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Austin The Unstoppable

Reigning master of X-box and junk food junkie, eleven year-old Austin suddenly faces the long-term consequences of an unhealthy lifestyle when he learns his mother has been diagnosed with Type II Diabetes. Created in partnership with Shaping NJ, this new musical comedy explores the challenges of a family learning how to make healthy choices together. This fun, upbeat musical explores the benefits of a healthy diet and exercise – celebrating the power of love, hard work, and support. George Street Playhouse; Grades 3-8; $1400/$1900

Diana Gundacker 732.846.2895 x117 

 



The Bully Dudes

Talented artists Keith Berger and David Prather team up to deliver a one-two punch in this exceptionally informative, delightfully humorous and poignantly thought-provoking program about the very serious subject of bullying. Students learn useful skills in dealing with bullies while also exploring the less talked about, but equally important, subject of being a witness or bystander to bullying. Get Arts Smart; Grades K-8; $900/$1100 

Get Arts Smart 866.770.2287

 



Bully-Proof Your School - The Magic of Character

Using magic, humor and lots of audience participation, this assembly teaches students positive character traits and gives them the concrete tools to deal with bullies who won’t go away. Seen by over half a million students, this assembly is specifically designed to complement and enhance state anti-bully and character education mandates. Faculty and Parent workshops also available. Jim Vagias; Grades Pre-K-8; Price on request

Jim Vagias 732.238.8139

 

 


FUNance - Where Fun And Finance Collide

Students learn about personal finance and discover the importance of math in everyday life. Grades K-6 are kept laughing and amazed with comedy, magic, circus skills and audience interaction as they learn financial concepts like: Needs and Wants, Where Money Comes From (and Goes); Financial Goal Setting; Spending Plans; What Saving Money Is and Why It's Important; What Debt Is Plus How (and Why) To Avoid It; and more. Brad Zupp’s years of experience as a financial planner and world-renowned performer make him uniquely qualified to teach financial literacy to kids. Putting the fun in finance! Simply Sensible Entertainment, Inc.; Grades K-3 & 4-6 (or customized for your grades); $850 first show/$300 each additional show

Brad Zupp 877.707.9534

 



NEW: In the Shadow of the Mountain

Parents Choice award-winning storyteller Lou Del Bianco portrays his grandfather Luigi Del Bianco and tells the story of his unique contribution as chief carver on our nation’s greatest memorial. Lou uses authentic photos, maps and timlines to bring Luigi’s story to life. This is a unique program about history, ancestry, perseverance and advocating for human rights. Students will also learn that history doesn’t always tell you the whole story and that it’s up to the individual to do the work and find out the truth about what really happened. Connects perfectly to Social Studies curriculum and primary source research. Lou Del Bianco; Grades K-8; $750/$1200

Lou Del Bianco 914.937.0897                                                                                                                                                                                                          .


Kit's Interactive Theatre

Kit's Interactive Theatre offers seventeen unique, high-energy, interactive shows that ignite the imagination and bring history to life. As the Northeast’s premiere interactive performer, award winning actress Kitty Jones combines continual audience participation with history, music, improvisation and her signature period dance in each performance. Schools may select from an array of programs that span 4000 years of history: The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, The Vikings in Vinland, The Royalty of the Renaissance, Pocahontas’ Vision Quest, Grace the Pirate, Colonial Life, The American Revolution, Sleepy Hollow Halloween, Our Civil War, The Pioneer Travel on the Oregon Trail, The One Room Schoolhouse, Journey of an Irish Immigrant, The Industrial Revolution’s Gilded Age, Women’s Rights, Cinderella’s Fairy Godmother, Mother Nature and The Mrs. Claus Holiday Celebration. Kit’s Interactive Theatre; Grades K-8; $900/$1200

Kitty Jones 570.476.5612                                                                                                                                                      .    Video Sampler                                                                                                                                                                                                                  . 


Living Voices

Living Voices combines a powerful performer with dynamic archival footage to present unique and unforgettable educational experiences.

