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2017-2018 Arts-In-Education Season

The Money Tree
Roseneath Theatre Company

Monday, October 16, 2017
10:00–11:00am + Q&A & 12:00–1:00pm + Q&A
Grades: 2 – 6

When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family, and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.

This production introduces elementary audiences to early notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of “needs vs. wants,” and affirms the power of imagination and creativity.

The Crucible
Purchase Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, October 25 & Thursday, October 26, 2017
10:00am –12.30pm + Q&A
Grades: 8 – 12

Salem, 1692. A group of young women accuses their fellow townspeople of witchcraft, and innocent men and women must choose to confess or hang. What happens when a government is disposed to believe in lies? Purchase College’s student repertory company whose talent – in the words of Peter Kramer of The Journal News — “is Broadway bound” – are the next generation to put a fresh spin on Arthur Miller’s mid-century masterwork.

Black Violin
Friday, November 3, 2017

10:00–11:00am + Q&A
Grades: 5 – 12

Back by popular demand! Kev Marcus and Wil B were classical violin sensations at Florida’s famed Dillard Performing Arts High School. Together with DJSPS and drummer Nathaniel Stokes, they set out to merge their classical music training with their love of hip-hop, bringing the two genres together with a backbeat and four strings apiece. Above all, these ridiculously talented musical innovators have dedicated themselves to inspiring musicians of all ages to investigate the world of classical music, as well as the nearly forty years of hip-hop history. The New York Times said “…Sometimes they play with the intense seriousness of orchestral soloist; …fiddle as if at a hoedown…strum the violin and viola like guitars.” The result of their work is unlike anything heard before and a unique experience for all ages.

Guess How Much I Love You
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Based on the book by Sam McBratney & Anita Jeram

Thursday, November 9, 2017
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:00pm + Q&A
Grades: Pre-K – 2

From the same company that earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar comes a new show, Guess How Much I Love You, an original stage adaptation of Sam McBratney’s story originally illustrated by Anita Jeram, alongside the illustrator’s companion celebration of the joy of reading, I Love My Little Storybook.

Using the company’s world-famous mixture of innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading, Guess How Much I Love You will enchant even the youngest child with the story of Little Nutbrown Hare and his love that can reach as high as he can hop.

The American Revolution
Theater Unspeakable

Wednesday, November 15, 2017
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 6 – 12

 History in 50 minutes — seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. With only the actor’s bodies, voices, and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, “The American Revolution” displays Theater Unspeakable’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater.

Edgar Allan Poe’s Tales of Terror
Joshua Kane

Tuesday, December 12, 2017
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 8 – 12

Dark tales and passions are illuminated by theatrical fire in Joshua Kane’s compelling, thrilling, and highly interactive performance of Poe’s “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Cask of Amontillado,” “The Raven,” and more! Punctuated with lively anecdotes about the author and his swift descent into madness, this performance also encompasses the humor and banter that audiences have always loved in Kane’s performances. In this swift-paced one-man show, audiences become active partners in creating the world of the play. “If you have forgotten how good it can be to listen to a real storyteller and be swept up in a story…you need to listen to Joshua Kane.” –Neil Gaiman, best-selling author.

 PAWS: Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Students
Participatory Program for Your Students

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
8:45am–2:00pm
Grades: 9 -12
$10 per student

The creative energy of PAWS continues as your students will again have a unique opportunity to experience a variety of performing arts workshops in an exhilarating day. Choosing three workshops from numerous offerings, students learn skills and techniques not usually taught in their own schools, such as Latin Dance, Stage Fighting, Improvisation, and Directing. Student responses from previous programs: “It’s indescribable how amazing the class was.” “I was inspired.” “PAWS helps me improve on things I’m passionate about.” “The whole day was one of the best learning experiences I’ve ever had.”

How to Survive Middle School
Robert Post

Tuesday, January 30, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 5 – 8

Comedian Robert Post barely survived middle school. Struggling because of various learning disabilities, he found that making people laugh saved him. This brand-new multimedia performance — presenting real issues affecting students today, including social media, testing, bullying, and peer pressure – uses video testimonials by students and their advocates, along with a generous dose of Post’s signature humor, to engage students and adults alike.

One of Robert Post’s childhood report cards in Columbus, Ohio, gave a hint as to how his future might unfold. Not amused by Robert’s antics, his teacher created a whole new column of categories describing maladaptive behavior. Happily for audiences around the world, Post stuck with antics. The result: a dazzling performance that’s sure to speak directly to student audiences and beyond.

