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We are thrilled to offer our 2014-15 season of Arts Education programming (see listing below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational and enriching programs!

Please click HERE to Download the Registration Form.  Detailed instructions for Registration are included on the form.

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 will be added soon. Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

Performance Running Times:  All Arts Education performances are 60 minutes with the exception of The Great Gatsby (2 hours).

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

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).


Reservations are required with a completed registration form.  Registration for the season will open on August 25, 2014.

Please click HERE to Download the Registration Form.  Detailed instructions for Registration are included on the form.

Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please fill out and submit this form with your Registration: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM

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.


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Visible Fictions

The Adventures of ROBIN HOOD

*Monday, October 6, 2014
10:15 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 3-8)

SOL Connections to English:  3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 4.1, 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:  WHI.9, CE.1, CE.3, CE.4.  Theater Arts:  6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 7.6, 7.7, 7.19, 7.20, 7.23, 8.9, 8.20, 8.21, 8.22. 8.25.Curriculum Connections to the concepts of benevolence, abuse of power, working to right wrongs, fairness, and morality.

Scotland’s internationally acclaimed theater company brings to the stage this inventive and humorous adaptation of the legend of Robin Hood. In a forest somewhere near you, a band of brothers seeks to rid the land of greed and help the poor.  The “merry men” are lean, mean, fairness machines and no rogue is safe from their blazing sense of justice!  From Robin Hood and his sidekick Little John, to Friar Tuck and Maid Marian, to the Sheriff of Nottingham hot on their heels, two actors take on multiple roles in a madcap production where nothing is as it appears.

Website:  http://www.holdenarts.org/2015-2016-Season/productions/robin/the-adventures-of-robin-hood.html

Robin Hood Study Guide

*Public performance: Sunday, October 5, 4 PM


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A PERFECT BALANCE with Kevin Reese

Monday, October 13, 2014
10:00 AM
(Grades 3 – 12)

Sponsored by The Sarah Lahr Educational Fund 

SOL Connections to Visual Arts:  3.1, 3.2, 3.7, 3.20, 4.1, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7, 4.8, 5.1, 5.5, 5.11, 5.20, 6.1, 6.3, 6.5, 6.8, 6.13, 6.15, 7.3, 7.4, 7.6, 7.19, 8.6, 8.8, 8.11, 8.17, 8.21, AI.2, AI.3, AI.8, AI.15, AI.21, AII.2, AII.8, AII.19, AII.23, AIII.3, AIII.6, AIII.7, AIII.18, AIII.22, AIV.5, AIV.7, AIV.13, AIV.17;SOL Connections to History & Social Science, Mathematics, Science, and Music.   

Kevin Reese earned accolades for his performances at The Paramount in 2012 & 2013.  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



Omaha Theater Company


Friday, October 17, 2014
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K – 3)

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.  SOL Connections to Family Life Education and Theater Arts.  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of emotion, anger, guilt, and relationships.

Lilly loves everything about school, especially her cool teacher, Mr. Slinger. But when he confiscates her prized possession – a purple plastic purse that plays music – Lilly’s joy turns to misery. Lilly is the brightest and loudest mouse around and has many challenges to face.  She must get used to sharing the spotlight with her new baby brother, learn to cooperate with friends, and make up with her teacher. This charming adaptation of Kevin Henkes’ award-winning children’s book will delight and demonstrate the spirit of cooperation.

Website: www.kidsentertainment.net/roster/lillys-purple-plastic-purse/

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse Study Guide


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Matt Murphy Productions

THE BERENSTAIN BEARS in Family Matters, the Musical

*Friday, November 21, 2014
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K- 2)

SOL Connections to English:  K.1, K.3, K.5, K.6, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12. Visual Arts: K.2, 1.4, 2.4.  SOL Connections to Family Life Education and Physical Education.  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of friendship, school performance, healthy food choices, and patience.

Adapted from the classic children’s book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, this heartwarming musical combines the plots and important life lessons from three of the Berenstain Bears most popular books: The Berenstain Bears and Too Much Junk Food; The Berenstain Bears’ Trouble at School; and The Berenstain Bears Learn About Strangers.  As always, Bear Country is not without its complications: Brother Bear’s grades are slipping; Sister Bear still has a few things to learn about making new friends; and Papa Bear just can’t stop eating junk food. Thankfully, Mama Bear and her loving patience will help set things right.  In the end, it becomes clear that what truly matters is family.

