SchoolBus Performance Series
The 2016-17 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.
Monday, October 24, 2016 - 9:45 a.m.
Peter Rabbit Tales
Based on the Original Peter Rabbit Books by Beatrix Potter
Performed by Enchantment Theatre Company, based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Recommended Grade Levels: PK-4
In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company brings the captivating Peter Rabbit stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery, and original music, the magical world of Beatrix comes to life on stage. This show allows imaginations to soar. Join the famed blue-coated rabbit as he and cousin Benjamin Bunny reminisce on their adventures in Mr. McGregor’s garden and with the help of their friends, set off on a new quest to save Benjamin Bunny’s children!
Curriculum Connections: Literature, Visual Arts and Drawing, Performing Arts: Theater, Music, Dance; Language Arts: Reading and Creative Writing as storytelling with a focus on the concepts of imagination, creativity and problem-solving
Click here to view the Peter Rabbit Tales study guide and classroom activities.
Tuesday, November 15, 2016 - 9:45 a.m.
Based in Washington D.C.
Recommended Grade Levels: 2-9
Discover the world of stepping! Like a tap dance without shoes, or a band without instruments, stepping is percussive dance that uses kicks, stomps, claps, and chants–all linked to African and modern dance traditions. As the first professional company devoted to stepping, this world renowned group brings a high-energy feast for both the eyes and ears. Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement, and cross-cultural understanding.
Curriculum Connections: Multi-Cultural, Music, Dance, Storytelling, History, Performing and Visual Arts
View the Step Afrika! Study Guide.
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 - 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.
The Let's Go Science Show
Based in Santa Rosa, California
Recommended Grade Levels: K-3 (morning show); 4-8 (afternoon show)
Wacky Professor Smart and his comedic sidekick Dr. Knowitall join forces for an educational, experimental extravaganza. Professor Smart has peoples’ hair standing on end while he demonstrates principles of physics. Through memorable demonstrations, students learn about: states of matter, Newton’s Law of Gravity, air pressure, static electricity, The Scientific Method, levers and fulcrums, and so much more. Lots of audience interaction is guaranteed with these two circus legends.
Curriculum Connections: Science, Chemistry, Physics, Visual Arts
Monday, January 30, 2017 - 9:45 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. (BOTH FULL)
Everybody's Hero: Jackie Robinson Story
Performed by Mad River Theater Works, based in Ohio
Recommended Grade Levels: 3-9
It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America’s pastime. He had to be strong enough to stand up to the teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him, and the fans who would send him threats. This play, with live music by Mad River Theater Works, illustrates the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime.
Curriculum Connections: History, Music, Multi-Cultural, Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Education, Communication and Language Arts, Values-Based
Click here to view the Jackie Robinson study guide.
Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL) and 12:15 p.m.
Pete the Cat
A musical based on the popular book series by Kimberly and James Dean.
Performed by Theatre USA, based in New York
Recommended Grade Levels: K-3
Pete the Cat never loses his cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is, until the groovy blue cat moves in with The Biddles for the summer. Can cat and boy ever be friends? When Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete’s the perfect pal to lead the mission to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in a VW Bus.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Reading, Music, Relationships and Family, Theatre Education, Performing and Visual Arts
Click here to view the study guide.
Monday, March 6, 2017 - 9:45 a.m. (FULL) and 12:15 p.m.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Based on the "Little House" Book Series
Performed by ArtsPower National Touring Theater, based in New Jersey
Recommended Grade Levels: 2-6
Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested, but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors demonstrates a historical perspective on how a young woman discovers her personal values and builds relationships. The literature is expertly adapted for the stage in a musical format by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre.
Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, History, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Music, Values-Based, Performing and Visual Arts, Theatre Education
Click here to view the Laura Ingalls Wilder study guide.
Monday, March 27, 2017 - 9:45 a.m.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Eric Carle Stories
Performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Recommended Grade Levels: PK-3
Mermaid’s new production will bring together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights three of Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar, is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa Please Get The Moon For Me, fills out the hour for a performance which both entertains and educates.
Curriculum Connections: Innovative Puppetry, Literature-based, Theatre Education, Performing and Visual Arts
Monday, April 3, 2017 - 9:45 a.m.
Number the Stars (Holocaust Story)
Based on the book by Lois Lowry
Performed by GreatWorks Theatre Company, based in Chicago
Recommended Grade Levels: 4-9
In 1943, when the call went out to round up Denmark’s Jewish families, thousands of non-Jewish Danes worked together to smuggle their Jewish friends and neighbors across the water to neutral Sweden, and safety. Lois Lowry writes the story of Annemarie Johannsen’s family, who lives in Copenhagen, downstairs from her best friend, Ellen Rosen. When the call-up for Ellen’s family goes out, Annemarie’s family springs into action, spiriting Ellen away to the shore, in preparation for the journey across the sea. But before they get that far, Annemarie will have to step into the fray, and put her own life at risk for the sake of saving her friend.
Note: Performance duration is 70 minutes.
Curriculum Connections: History, Literature-Based, Communication and Language Arts, Theatre Education, Performing and Visual Arts
Monday, May 1, 2017 - 9:45 a.m.
James and the Giant Peach
Performed by the UD Department of Fine and Performing Arts
Recommended Grade Levels: 3-8
James and the Giant Peach was the first of Roald Dahl’s well-known children’s stories that he completed. It tells the story of James Henry Trotter and his horrible aunts – and how some magic beans, a peach tree, and a collection of interesting insects conspire to change his life. Adapted into a musical, the story comes to life with innovative puppetry, a spunky soundtrack, and bright characters that will have you on the edge of your seat.
Note: Performance duration is 75 minutes.
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Communication and Language Arts, Relationships and Family, Music, Theatre Education, Performing and Visual Arts
Click here for James and the Giant Peach lesson plans.