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Registration Form 2013-14

We are thrilled to offer our 2013-14 season of Arts Education programming (see below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational and inspiring 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.

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.

Arts Education Program brochures will be sent to all schools and home school groups in early August. Click HERE to view the Arts Education Program brochure.

Registration Information: Reservations are required with a completed registration form. Please click here for: Registration Form 2013-14 to Download the Registration Form.

Please fill out the form completely providing all contact information and choose ONE of the following delivery methods below. Phone and fax reservations are NOT accepted, and seats to the Arts Education Programs cannot be purchased through the Box Office.

* Print out the Registration Form and MAIL to The Paramount Theater, 215 East Main Street, Charlottesville, VA 22902.
* Print out the Registration Form and HAND-DELIVER to The Paramount Theater Box Office, weekdays 10:00 – 2:00.
* Print out the Registration Form, SCAN and E-MAIL to education@theparamount.net.

Registration for the season will open on August 19, 2013. Reservations received before August 19 will be date stamped August 19. You will be notified of your registration status by e-mail within 3 weeks. For October performance reservations, you will be notified within 10 days. If you have not received confirmation of your registration status within specified time, please call or e-mail: 434-293-1000 or education@theparamount.net.

Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please fill out and submit this form: Financial Assistance Form.

All Arts Education performances are one hour unless otherwise noted. Tickets are $7.50 for students and teachers/adult chaperones. Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

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2013-2014 Performance Season

A Perfect Balance with Kevin Reese

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Sponsored by The Sarah Lahr Educational Fund

Monday, October 14, 2013
10:00 am 
(Grades 4 – 12)

SOL Connections to Visual Arts:  4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.10, 4.24, 5.1, 5.5, 5.11, 5.31, 6.2, 6.12, 6.16, 6.19, 7.3, 7.21, 7.29, 8.2, 8.11, 8.16, 8.22, AI.3, AI.8, AI.13, AI.20, AI.24, AII.3, AII.5, AII.7, AII.18, AII.28, AIII.3, AIII.6, AIII.8, AIII.22, AIII.27, AIV.3, AIV.5, AIV.13, AIV.23, AIV.30;  SOL Connections to Mathematics and Science concepts of balance, problem-solving, compare and contrast, measurements and calculations, probability;  SOL Connections to History &  Social Science and Music.

Last year, Kevin Reese earned accolades for his performance at The Paramount.  He returns this year to present again his extraordinary A Perfect Balance.  This one-man play is inspired by the work of American artist Alexander Calder, the inventor of the mobile.  Sandy, a young artist, is on a quest to capture his vision of life.  Challenged by his father to create a “masterpiece,” Sandy playfully experiments with drawing, painting and sculpting.  Only when he risks taking his shapes “off the page” does he find his way to a spectacular conclusion – a perfectly balanced mobile, 17 feet across, that extends into the audience.

Website:  www.schoolsculptures.com
Study Guide: www.schoolsculptures.com/performance/curriculum-connections


 Enchantment Theatre presents Aladdin and Other Enchanting Tales

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*Friday, October 18, 2013
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
(Grades K-5)

SOL Connections to English:  K.1, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7;  History & Social Science:  K.8, 1.10, 2.1, Curriculum Connections to Civics and Geography, and to the concept of justice;  Music: Curriculum Connections to classical music and the symphony concert piece Scheherazade.

Heroine Scheherazade is a brave young woman and a storyteller.  Her marvelous tales are transformed into a visually stunning production by way of life-sized puppets, exquisite costumes and masks, illusions, and pantomime. Set to the evocative music of Rimsky-Korsakov, Aladdin meets a genie, Sinbad battles giants, Ali Baba outwits thieves, and Scheherazade’s Sultan ultimately makes a journey of self-discovery, learning his true capacity to forgive and love.

Website: www.bsoinc.com/artist.php?artist=aladdin
Study Guide: www.bsoinc.com/artists/aladdin/studyguide.pdf
*Public performance: Friday, October 18, 2013, 5:30 p.m.


 Dallas Children’s Theatre presents Stuart Little

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Anonymous Sponsor


*Tuesday, November 12, 2013
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013
10:30 a.m. 
(Grades K – 5)

SOL Connections to English:  K.1, K.8, K.9,  K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.9, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7, 5.9;  SOL Connections to Visual Arts and to the Performing Arts of Theater and Dance;  Curriculum Connections related to relationships, behavior, personalities and friendship.

 Stuart Little tells the surprising story of a most unusual mouse who happens to be born into an ordinary New York City family. In no time at all, his life becomes a series of adventures and misadventures with a variety of colorful characters including his best friend Margalo, the bird, and Snowbell, the malevolent family cat. All the charm, wisdom, and joy of E. B. White’s classic novel are brought to life as the mild-mannered Stuart learns to survive in his super-sized world of humans and discovers the true meaning of life, loyalty, and friendship.

Website: http://www.dct.org/nationaltour/2013season/

Study Guide: http://www.dct.org/nationaltour/2013season/stuart_little_SG.pdf

*Public performance: Tuesday, November 12, 2013, 5:30 p.m.


 Aquila Theatre presents Fahrenheit 451


Sponsored by Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation, Penny Bosworth and Ann and Terry Lynch

 Monday, November 25, 2013
10:00 a.m., 2 hours 10 min with a 15 min intermission
(Grades 8-12)

SOL Connections to English:  8.4, 8.5, 8.7, 9.3, 9.4, 9.6, 10.3, 10.4, 10.6, 11.3, 11.4, 11.6, 12.3, 12.4, 12.6; History & Social Science:  CE.1, CE.9, USII.9, WHII.16, VUS.15, GOVT.1, GOVT.3, GOVT.9, GOVT.17; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of suppression, censorship, conformity and dystopia.