Websites: www.berenstainbearslive.com& www.bsoinc.com/artist.php?artist=bbears

Study Guide: Click Here!

*Public performance:  Friday, November 21, 6 PM


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RAISIN’ CANE – A Harlem Renaissance Odyssey
Starring Jasmine Guy and the Avery Sharpe Trio

*Monday, January 26, 2015
10:30 AM
(Grades 6-12)

Sponsored by U.Va. Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity and Anonymous Sponsor

SOL Connection to History & Social Science:  USII.4, USII.6, CE.2, CE.3, CE.4, WHII.9, WHII.11, WG.6, WG.12, VUS.8, VUS.10, VUS.11, GOVT.3, GOVT.11, GOVT.18, GOVT.19.  English:  6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 7.4, 7.5, 7.6, 8.4, 8.5, 8.6, 9.3, 9.4, 9.5, 10.3, 10.4, 10.5, 11.3, 11.4, 11.5, 12.3, 12.4, 12.5.  SOL Connections to Music, Theater Arts and Visual Arts.   

Inspired by the classic 1923 Jean Toomer novel “Cane” and works by the musicians, composers, poets, and actors of the Harlem Renaissance, Raisin’ Cane is a window on this critical period in our history.  The Harlem Renaissance was an explosion of brilliant prose, poetry, art, politics and literature by African-Americans. The words and thoughts of Langston Hughes, Countee Cullen, George Schuyler, Zora Neale Hurston, Claude McKay, W.E.B. Du Bois, Gwendolyn Bennett and many others are woven into a panoramic theatrical narrative that scans an extraordinary outpouring of artistic endeavor.  Starring the award winning actress, singer, and dancer Jasmine Guy, a modern day Griot, and the acclaimed Avery Sharpe Trio, Raisin’ Cane celebrates and honors these legendary voices of the Harlem Renaissance through text, song, music, movement, and imagery.  For more details about this performance: Raisin’ Cane Educational Version Synopsis.

Website: www.baylinartists.com/artist/raisin_cane/

Study Guide:  Raisin’ Cane Study Guide

*Public performance: Sunday, January 25, 7:00 PM


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Maximum Entertainment


Thursday, January 29, 2015
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 2-4)

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

SOL Connections to English:  2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.4, 4.5, 4.7.  SOL Connections to Music and Family Life Education.  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of relationships, friendship, and personalities.

Ivy + Bean, The Musical brings to life the story of two mischievous second-grade heroines and their unexpected friendship. Ivy is quiet and loves to read books. Bean is outgoing and would love it if the whole world knew who she was. When the two become a team, there’s mischief and laughter at every turn—along with lessons to be learned about the challenges and joy of family, friendship, and love. This musical is based on a series of award winning children’s books by author Annie Barrows and illustrator Sophie Blackhall.

Website: www.bsoinc.com/artist.php?artist=ivyandbean

Ivy & Bean Study Guide: Click Here!


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Mad River Theater Works


Monday, February 9, 2015
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 3-8)

Tuesday, February 10, 2015
10:30 AM and 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.7, VS.8, USI.8, USI.9, USII.3, USII.4, CE.3, CE.4; English: 3.4, 3.6, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 6.4, 6.5, 7.5, 7.6, 8.5, 8.6; SOL Connections to Theater Arts and Music.

Freedom Bound tells the true story of Addison White and his escape from slavery in Kentucky, his flight north on the Underground Railroad, and his rescue by the citizens of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.  This important and turbulent chapter of American history comes to life through original songs, riddles and rhyme, and an array of characters that emerge from the past and relive the adventure of the Underground Railroad. Mad River Theater Works creates vibrant and evocative plays that combine the rhythms and folkways of everyday life with tales about extraordinary individuals.  The company returns to The Paramount for a 6th season!

Website: www.baylinartists.com/artist/mad_river_theater_works_/and www.madrivertheater.org

Freedom Bound Study Guide


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*Monday, February 23, 2015
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 5-8)

Sponsored By: Mitford Children’s Foundation

SOL Connections to Science:  5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.4, 6.1, 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.6, LS.1, PS.1, PS.2, PS.5, PS.6, PS.7, PS.8, PS.9, PS.10.  SOL Connections to Music and Technology.  Curriculum Connections to the history and nature of science.

