Art of War (Grade 4)

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Art of War (Grade 4)



Music Files Below (Left click to listen, right click to download)

1.  Know Thy Enemy
2.  Laying Plans
3.  Waging War

4. Full Show with Sound FX

Composer:  Andrew Yozviak, Doug Raines, Dan Delong
Total Time:  7:04

The Art of War by Sun Tzu is the world’s first known treatise on war but the lessons it teaches can be applied to almost any area of your life where conflict is involved. People have been referencing this book for years in both military and civilian fields.
The basic structure for your show is to have your group 'going into battle' without the proper training early in the show, identifying and correcting the errors of their ways in the middle, and finally emerging victorious and the end.
You may wish to incorporate a voice over during the Prelude of the show that explains being prepared for battle, what is at stake and the importance of honor and commitment. Be sure to explore militaristic drill and body moves throughout Prelude and Know Thy Enemy. You should try to maintain a sense of urgency yet not being fully prepared. A second voice over may be added towards the end of the opener that lets the audience know you have not prepared your warriors properly.
The voice over leading into Laying Plans should explain that sometimes plans and training must be modified. The visuals can be more remorseful and reflective during the beginning of Laying Plans but then change to more energetic and confident as your performers are regrouping.
Moving into Waging War, the drill and visuals should be very confident and explosive to signify that your warriors are ready once again for battle and this time will emerge victorious. A final voice over can be added during Waging War to encourage everyone to never give up.
Your visual presentation does not need to have opposing forces (good versus evil, black costumes versus white costumes) but rather, design your costumes, flags and props as if you are a military regiment that is facing an unseen foe. You may choose a camouflage motif, an ancient far-east look or even a futuristic society. Your props (if you decide to incorporate them) must match your costuming. For example, a jungle scheme with camouflage or a metallic landscape (ramps, walls, 3-dimensional sculptures) for a futuristic look.
Don’t be afraid to experiment with your set design. You do not have to construct everything you need. We highly encourage you to consult with your school or community theater department and get them involved in your set decoration.