SchoolBus Performance Series
2014 Spring SchoolBus Performance Series performances are 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.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents “The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites”
Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 4K to 3
After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite
The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of LITTLE CLOUD’s travels through the sky, and the MIXED-UP CHAMELEON’s discovery of his own unique nature.
The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid’s acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
The Los Angeles Times raves, “A quiet delight... brought to memorable life.” www.mermaidtheatre.ca
E.B. White's "Charlotte's Web" performed by Theatreworks USA
Friday, March 28, 2014 - 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: 4K to 5
Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops!
Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.
This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. www.theatreworksusa.org
Study Guide: Charlotte's Web
San Jose Taiko, Japanese power drumming
Friday, April 4, 2014 - 10:00 a.m.
Recommended Grade Levels: K-12
San Jose Taiko (SJT) has been mesmerizing audiences with the powerful, spellbinding and propulsive sounds of the taiko drums for 40 years.
Inspired by traditional Japanese drumming, SJT performers express the beauty and harmony of the human spirit through the voice of the taiko as they strive to create new dimensions in Asian American movement and music. San Jose Taiko has broadened and embellished the historical art form into a style that joins the traditional rhythms of Japanese drumming with the beat of world rhythms including African, Balinese, Brazilian, Latin and jazz percussion.
Company members also study both traditional and contemporary dance with leading choreographers, producing performances that are fully choreographed, and theatrically lit extravaganzas of musical sound. Most individual performers of SJT are third generation Japanese Americans and have also toured with Kodo, Ondekoza, and the jazz/fusion group, Hiroshima. www.taiko.org
Classroom activities: San Jose Taiko Kids
This engagement is supported, in part, by the William P. Woodward Visiting Artist-In-Residence Endowment.