2016-17 Season Arts In Education Series
As a nonprofit arts leader, the Performing Arts Foundation is committed to providing students with access to professional artists by offering high-quality matinee performances. The arts have many benefits, helping students to become better equipped in the classroom and more prepared for life.
The Ugly Duckling
October 20, 2016 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
Creating a light and color spectacle, Lightwire Theater brings together two classic tales, The Ugly Duckling and The Tortoise & The Hare, to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is a wonderful story celebrating differences and transformation while Aesop’s fable The Tortoise & The Hare reminds audiences of the old adage “slow and steady wins the race.”
Ben Franklin and His Kite
November 14, 2016 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
Over 250 years ago, Ben Franklin shocked the world with his discovery that lightning held electricity - and thus rendered scientists “thunderstruck”! This entertaining and educational play brings the history and science curriculum to life.
Ben Franklin and His Kite is a play about an incredible character and the man who changed our world forever.
Everybody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story
March 7, 2017 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
Becoming a sports legend and civil rights hero, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in baseball in 1947. From the acclaimed touring theater company Mad River Theater Works in Ohio, this production, with live musical accompaniment, recreates 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.
Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other Treasured Stories
February 28, 2017 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
Brown Bear, Brown Bear and Other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. The colorful production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects that has won international acclaim. Celebrating its 50th anniversary, Brown Bear, Brown Bear was written and illustrated by Carle and Bill Martin, Jr., and has served to introduce generations of toddlers to the delights of identifying colors and objects.
Laura Ingalls Wilder
March 13, 2017 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
A Wisconsin classic, Laura and her family travel across America to the Midwest 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 comes to life in ArtsPower’s popular musical. The show features a lush musical score with original songs, which captures the restlessness and excitement of loading up the covered wagon to find a new home.
Dr. Seuss' Cat in the Hat
April 5, 2016 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
The Seuss story we all know and love! From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing One and Thing Two, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun’s never done!
The Mayhem Poets
April 26, 2017 - 10:00am & 1:00pm
These theatre trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand up comedy to flip poetry on its head in this spoken word spectacle. The Mayhem Poets’ unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on the Today Show and New York’s acclaimed Lincoln Center. With their original and inspiring performances, the group spreads their mission to reshape society’s view of poetry.