ODD DAY RAIN
Activity Guide for Kids, Parents & Teachers
TABLE OF CONTENTS
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ODD DAY RAIN regardless of socio-economic
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Did You Know? joy of Musical Theater. Since 1984,
TADA! has given young people the
opportunity to explore and perform
(Terms from the musical) theater together in an educational,
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environment, while developing self-
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and interactive activities are organized so that they can be used
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firstname.lastname@example.org time availability. The contents of this guide may be explored before
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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT AT TADA!
Please take time to review our Tips on Theater Etiquette with your group.
1. Laugh, cry, and sigh – but don‟t talk. You hear the actors, they hear
you. Any reaction that comes from your experience of the play
supports the performance but shouldn‟t distract from it.
2. Please enjoy food and beverages in the lobby – not the theater – and
please put any garbage and gum in the garbage cans before the
Note: Actors will hear if you‟re unwrapping throat lozenges or hard
candy. Please unwrap lozenges/candy before or after the show –
not during the performance. No gum is allowed in the theater.
3. Please silence all phones, ipods, gaming devices and anything else
that might make noise during the show. Then, after the show, be sure
to text or talk to your friends after the performance to tell them how
much you liked it!
4. Please stay in your assigned seat.
5. Photographs (with or without flash – and even on your phones) as well
as the recording of the show in any way are not allowed. Recording
the show is distracting and potentially dangerous to the actors as well
as your fellow audience members. Additionally, recording is prohibited
to protect the artistic work that went into making the show.
Tips for Teachers and Group Leaders:
Arrive 30 minutes early.
Assign one chaperone for every fifteen students and ask your
chaperones to disperse themselves amongst the student group to
help support best behavior.
We want to extend a sincere thank you to all teachers, parents, and group
leaders who bring their kids to TADA! Youth Theater. We greatly appreciate
you supporting theater and arts education.
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About ODD DAY RAIN
Book: Janine Nina Trevens
ODD DAY RAIN Book, Music, Lyrics: Deirdre Broderick
A World Premiere Director: Janine Nina Trevens
Rock Musical Choreographer: Joanna Greer
Performed By Kids Musical Director: Jim Colleran
For Ages 5 – 105 Set & Lighting Designer: Steve O‟Shea
Costume Designer: Keiko Obremski
Projection Designer: Norman Franklin
In 2211, technology rules!
(Or does it?) Dates: April 15 – May 22, 2011
Running Time: approx. 60 min.
Cast of Characters
Computer Outside Kids:
Claire – 12 years old Jordi
Aurora – 16 – 18 years old Lucy
Inside Kids - Claire‟s virtual friends: Sylvester
Time: The year is 2211, 8 years after the Brit
big accident Alicia
Place: inside and outside, here and there
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Janine Nina Trevens talks about
ODD DAY RAIN
Q: You are both the Book Writer and Director for ODD DAY RAIN. How do these two roles
differ from one another and how do they complement each other?
A: Book Writers create the world of a play; we get to work and shape the script - to dream,
create, and make the story what we want it to be. A writer also thinks about how best to tell
the story within the timeframe of a show and how many cast members or characters to
The Director deals with some very practical considerations such as the physical performance
space, the qualities of the actors and helping shape their performance, and so on. A lot of
the Director‟s work and decisions need to be based in the realities of a theater company‟s
Q: How did ODD DAY RAIN come to life?
A: When I was attending a conference and staying in a hotel, I noticed that the hotel‟s
interior design included a series of identical doors and repetitive features with an atrium
ceiling that included a fake sky and a lobby with an artificial waterfall. It all looked very
futuristic to me and made me wonder what our future will look and feel like. I‟ve wanted to
do a rock musical at TADA! and after seeing “We Will Rock You” in London years ago added
to this desire. Technology and its future are topics that are not natural for me but I know they
are for kids today. I often wonder how technology (and our future with it) will affect us and
our kids of tomorrow.
Q: As the Book Writer, what did you want to achieve with this story?
A: By sharing this story, I want people to ponder on how we‟re presently relating to each other
and where we‟re headed in the future with technology. A key question to ask ourselves
(especially for today‟s kids) is how our day-to-day experience might differ with and without
technology. Is it better to interact with others in-person, in a real way or through technology
such as facebook, twitter or via a virtual experience such as Avatar or Wii?
Q: As the Director of this new musical, what is your vision for the premiere production?
A: I want our show to be inspiring, innovative, and visually different from what we‟ve done
before. The production requirements (such as using technology onstage) and the show‟s
concepts will be pushing all involved (including the audience) in a different way. Audience
members will be awed, leaving the theater questioning where the world is going and where
we all fit in. ODD DAY RAIN will motivate us to examine our relationships with each other.
