TEACHER STUDY GUIDE
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s
Major support provided by
Friday, December 12 at
12:00 PM, provided by
Totem Ocean Trailer Express
n Curriculum Connections
n Performance Background
n Activities for the Classroom
n Learning Resources
Additional support provided by Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Atwood Foundation,
the Citizens of the Municipality of Anchorage, National Endowment for the Arts, WESTAF
and Alaska Arts & Culture Foundation
Alaska Junior Theater n 329 F Street, Suite 204 n Anchorage, AK 99501
T 907-272-7546 n F 907-272-3035 n www.akjt.org
Alaska Junior Theater Curriculum Standards Page 2
laska Junior Theater is a private, nonprofit organization that has been bringing
the best in professional theater from around the world to Alaska’s young
audiences since 1981. Each year, more than 40,000 students attend a variety of
live performances at the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts. For many students, our
school show presentations are their only exposure to live performing arts.
Each show we present has a strong educational component, and shows are linked
to Alaska Content Standards. Alaska Junior Theater also offers teacher and student
workshops, study guides, and classroom transportation to our performances.
We are committed to keeping ticket prices low, allowing children of all financial levels
to experience professional, live theater. Our low educational ticket price of $6 covers
only half our costs of presenting shows. To subsidize the remaining $6 of each ticket, we
actively fundraise and rely on the support of corporations, foundations and individuals.
In addition, we fundraise to offer full scholarships to students with financial need. Discovery Theatre, ACPA
Alaska Junior Theater asked area teachers to review our
2008–2009 performances for direct connections to Alaska
Content Standards. The direct connections for Madeline
and the Bad Hat are listed to the right, which will assist
in lesson planning and will assure teachers that Alaska
Junior Theater programs help classes meet curriculum Alaska Content Standards
To get a complete copy of the Alaska Content Standards, B 1, 2, 3
visit the following web address:www.eed.state.ak.us/ E 1, 2
contentstandards. Additional information about these
standards can be found at the National Association for B 2, 8
Music Education via http://www.menc.org/resources/ C 4, 5
National Standards for
6, 7, 8
Alaska Junior Theater sends a special thanks to teacher
Dawn Wilcox, principals Diane Hoffbauer and Tina
Johnson-Harris, and ASD Music Supervisor Frank
Hauser for their help in this effort.
Alaska Junior Theater Literature Links & Resources Page 3
The following items are available through the Anchorage Municipal Libraries:
Books by Ludwig Bemelmans and John Bemelmans Marciano:
Madeline and the Gypsies (1959)
Madeline in America and Other Holiday Tales (1999)
Madeline in London (1961)
Madeline’s Christmas (1985)
Madeline’s Rescue (1953)
Madeline and the Bad Hat Madeline in New York
Madeline and the Dog Show Madeline Manners
Madeline and the Easter Bonnet Madeline the Star
Madeline and the Toy Factory Madeline’s Winter Vacation
Madeline at the North Pole Meet Me in Paris
Madeline’s Halloween Spooktacular Next Stop, America
Madeline in Hollywood
Other Classic Picture Books You May Enjoy:
Other Titles You May Enjoy:
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Fiction by Judith Viorst
Caps for Sale by Esphyr Slobodkina
The Austere Academy by Lemony Snicket Corduroy by Don Freeman
Blow Out the Moon by Libby Koponen Curious George by H.A. Rey
Bonaparte by Marsha Wilson Chall Goodnight Moon by Margaret Brown
A Little Princess by Frances Hodgson Burnett Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Midnight for Charlie Bone by Jenny Nimmo
Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
Spying on Miss Müller by Eve Bunting
Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey
Witch Week by Diana Wynne Jones
Miss Rumphius by Barbara Cooney
Prince Bertram the Bad by Arnold Lobel
Non-Fiction Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins
The Biggest Bear by Lynd Ward
Bemelmans: The Life & Art of Madeline's Creator The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper
by John Bemelmans Marciano The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats
Boy: Tales of Childhood by Roald Dahl The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack
Madeline Says Merci: The Always be Polite Book The Story of Babar, the Little Elephant by Jean de Brunhoff
by John Bemelmans Marciano The Story of Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
Anchorage Public Library 7/08
Alaska Junior Theater About... Page 4
ArtsPower’s twofold mission is to provide young people, many for the very
first time, with the unforgettable opportunity to experience the transporting power
of outstanding theatre that entertains, stimulates, and educates; and to enhance
“character education” among young people by creating theatre that fosters sound moral
development, encourages self-expression, ignites the desire to read, and advances their
development as productive members of society.
