Please note that tickets for the schooltime performances listed below must be purchased directly from our Arts-In-Education department; they are not available online or from the box office.

October 2016

BlackViolinBlack Violin

Friday, 10/14 | 10 – 11am  + Q&A | Grades 5-12

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 40 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.” Their work is unlike anything heard you’ve before and a unique experience for all ages.

BB,-VHC,-Papa_150A Brown Bear, a Moon and a Very Hungry Caterpillar: Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Based on books by Eric Carle

Wednesday, 10/26 & Thursday, 10/27 | 10-11am + Q&A & Noon-1pm + Q&A | Grades PreK–2

The beloved Very Hungry Caterpillar is back, now joined by new friends drawn from the pages of Eric Carle’s Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? and Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me in a production featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, and innovative puppetry. Children will be enchanted by the caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a butterfly, the adventurous animals in Brown Bear, and the poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest in Moon. These whimsical tales have delighted several generations of youngsters, and Mermaid’s acclaimed adaptations teach as well as entertain.

November 2016

12Jurors_150Twelve Angry Jurors

Conservatory of Theatre Arts
Purchase Repertory Theatre

Wednesday, 11/2 | 10am -12:30pm  + Q&A | Grades 7-12

This thrilling presentation of Reginald Rose’s classic play—re-imagined for contemporary America—is a powerful and unforgettable legal drama about the meaning of citizenship and the tenuousness of justice. The jury in a homicide trial must determine the fate of a teen accused of murdering his father. A ‘guilty’ verdict seems a foregone conclusion… Presented by Purchase College’s student repertory company whose talent—in the words of Peter Kramer of The Journal News—“is Broadway-bound.”

December 2016

AmahlPhoto_150Amahl and the Night Visitors

Purchase Opera

Thursday, 12/8 | 10–11am + Q&A, & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 6 – 12

Back by popular demand, this opera by Gian Carlo Menotti is a favorite of audiences of all ages throughout the world. It tells the story of the boy Amahl, struggling with a disability, and his mother, who live in poverty in Jerusalem. One night, three strangers appear at their door. They are the three kings, on their way to Bethlehem.  What happens next is a miracle!  The opera offers an insight into values and experiences—of love, sacrifice, and healing—that touch us all, regardless of faith.

January 2017

PAWS_150PAWS: Performing Arts Workshops for Secondary Students

Participatory Program for Your Students

Tuesday, 1/10 | 8:45am–2pm | Grades: 9 – 12

Give your students a unique opportunity to experience multiple performing arts workshops during one exhilarating and creative day. $10 per student. CLICK HERE for more information.

PeterRabbit_150jpgPeter Rabbit  Tales

Enchantment Theatre Company
Based on books by Beatrix Potter

Friday, 1/13 | 10–11am  + Q&A & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: Pre-K – 2

“Once upon a time there were four little Rabbits, and their names were – Flopsy, Mopsy, Cotton-tail and Peter….”  These famous opening lines of The Tale of Peter Rabbit have introduced young audiences for more than 100 years to the exploits of a charming hero, who, going against his mother’s wishes, has adventures (and misadventures) in Mr. McGregor’s garden. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to collaborate with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK to bring her captivating stories to life in celebration of the writer’s 150th birthday.

Rock-the-Presidents_150Rock the Presidents

Childsplay Theatre

Friday, 1/20 | 10–11am + Q&A, & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 3 – 8

A unique way to celebrate the Presidential Inauguration. Rock the Presidents is a high octane, multimedia-filled musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency—from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 44 people—or 45 by the time you see the performance—who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through all-new rock, pop, and folk music. Audiences will learn something new about our Presidents while perhaps seeing something of themselves reflected in the stories on stage.

Kaboom_150Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science

Tuesday, 1/31 | 10–11am + Q&A, & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 4 – 8

Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific investigation, Doktor Kaboom utilizes the physics of space exploration to demonstrate that science is for everyone. It’s Just Rocket Science combines high-energy interactive comedy with an explosive lineup of science routines tying directly to core curriculum content standards!  It’s Just Rocket Science focuses on the scientific hurdles of space travel, and topics covered include: safety; math patterns; trajectory; force; centripetal and centrifugal force; gravity and artificial gravity; momentum and inertia; action/reaction; and Newton’s Third Law.

