University of Dubuque


SchoolBus Performance Series

The 2014-15 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.


Planning Your Field Trip

2014-15 Heritage Center SchoolBus Brochure

Bus Transporation Funding Assistance

Curious George

performed by Theatreworks USA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.


Recommended Grade Levels: 4K-3

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. In this episode, George ends up on a mission to help Chef Pisghetti’s meatballs win a world-famous competition. This adventure takes him to Rome and The Golden Meatball Contest.

With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome -- and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking than he'd ever imagined! Based on the popular books by Margret and H.A. Rey.

Curriculum Connections: English, Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Theater Education, Music, Visual and Performing Arts, Communication

Click here for a study guide and classroom activities!

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

performed by Theatre IV, a division of Virginia Repertory Theatre

Monday, February 2, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.


Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8

Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones Music by Ron Barnett

Co-produced by the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia

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. Harriet Tubman’s courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Curriculum Connections: History, Language Arts, Biography, Multi-Cultural, Music, Family Ties, Self-Esteem, Women’s Studies

Study Guide: Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

The Lightning Thief - from Percy Jackson & The Olympians: Book One

performed by Theatreworks USA

Monday, March 9, 2015 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Recommended Grade Levels: 2-8

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s mythology textbook and into his life, not to mention the fact that he has discovered he’s the descendent of the Greek God, Poseiden. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. With the help of some friends, he begins a quest to settle an ongoing battle between the gods that could change life on earth forever. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Reading/Literature, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies

Study Guide: The Lightning Thief

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater presents “Tales of Spain”

Thursday, March 26, 2015 10:00 a.m.


Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8

The Ensemble Español presents its distinct multi-media Spanish dance and music lecture concert. This program is an introduction to the art of Spanish dance and to the growing popularity, understanding, and appreciation of Hispanic culture. Beautifully costumed and with the accompaniment of piano, Flamenco guitar, singing, Galician shells and bagpipes, “palmas” (handclapping), and “pitos” (finger snapping), this unique dance, music, lecture concert presents a panorama of Spain from the elegant classical dances to the colorful Folklore to the exciting and fiery Flamenco! This performance will have you and your students dancing in your seats and shouting “Olé!”

Curriculum Connections: Spanish, Dance, Critical Thinking, Communication and Expression, Music, History, Multi-Cultural

Study Guide: Tales of Spain Study Guide

The Berenstain Bears Live! in “Family Matters: The Musical”

Friday, April 17, 2015, 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Recommended Grade Levels: 4K to 3

Adapted from the classic children's book series by Stan and Jan Berenstain, The Berenstain Bears LIVE! demonstrates 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, we can always depend on Mama Bear and her loving patience to help set things right. Using the iconic stories and imagery of the books with a healthy dose of song and dance, this new off-Broadway musical teaches the importance of honesty, health, and safety.

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Visual and Performing Arts, Communication and Language Arts, Social Studies, Health and Physical Education, Relationships and Family 

Study Guide: Berenstain Bears Study Guide