2019-20 Arts Education Season

We are thrilled to offer our 2019-20 season of Arts Education programming (see listing below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational and enriching programs!

Please note that Virginia Standards of Learning & Curriculum Connections as well as 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 completed soon. Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

Performance Running Times:  All Arts Education performances are 60 minutes unless otherwise indicated.

Performance Dates & Times: As there are multiple times for most performances, and multiple days in the case of Peter Rabbit™ Tales, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks, Miss Nelson Has a Field Day, and Llama Llama Live!, please pay careful attention when requesting seats for your group.

Arts Education Program brochures were sent to all schools and home school groups beginning August 9, 2019.

REGISTRATION Information:  Reservations are required with a completed registration form.  Registration for the season will open on Tuesday, August 20, 2019.

Please click HERE to Register (Link will go live on August 20).

Tickets are $8.50 for students and teachers/adult chaperones.

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

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

We look forward to seeing you at the Theater!

Thank you to our 2019-2020 Arts Education Season Sponsor:


NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC LIVE!

CORAL KINGDOMS AND EMPIRES OF ICE – SOLD OUT!

*Thursday, October 10, 2019
10:30AM
Grades 4-12

Sponsored by Jennifer & Jay Ferguson; The D.N. Batten Foundation

Explore rarely seen undersea worlds with two photographers creating a visual voice for the world’s oceans. David Doubilet is a legend in underwater photography. Together with his wife and underwater partner, photojournalist Jennifer Hayes, he has explored three unique marine environments for National Geographic. Join them to explore the rich and diverse waters of Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, part of the “coral triangle.” Follow them into the world beneath the Antarctic ice, then north to the Gulf of St. Lawrence to see whales, wolffish, and harp seals. Together, they’ll go beyond the published stories to share the reality of their behind-the-camera adventures.

SOL Connections to Science: 4.5, 5.6, LS.9, PS.7, ES.10, BIO.8, PH.4; Competencies related to CTE Photography and Fine Arts Photography; Related SOL Correlations by Task for Photography in English, Mathematics, Science, History and Social Science; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of marine biology, conservation, wildlife, climate change, organisms, ecosystems, biodiversity, oceans, reefs, coral triangle, Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea, Philippines, Indonesia, Great Barrier Reef, curiosity, responsibility, empowerment, persistence.

Website: Coral Kingdoms and Empires of Ice

Study Guide: NG Live! Classroom Resources

*Public performance: Thursday, October 10, 7:00PM


ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY

PETER RABBIT™ TALES

Thursday, October 17, 2019
10:30AM & 12:30PM
*Friday, October 18, 2019
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades Pre-K – 3

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

This production is based on three of Beatrix Potter’s beloved “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. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage. By arrangement with Frederick Warne & Co.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK), Connections to Literacy, Science, Personal and Social Development, Visual Arts and Music; SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.5, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9; Science: K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 3.4; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of imagination, creativity, problem-solving, humor, bravery, loyalty, the natural world, flashback, masks, mime, and puppets.

Website: Peter Rabbit™ Tales

Study Guide: Peter Rabbit Tales Study Guide

*Public performance: Friday, October 18, 6:00PM


SECRET AGENT 23 SKIDOO – SOLD OUT!

Tuesday, October 29, 2019
10:30AM
Grades 2-6

Sponsored by The FUNd at CACF

GRAMMY-Winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo combines the excitement of hip hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, he has earned a loyal national following.  His latest album, Wake Up The Dream is an Amazon Original Album described as a “funk-filled trip through your subconscious.” 2016’s space-themed Infinity Plus One took home music’s biggest prize at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year. Positive themes of empowerment, love, imaginations set loose, hope, ambitions, and dreams run through 23 Skidoo’s extensive catalog.

SOL Connection to Music: 2.4, 2.5, 2.6, 2.8, 2.13, 2.14, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.7, 3.9, 3.15, 4.4, 4.5, 4.6, 4.8, 4.14, 4.15, 5.4, 5.5, 5.6, 5.8, 5.17, 6.4, 6.5, 6.6, 6.7, 6.8, 6.10; English: 2.3, 3.9, 4.7, 5.7, 6.7; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Physical Education; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of character development, individuality, differences, self-awareness, anti-bullying, and socio-cultural awareness.