Q: Who would you suggest as the ideal audience for ODD DAY RAIN?
A: All families – parents with kids – for ages 5 to 105. ODD DAY RAIN is specifically suited for kids
in elementary through to high school and I believe this show will inspire conversations that
might not otherwise happen. I‟m very excited!
“Phenomenal…this isn’t your usual kid’s production!”
(Stewart Lewis, WCBS)
Q: What do you want the audience to know about this production and your work on it?
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Did You Know?
TADA! Youth Theater‟s production of ODD DAY RAIN involves a futuristic world that is
connected to technology.
An Informative History of Communication & Technology For Kids and Grown Ups
The discovery of fire by early humans some 200-500,000 years ago was the initial social network as it later
became the place around which to communicate stories, dances, and share celebrations. The printing press,
invented circa 1400 by Johannes Gutenberg of Germany, is one of the most influential inventions that
revolutionized the way people exchanged communication. Morse code, a method of transmitting textual
info. as a series of on-off tones, was invented in the mid-1840s by S. Morse & A. Vail. In the last 100 years alone,
many developments in communication & technology have been accomplished (see examples below).
1910-30s 1940s 1950-60s 1970s 1980-90s 2000+
call was made
computer 1958 –
Micro chip is
invented 1971 –
First cell phone
Dr. M. Cooper
. 1981 –
msg. sent 2001 –
users in 2011
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Did You Know?
A Grown up Look at Technology in Today’s Theater Industry
Technology has had a great impact on the arts. Technological advancements enhance the
theater‟s technical capabilities; helps to tell a play‟s story, and assists in expressing a
director‟s vision. For example, Computer-Aided Design (AutoCAD) is a relatively new
computer program used by technical directors and designers to draft floor plans that
provide a „blue print‟ for the actual set seen on stage. This software greatly helps designers
and technicians visualize a production before building costly sets. Another relatively new
standard in theater are computerized lighting boards created to cue and execute a show‟s
demanding and complex lighting designs. Additionally, along with relying on hydraulics for
lifting and placing set pieces, computerized systems are now commonly used to gracefully
and precisely move and place various set pieces in and out of position in lightning speed.
Wireless body microphones, used for large theater spaces or for productions that require
specialized sound, more recently became digital microphones that can be worn in almost
any area on the body or hidden onstage in props and set pieces. The most common area to
place a thin wireless body mic on an actor is just above the forehead. More than ever, shows
are being rigged with miniature mics and high-tech sound systems to project the sound of
the performances to all corners of the theaters. Sophisticated sound mixing systems can
make singers‟ voices sound better than they would on their own. Usually without the
audience knowing, some performers in musicals are occasionally supported by prerecorded
vocal tracks, allowing them to sing softly, or sometimes not at all, during difficult dance
breaks or scenes with complex effects.
On the more recent front, digital and interactive projections of video technology such as
Computer-Generated-Imagery (CGI) has become popular in cutting-edge productions such
as the 2009 production of J.M. Barrie‟s Peter Pan performed in a specially designed tent in
London‟s Kensington Gardens and recently in Spider-man Turn Off The Dark. The tent acts as
a screen that provides a 3D virtual environment when images are projected onto it while the
actors perform and interact with the images (e.g., the flying scenes). Another recent
development in technology now being used in design work (which has been featured in the
most recent seasons of the TV series, Project Runway) is the new HP Touchsmart notebook,
which is similar to the popular iPad. This new technology can alter a look instantly adding
new design layers by transforming the notebook into a portable, powerful digital sketchpad.
With the widespread use of computers, theater continues to embrace new technology and
today, computer media can be seen as part of the performance process. Furthermore, new
media technology, such as live streaming in real time and interactive websites, can greatly
enhance the live theatre experience. The growth of the digital age is offering theater-makers
and audiences unprecedented new challenges and opportunities, which is likely to impact
the arts in the same way that electronic ticketing, Facebook and mobile phones have had
on our everyday lives. Like recorded sound and computer-controlled lighting, these new
digital and interactive technologies will continue to enhance the theater experience, which
we hope will enhance the powers of the actor.
E.g., Body Mic AutoCAD HP Touchsmart
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(A Kid’s Glossary of selected terms from ODD DAY RAIN)
Adhere [aed hir]: To obey or follow
Alternate [awl tər neIt]: To take turns
Application [ae plih keI shən]: The act of putting to use
Astray [ə streI]: Off the right or known path or course
Atmosphere [aet məs fir]: The gases surrounding the earth or another planet
Bazillion [bəzɪljən]: Slang for an infinite number or very large exaggerated number
Binger [bing er]: Slang for someone who uses the search engine “Bing.”
