Homeschoolers looking for a strong environmental theme or introduction to the
writings of Henry David Thoreau might enjoy accessing the free play and
education materials for “Walden: The Ballad of Thoreau” written by songwriter
“Walden” is a four character, two act play about the final two days Henry
David Thoreau spent in his cabin before leaving Walden Pond. In an age of global
warming, oil wars, bio-fuels and a political year, what Thoreau wrote has
special relevance for today.
This is an excellent tool to introduce audience of all ages to America’s
greatest literary giant at a time when the Earth and the environment have become
very important. Over 4,000 schools colleges and theaters performed the play
this past spring. Now, many are registering to perform the play autumn 2007 or
Earth Day 2008 as a theatrical or in-class event.
Some are performing it as a “play reading” (when actors portray the
characters but read from the script) and others simply read it within the classroom
environment and discuss it afterward. Other create a full blown theater event,
selling tickets, etc. However you choose to use the play, it can only help
students understand Thoreau and Earth issues better.
The play is FREE to homeschoolers, simply request a password at:
script, music, posters and a lesson plan.