February 2017


Arch 8 Dance Company

Thursday, 2/9 | 10–11am + Q&A, & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 3 – 8

Inspired by the classic video game Tetris, this interactive performance by the extremely physical dance company Arch 8 explores how we connect with one another, building a private language to communicate, and then invites others to enter into the dancer’s world.  It is for the kids who can’t sit still, for the ones who like to climb the walls, and those who can imagine further than they can see.

Bridge to the Show: Tetris is linked to the Neighborhood Bridges Residency Program

Jackie-Robinson_150Everybody’s Hero: Jackie Robinson

Mad River Theater Works

Friday, 2/17  | 10–11am + Q&A, & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 3 – 6

At the start of the summer of 1947, television was brand new, the sound barrier had not been broken, and baseball was a white man’s game. By the time the fall arrived, all that had changed. President Truman addressed the nation for the first time on TV, Chuck Yeager flew faster than any man ever had, and Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. This play with music explores the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime.

March 2017

frog-and-toad_150A Year with Frog and Toad

Casa Mañana Theatre
Based on the original stories by Arnold Lobel

Thursday, 3/2 | 10–11am + Q&A & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: Pre-K – 2

A hit on Broadway, A Year With Frog And Toad was nominated for 3 TONY Awards – including Best Musical. Based on Arnold Lobel’s beloved children’s books and featuring a jazzy, upbeat score, the show is an inventive, exuberant, and enchanting experience for the whole family. This whimsical musical follows two great friends—the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad—through four, fun-filled seasons, meeting new friends like Man Bird and Lady Bird; Father, Mother and Young Frog; Turtle; Squirrel and many more along the way. Part vaudeville, part make believe, all charm, A Year With Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

April 2017

HypnoticBrass_150Hypnotic Brass Ensemble

Monday, 4/3 | 10–11am + Q&A & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 5 – 12

HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family. The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is uniquely situated to inspire students and challenge their own creativity. HBE have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz along the way, and performed at such iconic venues as Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. Their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games.

Under-the-Tangle_150Under The Tangle

Treehouse Shakers

Thursday, 4/ 20 | 10–11am + Q&A & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 2 – 6

Visually vibrant, Under the Tangle tells the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she twists along the maze finding clues and meeting unusual characters: a flock of black birds, daunting labyrinth guards, and The Queen of the Lost who lives in the forbidding tower. Under the Tangle is an artistic and adventurous tale filled with obstacles, relationships, and discoveries that strengthen the heroine’s sense of self, helping her to discover her path throughout the tangled maze. Under the Tangle is a must-see performance to be enjoyed and delighted in, by the adventurer in all of us.

Bridge to the Show: Under the Tangle is linked to the Neighborhood Bridges Residency Program

May 2017

Six-Stories_150Six Stories Tall

Adventure Stage Chicago

Friday, 5/5 | 10–11am + Q&A & Noon–1pm + Q&A | Grades: 3 – 9

Inspired by Hispanic folklore, Six Stories Tall is a storytelling spectacle unlike anything ever seen on our stage. Featuring a live DJ and incorporating a unique mix of narrative influences including comic books, video games, hip-hop music, and mythology, the six fantastical tales that comprise this remarkable play create a thrilling, heartfelt journey that audiences will not soon forget.

Bridge to the Show: Six Stories Tall is linked to the Neighborhood Bridges Residency Program

Mufaro_150Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Dallas Children’s Theater
Based on the book by John Steptoe
Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott

Monday, 5/15 | 10 – 11am + Q&A   &   Noon – 1pm + Q&A | Grades: 1 – 5

A Caldecott Award-winning Cinderella tale!  When a great African king desires a wife, only the most worthy and beautiful maidens in the land are invited to meet him.  Mufaro’s two daughters, of very different dispositions, make a half-day journey and travel across a river, to go before the king.  With traditional chanting and African song, this heartwarming play celebrates goodness, generosity, and love.


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