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2015-16 Registration Form – Download Here! Registration Form 2015-2016

We are thrilled to offer our 2015-16 season of Arts Education programming (see listing below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational and enriching programs!

Arts Education school time shows give our youngest audience members opportunities to experience live performing arts in our historic Paramount Theater. The Paramount is committed to presenting the very best educational theater that engages children in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts. Study guides are offered to all participating schools; performances are linked with Virginia Standards of Learning; and financial assistance is available so that all children have access.

Please note that Virginia Standards of Learning Connections and synopses are listed beneath performance titles. To find out more about a production, please click the link provided underneath respective show title. Study Guide links are also provided. Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

Performance Running Times: All Arts Education performances are 60 minutes with the exception of The Giver (90 minutes) and A Tale of Two Cities (2 hours).

Performance Dates & Times: As there are multiple times for most performances, and multiple days in the case of Goodnight Moon & Runaway Bunny, please pay careful attention when requesting seats for your group.

Arts Education Program brochures were sent to all schools and home school groups in mid-August. Click HERE to view the Arts Education Program brochure (coming soon).

REGISTRATION Information: Reservations are required with a completed registration form. Registration for the season opened on August 17, 2015.

Please click  here to download the 2015-16 Registration for which includes detailed instructions: Registration Form 2015-2016

Below please find three documents with important show day information:

Tickets are $7.50 for students and teachers/adult chaperones.

Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please fill out and submit this form: Financial assistance form 2015-16

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Arts Education Program, please contact Cathy von Storch, Education Coordinator at 434-293-1000 or catherinevonstorch@theparamount.net.


2015-16 Arts Education Season 

Featuring Metta Quintet
Monday, October 19, 2015
10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
(Grades 6-12)

Sponsored by L.E.A.W. Family Foundation, Inc.

SOL Connections to History & Social Science: USII.4, USII.6, USII.9, CE.2, CE.3, CE.4, WHII.9, WHII.11, WHII.14, WG.3, WG.6, WG.11, VUS.8, VUS.10, VUS.14, VUS.15, GOVT.3, GOVT.11, GOVT.18. English: 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 6.7, 6.9, 7.1, 7.6, 7.7, 7.9, 8.2, 8.6, 8.7, 8.9, 9.1, 9.5, 9.6, 9.8, 10.1, 10.4, 10.5, 10.6, 10.8, 11.1, 11.4, 11.5, 11.6, 11.8, 12.1, 12.5, 12.6, 12.8. SOL Connections to Music: History and Cultural Context; Analysis, Evaluation, and Criticism; Aesthetics.

Stolen Moments is a thoroughly captivating and informative program that introduces audiences to jazz music’s rich history and to the names, faces and music of some of its many masters. On a broader level, Stolen Moments also highlights the interplay between the jazz movement and the evolution of American culture throughout the 20th Century, emphasizing the ways in which jazz has acted as a unifying force, bridging cultural, ethnic and economic differences; stimulated cultural fusions and new stylistic idioms; exemplified democratic ideals; and influenced other genres of music, both in the U.S. and abroad.

Website: http://jazzreach.org/stolen-moments-the-first-100-years-of-jazz.html
Study Guide:  JazzReach – Stolen Moments Study Guide


GIVER NEW 1-24-14 copy
Young Audiences New York’s
Literature to Life® Stage Presentation
THE GIVER by Lois Lowry
Monday, November 9, 2015
10 AM and 12:30PM
(Grades 5-8)
*90 minute experience (1 hour show with wraparound discussions

Sponsored by Anonymous Sponsor

SOL Connections to English: 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7, 7.1, 7.4, 7.5, 7.7, 8.2, 8.4, 8.5, 8.7. Family Life Education: 5.8, 5.9, 6.7, 6.12, 7.1, 7.15, 8.3, 8.9. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of utopia/dystopia, semantics, manipulation and censorship, individuality, ethics, and social constructs.

In this stunning solo-performance, Lois Lowry’s Newbery Award-winning novel, The Giver, is brought to life through a verbatim theatrical adaptation of this great literary work. The performance is focused on the relationship between twelve year-old Jonas and his mentor, The Giver. Jonas is selected to become the Receiver of Memories. As the relationship between Jonas and The Giver unfolds, the buried truth about the world Jonas was born into becomes hauntingly clear.

Pre- and post- show interactive discussions with the audience, led by a professional teaching artist, explore the important themes of the book, including individuality, ethics, and social constructs.

LITERATURE TO LIFE, The American Place Theatre’s performance-based literacy program, gives students a new form of access to literature by bringing to life the world of books with performances that create an atmosphere of discovery and spark the imagination.

Website: http://americanplacetheatre.org/roster/show/the-giver
Study Guide: The Giver Resource Guide copy


Big Friendly Giant Image
Dallas Children’s Theater
Thursday, November 19, 2015
10:30AM & 12:30PM
(Grades 2-6)


SOL Connections to English: 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.3, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7. Curriculum Connections to Theater Arts and the concepts of friendship, loneliness, imagination, fantasy, morality, innocence and compassion, ignorance and cruelty, exaggeration, and stereotypes.

In David Wood’s exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl’s award-winning story, a 15-foot-tall vegetarian giant with vocabulary problems teams up with a little orphan girl called Sophie. Together, Sophie and her new “jumbly” friend, the BFG (Big Friendly Giant) devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants. Along the way, they are assisted by the Queen of England, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force. Humongous on humor and large on laughs, the story of BFG was Roald Dahl’s personal favorite. On stage, his whizzcracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures.

