Ready or Not: Preparing for Wildfires Livestream Special

Emergency Preparedness

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Grades K-6

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35 Minutes


Show Overview

Debuting this year, our Livestream Special offers classrooms a convenient, online-accessible option for experiencing educational theatre.

This 35-minute show presents a virtual lesson in emergency preparedness for grades K-6. Through an interactive web platform, a live host will introduce entertaining sketches featuring a variety of characters in professionally filmed scenes from our live theatrical productions – and guide classrooms to participate in a discussion on how to plan ahead and seek out help in case of a wildfire:

Scene 1:
Penelope Planner is a young woman who considers herself ready for anything. That all changes when she visits her uncle (who happens to be a scientist) and he reveals that he has accidentally created Calamity Dwayne – a living disaster, waiting to happen! Penelope is determined to find Dwayne and get him back to the lab. Before she sets out, her uncle teaches her the difference between a disaster, an emergency and a hazard.

Scene 2:
Penelope has barely left her uncle’s lab when she bumps into the walking disaster himself – Calamity Dwayne. He proudly reveals that he is considering becoming a wildfire as his disaster-of-choice. Luckily, during Dwayne’s boasting, he inadvertently passes on valuable information to Penelope about how wildfires start.

Scene 3:
Turns out, Penelope isn’t the only one hunting for Dwayne. Officer Ivan Badge is on the scene! Alerted to the presence of a neighborhood menace, Officer Badge is patrolling the neighborhood when he meets Penelope. Officer Badge reminds her that planning is extremely important when dealing with emergencies and disasters, and teaches her the basics of creating a family emergency plan.

Scene 4:
Penelope is worried about dealing with a possible wildfire, but Fireman Blaze Ashman helps her out. Blaze gives her tips on preventing wildfires before they start and also talks about first responders and the different people in her town who are there to help. Penelope learns everything just in time! Her final showdown with Calamity Dwayne is about to begin …

Students and teachers will also have access to a Q&A with the host, and an exclusive e-learning package that includes e-books and graphic novels, games, quizzes and lesson plans for the classroom that reinforce concepts from the show.


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Educational Standards


  • The difference between a disaster, emergency and hazard
  • What a family emergency plan is
  • How wildfires start
  • Who to seek for help in an emergency


Teacher Guide The National Theatre for Children

Family Preparedness Guide

Teacher Toolkit The National Theatre for Children

Student/Parent e-book Educational Games

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