2016-17 Arts Education Season

We are thrilled to offer our 2016-17 season of Arts Education programming and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational programs! As there are multiple times for most performances, and multiple days in the case of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, please pay careful attention when requesting seats for your group.

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Thursday, October 27, 2016*
10:00AM & 12:30PM
75 MINUTES, performance includes post-show Q&A
Grades 5-12

Sponsored by Anonymous and The Sarah Lahr Educational Fund

Inspired by true events, this award winning, historical docudrama follows six brave men on a journey to be the first African American aviators in the U.S. Army Air Force during the era of 20th century racial segregation and Jim Crow idealism. United in brotherhood, the Tuskegee Airmen conquered isolation and prejudice to become one of the most revered fighter groups in World War II, and their achievements paved the way for full integration of the U.S. military. This powerful performance is chock-full of American political, social, and arts history. It comes to The Paramount direct from its 7-year, Off-Broadway run in New York City. Additionally, it has performed to rave reviews across the nation, including notable appearances at the Smithsonian Institute and WWII Museum in Washington DC.

SOL Connections to History & Social Science: USI.5, USI.9, USII.1, USII.4, USII.6, USII.7, CE.1, CE.3, CE.4, CE.9, WHII.9, VUS.1, VUS.7, VUS.8, VUS.11, VUS.12, GOVT.1, GOVT.3, GOVT.9, GOVT.11;  English: 5.1, 5.2, 5.6, 5.7, 5.9, 6.1, 6.2, 6.6, 6.9, 7.1, 7.2, 7.6, 7.9, 8.2, 8.6, 8.9, 9.4, 9.5, 9.8, 10.4, 10.5,   10.8, 11.2, 11.4, 11.5, 11.8, 12.2, 12.5, 12.8.  SOL Connections to Theater Arts. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of racism, discrimination, prejudice, segregation, communal vision, perseverance, integration, and historical docudrama.

Website: www.blackangelsovertuskegee.com
Study Guide: In Production

*Public performance: Thursday, October 27, 7:00PM


Wednesday, November 16, 2016
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Grades 1-5

Sponsored by Ann and Terry Lynch
and Anonymous

When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy are his two daughters of very different dispositions. They travel a half-day’s journey through a mystical jungle to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of extraordinary situations designed to test their kindness, compassion and strength of spirit. Told with authentic African drumming, colorful staging and powerful choreography, John Steptoe’s Caldecott Award winning tale unmasks the true meaning of beauty, celebrates the mystery and splendor of the African continent, and inspires children to take pride in their ancestry.

SOL Connections to English: 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.11, 1.13, 2.1, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.10, 2.12,  3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.1, 4.4, 4.7, 5.1, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7; History & Social Science: 1.4,  1.10, 2.5, 2.10, 3.2, 3.5, VS.1, USI.1; Curriculum Connections to Theater Arts and the concepts of internal/external beauty, pride, power, worth, morality, ethics, good/evil, and justice.

Website: www.dct.org/nationaltour/2016-17season/
Study Guide: mufaro-study-guide-16-17


Monday, December 5, 2016
10:00AM, 2 HOURS, performance includes post-show Q&A
Grades 9-12

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

The Joad family is evicted from their farm and driven from Oklahoma by drought, economic hardship, and changes to the agricultural industry. They leave the Dust Bowl behind and set out for California along with thousands of other “Okies.” These American migrants have high hopes and great fears about their prospects, but determinedly seek jobs, land, dignity, and their own small piece of the American dream. A tale of perseverance against all odds, Steinbeck’s Great American Novel is the perfect story for National Players’ intimate yet powerful theatrical style. The struggles are still relevant; few pieces of literature have as deep a historical context and as enduring a legacy.

SOL Connections to English: 9.3, 9.4, 9.6, 10.3, 10.4, 10.6, 11.3, 11.4, 11.6,  12.3, 12.6; History & Social Science: WHII.11, WG.6, WG.7, WG.12, VUS.10, GOVT.3, GOVT.11, GOVT.14; SOL Connections to Theater Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of  depression, poverty, rage/wrath, survival, maintaining self-respect, justice/injustice, self-interest, altruism, leadership structures, perseverance, and adaptation.

Website: www.nationalplayers.org/#!the-grapes-of-wrath/cma5
Study Guide: The Grapes of Wrath Toolkit


*Wednesday, December 7, 2016
Grades K-3

Sponsored by The FUNd at CACF

Enjoy the Academy Award-nominated film The Snowman accompanied by the Richmond Symphony Orchestra (RSO). This charming animated film tells the story of a young boy’s magical friendship with a snowman. The RSO will perform the film’s original score, as well as additional holiday music such as Sleigh Ride and excerpts from The Nutcracker. The Richmond Symphony is the largest performing arts organization in Central Virginia and includes an orchestra of more than 70 professional musicians. Designed to connect students and teachers to great orchestral music, this performance will explore the importance of music in our lives and how it can inspire and transport us.

SOL Connections to English: K.9, K.12, 1.9, 1.13, 2.8, 2.12, 3.5, 3.9; Science: K.9, 1.7, 2.6, 2.7, 3.8; Music: K.9, K.11, K.12, K.13, 1.10, 1.11, 1.12, 1.13, 1.14, 1.17, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.13, 3.9, 3.10, 3.11, 3,12, 3,16; Visual Arts: K.12, K.15, K.18, 1.16, 1.19, 1.21, 2.16, 2.17, 2.20, 3.20, 3.23; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of illustration, magic, adventure, and the bond of friendship.