THROUGH THE EYES OF A FRIEND shares the life of Anne Frank. The story focuses on the experiences of Anne and her friend Sarah before and after the years spent in hiding. A nationally acclaimed performance that helps make the Holocaust personal. Grades 5-12 

THE NEW AMERICAN Travel with a fifteen year old Irish girl seeking refuge and opportunity in America. Follow her journey through Steerage, Ellis Island and work at the Triangle Factory. Grades 4-12  

THE RIGHT TO DREAM is a compelling story of a young person’s coming of age in Mississippi during the 1950’s and 1960’s. This program illuminates the issues of civil rights and leads audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. Grades 5-12 

OUR REVOLUTION Walk in the footprints of a soldier in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as he struggles to find a place for himself during the birth of both a new country and a new people — the first generation of African-Americans in the United States of America. Grades 4-12 

KLONDIKE: THE LAST ADVENTURE What would you do for gold? The promise of riches and a new life during a time of turmoil drives one young woman to join a worldwide stampede in the last grand adventure of the 19th century. Written by Rachel Atkins. In collaboration with The Klondike Gold Rush National Historical Park. Grades 4-12

AND OTHERS including The Great Depression, Women’s Suffrage Movement and the Internment of Japanese Americans.   

Up to 3 shows $750 

Rachel McClinton 800.331.5716

 



The Mayhem Poets

"Let's go see a poetry show." That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind boggling performance has been described as "The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert". These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

The Mayhem Poets' unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on The Today Show and Eyewitness News, after winning 1st place and a grant for 100K in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006. Since then they've been touring internationally, collaborating with the likes of hip hop legends such as KRS ONE as well as world class musicians including Greg Patillo (beat box flute) and Jane Hunt (violin). Their latest CD, Reverse Birth was hailed as one of the Top spoken word CD's of 2007 by about.com's poetry section. Their NYC based educational training operation Slam Chops is providing opportunities for aspiring poets of all ages. Always up to date with contemporary world issues, This one of a kind Tour de Force stays fresh no matter what the venue. From theatre festivals to Hip Hop or Rock concerts, Community events to Youth Education series, Mayhem is the future. The Mayhem Poets; Grades K-12; $1200/$1800

Kyle Sutton 609.468.3044

 



Me Pluribus Unum 

"A one-woman, tour-de-force!" In this show we get a hilarious lecture-demonstration cum stump speech by the wanna-be Queen of the United States of America. In her campaign, she unwittingly makes the case for democracy as we know it, and shows us how lucky we are! As she argues that an absolute monarchy is so much easier than democracy (no questioning necessary, no thinking involved!) she points up the value of civic participation and involvement in our government. Her analysis of the American system covers the separation of powers, how laws are passed, taxes and freedom of speech. At the end, she demands a vote so she can achieve her American Dream: to become queen of the greatest nation on earth! Felicity Jones; Grades K-2, 3-12; $750/$1250

Tim Latta 203.313.12.75

 

 


MLK: Amazing Grace

MLK: Amazing Grace is a powerful dramatic work written and directed by Rochel Garner Coleman. A cast of three actors uses minor props and costume changes to become some of the famous and not so famous participants in the civil rights movement. Each story is taken from real life accounts with added research to give a background to this explosive time in United States history. Rochel Garner Coleman; Grades K-8; $1110/$1935

 

Bronwyn Schramm 818.248.5513

 



New Kid

New Kid is the story of an immigrant family from a fictitious place called Homeland. When the family arrives in America, they discover a new culture and unexpected prejudice against Homelanders. This clever play's device has the Homelanders speaking English and the Americans speaking a made-up gibberish language, allowing the audience to understand what it is like to be overwhelmed by a new language and new customs. George Street Playhouse; Grades K-6; $900/$1450 

Diana Gundacker 732.846.2895 x117

 



NEW: The Odyssey Experience

Written and directed by Christopher Parks, The Odyssey Experience is a completely-interactive production created at the McCarter Theatre Center, now touring through the Experiential Theater Company. Adapted from Homer’s The Odyssey (considered the greatest epic of Western literature), Odysseus’ voyage is the subject of an innovative and participatory style of theatrical storytelling. The performance is fueled by the imagination of the audience as they, together with an ensemble of professional actors, create every facet of the production experience. Students and family audiences not only interact with characters in this tale from ancient Greece, but they portray many of the principal characters themselves - Penelope, Hermes, Poseidon, members of Odysseus’ crew - as they are transported on a journey unlike any they have ever experienced before. Experiential Theater Company/Robin Klinger Entertainment; Grades 4-12; Price on request

Robin Klinger 516.472.7130                                                                                                                                                      .