Ludwig Bemelmans wrote the “Madeline” series from 1939 to 1961. Just
like the character, Pepito, Bemelmans admits that he, too, was a troublemaker while
growing up. He died in 1962, but children and adults still enjoy the many books he
Because Madeline and the Bad Hat is a musical – a story in which actors speak and
sing to tell the story - the words and songs tell the audience about the plot, setting,
and characters. Madeline is a student of Miss Clavel at a boarding school for girls in
Paris, France. When the Spanish Ambassador and his son Pepito move in next door
to the school, everyone is excited by the thought of a new friend. But Pepito turns
out to be trouble. He shoots down kites with his slingshot, captures animals, and
splashes water on Madeline. Both Madeline and Miss Clavel decided that Pepito is
a “bad hat,” or a troublemaker. Miss Clavel soon realizes that there are real reasons
why Pepito misbehaves. Madeline and Miss Clavel try to end Pepito’s bad behavior
by being friends with him and helping Pepito’s father understand what the boy needs
more than anything else.
Madeline is none too pleased when Pepito, the son of the Spanish ambassador, moves
in next door. He seems insufferably arrogant and conceited. And worst of all, he’s
cruel to animals. Under the guidance of Miss Clavel, however, Madeline learns not
to judge a book by its cover. She discovers that Pepito’s father is rarely at home, that
this new neighbor is misbehaving and hurting animals because he is desperate for
attention, and that is the reason he is always getting into mischief and causing trouble
-- or being a “bad hat.” As the play proceeds, various sets of relationships are slowly
adjusted. Pepito and Madeline become friends after she resourcefully rescues him
from danger, and consequently Pepito and his father also grow closer. It turns out that
even an old-fashioned aristocratic gentleman can admit to the error of his workaholic
ways and show great affection, and that Pepito isn’t such a bad hat after all.
Madeline and Pepito eventually recognize the importance of keeping an open mind,
even about people whom they are eager to assess quickly. In the process, they learn to
value the unbreakable bonds of friendship and family. These themes are supplemented
by a discussion about animal rights, centered on the issue of freedom and its limits.
Why, Pepito asks, do we cage only wild animals at the zoo? Why not capture them
all, including squirrels and stray cats, or else let them all go? How do we temper
liberty with responsibility? The timeless charm of Bemelmans’s Madeline story is in
this way peculiarly relevant to young children, who are forever seeking new kinds of
independence and freedom.
Alaska Junior Theater Activities Page 5
Read and discuss the story Madeline and the Bad Hat.
Summarize the story of Madeline and the Bad Hat. Have you known anyone who misbehaved in order to get
Who are the heroes of the story? Why? attention? What do they do to misbehave?
Which part of the story was your favorite? Why? Why does Pepito stop misbehaving?
What does it mean to be a “bad hat?”
Language Arts: Sequencing Activity
Read the following sentences and rearrange them into chronological order:
• Pepito carried a bulging sack.
• In the autumn wind he boasted that he flew the highest kite.
• The starling and turtle, the bunny and bat, went back to their native habitat.
• Madeline told Pepito that he was no longer a BAD HAT.
• One day the Spanish Ambassador moved into the house next door.
• But Madeline said, “Please don’t molest us, your menagerie does not interest us.”
From the Book to the Stage
The musical Madeline and the Bad Hat is based on Ludwig Bemelmans’ book. The term “Based on” means that the
book provides the story for the musical. Some characters and events remain the same, but there are some changes and
The changes and additions that turn a book into a play are made by the theatre company, ArtsPower National Touring
The playwright writes the lines and lyrics.
The composer writes the music.
The actors audition for parts and memorize lines and songs.
The designers create sets, costumes, and lighting.
The director rehearses the actors and makes artistic decisions.
The stage manager oversees all backstage elements of a show.
The producers manage the money and all the workers.
In theatre, “doubling” means that an actor plays more than one character. The actor who plays Pepito doubles as a flower
seller and a dance instructor. The actor who plays the Spanish Ambassador doubles as a gendarme [pronounced zjahn-
DARM], or French Policeman, an art student, and Phillipe, a cook.
While watching the show, see if you notice when one actor plays more than one role.
Alaska Junior Theater Map Activity Page 6
Madeline lives in a country named France, in Europe. Pepito is the son of the Ambassador from Spain to France. Find
both France and Spain on the map of Europe.
Below are France and Spain. Using the Map of Europe, identify which country is France and which is Spain. Next, color
both images of France (the large map and in the map of Europe) the same color. Now pick a different color and do the
same for both images of Spain.
1. Which country is this? 1. Which country is this?
Alaska Junior Theater Crossword Puzzle Page 7
1. Look up the words in the word bank and write down their definitions.
2. Complete the crossword puzzle
Alaska Junior Theater Coloring Page Page 8
Alaska Junior Theater Coloring Page Page 9
Alaska Junior Theater Answer Key Page 10
Map Activity Answers
1. France 2. Spain