Commence [kə mens]: To begin or start
(A Glossary of selected terms from B.O.T.C.H.)
Computer [kəm pyu tər]: Electronic device that stores & sorts information at a high speed
Deprive [dih praIv]: To take away from; not allow to have
Detect [dih tekt]: To discover or notice
(A Glossary of selected terms one B.O.T.C.H.)
Download [daUn lod]: A computer file that is sent fromfrom computer to another
Even [i vihn]: A number that can be divided exactly by two
Generate [je nə reIt]: To bring into being or to produce
Genuine [jen yu ihn]: True to what is claimed; real, honest, sincere
Grimy [graI mi]: Covered or filled with grime; extremely dirty
Habitat [hae bih taet]: The natural environment of an animal or plant
Hydrate [haI dreIt]: A compound that contains water in chemical combination
Hyperventilate [hahy-per-ven-tl-yet]: Breathe abnormally fast and deep
Irrigation [I rih geI shən]: The supplying of water to land by man-made means
LOL: Abbreviation often used in texting that means laughing out loud
Manners [man-ers]: Polite behavior
Meter (musical) [mee-ter]: Rhythmic elements that are divided into parts of equal time value
Net [net]: Abbreviation for the internet
Obey [o beI]: To observe or carry out as instructed
Odd [ad]: A number not able to be divided exactly by two
Online [an lain]: Connected to or reached through a computer or computer network
Overload [o vər lod]: to put too heavy or great a load in or on
Persistence [pər sI stəns]: The quality of being steadfast, determined, stubborn, or insistent
Planetary [plae nə teI ri]: Of, concerning, or like a planet or planets
Precipitation [prə sI pə teI shən]: The act of water falling in the form of rain, snow, sleet, or hail.
Process [pra ses]: A series of actions used to produce something or reach a goal.
Ration [rae shən]: A fixed share or portion such as food or water
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Rely [rih laI]: To trust or depend
Reprogram [re-proh-gram]: Revise the sequence of computer instructions to solve a problem
Reveal [rih vil]: to make known; tell or uncover
Ritual [rI chu əl]: A set of actions always done in the same way
Ruin [ru ihn]: The remains of a building, city, etc., that has been destroyed or is in disrepair
Sage [seyj]: A profoundly wise person; a person famed for wisdom
Status quo [stae təs kwo]: The existing state; conditions as they are at a given time.
Systems [sis-tuh ms]: Combination of hardware, software, and data communications devices
Technology [tek na lə ji]: Knowledge, creation, applications, and use of technical science
Virtual [vuhr chu əl]: Not actually being real or true, but seeming to be
Virus [vaI rəs]: A self-replicating code planted illegally in a computer program, often to
damage or shut down a system or network.
Quotes from the musical, ODD DAY RAIN…
COMPUTER: “The process of planetary precipitation, commonly known as “Rain” is
provided by our virtual atmosphere for the purpose of controlled system-wide
irrigation and hydration and strictly adheres to a regular schedule of alternate day
application for exactly one hour – popularly referred to as “Odd Day Rain.”
CLAIRE: “I‟m hyperventilating….dizzy…Computer, run systems check…computer…do I
have a virus…computer…do you detect any bugs…?”
CLAIRE: “Oh, look at me. I‟m grimy, filthy, soiled, dirty...”
JORDI: “It‟s working! Computer‟s overloading! Ask for more!”
COMPUTER AND INSIDE KIDS: “Your teacher once was learning / Now I feel myself
returning / to a bucket of chips and wires / Chock full of tips from sages and liars.”
ODD DAY RAIN
3 - In ODD DAY RAIN, the computer 1 - In ODD DAY RAIN, what type of machine makes
always reminds Claire to mind her it rain on odd days?
_______. 2 – Claire‟s virtual friends are from where?
5 – What humans and computers get 4 - Aurora must go through what to get to Claire‟s
when they are sick. room?
9 - To make it rain more Aurora must do 6 - The computer checks Claire‟s ______ to make
what to the computer? sure everything is okay.
10 - To make sure everyone gets water, 7 - In ODD DAY RAIN, the kids do what to the
the “outside kids” in ODD DAY RAIN computer when they ask it to do too many things?
have to do what with the water? 8 - Instead of laughing, Claire says what to show
she is laughing?