Patrick Garner's History's Alive!

Patrick Garner has spent the last fifteen years traveling the country bringing history to life for elementary schools from California to Maine and from Florida to Washington State. His unique rapport with children, his ability to draw life lessons from history and his knack for entertaining students and faculty alike have made him an annual visitor at schools throughout New Jersey and throughout the country. Edison, Lewis & Clark, Franklin, Houdini and more. Who better to teach your children life's great lessons than those whose lives have become legend? Curriculum-based! Incredibly informative! Insanely interactive! Your children don't just learn history... they learn from history! Patrick Garner; Grades K-6; $800/$1000

Patrick Garner 973.420.5268

 



NEW: Possibilities by Fairleigh Dickinson University

An original story about making dreams come true with classic musical theater songs and dances. In its third season, the show is brought to you by the generous support of the Peter Jay Sharp Foundation. The show focuses on a day in the life of a group of high school students attending a career fair. These students come face to face with their dreams, external pressures, and ultimately the ability to make their own choices. The Fairleigh Dickinson University/YOUTH THEATER PROJECT offers this charming musical for fall performances at your middle school free of charge. Performances can be arranged for Friday mornings during the month of September and early October. Demand is high and availability is limited so make your reservations in May-June. FDU/Cynthia Thole Loewus; Grades 7-8; Free of charge

Cynthia Thole Loewus 973-443-8394                                                                                                                                                                                          


Pushcart Players

Pushcart Players is an award-winning professional touring theatre and arts-in-education company for your audiences. Twice nominated for an Emmy, Pushcart is the recipient of numerous state and private awards for excellence and innovation. A social profit organization founded in 1974, Pushcart brings substantive musical theater, workshops and residencies to young people and their families in schools and theaters nationwide. Pushcart offers the following shows for the 2017-18 school year:                                                    

A CINDERELLA TALE … HAPPILY EVER AFTER (Available throughout 2017-18) Filled with beauty, grandeur, magic and wonder this beloved tale is given the trademark Pushcart spin! "A Cinderella Tale…" takes young audiences on that sometimes happy, sometimes sad – but always compelling journey fueled by inner beauty, courage and kindness as they triumph over greed and arrogance. A wondrous production that is sure to dazzle young audiences! Grades Pre-K-5

ELLIS ISLAND: GATEWAY TO AMERICA (Available throughout 2017-18) A spirited salute to America in song, dance and story, designed to illustrate the struggles and achievements of past generations in preserving the freedom and diversity we enjoy in the United States today. Brimming with color, wit and humor, this charming musical takes a loving look at a small group of immigrants who came to America in the early 1900’s. Prevailing themes are the immigrant experience, ethnic diversity and the precious legacy of freedom and democracy in the U.S. "Ellis Island…" is an inspiring theatre piece that will ignite the passion for theatre, history and the arts forevermore! Grades K-6

THE LAST BUTTERFLY (Available throughout 2017-18) Based on the discovered drawings and writings of children in the Terezin concentration camp, this beautifully crafted Holocaust education piece that introduces a most sad chapter of history with sensitivity and care. An ideal introduction to or culmination of, Holocaust study, character development and prejudice reduction. Grades 4-12

PETER AND THE WOLF (Available throughout 2017-18) A classic tale that has it all – music, laughter, danger and defiance in a young boy’s magical moment of growing up. "Peter and The Wolf" will tickle, intrigue and delight young audiences while also offering a splendid introduction to theatre, classical music and value clarification themes. When Peter visits his grandfather for the summer, creative solutions are needed to provide a happy ending to a riveting story. This extraordinary musical presents young and family audiences with a precious moment of theatre they will long remember. Grades Pre-K-5

