We are thrilled to offer our 2023-24 season of Arts Education programming (see listing below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high-quality educational and enriching programs! We know that when students enter this historic Theater, for many it is their first exposure to live theater; a powerful human experience that can be life-changing and it is one they all deserve to know. We look forward to welcoming back school communities to experience TOGETHER the transformative power of the arts!

Cover image credit: Derrick J. Waller Photography

Arts Education Program brochures will be sent to all schools and homeschool groups beginning August 10, 2023.

CLICK HERE FOR A DIGITAL BROCHURE.

Registration for the season will open on Monday, August 21, 2023 at 10:00AMOrders for all performances may be submitted at any time throughout the season. Because many performances sell out quickly, early registration is strongly recommended.

Performance Dates & Times: As there are two showtimes for most performances, please pay careful attention when completing registration. 

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

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.

2023-24 ARTS EDUCATION SEASON SPONSOR


HONOLULU THEATRE FOR YOUTH

THE CARP WHO WOULD NOT QUIT
& OTHER ANIMAL STORIES

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES PRE-K – 2

Sponsored by:
Sheila H. McCarthy

These retellings of traditional fables and folktales from Japan and Okinawa teach important lessons of persistence, respect, and kindness. Japanese and Okinawan music, language, and culture are the heart of this interactive performance that combines a medley of traditional art forms – puppetry, masks, live songs, Koto and Taiko instruments, and dance. The five stories featured in the performance are part of the tradition of Mukashibanashi, or the “tales of long ago,” and include The Carp Who Would Not Quit, The Crane Who Was Grateful, The Mice and the Musubi, the legend of The Rabbits Making Mochi in the Moon, and The Shisa and The Sea Serpent.

Early Learning and Development Connections to APL1, APL3, SED1, SED2, CLLD1, CLLD2, CD4; SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.8, K.9 g, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.8 c, 1.9 d, f, h, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7, 2.8; SOL Connections to Fine Arts/Dance Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of fables and folktales, cultural awareness, and social skills.

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123 ANDRÉS, ALL AROUND THE AMERICAS

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES K-5

Sponsored by:
Sheila H. McCarthy

Andrés and Christina are the Latin Grammy-winning music duo 123 Andrés (Uno Dos Tres Andrés) with a passion for using music to promote learning. In All Around the Americas, they will take students on a lively, interactive musical journey through the Americas, exploring geography, language, and Latino culture along the way. Andrés and Christina, both native Spanish speakers, incorporate language seamlessly, empowering students to sing and learn in both Spanish and English, while encouraging open and curious minds about people, cultures, and languages that may be different from their own.

SOL Connections to Fine Arts/Dance: DA K.1, K.2, K.5, K.6, K.11, 1.13, 1.15, 2.6, 2.11, 2.13, 3.5, 3.6, 4.6, 4.9, 5.6, 5.10; SOL Connections to Theatre Arts: K.6, K.9, K.11, 1.11, 2.5, 2.11, 3.3, 3.5, 4.9, 4.11, 4.12, 5.6; SOL Connections to History and Social Science (Geography): K,4, 1.5, 2.4 i, 2.6 a, 3.5, 3.6, USI.2; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of achievement, teamwork, cultural awareness (Latino culture/language), rhythm, dance, and geography.

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CREATED BY BILL BLAGG, MILWAUKEE, WI

BILL BLAGG’S MAGIC IN MOTION

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES 3-6

Sponsored by:
Lisa and John Cogswell

Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! In this highly visual, interactive show, students will explore how science creates magic and will learn first-hand how to create illusions using core scientific principles such as force, energy, friction, motion and more.

Together with Bill they will apply these principles in a variety of magical experiments that will bend the laws of science and create the impossible! Magic in Motion is a magic-filled, educational experience that is designed to inspire students to investigate how physical science can create magic while also playing an important role in their daily lives.

SOL Connections to Science: 3.2 a, b, 4;1 a, d, e, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6, 6.4; SOL Connections to Fine Arts/Theatre Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of magic and illusion, physical science, prediction, observation, interpreting, analyzing, and evaluating scientific data.

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TUTTI FRUTTI AND YORK THEATRE ROYAL from Leeds, England

THE BOY WHO CRIED WOLF

CANCELED
TUESDAY, JANUARY 30
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES K-4

Sponsored by:
Virginia Cenedella

Inspired by Aesop’s famous fable, this is a beautiful wintery tale about a boy named Silas who learns that “nobody believes a liar, even when they’re telling the truth.” An ensemble of actor-musicians plays instruments and sings live, as they embody all the delightful characters, including hilarious sheep and perhaps a scary wolf or two… all set in a village of knitters with fingers flicking, needles clicking, and where every new sweater tells a tale! Ultimately, Silas finds a place for himself (and his imagination) in his warm woolly community.

