SchoolBus Performance Series

The 2015-16 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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Alice in Wonderland

Performed by Pushcart Players (New Jersey)
Monday, October 26, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: PK-6

A meaningful musical fantasy! Filled with Lewis Carroll’s pure nonsense and madcap characters, this intriguing tale about a curious and proactive young girl has enchanted readers for many generations.  Pushcart’s whimsical music, design and direction offer a precious theatre experience that young viewers will long remember. Alice goes on an enchanted journey of self-discovery with challenges, choices and happy conclusions. A meaningful story for anyone who has ever been on the daring adventure of growing up!

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

Click here for a study guide and classroom activities!

Letters Home

Performed by Griffin Theatre Company (Chicago)
Wednesday, November 18, 2015 - 10:00 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 7-12

Letters Home puts recent Afghanistan & Iraq wars front and center by bringing to life actual letters written by soldiers serving in the Middle East. The play gives audiences a powerful portrait of the soldier experience during wartime. Although the title of the play implies that all the letters are from soldiers, the piece includes a few letters from parents of soldiers. These letters were written under difficult circumstances; the disorientation of training, deployment, separation from family, combat, and occupation duties. One theme seems to unite these diverse voices; the belief that the person standing beside you is more important than you. The production employs the use of images and video projected behind the actors. Photos and videos used in the production are taken directly from actual soldiers’ blogs and web posts. To enhance the theatrical experience of the play, the performance is followed by a Q&A period.

Special Note:  The duration of this performance is 75 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: History, Language Arts, Multi-Cultural, Family Ties, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.

Click Letters Home Study Guide‌‌ for a study guide and classroom activites!

Walk On: The Rosa Parks Story

Performed by Mad River Theater Works (Ohio)
Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:15 p.m.

‌‌Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8

The tremors of an earthquake were rumbling across America. While the rhythms of rock and roll were shaking the social fabric of the 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. The story weaves together live 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.” Exciting and inspirational, the story shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality.

Curriculum Connections: History, Civil Rights, Music, Multi-Cultural, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.

Click Rosa Parks Study Guide for a study guide!

Junie B's Essential Survival Guide to School

Performed by Theatreworks USA (New York)
Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:15 p.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: K-5

Now that JUNIE B. JONES has been going to school for over a year and a half, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.

Curriculum Connections: 
Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.

here for a study guide and classroom activites!  View additional activities in the Junie B Jones Study Guide.



Anne Frank: Thinking Myself Out

Performed by GreatWorks Theatre Company (Chicago)
Monday, March 21, 2016 - 10:00 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 5-9

Anne Frank’s story is presented by a group of survivors from ethnic cleansings in Rwanda, Bosnia, and Armenia. Her story of hope in the face of evil is celebrated by a multi-ethnic cast of young people, each of whom survived their ordeals by embracing Anne's philosophy of "thinking themselves out" of their situations. This unique production helps students see Anne Frank’s diary in an even larger historical context, while celebrating the common faith, hope, and strength that has bonded these survivors with her own indomitable spirit.

Special Note:  The duration of this performance is 75 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: History, Multi-Cultural, Communication and Language Arts, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.

Click Anne Frank Study Guide for a study guide and classroom activities!

The Cat in the Hat

Based on the Book by Dr. Suess, Performed by ChildsPlay (Arizona)
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. - BOTH SHOWS ARE FULL!

Recommended Grade Levels: PK-4

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) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun's never done!

Curriculum Connections:
 Communication and Language Arts, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.

here for a study guide and classroom activities!




William Shakespeare's Macbeth

Presented by UD Department of Fine & Performing Arts
Monday, May 2, 2016 - 10:00 a.m.

Recommended Grade Levels: 6-12

Shakespeare’s shortest, darkest, and most powerful tragedy is presented to commemorate the 400th anniversary of his death. The play begins with three witches who plan to meet Macbeth, and then moves to a military camp. The Scottish King Duncan hears the news that his generals, Macbeth and Banquo, have bravely defeated their enemies. Duncan orders the execution of the traitorous Thane of Cawdor and arranges for the Thane’s title to be passed to the valiant Macbeth. Shakespeare dramatizes the psychological and political impact of evil when used to satisfy ambition for power. This accessible production is sure to thrill, startle, and satisfy students. Directed by Nicholas Radcliffe.

Special Note:  The duration of this performance is 2 hours. Admission is FREE for this performance.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Theatre Education, Visual and Performing Arts.