A SEASON OF MIRACLES (Available November - December 2017) is a multi-cultural collection of holiday tales that celebrate Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Stories within this delightful musical include O. Henry’s The Gift of the Magi, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker, an original tale set in Nigeria entitled The Kwanzaa Kite and The Chanukah Miracle. Crafted and set to music with the timeless tone of each classic piece, this magical presentation warms the hearts – and perhaps changes the perspectives – of family audiences as they reflect on the true meaning and spirit of the holidays. Grades Pre-K-8

STONE SOUP AND OTHER STORIES (Available throughout 2017-18) A perfect introduction to the joy of theatre and to the concept that reading is fun! This charming musical compilation of favorite stories from Africa, India, Eastern Europe and the United States of America is filled with music, fantasy and play, each tale introducing the spirit and customs of these unique cultures. Grades Pre-K-5

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (Available October 2017-18) A young boy’s love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. The Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, from deep dark caves to the wide open sea, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship in this musical re-telling of one of America’s favorite storybooks. Grades Pre-K-5

ADA accessibility; Price on request

Paul Whelihan or Samantha Simpson 973.857.1115

 

 


Quiet Riot

Quiet Riot offers high octane theatre and a variety of programs. Brothers Bill and David Mettler combine comedy, mime, storytelling, music and sound effects to make life skills fun for students and staff.

YOUR SEVEN STRENGTHS, a character education and substance awareness program, ideal for red ribbon week; helps students become aware of their inner strengths as well as support systems that are already in their lives. Grades K-6  

YOUR CHOICE, a program of performance pieces dealing with drinking and driving, alcohol commercials, problem solving, community building, and self-worth. Grades 7-12  

21st CENTURY LEADERS, a conflict resolution presentation using William Glasser’s works in peer mediation, this program focuses on the four human needs: Respect, Belonging, Choice and Fun. Grades K-5, 6-8, and 9-12  

BULLIES, TARGETS AND BYSTANDERS uses funny personal stories, sound effects and audience interaction to explore these three roles. Students are empowered to take a stand that: NO ONE IN MY SCHOOL WILL BE MISTREATED. Grades K-6 and 6-8  

NEW - THE MAGIC OF KINDNESS In collaboration with brain researchers at Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (Norfolk, VA) the Quiet Riot has created a delightful performance of stories, mime, comedy & sound effects about the ripple effect of Kindness. Studies have shown that Kindness inspires kindness and makes you healthier, happier & smarter too! Grades K-6 

MULTICULTURAL HOLIDAY SHOW Celebrations of Giving and Light, a mesmerizing display of lit candles from menorahs to Chinese lanterns captures the magic of the holiday season. Five different cultures are explored first by sharing respectfully the origin of the festival and then by telling a story from that tradition. Grades K-6 and 6-8

STORIES FROM THE HUMAN FAMILY A program of world stories that explores self-respect, respect for others and individual/community wellness. This performance celebrates diversity by honoring difference and the unique contribution that each culture and each person can bring to the group. Grades K-8, 6-8 and 9-12

STEPS TO FITNESS What do you get when you combine a team of nutritionists from a prominent Children’s Hospital with a comedy team? A creative, fun, informative, and interactive program to champion children’s health. Quiet Riot and Children’s Hospital of the King’s Daughters (Norfolk, VA) have teamed up to present Steps to Fitness, a 50 minute assembly program combining the hospital’s research in Children’s Health and the Quiet Riot’s theater arts. Grades K-6; Price on request

David Mettler 215.885.8825   215.869.8878

 



Shakespeare LIVE!

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey will be offering two productions for school audiences: 

THE COMEDY OF ERRORS Shakespeare’s hilarious slapstick comedy springs to life in this vibrant offering from Shakespeare LIVE! Two sets of identical twins, mistaken identities, and colorful characters conspire to make this caper a thrill for students and teachers alike! The Comedy of Errors is perfect for meeting the Common Core Standards in Language Arts. When teachers utilize activities in the study guide, students can also meet Standards in Visual and Performing Arts. Grades 3-12; $1200 plus travel fees; Available Mid-February through early June 2018