SOL Connections to English: K.1 a, K.2 a, e, f, K.8, K.9 f, g, 1.1 b, 1.2 a, b, 1.9 d, f, g, 2.8 a, b, c, e, f, g, 3.1 e, 3.5 c, d, e, h, i, j, 4.5 a, b, c, d, e, j; SOL Connections to Fine Arts/Dance Arts, Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of fables and morals, personification, oral tradition, and Social Emotional Development.

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DRUM TAO

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8
10:15AM

GRADES 4-12

Sponsored by:
Mary Jae Abbitt

DRUM TAO is the world’s foremost group of performers in Japanese taiko drumming. Hailed for its fiery and athletic drumming routines, the group performs with impeccable syncopation on a wide assortment of drums, spanning handheld snare drums to Odaiko drums that can weigh up to 3 tons. A celebration of Japanese culture, DRUM TAO also highlights Japan’s art forms of flute, marimba, harp, and more. Blending drumming with dynamic choreography, vibrant sets and contemporary costuming, the group presents an electrifying performance experience that will transport audiences to a world of beauty, tradition, and awe-inspiring talent.

SOL Connections to English: 4.1 b, 5.1 a, 6.6 b, 7.6 a, 8.5 L, 9.1 j; SOL Connections to History and Social Science: WG 8 a, WG 11 a, d, WHI 11 b; SOL Connections to Fine Arts: 4.3 a, c, g, 5.3 c, 6.3 c, 7.3 a, 8.3 a, HM.3 a, b; SOL Connections to Dance Arts: 4.3, 4.6, 5.3, 5.6, 6.3, 7.3, 8.3; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of cultural awareness, traditional Japanese dance styles, choreography, rhythm, costumes, Martial Art of Drumming, discipline, achievement, call and response.

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MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS

KEEP MARCHING: THE ROAD TO THE MARCH ON WASHINGTON

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES 4-9

Sponsored by:
Sheila H. McCarthy

Payment Due Date: Wednesday, February 7

Bringing collected oral history to life, this one-act play with live music explores the historic 1963 March on Washington. Revered as the day that Martin Luther King Jr. made his famous ‘I Have A Dream’ speech in August of 1963, the event was a shining moment in the progression of equality in America, as well as a pivotal action in the Civil Rights movement. 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 13th season!

SOL Connections to English: 4.1 b, f  4.2 a, 4.4 c, 4.5 i, j, 4.6 g, h, i, 5.1 a, 5.4 g, 5.5 b, c, e, j, k, 5.6 i, j, 6.4 c, 6.5 e, h, i, k, 6.6 b, e, k,  7.1, 7.4 e, f, 7.5 d, e, f, k, 7.6 a, c, j, 8.4 a, b, e, f,  8.5 c, g, j, k, l, 8.6, 9.3 c, 9.5 i, j; SOL Connections to History and Social Science: USI.1 e, f, g, i, USII.8 d, USII.9 a, CE.3 b, d, CE.9; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of system of justice, Civil Rights, freedom, nationalism, social and economic equality, leadership, 14th Amendment of The Constitution and equal opportunity.

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MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA

THE RAINBOW FISH

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 29
10:15AM and 12:15PM

GRADES PRE-K – 2

Sponsored by:
Mary Jae Abbitt

Payment Due Date: Thursday, February 8

Based on the award-winning book by Marcus Pfister, Mermaid Theatre’s The Rainbow Fish includes an original stage adaptation of Pfister’s colorful story as well as two of his companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea who finds friendship and happiness when he learns the value of sharing. Adventures continue as Rainbow Fish finds courage to explore unknown depths, discovering a world filled with friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors. The final story introduces the concept of opposites, with a most satisfying opposite of all – give and take – as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend. Featuring innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music, the company has earned international acclaim.

Early Learning and Development Connections to APL1, APL3, SED1, SED2, CLLD1, CLLD2, CD4; SOL Connections to English: K.1 a, K.3 e, h, K.8, K.9 e, f, g, K.13, 1.1, 1.2, 1.8 b, c, 1.9 g, 2.1, 2.2, 2.7 d, e, 2.8; SOL Connections to Science: 1.5 b; SOL Connections to Fine Arts/Music, Theatre Arts, and Visual Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of folklore, friendship, morals, similarities and differences.

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To register, please complete the online registration form that corresponds to your group size:

QUICK FACTS


Frequently Asked Questions:  Click HERE to find a list of FAQs, including details on registration, payments, special accommodations, etc.


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.


Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please complete the Financial Assistance Form and submit at the time of registration (available beginning August 21).


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