Crossword Puzzle Solution
ODD DAY RAIN
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ACTIVITIES FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES
Technology and Digital Media, Civics, Creative Writing and Language Arts, Theater, Artistic
and Creative Expression, Visual Arts
Behavior and Life Skills / Geography / Social Studies / Social Sciences
Elementary School (and higher)
Theme 1: WHAT IS OUR FUTURE WITH TECHNOLOGY?
On your own, think about when you were:
3 years old
6 years old
And the age you were last year
…what types of technology did you use at those ages? When you were younger, what kinds
of technology were you exposed to that aided in communicating ideas (e.g., toys or
devices)? As you got older, how did that change? What types of new inventions did you
begin to use and how did that affect your life?
Now think about how your life would be different if you had none of that
technology growing up or at your current age. Would you be the same?
How might you be different?
Does having technology in our lives make us less or more independent as
people? How so?
ACTIVITY in groups of 5-6
Assign each group one of the ages mentioned above.
Discuss answers with one another based on the assigned age.
Create two tableaux (frozen body images) – the first of which will represent the
presence of technology during the time of the assigned age; the second of which
will represent the absence of technology.
Share the frozen pictures with one another
Discuss each tableau using the following Guiding Questions:
- What can you see in these frozen images that are positive? Negative?
- Based on what you‟ve seen and heard by participating in this activity,
how do you think technology benefits us?
- How can technology impair our independence?
EXTENSION: Write a one- paragraph reflection that completes the statement, “If I grew up
“Kid Swap” (Grades 3 and Up)
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In Odd Day Rain, Claire and Aurora discover themselves in a “swap-like” situation when they
are experiencing each other‟s lives. What happens in the musical when they switch places?
ACTIVITY in groups of 2-3
Create a short scene (4-5 minutes long) in which two characters swap places.
In each scene, the following questions must be clearly answered:
o Where is the action taking place?
o What is the conflict?
o How is the conflict resolved?
Share group scenes.
Explain why, when telling a story, we need to have action, conflict, and resolution.
Why are these dramatic/literary devices so important in creating a compelling
Students write one sentence/line down from their scene that best describes the
action, conflict, or resolution.
Students draw a picture to go with their sentence that resembles what they envision
when this part of the scene takes place.
Share, compare, and contrast several examples with the whole class.
During Odd Day Rain, the following question is asked: “If you could have a machine that
provided anything you wanted, what would you ask for?”
Discussion as a class
…the difference between needs and wants (i.e. an XBOX 360 versus unlimited quantities of
1) What does the machine look and sound like?
2) Would you only be allowed a small number of things that you wanted or anything
ACTIVITY on your own
Draw a picture of an “Incredible Machine.”
Complete the following sentence using words or images:
Share images, wants, and needs with the class. Compare the similarities and
50 yrs. ago, many of today‟s technology were not yet invented such as the cell
phone. Invent something new (not yet invented) to be released in 20 yrs.
Share your idea of a future invention with the class.
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Theme 2: WHAT IS QUALITY TIME?
Everyone has a different way of spending quality time with someone. Quality time is an
informal reference to time spent with loved ones (e.g., close family, partners or friends) which
are important, special, productive and/or profitable. Quality time is dedicated time set aside
so that you can pay full and undivided attention to a person or matter at hand. It‟s a way of
showing our loved ones that we care for them.
With a partner, define the meaning of QUALTIY TIME: ______________________________________
ACTIVITY on your own
Explore how you spend time with your friends or family by seeing if you are spend quality
time with them or just „time‟. The key question surrounding this activity is: How do you spend
your time with your friends or family?
Draw a picture or write a 2-3 paragraph essay on a typical day spent with your
friends or family.
In Column A, list the activities from your essay that took place inside.
In Column B, list the activities you did outside.
In Column C, identify the activities that involved or used technology (e.g., computers,
remote control devices, phones, etc.)
In Column D list the activities that did not use technology but used your imagination
(e.g., creating games, storytelling, etc.).
Column A – Inside Activities Column B – Outside Activities
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Column C – Activities (Using Technology) Column D – Activities (No Technology)
Extension 1 (on your own):
When finished look over your answers. Beside each activity put a check mark next to
the activities that you feel fall under the definition of Quality Time.
DISCUSSION in groups of 3
How many hours per week are spent on your computer for personal reasons versus
How are our lives changed by today‟s social networks?
Is it as much fun to virtual bowl vs. playing a game of real bowling? _________________
Share your answers with another group of 3.
Compare the similarities and differences between both group‟s answers.
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Theme 3: WHAT’S YOUR GREEN DREAM?
As illustrated in Odd Day Rain, our planet is not an inexhaustible resource and despite our
global reliance, many people abuse the earth‟s resources. Pollutants that are irresponsibly
dumped down the drain then into the ground or released in the air cause harm to our
communities by damaging our water supplies, plants, animals, and our health. We must
protect our natural resources – we need to think, act, and be GREEN.
