Student educational programming

Cello students on stage behind professional cellistsThe Midwest Theater has another exciting year of performing arts and science educational events for the 2018/2019 school year, with 15 matinee programs and 11 outreach performances/workshops, covering folk and ragtime music, theatre, songwriting, acting, science, and storytelling through dance. These educational events are all FREE for area students.

Registrations for PERFORMING ARTS events are OPEN as of August 29, 2018, and will remain open until filled. We sent out the schedule and target grade ranges and a registration link to all the educators on our contact list. If you did not get an email but would like to get the information about registering your students for this programming, contact Executive Director Billy Estes at 308-632-4311 or billy@nebraskarts.com

Information about the Science on Screen programming will be available once details have been secured for the programming. The first program will be the first week of December 2018.

Registration is offered on a first-come, first served basis. We are happy to provide accommodations for students with special needs – please request accommodations such as wheelchair access or amplification devices at the time of registration.

Please also note that the Nebraska Arts Council (www.nebraskaartscouncil.org) still has their School Bus Arts Instruction and Application online.

2018/2018 Schedule of Programs

THE HUNTS

Thursday, September 13, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 4-6
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression in folk music, types of instruments, learning how to learn, the value of practice, how to cooperate on a creative project, behavior at public musical performances

Artist description: Known for their harmonic take on alt-folk, The Hunts are a Virginia-based band of seven siblings who’ve been playing music together almost their entire lives. Twin sisters Jessi and Jenni and brothers Josh, Jonathan, Jordan, Justin, and Jamison learned to sing and play instruments and then started songwriting. While agreeing on every note and lyric can be chaotic, the synergy born from that chaos makes the band strong.

GINA CHAVEZ

Thursday, October 11, 2018, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 4-6
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: Latin musical styles, rhythm and movement, Spanish language, songwriting, living conditions in El Salvador, cultural identity, behavior at public musical performances. See educational program example provided by the artist: https://midwesttheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/GINA_EducationalProgram.pdf

Artist description: Austin-based singer/songwriter Gina Chavez has always worn her emotions on her sleeve. Her deeply felt ruminations on things like identity, love, life, fun and joy have made her music an Alt.Latino favorite for quite a few years now. Chavez’s voice is perfectly suited to reflect all of those experiences and to take us to places where we dare to let our emotional guards down.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE – BLACK BEARD THE PIRATE

Friday, November 30, 2018, 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 1-3
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression through theatre, teamwork, evaluating the validity of information, the value of rehearsal, behavior at public theatre performances

Play synopsis: What starts as a lazy day at the beach quickly turns into mystery and adventure when
the search for Blackbeard’s treasure begins! Grab some sun screen, come on down to the beach and get ready to solve the mystery of BLACKBEARD THE PIRATE! Auditions will be held November 26, 2018 at 4:00 PM

VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR

Tuesday, January 22, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Grades: K-2
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression in theatre and puppetry, behavior at public musical performances, encouraging literacy and the joy of reading, see the educator guide provided by the theatre company for additional ideas on lessons in science, math, art, English, and creative thinking: https://midwesttheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/VHCGuidebook.pdf

Play synopsis: Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia has earned international recognition for their imaginative approach telling the stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Little Cloud, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon through theatre.

MY ANTONIA

Thursday, February 14, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 4-6
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression in theatrical performance, difference in storytelling technique between a novel and a stage play, Nebraska’s history of immigration, Nebraska’s literature and literary tradition of Willa Cather, behavior at public theatrical performances

Play synopsis: My Ántonia, Willa Cather’s seminal novel of immigration on the prairie, is coming to the Midwest Theater stage in an award-winning theatrical adaptation by Allison Moore and Illusion Theater. My Ántonia tells the story of Antonia Shimerda, a Bohemian immigrant to Nebraska, via a narrator, Jim Burden. This tour is co-presented by the Cather Foundation and Arts Across Nebraska to celebrate 100 years since the novel’s publication.

CATAPULT

Thursday, February 28, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 4-6
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression in dance, styles of dance (ballet vs modern), creation of shadow puppets, the science of shadows, behavior at public dance performances. See the dance company’s study guide: https://midwesttheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Catapult-Study-Guide.pdf

Dance troupe description: Using only their bodies and special effects, CATAPULT’s dancers tell eight different stories through their riveting performance that are all unique in their own way. This show has travelled around the world and is now returning to the U.S. for the first time since America’s Got Talent! CATAPULT is a great family program for all ages!

PEACHERINE RAGTIME SOCIETY ORCHESTRA

Friday, March 8, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 2-8
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: history of music, history of movie theaters, how music influences the experience of a movie, African-American musician Scott Joplin and ragtime music, types of instruments, behavior at public musical performances and in movie theaters. See study guide developed by a Maryland presenter: https://midwesttheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/PeacherineRagtimeOrchestraAssemblyGuide_edited.pdf

Musical group description: The Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra is hailed as “the premier American ragtime ensemble” and is one of America’s few professional ensembles dedicated to the preservation and performance of America’s first popular music: ragtime. The PRSO recreates the sounds of the concert stage, the dance halls, and the theatre – ragtime, dance music, theatre selections, and silent film accompaniment, all performed off the original musical scores.

MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE – PINOCCHIO

Friday, March 29, 2019, 9:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 1-3
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression through theatre, teamwork, learning to discern right from wrong, the value of rehearsal, behavior at public theatre performances

Play synopsis: The lonely and kind woodcarver Geppetto worked far into the night, fashioning a puppet in the image of a small boy. Watching from afar, the Blue Fairy gave that puppet, made from the trunk of an enchanted tree, the gift of life. Thus begins the story of PINOCCHIO. Auditions will be held March 25, 2019 at 4:00 PM

THE 5 BROWNS

Tuesday, April 9, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 4-6
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression in classical music, the value of practice, how to cooperate on a creative project, behavior at public classical musical performances

Artist description: The 5 Browns – Julliard-educated siblings Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra and Desirae – are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest and most excited audience they can find. Whether performing individually or in combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns connect deeply to their material and bring a fresh energy and dynamic character to their sound.

PASSING IT FORWARD

Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 1:00 p.m.
Grades: 5-12
Event length: 1 hour

Possible lessons: expression through tap dance, rhythm, writing, spoken word poetry, cultural identity, American history, immigration, the American dream. See performance examples here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y7aOS6wGHYU&feature=youtu.be A link to the study guide provided by the dance company is here: https://midwesttheater.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/Passingitforward_teachingguide.pdf

Dance troupe description: Tapestry Dance Company’s “Passing it Forward: The American Dream?” explores the rich and complicated history of immigration since the beginning of our country. Told through spoken word and various musical styles, listen to music informed by Irish, Jewish, Latin, German, and jazz styles, while tap dancers tell their story through dance.

 

A musician in a cowboy hat showing a student how to play slide guitar.Ballet dancers on stage leading students in the audience in a warmup routineTwo speakers with drones on stage kneeling down to talk to students