SchoolBus Performance Series

The 2018-19 SchoolBus Performance Series is open to public school, private/parochial school, homeschool, and accredited pre-school and daycare organizations. Age requirement to attend is at least four (4) years of age.

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Monday, October 22, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.‌ (FULL)

‌‌Recommended Grades: K-5

Performed by TCT on Tour: A Division of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

Is your name Harry? Or Sam? Or could it be Rumpelstiltskin? TCT retells this classic tale of the miller’s daughter, her boastful father, a handsome prince, and the ability to spin straw into gold. Discover the magic and wonder of one of the world’s best loved fairytales.

Curriculum Connections: Bullying, Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Friendship, Kindness, Literary Classic, Reading, Self-Esteem, Strength of Character, Fine and Performing Arts.

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The Legend of Pocahontas

Monday, October 22, 2018 - 12:15 p.m. (FULL)

Recommended Grades: 3-12

Performed by TCT on Tour: A Division of the Children's Theatre of Cincinnati

Do you know the myth, the legend, or the truth? This musical follows the true story of Pocahontas and how she became an international symbol of peace. The Legend of Pocahontas combines history and storytelling with music. Follow the truthful account of Pocahontas as she grows from being a curious and brave child to one of the most respected and treasured women in history.

Curriculum Connections: American History, Arts Integration, Courage and Honor, Diversity, Native American Cultures, Social Studies, Women's History.

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‌Amelia Earhart by Kathryn Schultz Miller

Monday, November 12, 2018 - 9:45 a.m.

‌Recommended Grades: 3-12 

Performed by Lexington Children's Theatre

What happened, Amelia? The questions surrounding her disappearance, the theories of conspiracy and romance, and the latest discoveries that may or may not confirm her fate – Amelia Earhart’s story has captured imaginations for generations. Step back in time with the First Lady of Flight to unravel the mysteries and fly along on her daring adventures across the world.

Curriculum Connections: English, History, Aviation, Gender Equality.

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Steve Trash: Rockin' Eco Hero, The Science of Ecology

Monday, November 26, 2018 - 12:15 p.m.

Recommended Grades: 4-6

Specifically tailored to environmental education, this show is an excellent blend of eco-entertainment, eco-education, and rockin’ fun. Students learn the science of nature and how trash is actually a valuable natural resource. Green-themed illusions made from found objects, by the Rockin’ Eco Hero himself - Steve Trash®, help students learn about the water cycle, sun-powered renewable energy, and much more.  

Curriculum Connections: Science, ecology, environmental, water cycle, renewable energy, natural resources.

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Junie B. in Jingle Bells, Batman Smells!

Monday, December 3, 2018 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL) and 12:15 p.m.

Recommended Grades: K-3

Performed by Casa Manana

Junie B. Jones, first-grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. Too bad tattletale May keeps ruining all of Junie B.’s fun. So when Junie B. draws May’s name for Secret Santa, she comes up with the perfect plan to teach her nemesis a lesson! But will the Christmas spirit of peace and goodwill interfere before she can give you-know-who what she deserves? A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park. 

Curriculum Connections: Music, Language Arts, Performing and Visual Arts, Emotional Wellbeing.

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The Rainbow Fish

Monday, February 4, 2019 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL) and 12:15 p.m.

Recommended Grades: PK-2

Performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

The first of three tales introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. He is admired, and resented, by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great unknown deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors who are eager to make his acquaintance. The underwater wonderland is the setting for an introduction to the concept of opposites. As a fitting finale, the story ends with the most satisfying opposite of all–give and take–as Rainbow Fish shares one of his shining scales with a friend. 

Curriculum Connections: Self-Esteem, Self-Image, Concept of Opposites, Confidence, Sharing/Give-and-Take, Language/Communication Skills, Literature, Values, Performing and Visual Arts.

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‌‌Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL)

Recommended Grades: 3-8

Performed by Virginia Rep on Tour

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend, Sarah Bradford, narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by this brave woman who changed the world through her courage. Accurate and deeply moving, this story is at turns inspiring, heart-warming, and comical; full of the good humor, determination, and the charity of its subject. 

Curriculum Connections: History, Social Sciences, Language Arts, Reading, Performing and Visual Arts, Music.

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LocoMotion: The Science & Circus Arts Show

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL) and 12:15 p.m.

Recommended Grades: K-3 (9:45 a.m. - FULL) and 4-8 (12:15 p.m.)

National juggling champion and movement artist, Peter Davison, presents juggling, unicycling, balancing, acrobatics, and more, while teaching the science behind the artistry. Much more than a “science demonstration,” Peter mixes awesome circus skills with dance and physical theater in a uniquely captivating presentation. Human and machine locomotion, Newton’s Laws of Motion, center of gravity, gyroscopic action, centrifugal and centripetal forces, friction, and other physical phenomena are revealed

Curriculum Connections: Science, Physics, Performing Arts, Circus Arts.

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Stuart Little by E.B. White

Monday, April 1, 2019 - 9:45 a.m.

Recommended Grades: PK-3

Performed by Virginia Rep on Tour

From the author of Charlotte’s Web comes Stuart Little, a merry musical about a noble mouse born into the Little family who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. Although he is quite different from other members of the family, Stuart is loved by all - except perhaps Snowbell, the family cat. Stuart’s adventures include getting caught in a window shade, sailing a boat, making friends, and embarking on the journey of a lifetime. At times funny, tender, and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic.

Curriculum Connections: Self-Esteem, Confidence, Communication and Language Arts, Music, Visual and Performing Arts.

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The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System

Monday, April 15, 2019 - 9:45 a.m.‌ (FULL) and 12:15 p.m. (WAITING LIST ONLY)

Recommended Grades: K-5

Performed by Theatreworks USA

When the planetarium is closed and the field trip is ruined, Ms. Frizzle saves the day! The Magic School Bus blasts off into outer space to explore the solar system. Ms. Frizzle gets separated from the group and her class must travel through the planets and beyond to rescue her. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. 

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies.

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Butterfly: The Story of a Life Cycle

Tuesday, April 30, 2019 - 9:45 a.m.

Recommended Grades: 3-6

Performed by Hudson Vagabond Puppets

Celebrate the magical life cycle of the Monarch butterfly as puppetry is used to illustrate the microscopic world of insects. Larger-than-life characters such as Ella the nurturing ladybug, a tap-dancing robin, and a “hep-cat” spider named Webster help a fragile caterpillar complete her life’s journey. This production offers a magnified look at metamorphosis through the eyes of Mari the Monarch as she grows from a tiny egg to a beautiful butterfly! Incorporating dance and narration with puppetry, this story illustrates how Mari survives with the help of many friends. 

Curriculum Connections: Biology, Science, Visual and Performing Arts.

View Butterfly Study Guide here.