The six member crew of ArcAttack, creators of the original Singing Tesla Coils, uses music as a medium to take students on an interactive journey of scientific discovery.  Students learn about Nikola Tesla and his contributions to commercial electricity. They discover Delia Derbyshire and how music and technology are related. They explore concepts such as magnetism, machines, and robotics. Students come to understand the relationship between science, art and music.  This performance meets National Science Education Standards.

Website: http://www.geodesicmanagement.com/?page_id=23

Study Guide: Study Guide is accessible from the above website.

*Public performance, Sunday, February 22, 2 PM 


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Montana Repertory Theatre


*Thursday, April 16, 2015
10:00 AM, 2 hours
(Grades 9-12)

Sponsored by Richard and Leslie Gilliam

SOL Connections to English:  9.4, 10.4, 11.4, 12.4.  History & Social Science:  WHII.11, WG.6, VUS.10, GOVT.7, GOVT.15.  Theater Arts:  TI.13, TI.16, TI.17, TII.9, TII.12,      TII.17, TIII.7, TIII.11, TIII.17, TIV.12, TIV.13, TIV.17. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of economics, immigration, prohibition, change, social rebellion, social upheaval, and uncertainty.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic literary work is brought to the stage with this invigorating and compelling production by Montana Repertory Theatre, one of the nation’s premier touring companies. Themes from the Roaring Twenties resonate with current times. This show brings the beauty, grandeur, and poetry of the original masterpiece to life, refreshing our understanding of this remarkable tale told by an American genius.

Website: www.shaganarts.com/Montana-Repertory-Theatreand www.montanarep.org

Study Guide: Click Here!

*Public performance: Thursday, April 16, 7:30PM


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Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia


*Monday, April 27, 2015
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K – 2)

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
10:30 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades Pre-K – 2)

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

SOL Connections to Science:  K.7, 1.5, 1.7, 2.4, 2.5, 2.6.  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.  Mathematics:  K.2, K.4, K.13, K.15, 1.1, 1.14, 1.16, 2.17, 2.19. Visual Arts:  K.2, 1.4, 2.4.

Three beloved stories by award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, Eric Carle, are magically retold through innovative “black light” staging, fanciful puppets, and original music.  This triple-bill includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; Little Cloud’s playful transformations as he travels through the sky; and The Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature.  This production features the gentle storytelling style that has earned Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia international acclaim.

Website:  http://www.kidsentertainment.net/2014-2015/roster/the-very-hungry-caterpillar/

Study Guide: Study Guides for Eric Carle stories are accessible from above website. Scroll to “Downloads.”

*Public performance: Sunday, April 26, 2 PM


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Catherine Wheels Theatre Company


Wednesday, April 29, 2015
10:00 AM and 12:30 PM
(Grades 4 – 8)

SOL Connections to History & Social Science:  VS.1, USII.1, USII.7, USII.8, CE.1, CE.4.

English:  4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 4.7, 5.1, 5.7, 6.2, 6.6, 6.7, 7.1, 7.2, 7.6, 7.7, 8.2, 8.6, 8.7.  Theater Arts:  6.5, 6.6, 6.16, 6.20, 6.23, 6.24, 6.15, 7.1, 7.6, 7.7, 7.20, 5.21, 7.22, 7.23, 8.9, 8.21, 8.22, 8.23, 8.25.  SOL Connections to Music.  Curriculum Connections to the concepts of friendship, relationships, teamwork, loyalty, and courage.

Lifeboat is a story of courage, survival, and enduring friendship. It chronicles the extraordinary true tale of Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, two 15-year-old girls who embarked on a voyage to Canada to escape the bombing raids over England during World War II. Four days into the crossing, their ship was torpedoed and sank. Bess and Beth spent 19 terrifying hours in the water on an upturned lifeboat, willing each other to survive.  The critically acclaimed Scottish theater company sensitively presents this life-affirming drama with lightness and gentle humor.

Website: http://www.catherinewheels.co.uk/productions/Lifeboat/about/#page-content

Study Guide: Lifeboat Curriculum Connections Lifeboat_Study_Guide


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