This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 1 – 6 Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the park together. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone and to keep it a secret. What should Sofia do? Can Sofia find a way to keep her word but also help her best friend? Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this play is a thoughtful and funny exploration of friendship, empathy, and doing the right thing.
November 8, 11:00 am
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 5 – 12 Gina Chavez’ bilingual, pan-Latin sound embodies the true meaning of “America.” Her high-energy concerts take audiences on a melodic journey tracing her Latin roots from Austin to Argentina, El Salvador to Venezuela and beyond, blending the sounds and rhythms of the region alongside a talented four-piece band.
November 14, 11:00 am
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 5 – 12 Chouk Bwa celebrate traditional ‘mizik rasin’, properly authentic Haitian roots music – heavily percussive, adorned with call-and-response vocals, and infused with the scent and sensibility of voodoo. It’s music that refuses to obscure their homeland’s deep African heritage.
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 5 – 12 Building on the fantastic reviews of the company’s award winning piece, Tetris, presented at The Performing Arts Center two years ago, we offer the world premiere of Rising Tide, a brand-new work from the innovative Dutch dance-theatre company Arch 8, commissioned by The PAC.
January 14, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 3 – 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. 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!
February 24, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 3 – 12 For more than four decades, Mummenschanz have delighted audiences around the world with their wordless but extremely poetic art. By creating a playful yet compelling experience through the inventive use of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects, Mummenschanz offers timeless insight on the human condition. The result is a visually stunning spectacle that transcends cultural barriers, sparks the imagination, and is sure to delight audiences of all ages.
February 28, 11:00 am
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 3 – 12 Ride the wind and dream with Air Play, a modern spectacle that brings to life the very air we breathe. Flying umbrellas, giant kites, larger-than-life balloons, and the biggest snow globe you have ever seen make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts.
March 2, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Pre-K – 2 The Mermaid Theatre Company’s celebrated performances are back! Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly, the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and The Mixed Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature.
March 5, 11:00 am
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades: 7 - 12 It Gets Better brings the experience and message of the online It Gets Better Project to the stage as a moving musical theater performance – equal parts wit, whimsy, empowerment, and inspiration – featuring real stories from gay, lesbian, transgender, and straight allies from around the country. Produced by the San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus in collaboration with the It Gets Better Project and Speak Theater Arts.
March 6, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Pre-K – 2 An innovative blend of reality and imagination, using interactive screen technology and live music, Brush Theatre's Yao Yao is an inventive tale from the other side of the world (South Korea). Yao is a mischievous little girl who loves playing with her dad. But every morning Daddy has to go to work. One day, Yao, unhappy with her father’s departure, grabs his overcoat and accidentally pulls a thread that leads to the start of a magical world of adventure and discovery.
March 23, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 1 – 5 Adapted from Jennifer Wojtowicz’s picture book by Mara McEwin, The Boy Who Grew Flowers is the beautiful story of a very unusual boy, Rink, who grows beautiful flowers all over his body whenever the moon is full. Incorporating shadow puppetry, original music, and movement into the play, The Boy Who Grew Flowers from Treehouse Shakers is a thoughtful story that lends itself to themes of diversity, creating empathy, and celebrating individualism.
March 27, 10:00 am
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 5 – 12 Back by popular demand! These ridiculously talented musical innovators are dedicated to inspiring musicians of all ages to investigate the world of classical music, as well as the nearly forty years of hip-hop history.
April 1, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades 2 – 5 Using whimsical costumes and gorgeous scenery, the magical world of Beatrix Potter’s beloved stories comes to life. Combining three of the famous Peter Rabbit tales, this captivating show by Philadelphia’s Enchantment Theatre Company reminds us all that we are never too young to make a difference.
May 11, 2020
This performance is for school groups only. Recommended for: Grades: K – 4 It’s doom and gloom at the Horace B. Smedley School – the Smedley Tornadoes haven’t won a game or even scored a single point this season. They’re the worst football team ever! The team seems hopeless… until Viola Swamp, the meanest substitute teacher in the whole wide world, shows up to whip them into shape! This game-winning musical will have kids cheering as they learn that all it takes to win is teamwork and determination! Go Tornadoes!