About the page...
The Portrayal begins...
I am deeply involved in the world of education and I was wondering, as I designed the page, how a community of a hundred-odd might educate their their under-12's?
So, I thought, for the stage, the backdrop would be an enormous whiteboard and the children would draw the scenery (if needed).
As for the "food" that the Bear is eating... I'm imagining a teacher in front a few of the younger ones who are making the props for the Portrayal and she asks, "What would a Bear eat?" The two obvious answers are "fish" and "honey", which we see on the table. However, having taught before, I know that children (of all ages) will come up with some surprising answers - they really think outside of the box. It would be quite common for a kid to answer "sausages" to the above question. Naturally, someone might mention "cake" as well.
Of course a Bear would eat these things (if he could find them). Who could say this is a wrong answer? Also, you'll notice the "food" the Bear is "eating" is simply drawn on paper and held together with a little tape. If you can't read what it says on the little white tubes, it's "
"Genra", similar to "Peltage", is best described by example. Clare's genra is Lepun and her peltage is Hare (note the capitalization). Pete's genra is Ursan, and his peltage is Bear. Sandra's genra is Lupan and her peltage is Wolf. However, note the following genus and species of bestial animals:
- Lepus europaeus
- Ursus arctos
- Canis lupus
So, not quite based on the genus.
One last thing... A scut (which is an actual word in English) is the tail of a rabbit, hare or a deer. Geez, there's a word for everything !
The story thus far...
Grace and Simon, two teenage tearaways, have discovered a passage to Reality in the basement of The tré (a tiny theatre in their miniscule town of Otterstow). Unfortunately, they have accidentally trapped themselves and cannot return, although they do not seem to be in any hurry to do so.
Ignatius (the mayor of Otterstow) suspects this is the case and has enlisted the aid of the parents; Slide, Sandra, Pete and Gina. None of the adults have figured out how to open the passage, which seems to involve a mysterious box that they cannot open.
What's going on right now:
After Clare finishes her portrayal, Ignatius will take her to Trinova (the capital of The Kingdom) so they can do some research at the library and make some enquiries.
Drawing completed - 20 JUL 2011
Opening scene: A simple meadow. A Bear is sitting next to an enormous pile of food and eating.
Greetings to all to whom these presents may appear. Hear now the story of The Bear in Wolf's Clothing.
Once there was a Bear who was troubled by a naughty Otter. Whenever the Bear found some food, the Otter would always steal some for himself.
[sneaks in, stage l,
Otterstow, being such a small town, required a very tight rotation of Portrayal Duty and, as such, it was not uncommon for one to perform several times a month, as opposed to a city, where one might portray every other month or even as infrequently as once or twice a year. Another disadvantage of this situation was that it was exceedingly difficult to have a person play their own Genra. For example, in this particular Portrayal, while Pete had the good fortune to play an Ursan, Clare was playing the part of the Otter, thus requiring her to pin her ears down. She also wore a little half-mask that made her face roughly resemble that of a Lutran and a rather clumpy bolt of tan cloth covering her scut that served as a tail.