Website: https://www.richmondsymphony.com/event/the-snowman/
Study Guide: In Progress

*Public performance: Wednesday, December 7, 6:00PM


Friday, January 27, 2017
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades 2-5

What’s Going On Here, Beakman? is a live stage show that’s based on the Emmy-winning children’s science TV show, Beakman’s World.  With plenty of audience participation, fascinating educational content, and a wacky sense of humor, Beakman employs a series of fun, large-scale visual demonstrations of surprising natural phenomena to ask, and answer, the question:  What’s going on here?  Learn how optical illusions trick the brain and cause us to make faulty assumptions. Watch a cloud formation take place in a bottle. Watch the process of sublimation applied to gases/liquids/solids. Understand Bernoulli’s Principle through several astounding demonstrations. This and more will prove that science is fun, accessible, appealing, and compelling!

SOL Connections to Science: 2.1, 2.3, 2.5, 2.6, 2.7, 3.1, 3.3, 3.4, 3.8, 3.10. 4.1, 4.2, 4.5, 5.6, 5.1, 5.3, 5.4; Supports the goals of Virginia Science SOL Instruction: investigate phenomena; apply scientific concepts, skills, and processes to every day experiences; and experience the richness and excitement of scientific discovery.

Website: http://beakmanlive.com/about.html
Study Guide: What’s Going on Here, Beakman? Study Guide


Tuesday, February 14, 2017
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades 3-8

Sponsored by:


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 changed when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in the sport known as America’s pastime. Since segregation dominated most aspects of American life at the time, Robinson’s baseball career had a major cultural impact beyond sports and was a significant precursor to the subsequent Civil Rights Movement. 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.

SOL Connections to History & Social Science:  3.11, 3.12, VS.1, VS.9, USI.1, USII.1, USII.4, USII.8, 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, civil rights, equality, integration, personal strength, perseverance, and courage.

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

Study Guide:mr-everybodys-hero-the-jackie-robinson-story-study-guide3


*Monday, February 27, 2017
Grades 5-12

Sponsored by Batten Family Fund

In this dynamic multimedia spectacle, MOMIX brings to fantastical life the flora and fauna of the American Southwest using inventive choreography, costumes, contraptions, and riveting Native American music to explore life in the desert. Contorting themselves into dynamic images of cacti, slithering lizards, bounding antelopes, and windblown tumbleweeds, MOMIX dancers explode our sense of the possible with quirky humor and incredible visuals. Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional innovation and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists under the direction of Moses Pendleton.

SOL Connections to Dance: DM.14, DM.15, DM.16, DM.20, DM.21, DM.24, DI.13, DI.19, DI.23, DI.24, DII.19, DII.20, DII.24, DIII.11, DIII.18, DIII.19,   DIII.21, DIV.18, DIV21; Music: 5.5, 5.7, 5.8, 5.9, 5.16, 6.5, 6.7, 6.8, 6.9, 6.10, 7.5, 7.7, 7.8, 7.9, 7.10, 8.5, 8.7, 8.8, 8.9, 8.10, HG.6, HG.7, HG.8, HG.9, HG.10, HG.11; SOL Connections to Earth Science, Geography, Biology, and Visual ArtsCurriculum Connections to the concepts of force, motion, energy, collaboration, choreography, special effects, illusion, emotion, desert, and to the flora and fauna of the American Southwest.

Website: www.momix.com/portfolio-view/opus-cactus/

Study Guide: momix-opus-cactus-study-guide

*Public performance: Sunday, February 26, 7:30PM


*Monday, March 27, 2017
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades PRE-K – 3

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

Childsplay creates a wild Seussian storytelling experience pulled straight from the pages of the classic rhyming book. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks and a fish, with Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Personal and Social Development, Literacy, 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, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9; SOL Connections to Visual Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of character, rules, responsibility, imagination, creativity, and decision making.

Website: http://www.childsplayaz.org/cat-national

Study Guide: cat-in-the-hat-resource-guide-before-show cat-in-the-hat-resource-guide-after-show

*Public performance: Sunday, March 26, 2:00PM


Tuesday, April 11, 2017
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
10:30AM & 12:30PM
Grades PRE-K – 2


Sponsored by Lisa and John Cogswell in memory of Lena Voesack

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What do you See? joins together with old favorites and new friends – The Very Hungry Caterpillar and the poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa Please Get the Moon for Me. Children will be fascinated from start to finish as they associate colors and meanings with objects, watch a caterpillar change into a beautiful butterfly, and are introduced to the wonderment of the lunar cycle. This whimsical menagerie showcases the imaginative blend of evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry that have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Literacy, Science, and Visual Arts; SOL Connections to Science: K.6, K.7, K.9, K.10, 1.5, 1.7, 2.4, 2.5;  English: K.1, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of change, the lunar cycle, metamorphosis, and puppetry.

Website: www.kidsentertainment.net/shows/brown-bear-brown-bear/
Ideas for using Eric Carle Stories in the Classroom from Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia:

Quick Facts

Pricing: Tickets for all students and teachers/adult chaperones are $7.50. 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 Coordinator at 434.293.1000 or cathyvonstorch@theparamount.net.