Website: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Study Guide: Secret Agent 23 Skidoo Study Guide


CHILDSPLAY of Tempe, AZ

MADDI’S FRIDGE

Monday, November 18, 2019
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades 1-6

Sponsored by Siochain Foundation

Maddi and Sofia are best friends. They live in the same neighborhood, go to the same school, and play in the park together. Maddi is really good at climbing the rock wall, while Sofia is a fast runner. One day Sofia discovers that Maddi has no food in her fridge at home. Sofia wants to help her friend, but Maddi makes her promise not to tell anyone. What should Sofia do? Based on the book by Lois Brandt, this play is a thoughtful yet sometimes hilarious exploration of friendship, empathy, and doing the right thing.

SOL Connections to English: 1.1, 1.2, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.2, 2.3, 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, 6.2, 6.5, 6.7; Health:1.1 b.d, 1.2 g.n.o, 1.3 m.n, 2.1 b – e, 2.2 b.d,j.p.q, 2.3 b.g.k, 3.1 a -d. p.q.s, 3.2 j, 3.3 a.m – p, 4.1 b – i, 4.2 o.p, 4.3 k.m.n, 5.1 o.p.s, 5.2 o.s, 5.3 b.g.i.l.m, 6.1 j.o, 6.2 b.k.o, 6.3 a.b.m; SOL Connections to Science Life Processes; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of friendship, empathy, secret, fear, promise, point of view, hunger, “food insecurities”, poverty, trust, and helping others.

Website: Maddi’s Fridge

Study Guide: Maddi’s Fridge Study Guide


NATIONAL PLAYERS

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK

Tuesday, December 3, 2019
10:00AM
2 HOURS, performance includes post-show Q&A
Grades 7-12

Sponsored by Mary Jae Abbitt and Peter Sushka

In 1941 Amsterdam, 13-year-old Anne Frank goes into hiding with her family from the Nazis. For the next two years, she never leaves the attic where her family is concealed. With fear of discovery ever present, Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants—from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love—with wit, determination, and idealism. With a multicultural cast, National Players brings the true story of this incredibly insightful young girl to a new generation. For even in tragedy, we can find light in the greatest darkness.

SOL Connections to English: 7.1, 7.5 – 7.6, 7.7, 8.2, 8.4, 8.5 – 8.6, 8.7, 9.1, 9.3. 9.4, 9.6, 10.3, 10.4 – 10.5, 10.6, 11.1, 11.3, 11.4 – 11.5, 11.6, 12.3, 12.4 – 12.5, 12.6; SOL Connections to History: USII.7, WHII.1, WHII.11, WHII.15, VUS.11; SOL Connections to Theater Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of man’s inhumanity to man, loneliness and isolation, restrictions, confinement, tedium, privations, persecution, terror, grief, guilt, parent-child relationships, power of the human spirit, compassion, self-realization, and maturity.

Website: The Diary of Anne Frank

Study Guide: The Diary of Anne Frank Study Guide


KENNEDY CENTER THEATER FOR YOUNG AUDIENCES ON TOUR

DON’T LET THE PIGEON DRIVE THE BUS! (The Musical) – SOLD OUT!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades Pre-K – 2

Sponsored by Betty and Jim Phelan

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING!  But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something.  With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott-honor award winning Pigeon picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr’s Muppet Babies executive producer, Mr. Warburton, and featuring music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK), Connections to Literacy, Personal and Social Development, Visual Arts and Music; SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.5, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.5, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of creativity, musical, humor, emotion, conflict, persistence, frustration, negotiation,, persuasion, responsibility, punishment, and fairness.

Website: Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! (The Musical)

Study Guide: Don’t Let The Pigeon Drive The Bus! Study Guide

Payment Due Date: Friday, December 20, 2019


TALL STORIES, LONDON

WILDE CREATURES

Thursday, January 23, 2020
10:30AM & 12:30PM
65 MINUTES
Grades 1-6

Sponsored by Siochain Foundation

A motley crew of storytelling musicians brings Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ magical show, direct from London’s West End and Sydney Opera House. Characters from “The Devoted Friend”, “The Nightingale and the Rose” and “The Birthday of the Infanta” spring to life as the town’s pompous mayor, the love-sick student, and the petulant princess all compete to become the new town statue, and the audience votes on whose values deserve to be celebrated. Hauntingly beautiful tales are told with original live music, imaginative storytelling and a generous dash of comedy.

SOL Connections to English: 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, 6.1, 6.2, 6.4, 6.5, 6.7; SOL Connections to Music and Theater Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of statues, problem-solving and decision-making, compassion, ethical behavior, integrity, leadership, sacrifice, friendship, point of view, and epigrams (short, witty sayings).

Website: Wilde Creatures

Study Guide: Wilde Creatures Study Guide

Payment Due Date: Friday, December 20, 2019


YAMATO, THE DRUMMERS OF JAPAN – SOLD OUT!

