Activity time: 15 minutes
Materials for Activity
- Leader Resource 1, The Old Alchemist - A Play
- Optional: Props including a bag of dirt, a bag of fake, gold-colored coins, chemistry beakers, and a large leaf
Preparation for Activity
- Make four copies of Leader Resource 1, The Old Alchemist - A Play. On each copy, highlight the speaking part for one of the characters.
- Plan how you will assign parts for the play. If you have a large group and enough time, you may wish to perform the play twice, giving eight people a chance to have a part, rather than four. Or, have one set of performers who read the lines and a second set of performers who act out what the readers are describing. Note: You may wish to arrange volunteers ahead of time. Give each volunteer a copy of the script (Leader Resource 1) with their speaking lines highlighted.
- Gather props.
Description of Activity
Participants perform a play based on a story from Myanmar/Burma about a man who will try anything to turn dirt into gold.
Assign parts or ask for volunteer. Have the participants read/act out the play.
At the end of the play, ask participants to reflect on the story with questions such as:
- Is persistence always a good thing?
- What is the difference between showing persistence and acting stubborn?
- Who in the story actually managed to create change? How?
Including All Participants
Allow participants who are uncomfortable performing in front of a group to fill the important role of audience members. If you are aware that a child has discomfort or difficult reading, assign them to act out a role while another participant reads the words.