Viewing a Scene from “The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus”
Grades: 3 - 8

Video Description: See Jamie McKittrick in a short excerpt from the play for young audiences, “The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus.”  View it to inspire student learning about acting, set design, staging, blocking, lighting, and other elements of theatre.  The play is written by Eric Coble, and this production is directed by Julia Flood for Metro Theatre Company.

Type of Video: Tour*
Unique Video ID: DTheatre-185**

Quick Ideas for Using the Video:

  • Have students view the scene as an audience member. What did they like about it? Dislike? Would they like to see the full play? Why or why not?
  • Have students view the scene as a director. What choices about blocking and staging might they make differently? What did they like about how the scene was staged?
  • Have students view the scene as a theatre critic and evaluate the actor’s performance, the set, and the staging.


*Tours take students to laboratories, studios, workspaces, museums and other diverse “in the field” and community locations related to the area of study.

**The unique Video ID can be used to quickly locate a single video in the ET collection. This search function is designed to let teachers assign students to watch a specific video and have only that video appear as a search result. Just click on Search and choose “By Video ID.” Then type in the Video ID as it appears above. Be sure to include the dash.