RESEARCH in groups of 3
Using the Internet or another literary source, define the following words:
Investigate how we can recycle, reduce, and reuse at or in your:
Join another group of 3 and combine ideas then present your findings to the class.
DISCUSSION in groups of 5
Based on your previous research and/or by furthering your knowledge, create five
action steps that describe or instruct readers on GREEN practices:
ACTIVITY with a partner
Below or on sketch paper, draw your vision of what the world will be in 2211.
A GLOSSARY OF SELECT TERMS & CAREERS IN THE THEATER
BLOCKING: The actor‟s movement on stage is known as ORCHESTRA PIT: The orchestra pit is the place where
“blocking.” The Stage Manager writes the blocking the musicians perform during a musical. Usually the
notation into the Prompt Script. orchestra pit is between the front row of the audience
& the stage. In Wide Awake Jake, the pit is located on
BLACK BOX THEATER: The interiors of most black box stage left in Jake‟s house.
theaters are painted black. The absence of color gives
the audience a sense of "anyplace" and allows PROPS: A property or “prop” is anything that the
flexibility from play to play or from scene to scene. audience sees that is not worn by an actor & is not a
Since almost any open space in any building can be structural part of the set such as: food eaten during a
transformed into a black box, the popularity and play, dishes, briefcases, books, pens, telephones,
appeal for theater companies to use this type of curtains & anything else you can imagine.
performance space is high.
PROPS MASTER: The person who buys items that will be
COSTUME: Anything that an actor wears on stage is used or adapted to become props. Props masters also
referred to as a costume. The Wardrobe department purchase the raw material used to build props.
(the department responsible for creating costumes)
provides clothes, shoes, hats, and any personal PROSCENIUM: A term describing the physical
accessories such as umbrellas, purses and eyeglasses. characteristics of a theater. A proscenium theater is
one in which the audience & the actors are separated
CYCLORAMA (a.k.a. CYC): A curved wall or drop at the by a picture-frame opening that the audience looks
back of a stage, used for creating an illusion of through to see the actors. Surrounding this opening is
unlimited space or distance in the background of the PROSCENIUM ARCH. If there is an acting area on
exterior scenes or for obtaining lighting effects. the audience side of the proscenium arch, it is referred
to as the APRON.
DROP: A drop is a large piece of painted canvas that is
“flown in” by the flyman (see FLYMAN). SCENIC ARTIST: The people who are responsible for
painting & decorating the surfaces of the set. Some of
DIRECTOR: The person who guides the actors during the techniques they use include: wood graining,
the rehearsal period as they stage the play. The stenciling, marbling & brickwork. They also paint the
director is responsible for presenting a unified vision of drops & scrims that are flown in.
the play to the audience.
SCRIM: A scrim is a piece of gauze that is painted and
DESIGNER: The people who work with the director to used as part of the scenery. When a scrim is lit from in
decide what the production will look like. Designers front it is opaque, you cannot see through it. When a
must choose the color, shape and texture of everything scrim is lit from behind it is transparent, you can see
you see on the stage. There are several areas that through it. This allows for many different visual effects to
need to have designers: costumes, set, lighting and be created by the lighting & set designers.
sometimes sound. The designers work very closely with
the director to create the environment in which the STAGE CREW: The people who ensure that everything
play will take place. runs smoothly on stage during a performance. The
stage crew are responsible for changing the sets
FLYMAN: The person responsible for the manipulation between scenes & acts.
of the scenery which is in the fly gallery (the space
above the stage). The scenery is manipulated by ropes STAGE MANAGER: The person who makes sure that all
attached to a counterweight system. rehearsals & performances run smoothly. During a
performance the stage manager also makes sure that
GREEN ROOM: The green room, usually near the all of the technical elements (e.g., lights, sound,
entrance to the stage, is where the actors & crew sit curtains flying in and out) happen at exactly the right
while waiting for their turn to go on stage. time.
HEAD OF WARDROBE: Responsible for the day-to-day TECHNICAL DIRECTOR: The person who is responsible for
running of the wardrobe department and for unifying coordinating all of the technical elements of a
all aspects of production. For example, the head of production. Technical directors work with the people
wardrobe oversees the budget, tailoring (including the who build the sets, props, costumes, wigs & special
cutters, first-hands, seamstresses, dyers, etc.), effects to make sure that everything runs smoothly.
accessories, and millinery.
THRUST STAGE: A thrust stage is a stage that is
surrounded on three sides by the audience.