*Thursday, February 20, 2020
10:30AM
Grades 2-12

Sponsored by Penny Bosworth; Ludwig Kuttner and the IX Art Park

Exuberant, boisterous, and unbelievably energetic, the drummers of Yamato hail from the birthplace of Japanese culture. Their unbridled enthusiasm and superhuman feats of coordination, acrobatics, and humor communicate the ancestral belief that the drumbeat —like the heartbeat—is the very pulse of life. With a massive Taiko drum made from a 400-year-old tree as their centerpiece, Yamato blends phenomenally powerful rhythmic thunder with Japanese music of delicate beauty, celebrating the richness of Japanese cultural traditions.

SOL Connections to all Elementary, Middle, and High School Music: Music History and Cultural Context; Analysis, Evaluation, and Critique; Aesthetics. SOL Connections to History & Social Science: WHI.4, USII.7, USII.8, WG.12, WHII.6, WHII.11, WHII.15, VUS.11.  SOL Connections to Theater Arts. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of Japanese culture, Buddhism, musical tradition, taiko (the drums and the art of drumming), instruments for taiko, clothing for taiko, synchronized percussion, and physical fitness.

Website: Yamato, The Drummers of Japan

Study Guide: Coming Soon

*Public Performance: Thursday, February 20, 2020, 7:00PM

Payment Due Date: Thursday, January 30, 2020


MAD RIVER THEATRE WORKS

WALK ON: THE STORY OF ROSA PARKS

Thursday, February 27, 2020
10:00AM & 12:30PM
Friday, February 28, 2020
10:00AM & 12:30PM
65 MINUTES, performance includes post-show Q&A
Grades 3-8

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

While the rhythms of rock & roll were shaking 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 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.

SOL Connections to History & Social Science: 3.11, 3.12, 3.13, VS.1, VS.9, USI.1, USII.4, USII.9, CE.3, CE.4, CE.9; Music: 3.14, 3.15, 3.16, 4.14, 4.15, 4.16, 5.15, 5.16, 5.17, 6.7, 6.10, 7.7, 7.8, 7.10, 8.7, 8.8, 8.10; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of responsibility, discrimination, equality, segregation – desegregation, civil disobedience, NAACP, Montgomery Bus Boycott, Civil Rights Movement, Jim Crow laws.

Website: Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

Study Guide: Rosa Parks Study Guide

Payment Due Date: Thursday, February 6, 2020


DALLAS CHILDREN’S THEATER

MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY

Monday, April 20, 2020
10:30AM and 12:30PM
Tuesday, April 21, 2020
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades K-4

Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year. A fun filled musical about teamwork, respect, and the importance of not giving up.

SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.3, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.3, 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; SOL Connections to Physical Education and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of adaptation, teamwork, perspective, discipline, dedication, resilience, self-confidence, creativity, measurement, losing, scoring and winning.

Website: Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

Study Guide: Miss Nelson Has A Field Day Study Guide

Payment Due Date: Monday, March 30, 2020


BAY AREA CHILDREN’S THEATRE

LLAMA LLAMA – LIVE!

Thursday, April 23, 2020
10:30AM & 12:30PM
*Friday, April 24, 2020
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades Pre-K – 1 (This performance is open to 3 year olds.)

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

Bedtime has never been so exciting! It’s the end of the day for the Llama family. After a long day of adventures at the school and the store, Baby Llama can’t wait to put on his red pajamas. He and his friends the toys are ready to sing and dance their way to sleep…except…they need a bedtime story and a kiss goodnight and a drink of water. But, where’s Mama? This hilarious new musical based on the bestselling books by Anna Dewdney will warm every Llama and Llama Mama’s heart.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK), Connections to Literacy, Personal and Social Development, Visual Arts and Music; SOL Connections to English:  K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.5, K.9, K,12, 1.1, 1.3, 1.4, 1.5, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of prediction, visualization, questions, conclusions, values, personality, rhyme, emotion and safety.

Website: Llama Llama – Live!

Study Guide: Llama Llama – Live! Study Guide

*Public performance: Friday, April 24, 2020, 6:00PM

Payment Due Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020


Quick Facts


Frequently Asked Questions:  Click HERE to find a list of FAQs.


Pricing: Tickets for all students and teachers/adult chaperones are $8.50. Students and school groups that qualify for free and reduced meals may receive financial assistance.


Performance Run Times: All performances are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.


Show Day Essentials:


Study Guides/SOL Connections: Virginia Standards of Learning + Curriculum Connections and synopses are listed beneath performance descriptions.

Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.


More Information: Please direct all Arts Education related questions to Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager at 434.293.1000 or cathyvonstorch@theparamount.net.