Based on one of the most revered novels of the twentieth-century, Fahrenheit 451 is Ray Bradbury’s dystopian tale of a bleak future where literature and knowledge are on the edge of extinction. Considered a work of science fiction when first published, the issues of censorship, effects of technology on society and literature, and the means by which knowledge is gained are increasingly relevant today. With its skill at creating innovative and modern productions of great literary works, Aquila Theatre brings new life to Ray Bradbury’s visionary parable of a society gone awry.

Website:  http://www.baylinartists.com/artist/aquila_theatre/residency/
Study Guide: http://www.baylinartists.com/artist/aquila_theatre/residency/


 Mad River Theater Works presents 
Everybody’s Hero – The Jackie Robinson Story

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Monday, February 10, 2014
11:00 a.m. 

Tuesday, February 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
(Grades 3 – 8)

SOL Connections to History & Social Science:  3.11, 3.12, VS.1, VS.9, USI.1, USII.1, USII.4, USII.9, CE.1, CE.3, CE.4, CE.9;  SOL Connections to the Performing Arts of Music and Theater;  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of racial antagonism, integration, equality, civil rights and courage.

In 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 fall arrived, all that HAD changed when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the sport known as America’s pastime. Everybody’s Hero weaves together live music, storytelling, and drama to show 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.
Website: www.baylinartists.com/artist/mad_river_theater_works_/ and
Study Guide: MR Everybody’s Hero The Jackie Robinson Story Study Guide(1)


 Birmingham Children’s Theater 
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

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Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

Tuesday, March 4, 2014 – POSTPONED DUE TO WEATHER!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
(Grades 4-8)

SOL Connections to English:  4.4, 4.5, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 6.4, 6.5, 7.2, 7.4, 7.5, 8.4, 8.5;  History &  Social Science:  VS.1, USI.1, USI.2, USI.8, USI.9, USII.1, USII.3, USII.4, CE.1, CE.3, CE.4, CE.10;  Theater Arts:  M.8, M.9, M.13, M.14;  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of maturity, competence, moral integrity, hypocrisy and inclusion.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is based on the classic story by Mark Twain. Tom’s adventures begin with a whitewashed fence, a sweet girl named Becky, Huckleberry Finn, and tales of pirating and treasure hunting. Only after a surprising funeral and a murder trial where the truth is uncovered does the audience see Tom not only as an adventurer but also as a moral hero.  Lessons of bravery, truth, and adventure come to life when Tom meets his match and mischievous fun begins…Tom Sawyer style!

Website: www.bct123.org/on-tour.html
Study Guide: TOM SAWYER StudyGuide 2013-14



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Sponsored by Pennsylvania Performing Arts on Tour

 *Tuesday, March 25, 2014
10:30 a.m.
(Grades 3-12)

SOL Connections to Dance:  DM.12, DM.14, DM.15, DM.18, DM.20, DM.21, DI.13, DI.16, DI.17, DI.20, DI.22, DII.11, DII.14, DII.15, DII.19;  Physical Education:  3.1, 4.1, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 6.1, 7.1, 8.2;  SOL Connections to Music and Science;  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of force, motion and energy.

Celebrated for its innovation, creativity and ability to build bridges across cultural divides, PHILADANCO – the Philadelphia Dance Company – presents African-American traditions through dance movements that have the clarity of ballet, the stretch and emotional commitment of modern dancers, the deep-grounded rhythms of ethnic dance, and the sharp attack of jazz dancers.  This performance includes audience participation, demonstrations, and excerpts from the company’s current repertoire.  It illustrates the company’s stylistic and choreographic dynamism while paying homage to figures in dance history that helped shape and build American character and culture.

Website:  www.baylinartists.com/artist/philadanco/  and www.philadanco.org/
Study Guide:  DANCO TEACHERS STUDY GUIDE 2012-2013
*Public performance:  Tuesday, March 25, 2014, 7:30 p.m.


 Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
 Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick, & Inch by Inch

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 Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

*Thursday, March 27, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
(Pre-K – 2)

SOL Connections to English:  K.1, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12;  Science:  K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5;  Mathematics:  K.8, 1.9, 2.11;  Visual Arts:  K.2, 1.4, 2.3;  SOL Connections to Music.

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s award winning production is drawn from Leo Lionni’s exquisitely crafted Caldecott Honor books. Swimmy is a tiny fish who uses ingenuity to fend off danger. Frederick, a poetic mouse, makes everyday life an artful experience. A lovable inchworm shares his facility for measuring absolutely everything. These stories are delightfully transformed to puppet theater in the gentle storytelling style that has earned the company international acclaim.

Website: www.kidsentertainment.net/2013-2014/roster/leo-lionni/
Study Guide: Leo Lionni – Study Guide
*Public performance:  Thursday, March 27, 2014, 5:30 p.m.


Sid the Science Kid – Live!

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 *Monday, April 21, 2014
10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
(Grades Pre-K – 2)

SOL Connections to Science;  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of problem-solving, inquiry and experimentation, transformation and change, growth, decay, the effects of freezing and melting, and the effects of heat.

Sid the Science Kid, the popular PBS Kids television show produced by The Jim Henson Company, comes to life in this incredible live stage experience!

SID THE SCIENCE KID – LIVE! stars Sid, an “inquisitive youngster” who uses comedy to tackle questions kids have about basic scientific principles and why things work the way they do. With mysteries to explain and wonders to discover, Sid and his friends explore the world around them with audience interaction and cooperative problem solving.  The conceptual content of this performance is based on national science learning standards, cognitive learning theory, and age appropriate science curriculum.

Website: www.bsoinc.com/artist.php?artist=sid and
Study Guide: https://mills.egnyte.com/h-s/20140319/0Tz9HIMPJl
*Public performance: Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:30 p.m.



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