Oops revolution, fostering creativity through mistakes!

Judy Moody



For fans of the Judy Moody and Stink series, Judy Moody and Stink and the Mad Mad Mad Treasure Hunt, will be quite an adventure.  If you've already read all nine Judy Moody's, don't forget to check out the Stink collections too!  Our favorites include Stink and the Attack of the Slime Mold and Stink and the Great Guinea Pig Express.

Once you've run out of books, consider the classics Amelia Bedilia, and Beezus and Ramona.

Inside Out and Back Again


One of our new shows for middle graders, Inside Out & Back Again deals the the struggles of a young refugee, in this award winning debut novel.  After this read, check out Lai's second book, Listen Slowly, the story of a young girls vacation to Vietnam to learn about her family's involvement in the Vietnam War.  Both beautiful and poignant stories will lead to discussions about culture, heritage, and the importance of family.

So, what are you waiting for?  Hit the library or the book store, and start reading.  Next season will be here before you know it!

Monday, April 17, 2017

Summer Reading: Get Ready for Next Season

Finally, our 2017/2018 season has been announced!  We couldn't be more thrilled for our new home and new season of exciting shows for kids and parents alike!

Here's part one of our 2017 reading list to prepare the whole family for a season of Bay Area Children's Theatre fun!

The Rainbow Fish!




A favorite classic for anyone who loves a little sparkle and adventures under the sea!  If you're too young for Rainbow Fish, try The Rainbow Fish finger puppet edition! And for more Rainbow Fish adventures, check out Rainbow Fish and the Big Blue Whale!

The Very Hungry Caterpillar!




This classic sells one copy every thirty seconds world wide!  Looking for some companion pieces?  How about I love Mom with the Very Hungry Caterpillar--just in time for Mother's Day?  Or another Eric Carle gem, My First Book of Food, because it's never too early to become a Bay Area Foodie!

The Night Fairy



A longer read at 128 pages,  The Night Fairy as the question "what if a fairy loses her wings?"  If you're too young for The Night Fairy, author Laura Amy Schlitz just released her latest book, Princess Cora and the Crocodile last month.
 

Willy Wonka!


From the wacky mind of Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is one of his less terrifying pieces of kid lit.  Other less popular choices include Danny Champion of the World, and when the kids are ready to learn where all of these crazy stories originated, his memoir of sorts, Boy



Time to get reading, and check back soon for part two of our summer reading list!

Monday, April 10, 2017

More Learning! Fly Guy Facts and Fun

Flies are pets, not pests, according to our pal Fly Guy, so here are some resources for more fly learning fun!

Fly Guy the Musical

If you're looking for an easy guide to breakdown various types of flies and their differences, buzz over to PestWorldforKids.org

If you're a Kindle reader, Fantastic Facts about Flies, is a free Kindle Unlimited read!


If you've flown through the Fly Guy series and are craving another picture book, check out I. Fly, an illustrated education about the awesomeness of flies.



Watch the growth cycle of flies with this awesome video!


And for those who just want a little more of Fly Guy, the Musical, here are the fly facts from the shows' closing number!

Fly Girl and Fly Guy are amazin’
Two creatures to pique your fascination
Since craving more information
Listen as we list Linnaean classifications
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Insecta!
Diptera!
Section: Schizophora
They’re flies! (Flies!)
They have compound eyes!
A thousand little lenses let ‘em see from all sides
Antennae!
Can smell things a mile away!
And scientists say that if conditions are great
Some flies can fly several miles a day
Yeah, the buzz that they make is the sound of their wings beating
They have sticky, sticky feet that let ‘em walk on the ceiling
And the hairs on those feet let them taste where they’re walking
But they don’t have teeth, so they can’t ingest solids
So they vomit on food, because their vomit is caustic
And they suck it back up with a straw-like proboscis
(Ewww!)
Fly Guy, Fly Girl, oh Fly Guy, Fly Girl, friendzies!
Fly Guy, Fly Girl, or Fly Guy, Fly Girl, friendzies!
Yeah a couple of kids and their pets who were flies
Copyright Austin Zumbro 2017

If these fly activities don't fulfill your fly-loving needs, you could always make your way to Fly Guy, the Musical again!  It's even better a second time!