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2nd Act

Original scripts performed by a network of actors in recovery about the impact of substance use on the user and their loved ones, and the importance of community support in healing. These plays have been curated by playwrights, prevention specialists, drama therapists, and theatre educators. All performances are followed by a talkback with actors who are all in recovery or have lived experience with addiction. The intended outcomes of this program are participants being able to identify what addiction looks like, the feelings/trauma beneath substance use, the different pathways to recovery, and who/how to ask for help. Virtual program also available. 2nd Act; Grades 6-12; $2,200

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Dinoman

What could be more dramatic than a paleontologist on his way to do his laundry, discovering a dinosaur footprint in your school? How do we know dinosaurs existed? What is a fossil? How are they made? Join the paleontologist and his pet raccoon "Reflex" on a journey that concludes with the discovery of three life-size dinosaurs. A performance as entertaining as it is educational. Dinoman; Grades K-8; $695/$895; $200 for additional workshops

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Dayna Lisaius 800.392.8061/802.496.6109

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Kind Kids R Cool - The Magic of Character

This assembly is specifically geared to foster Social and Emotional Learning (SEL). Using magic, humor, puppetry and lots of audience participation, Magic Jim (a former teacher) teaches students positive character traits to help create a safe and nurturing school environment.  Creating a kind and caring culture allows students to be fully available to learning and gives them the concrete tools to deal with those situations when they are not treated with kindness and caring. Grades Pre-K-8. Price on request.  Jim Vagias; Grades Pre-K-8; Price on request

Jim Vagias 732.238.8139

 

 


History's Alive! with Patrick Garner

In this program, Broadway veteran Patrick Garner truly brings history to life for elementary school students.  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 a perennial visitor at schools and theaters throughout the country. Programs include Edison, Lewis and Clarke and Ben Franklin. Each curriculum-based program is immensely entertaining, incredibly informative and extremely interactive. Students don’t just learn history…they learn from history! Virtual programs also available. Patrick Garner; Grades K-6; Price on request.Patrick Garner; Grades K-6; Price on Request

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Patrick Garner 973.420.5268

 

 


Kit's Interactive Theatre

Kitty Jones, a professional actress from NYC, writes, choreographs, produces and performs all of her material for Kit’s Interactive Theatre. Her virtual shows keep students engaged with their high level of energy and through their use of her signature audience participation. Where applicable, prop lists are available so that students can make or gather props from items found in the home. And for added fun and excitement, your school’s program can be “personalized” to feature the school’s teachers and administrators. Virtual programs include: Mother Nature and Cinderella’s for grades K-2, The American Revolution, The Mysteries of Ancient Egypt, Journey of an Irish Immigrant and Women’s Right for grades 3-8. Due to the ever-changing nature of education currently, recorded, Zoom and live presentations are available. Kit’s Interactive Theatre; Grades K-8; $950/1300

Video Overview of Programs 

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Kitty Jones 570.476.5612

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Living Voices

Living Voices presents diverse performances uniquely combined with archival film that turn history into a moving personal journey. Both live performances and filmed productions with optional live streamed discussion are available. 12 powerful programs bring life to history with themes ranging from Ellis Island, Anne Frank/Holocaust, Women’s Suffrage Movement, The American Revolution, The Civil Rights Movement and more. Living Voices; Grades 1-12;850$ plus travel from NYC – up to 3 performances in one day available 

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

HEAR MY VOICE  Celebrate the Centennial of Suffrage ! Alice Paul and generations of women’s struggle for the Vote comes to life .Grades 5-12

THE NEW AMERICAN Travel with a fifteen year old Irish girl through Steerage, Ellis Island and work at the Triangle Factory. Grades 4-12  

THE RIGHT TO DREAM  illuminates The Civil Rights Movement and leads audiences to understand how the fight against prejudice has shaped our history. Grades 5-12 

OUR REVOLUTION Walk in the footprints of an African American soldier in the Continental Army  Grades 4-12 

Island of Hope : Jewish family escapes oppression in the Old Word in a journey to Ellis Island  Grades 1st -12

AND OTHERS including The Internment of Japanese Americans ,Cesar Chavez/Farmworkers Movement and The Great Depression

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Rachael McClinton 800.331.5716

 

 


Out of Rushmore's Shadow

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 timelines 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                                                                                                                                                                                                          .


Pushcart Players

Pushcart Players is an award-winning professional touring theatre and arts-in-education company for young 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 2018-19 school year:                                                    

THE VELVETEEN RABBIT (Available throughout 2018-19) 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

ELLIS ISLAND: GATEWAY TO AMERICA (Available throughout 2018-19) 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

LIFT EVERY VOICE – The Hope And Promise Of America’s Civil Rights Movement (Available starting February 2019) A multi-media musical celebrating the ordinary people during this extraordinary time in America’s history. "…VOICE…" looks at the Civil Rights Movement from the perspective of the young people who took part in shaping the movement - from the young people demonstrating at lunch counters to the courageous students on the forefront of school integration. The images, music and spirit of this pivotal time will inspire people of all ages with an appreciation of social justice’s importance in the precious legacy of our freedom. Grades 4-12

A CINDERELLA TALE … HAPPILY EVER AFTER (Available throughout 2018-19) 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

THE LAST BUTTERFLY (Available April - May 2019) 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 2018-19) 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 2018) 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 2018-19) 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

ADA accessibility; Price on request

Paul Whelihan or Stacie Gogo 973.857.1115

 

 


Shakespeare LIVE!

Each 75-minute assembly by Shakespeare LIVE! is energetic, exciting, and engaging, witty and visually imaginative – making Shakespeare accessible and very appealing to students and the educators who instruct them.  Study-guides and post-performance discussions are included with the performance fee.   Spring 2023 Live In-school offerings: A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM and MACBETH.  Email for specific pricing and date information. Virtual programs also available.

SPEAK THE SPEECH WORKSHOP Learn how actors bring Shakespeare’s language to life in performance. Acting as part detective and part conjuror, students will be able to apply the skills learned in this workshop to far more than just the Bard. Workshop runs 60-90 minutes and the program is limited to 30 students per workshop. Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey; Grades 4-12; Prices begin at $400
 

Doug West - Associate Director of Education 973.845.6742

 

 


STEM: the Musical Explains the Universe!

Equal parts educational, entertaining, and inspirational, STEM: the Musical is the ultimate Art & Science (STEAM) fusion! The show tells the story of four students brought together to complete a seemingly-impossible homework assignment: explain the universe and everything in it! With music that never stops in styles including hip-hop, Samba, pop and Broadway, STEM: the Musical engages audiences all the way from K through 8. The educational content comes straight from Common Core and state educational standards, and lyrics are adjusted so the concepts are always age-appropriate for our audiences. Featuring a central inspirational message that STEM is for *all* students, regardless of background, STEM: the Musical surely has something for everyone! Amy Pruitt & Kevin Badanes; Grades K-8; $1250/$1900; Travel fees may apply 

Amy Pruitt & Kevin Badanes 646.480.STEM (7836)                                                                                                                                                                                                     . 


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 receiving 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 are currently offering virtual assemblies and workshops, and they've been getting rave reviews from parents and educators about the level of engagement they are able to generate for kids, even over Zoom! Story Pirates; Grades PreK-6. Price on request.

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Story Pirates 347.878.6798

 

 


Tales from the Garden 

By playwright Stephen L. Fredericks 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.  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