Mr. Popper’s Penguins
Pins & Needles Productions

Based on the book by Richard and Florence Atwater
Friday, February 9, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 1 – 5

In the small town of Stillwater, house painter Mr. Popper is a pleasant, practical, predictable person who periodically pines for polar adventures. But when a peculiar package on the Poppers’ porch produces a penguin, chaos waddles into their lives! Soon, the Poppers open their home and hearts to not one, not two, but a bunch of boisterous black-and-white birds!

With catchy songs and penguin puppets aplenty, this delightful and action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book – also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey – will leave you chirping with cheer!

Doktor Kaboom! LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
Thursday, March 8, 2018

10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 4 – 8

Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures with its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century, mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed, and the journey continues. This unique event, co-commissioned by Doktor Kaboom and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts returns to The Performing Arts Center thanks to popular demand. Hold on to your hats!

Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts; current; voltage; conductive and nonconductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields; electric generators; mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

My Father’s Dragon
Enchantment Theatre Company

Based on the book by Ruth Stiles Gannett
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: K – 4

The beloved Newbery Honor book about a resourceful boy named Elmer comes delightfully to life in this charming tale about compassion, courage, and friendship. Join Elmer as he sets off on a daring adventure to rescue a baby dragon who’s being held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island. With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals, and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? Using puppets, masks, magical scenic effects, and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company brings Elmer’s marvelous quest to the stage, with an adventure that reminds us all that we are never too young to make a difference.

Pixing
David Gonzalez

Thursday, March 29, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 1 – 5

What if pictures appeared in the air whenever you sang, but you could only sing the truth? What if that magic talent showed kind people kindness and bad people their badness? Would you sing out? Pixing tells the story of Ben, a jester-in-training, as he discovers, shares, and is badly bullied for his special gift of song in a brand-new production by gifted storyteller David Gonzalez.

Storyteller, musician, poet, actor, and writer David Gonzalez has created numerous productions that combine compelling drama, music, and multi-media; all of which enchant audiences nationwide with stories of love, hope, courage, and wisdom. In this specially commissioned piece, originating at The Performing Arts Center, students can participate in the premier performances of a brand new work by this renowned storyteller.

Backstage Possibilities: To find out more about ways for your students to become involved in the development of this piece. Call 914 251 6232

 

Manx Mouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear
Theatergroep Kwatta

Based on the book by Paul Gallico
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: 1 – 5

A funny, very imaginative book…manages the fine line between magic and reality so skillfully, to the point where the most fantastic events feel plausible.” J.K. Rowling

 Adapted from the cherished children’s novel by Paul Gallico, Manxmouse is a wonderfully imaginative story told in the most imaginative way possible. Instead of gray fur, his is bright blue. Instead of tiny mouse ears, his are large and rabbit-like. Some may say he’s the strangest mouse they’ve ever seen, but Manxmouse doesn’t mind being different.

From renowned Dutch children’s company, Theatergroep Kwatta, this epic tale of a tiny hero is full of lively characters, inventive theatrical feats, and important lessons about what hope can accomplish when coupled with bravery. With a hero everyone can root for, this tiny mouse’s epic quest is sure to engage student’s imaginations while opening their hearts.

The Gruffalo
Tall Stories Theatre Company

A Musical Adaptation of the book by Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Thursday, May 17, 2018
10:00–11:00am + Q&A, & Noon–1:30pm + Q&A
Grades: Pre-K – 2

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl, and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? Showcasing Tall Stories’ distinctive physical, visual performance style, The Gruffalo is full of songs, laughs, and slightly scary fun for students and their teachers, in the much-loved show that has toured Britain and the world!

Neighborhood Bridges
Critical Literacy in Your Classroom

Fall/Spring

“Bridges has proven that you can take the quietest child and bring the best out of him/her.” – 4th grade teacher, Traphagen School, Mt. Vernon

We are proud to announce an expansion of our nationally recognized Neighborhood Bridges program for 2016-17. Celebrated by the U. S. Department of Education as a model of arts integration, Neighborhood Bridges places teaching artists alongside teachers for a 10-week residency that integrates theatre and storytelling into the ELA & Social Studies curriculum. Teacher testimonials are available. Call for more information: 914.251.6232.\