MACBETH Mysterious prophecies and vaulting ambition unite to bring about the demise of a once noble General in one of Shakespeare's most compelling tales.  A “must see” for students of English literature and drama. Macbeth is perfect for meeting the Common Core Standards in Language Arts. When teachers utilize activities in the study guide, students can also meet Standards in Visual and Performing Arts. Grades 6-12; $1200 plus travel fees; Available Mid-February through early June 2018

Doug West - Associate Director of Education 973.845.6742

 

 


The Signature Project 

The Signature Project is multi-faceted. Its core is a huge 76 ft x 36 ft mural layered with hidden secrets. A live performance brings the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. A unique, exhilarating tapestry blending art and technology, the live performance of The Signature Project also offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work. Patrick Dunning; Grades 3-12; Price on request

Patrick Dunning 503.312.5927

 



The Speech Doctor Is In

The Speech Doctor, Kathleen Williams, Ph.D., a highly experienced Public Speaking instructor, will make a house call to your school to help your students speak with confidence, clarity and expression! Oversized props, containing effective cures, add humor to this highly interactive program. Classroom workshops providing more detailed instruction are also available for grades 6-8. Kathleen Williams; Grades K-6; $750/$950

Kathleen Williams 800.653.5266

 



Story Pirates

Story Pirates has been committed to providing high quality arts education to children since 2003. Their Play/Write Program began as a pilot in a single low-income Harlem school and has grown to become a nationally respected creative writing and drama curriculum in place annually at over 150 schools across the country. Story Pirates performances, workshops, and residencies have been sponsored by partners such as Penguin Books, the Kennedy Center, and the Geffen Playhouse in L.A. and received recognition from students, parents, teachers, principals, and celebrities, such as Jon Stewart and John Oliver of the Daily Show. Story Pirates curriculum focuses on core elements of national standards for Arts Education and English Language Arts, while providing rich cultural experiences that push the boundaries of traditional enrichment to tackle substantive educational goals like vocabulary development, story structure, revision, and confident self-expression. Over the past decade, Story Pirates has invited tens of thousands of students to see their own words and ideas come to life on stage, and watched as, one by one, these children began to call themselves writers. Story Pirates; Grades K-8; Price on request 

Story Pirates 347.878.6798

 



Tales From The Garden 

By playwright Stephen L. Fredericks, it is a fun-filled journey through the rich history of The Garden State from its original settlers to its many legends – as well as some of the more unique roles New Jersey has played in American History.  The program is presented by three professional actors with limited props and costumes. During the course of the show, each actor takes on several different roles to make the history, folk tales, and legends of New Jersey come to life. This production is a great way to introduce and/or enhance your unit on New Jersey. Performances available at The Growing Stage, Netcong, NJ or at your school. The Growing Stage Theatre; Grades 3-8; Price on request

Growing Stage 973.347.4946

 



Winter Holiday Express: The Magic of Different Cultures

An assembly geared to foster cultural diversity. Students take an imaginary train ride around the world to learn about various cultures and winter holidays like Diwali, Kwanza, Solstice, Ramadan, Hanukkah and Christmas.  Combining his backgrounds as a former teacher and an entertainer, Jim teaches students that while we may be different on the outside, we are all the same on the insideJim Vagias; Grades Pre-K-8; Price on request

Jim Vagias 732.238.8139 

 



Women: Back To The Future

A series of one-woman shows brings to life a diverse group of historical female role models. Three dynamic women leaders are featured per performance. Each woman’s distinctive character springs to life through song, monologue and movement. Audiences experience each trailblazer's dreams, frustrations, struggles and victories. Women presented include Abigail Adams, Bessie Coleman, Sacagawea, Eleanor Roosevelt, Rose Crabtree, Lucy Stone, Marian Anderson and Alice Paul. New show "Forging Frontiers: Women Leaders in STEM!" features Rachel Carson – marine biologist/writer; and  Louise Arner Boyd, who led seven Arctic expeditions, and also highlights diverse contemporary STEM role models from NASA, FBI and medicine. Forging Frontiers encourages students to further explore STEM classes and careers. "If you can see it, you can be it!" Kate Campbell Stevenson; Grades K-8; $825/$1150

Kate Campbell Stevenson 301.622.1588