Website: www.holdenarts.org/2015-2016-Season/productions/bfg/big-friendly-giant.html
Study Guide:  www.holdenarts.org/2015-2016-Season/pdfs/bfg_tour_sg.pdf


new Tale of 2 cities
National Players
A TALE OF TWO CITIES by Charles Dickens
Thursday, December 3, 2015
10 AM
(Grades 9-12)
*2 hour experience, includes intermission & post-show Q&A

Partially Sponsored by Anonymous Sponsor

SOL Connections to English: 9.3, 9.4, 9.6, 10.3, 10.4, 10.6, 11.3, 11.6, 12.3, 12.4, 12.6; History & Social Science: WHII.6, WHII.8, VUS.3, GOVT.2, GOVT.3. SOL Connections to Theater Arts. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of revolution, aristocracy, darkness and light, social justice, death and resurrection, and sacrifice.

“It was the best of times; it was the worst of times…” Charles Dickens’ novel about the people of France and Britain during the Reign of Terror is vividly brought to life in Benjamin Kingsland’s bold new adaptation. Justice, sacrifice, class, love, and duty are put to the test as leaders are beheaded and people rebel. As blood flows in the streets, is anyone truly innocent? Founded in 1949, National Players has brought literature to life for millions of audience members, and has performed in the East Wing of the White House, in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East for American military, and throughout forty states.

Website: www.nationalplayers.org/#!a-tale-of-two-cities/c1t6o
Study Guide: Tale of Two Cities ToolKit


Enchantment Theatre Company
Based on The Original Peter Rabbit Books™ by Beatrix Potter
Friday, January 15, 2016
10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
(Grades K – 4)

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.5, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.5, 1.9, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.6, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7. SOL Connections to Music and Visual Arts. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of imagination, creativity, and problem-solving.

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage. This production is based on three of Beatrix Potter’s “rabbit tales”: The Tale of Peter Rabbit; The Tale of Benjamin Bunny; and The Tale of Mr. Tod. When the lights come up, we meet our cast of characters including Peter Rabbit who is all grown up and has a garden of his own.

Website: Enchantment Theatre
Study Guide: Peter Rabbit Tales Study Guide

For more information, please CLICK HERE!



 Rosa Hi Res On Bench
Mad River Theater Works
Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
Tuesday, February 16, 2016
10:30 AM & 12:30 PM
(Grades 3 – 8)

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

SOL Connections to History & Social Science: 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, VS.1, VS.8, VS.9, USI.1,USII.1, USII. 4, USII. 9, CE.1, CE.3, CE.4, CE.5, CE.9; Music: 3.15, 4.15, 5.13, MS.9; Theater Arts: M.13.

While the rhythms of rock and roll were beginning to shake the social fabric of our country, deep down, an even more important transformation was about to take place. In Montgomery, Alabama, a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed our country forever.

Walk On: The Rosa Parks Story weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks, from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to “sit down and be counted”. Dispelling myths about Parks and her protest, the play shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the U.S.

Website: www.baylinartists.com/artist/mad_river_theater_works_/tours/555/
Study Guide: www.baylinartists.com/userfiles/MR%20Walk%20On%20Study%20Guide%202016.pdf


Mill’s Entertainment
*Thursday, February 18, 2016
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K & K)
* 3 year olds may attend this production.

Partially Sponsored by Anonymous Sponsor

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Personal and Social   Development, Cognitive Skills, and Music. SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.2, K.3; History & Social Science: K.3, K.6, K.8; Health: K.2, K.3, K.5. SOL Connections to Music. 

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood builds on the pioneering PBS show, Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood. This new series, for a new generation of children, tells its engaging stories about the life of a preschooler using musical strategies grounded in Fred Rogers’ landmark social-emotional curriculum. Through imagination, creativity and music, Daniel and his friends learn the key social skills necessary for school and for life. This live theatrical production filled with singing, dancing and laughter will warm the hearts of our youngest students. To write these stories, a wide range of early learning specialists were consulted and formative research with children was conducted. The series reflects the benefit of more than 40 years of Fred Roger’s work.

Website: danieltigerlive.com
Study Guide: Daniel Tigers Neighborhood LIVE – RESOURCE GUIDE

*Public performance: Thursday, February 18, 2016, 6 PM


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Live Wire! The Electricity Tour
Wednesday, March 16, 2016
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 3-6)

SOL Connections to Science: 3.1, 3.3, 4.1, 4.3, 5.1, 5.4, 6.1, 6.4. SOL Connections to Mathematics and English.

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour was co-commissioned by Doktor Kaboom, LLC and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and was first presented at the Kennedy Center with the world premiere during the 2014-2015 season. Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential.  At the dawn of the 19th century mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues. Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doctor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with laughter. Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts; current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields; electric generators; mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors.

Website: www.doktorkaboom.com/#!the-shows/c1zeh & shawentertainment.com/doktor-kaboom/ & http://shawentertainment.com/doktor-kaboom/
Study Guide:  Click Here!


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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
*Monday, April 18, 2016, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Tuesday, April 19, 2016, 10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K – 2)

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Personal and Social Development, Science, Music, and Visual Arts. SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.5, K.6, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12; Science: K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5. SOL Connections to Music and Visual Arts.

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. This sweet double-bill brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations.

Website: http://kidsentertainment.net/roster/goodnight-moon-and-the-runaway-bunny/
Study Guide: http://kidsentertainment.net/roster/goodnight-moon-and-the-runaway-bunny/docs/GoodnightMoon_StudyGuide.pdf

*Public Performance: Sunday, April 17, 2016, 2 PM

The Paramount Theater is proud to join forces with community leaders to bring high quality performing arts to our community.

Thank you to our Producers Club Sponsors!

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Thank you to The National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts for their generous support of The Paramount Theater.

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