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School Performance Series

School performance series

CALLING ALL EDUCATORS! Give your students an unforgettable experience that will ignite their imaginations and help them develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts. Your students will be thrilled by the magic of math, the rhythms of Schoolhouse Rock Live, the antics of Shakespeare’s beloved characters in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, the misadventures of Mowgli in The Jungle Book, and so many more!

The School Performance Series at SOPAC complements classroom lesson plans by engaging students in entertaining and educational performing arts experiences that reinforce the NJ Core Curriculum, and brings the page to the stage in an exciting and interactive way. Group bookings include Q&A sessions with artists along with Study Guides to help get the most fun and learning from your field trip experience.

We will begin taking reservations for the 2014-15 School Performance Series in September. For more information about the upcoming season, please contact the Education Department at (973) 382-1035 or education@sopacnow.org.


2014-15 SOPAC SCHOOL PERFORMANCE SERIES:

The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Graham Lustig's A Jazzy Nutcracker

MatheMagic!®

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

I Have a Dream: The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Doktor Kaboom!

The Jungle Book

The monster who ate my peas

The Monster Who Ate My Peas

Friday, November 21 at 10AM

A highly amusing and moving musical about Danny, a boy who absolutely cannot stand to eat peas! When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, Danny is ready to make a deal… Danny agrees, if the monster will eat his peas, he will surrender any of his possessions. First, it’s his soccer ball, then, it’s his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will Danny refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Prepare to be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

Grades Pre K–2
Running Time:
55 minutes
Post-performance Meet & Greet

Curriculum Connections:
Visual and Performing Arts, Family Relationships, Language/Communications Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre. Based on the multi award-winning book The Monster Who Ate My Peas by Danny Schnitzlein. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Copyright by Peachtree Publishing ©2001. Atlanta, GA. Presented under an exclusive agreement. All rights reserved.

Graham lustig's a jazzy nutcracker

Graham Lustig's A Jazzy Nutcracker

Friday, December 5 at 10AM

Graham Lustig’s A Jazzy Nutcracker is ‘Jumpin with Jazz’ in his adaptation of the timeless holiday classic performed by the diverse and talented dancers of Lustig Dance Theatre. It’s a swinging ’60s London Christmas with melodies that will set your feet tapping, colorful sets that will enchant you, and vibrant costumes that will engage you. A space-age battle scene, a local marching band, 30 young community dancers, and a dancing Santa Claus spend a night discovering the secrets of “Drosselmeyer’s” magical department store and add to the spectacle of Klara’s enchanting transformation! Composer Paul Undreiner has woven a delightful score that echoes the original, and is played live by a jazz sextet. Come and be transported into the fresh, fun and imaginative world of A Jazzy Nutcracker!

All Grades
Running Time: 70 minutes (including a 10-minute intermission)
Post-Performance Meet & Greet
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, Physical Education, Literature, Music

Based on Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker and interlaced with other seasonal melodies, A Jazzy Nutcracker’s original score was composed by Rutgers University Professor Paul Undreiner. Funding for the new score was underwritten with a grant from New Music USA’s 2013 Live Music for Dance Program, with generous support from the Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation. Lustig Dance Theatre is a professional contemporary ballet company offering performances of high artistic quality imbued with virtuosity, energy, dynamics, and humanity. Lustig Dance Theatre supports a creative environment for artists and choreographers that promotes artistic innovation through the creation of new work.

MatheMagic

MatheMagic!®

Thursday, January 15 at 10AM

Internationally renowned magician Bradley Fields captivates audiences with his famous and mysterious illusions, and then shares the secrets behind startling math tricks. Hailed as one of the pre-eminent shows for young people, MatheMagic!® features world-class magic, comedy, and theatre. Amidst all the oohs, aahs, and laughter, Bradley Fields challenges, provokes, and elicits critical thinking. Students will (unknowingly!) practice classroom skills and problem solving. They will also explore ancient civilizations, and meet Imhotep, Pythagoras, and the first magicians (whose secrets were really math!).

Grades K–5
Running Time: 60 minutes
Post-Performance Discussion
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts,
Mathematics, Science, Technology, History

Schoolhouse rock live!

Schoolhouse Rock Live!

Friday, February 20 at 10AM

A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage! The brilliant Emmy Award-winning Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math, science, and politics through clever, tuneful songs is not only making a small-screen comeback, it’s lighting up stages all around the country and instructing a whole new generation to “Unpack Your Adjectives” and “Do The Circulations.” Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher worried about his first day of teaching, tries to relax by watching TV when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through such beloved songs as “Just A Bill,” “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly,” and “Conjunction Junction.” Children just discovering the TV series to “Generation X-ers” seeking a taste of nostalgia will delight in this sure-fire entertainment that’s simply good, clean — and educational — fun.

Grades K–6
Running Time: 60 minutes
Post-Performance Discussion
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, Mathematics, Science, Technology, History

Childsplay Theatre Company Book by Scott Ferguson, George Keating and Kyle Hall Music and Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, Bob Dorough, Dave Frishberg, Kathy Mandry, George Newall and Tom Yohe

I have a dream

I Have a Dream: The Life and Times of Martin Luther King, Jr.

Tuesday, March 10 at 10AM

The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King becomes the prime mover behind the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, putting his philosophy of non-violent protest to work. He gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. Your students will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”

Grades 3 and up
Running Time:
60 minutes
Post-Performance Discussion
Curriculum Connections:
Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, History, Multi-Cultural, Public Speaking, Biography, Reading, Self-esteem, Character Development

Theatre IV. By Bruce Craig Miller.

A midsummer night's dream

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Tuesday, March 24 at 10AM

When starry-eyed young lovers and zany would-be actors cross paths in a magical forest, the result is one of the world’s most uproarious comedies. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is the ideal “first Shakespeare” and a riotous roller coaster ride of mistaken identities and first love that will delight students and their teachers. This fanciful, “Tim Burton inspired” staging of the Bard’s classic unites magic, mayhem and actors on stilts.

Grades 3 and up
Running Time:
70 minutes
Post-Performance Discussion
Curriculum Connections:
Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, Health and Physical Education, Social Studies, Classical Literature

The Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey’s Shakespeare LIVE! By William Shakespeare. Directed by Brian B. Crowe.

Doktor kaboom!

Doktor Kaboom!

Wednesday, April 1 at 10AM

Doktor Kaboom! is an awesomely interactive one-man science variety show. The creation of actor/comedian David Epley, Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration in an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch their breath. Join David Epley for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Doktor Kaboom! keeps his crowds riveted with interest and rolling with laughter. Doktor Kaboom! takes his audience on an amazing educational tour of the modern scientific method, using humor and comedy while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.

Grades 4 – 8
Running Time:
60 minutes
Post-Performance Discussion
Curriculum Connections:
Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, Science, Technology

The jungle book

The Jungle Book

Monday, May 4 at 10AM

Join young Mowgli as he learns the “Laws of the jungle” in this time-honored adventure-story. With the help of friends like Bagheera, the black panther, and Baloo, the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer on Mowgli as he faces his fear and foils his nemesis Shere Khan, the tiger. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic tale will delight both the young and the young at heart.

Grades Pre K – 5
Running Time:
60 minutes
Post-Performance Meet & Greet
Curriculum Connections:
Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Reading, Science, History, Music, Character Development

Theatre IV. Book and Lyrics by Scott Wichmann. Music by Julie Fulcher. Adapted from the Book by Rudyard Kipling.

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