2018-19 Student Matinee Series

 

GIGGLE, GIGGLE, QUACK

Lifeline Theatre

Monday, October 8, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades Pre K-2

A musical based on the popular bestseller by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Adapted from “Giggle, Giggle, Quack” by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin. Originally published by Ateneum, 2002.

Book by James E. Grote; Music & Lyrics by George Howe; Directed by Shole Milos

Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family

Running a farm is hard work, especially with cows that type, hens on strike, and a duck who’s always causing trouble. So Farmer Brown takes off for a well-deserved vacation, leaving his brother Bob, an accountant from the city, in charge. Soon it’s no work and all play (and cake, pizza, movies, and bubble baths…) as the animals run wild, taking advantage of Bob’s lack of experience. Will the animals come clean about their devious tricks, or is there more to Brother Bob than meets the eye? Take a break from the grind with the gang from Farmer Brown’s farm with Lifeline Theatre’s hit musical adaptation of the 2002 New York Times bestselling book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

 

CHARLOTTE’S WEB

Theatreworks USA

Friday, October 19, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades K-5

Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family

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.

 

MYSTERIES OF ANCIENT EGYPT

Virginia Rep on Tour

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades 2-8

By Cliff Todd; Co-Produced by the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections: History, Art, Folk Tales and Mythology, Multi-Cultural, Science, Women’s Studies

Inside a tiny case, two children find an ancient amulet in a neighbor’s attic. Before her disappearance, Gama Harriet had been a famed Egyptologist. But what is the meaning of the hieroglyphs inscribed on the amulet, or the scribbled warnings found in Harriet’s journal? Before they know it, the children are magically transported back to ancient Egypt in 620 BC where they meet Sema-tawy-tefnakht, a scribe

to King Psamtik I. With his guidance, our two heroes unravel their mystery while your audience learns fascinating facts about one of the world’s most amazing cultures. They meet princess Shepenwepet, the pharaoh’s daughter, and travel with her on a fateful sea journey to Thebes where, with our contemporary heroes’ help, she must establish a base of power to protect her father’s kingdom. And guess who is waiting for them there. Thrills, dazzling beauty and historic fact combine in this novel melding of child-friendly mystery and accurate cultural exploration.

 

THE ONE AND ONLY IVAN

Lifeline Theatre

Friday, February 1, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades 2-6

The One and Only Ivan, published by HarperCollins, 2012. Used with permission of Pippin Properties, Inc.

A world premiere based on the 2012 book by Katherine Applegate and illustrated by Patricia Castelao a #1 New York Times bestseller and winner of the Newbery Medal; Adapted by James E. Grote; Directed by Dorothy Milne

Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Communication and Language Arts, ?????  Music, Relationships & Family

For 27 years, the world of Ivan the gorilla was a dull cage in a roadside shopping mall. But when he meets Ruby, a baby elephant captured in the wild, Ivan’s ambitions and imagination must grow to meet the challenge of rescuing his endangered new companion. Aided by Bob the scrappy dog and a young human ally, Ivan sets out to become the great silverback and protector he was always meant to be. Enter the mind of a remarkable hero in this unforgettable story of enduring friendship, drawn from true events.

 

YOUR ALIEN

Artspower

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades Pre K-2

Based on the book, Your Alien, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Goro Fujita. Copyright © 2015. Published by Sterling Children’s Books, New York, NY. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based

“One day, you’ll be looking out your window when something wonderful comes your way… and you will want to keep him.”

ArtsPower’s newest musical touches down with a stranded alien who strikes up a fabulous friendship with a boy who finds him. They go to school and have loads of fun together. As evening approaches, the alien grows homesick. Will the boy be able to figure out how to help his new friend? This funny and uplifting new musical shows how the power of true friendship can last a lifetime.

 

AMBER BROWN IS NOT A CRAYON

Artspower

Tuesday, March 12, 2019 at 9:45 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.

Recommended for Grades 1-4

Based on the book, Amber Brown is Not a Crayon, written by Paula Danziger. Copyright ©1994. Published by Putnam Children’s Books, New York, NY. Presented under a special agreement. All rights reserved.

Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections:
Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about.

ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness.