The Arts In Education Series Returns!
We're so excited to welcome students to our historic theater for the 2022-23 Aspirus Health Arts In Education series . We love sharing in the excitement of students seeing some of their favorite stories come to life on stage, and we can't wait to experience this season together.
Click, Clack, Moo
Thursday, November 17 | 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Recommended for Grades K - 2
When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declares the farm a tech-free zone. He takes her laptop in the cold barn with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.
“No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!”
So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets? No milk! No eggs!
Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously moving musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.
Pete's Big Hollywood Adventure
Friday, February 3 | 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Recommended for Grades Pre K - 2
Lights! Camera! Action! Everyone’s favorite cool blue cat returns to The Grand with a brand-new production! Brought to life by the same team that produced TheaterWorksUSA’s original Pete the Cat musical, Pete’s Big Hollywood Adventure follows Pete the Cat and his buddy Callie as they sneak into the Hollywood Studios and get lost in the world of the movies.
Join Pete, Callie, Grumpy Toad, Gus the Platypus, Ethel the Apatosaurus, and Robo-Pete in this rockin’ new musical adventure that features several fun-filled Pete the Cat books including Cavecat Pete, Pete the Cat and the Treasure Map, and The Cool Cat Boogie. Set sail on the high seas, learn a groovy new dance, and visit prehistoric times with Pete and his pals!
The Peking Acrobats
Friday, February 17 | 10:00 AM
Recommended for Grades 2 and up
For the last 30 years, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs. They are experts at trick-cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. They are masters of agility and grace.
With high-tech special effects that coalesce with the music and awe-inspiring feats, The Acrobats create an exuberant entertainment event featuring all the excitement and festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival!
The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
Monday, February 27| 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Recommended for Grades 1 - 5
When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system.
Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.
Yamato: The Drummers of Japan
Friday, March 31 | 10:00 AM
Recommended for Grades 2 and up!
The drummers of Yamato are seasoned experts in the ancient art of Japanese taiko drumming. They take this centuries-old cultural practice and make it exciting and relevant with their explosive energy and passion, teaching young people across the world about the importance of honoring tradition.
As they tour and perform throughout Japan, the United States, and the rest of the world in theaters and classrooms alike, the troupe continues to cherish and uphold Yamato, the spirit of Japan.
The Lightning Thief
Thursday, April 13 | 10:00 AM & 1:00 PM
Recommended for Grades 2 - 6
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school. Again. And that’s the least of his troubles.
Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. Worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief. He must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.
These performances are available to schools thanks to the support of Aspirus Health, The Grand, The Grand's Wolff Education Fund, and the Arts Midwest Touring Fund Grant.