As you plan student activities for next school year, we hope you’ll consider using the ARTS to help teach various subjects, such as literature, history, science, and character building. We’re also offering the unique opportunity to participate in a nationwide study that will examine the impact of live theatre on literacy…Check out My Father’s Dragon to learn more. Live theater provides creative tools for learning that can help students grasp and retain information they wouldn’t understand in other terms. In short, learning comes to life on stage!

Reservations and Tickets
Reservations and Tickets

Reservations are required for all performances. Tickets are just $7 per person, and every fifteenth ticket is free. Discounts are available for Title I schools. Please indicate your school’s status on the reservation form. An invoice will be provided for group orders. Full payment is required for families or small groups (less than 10) at the time of reservation.

We understand that schools may need to estimate the number of tickets needed. Please include all students, teachers, and chaperones in your reservation. Numbers may be adjusted (subject to availability) when final counts and payments are due: 2 weeks before performance dates. No adjustments may be made on the day of the show.

 

Schedules and Lunches
Schedules and Lunches

All shows are presented at 9:30am and 12:00pm, unless otherwise noted. Performances will begin as close to these times as possible. Large groups should make every effort to arrive within the half hour prior to show times to allow ample time for seating.

Running time for all shows is approximately one hour. Please allow extra time for dismissal; street access is limited and groups will be called as their buses are ready for departure.

Lunches may be enjoyed at The Grand only. Space is limited and reservations are required. Groups may bring bagged lunches and eat “picnic-style” in one of our spaces before or after the show. Please inquire about availability when reserving your tickets.

Lunch spaces are not available at The Playhouse, but groups may use the public space at Rodney Square (weather permitting).

 

Transportation Scholarships
Transportation Scholarships

Transportation Scholarships are available for schools that demonstrate financial need. Download the Application for Transportation Scholarship. Awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, one per school per academic year.

Transportation Scholarships are made possible by a grant from

Classroom Visits
Classroom Visits

Classroom visits, offered at just $25 per class (maximum 30 students) help prepare your students for their field trip. Programs (up to 45 minutes) are tailored to support your educational goals with material that includes theatre etiquette, the history of The Grand or The Playhouse, and a custom lesson plan related to the content of the show. Travel fee may apply. For more information or to arrange a classroom visit, please contact our Education Manager at (302) 658-7897 x3201 or send an email.

Upcoming Events

Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook

The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
(Previous productions: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Brown Bear, Brown Bear. Please note, this is not a black light performance.)

Wednesday, October 25
Copeland Hall @ The Grand

Recommended for Grades PK-2 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Reading/Comprehension, Storytelling, Friendship, Puppetry

Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. But Big Nutbrown Hare loves him as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. And so it continues… In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager little bunny lies on the grass and opens his book, and within moments, the story he’s reading comes alive in fascinating detail.

 

Miss Nelson is Missing

TheatreWorks USA - Two Beans Productions
(Previous production: Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day)

Thursday, November 9
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades K-3 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Reading/Comprehension, Vocabulary, Music, Character Building, Empathy

The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But one day, she seems to vanish, and the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met. The search is on for Miss Nelson... before it’s too late! This lighthearted musical reminds us all to show appreciation to those we value.

 

'Twas the Night Before Christmas

Virginia Repertory Theatre
(Last performed: December 2014; Previous productions: A Christmas Carol, The Shoemaker and the Elves, Santa’s Enchanted Workshop)

Thursday, November 30
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades K-5 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections:Family Ties, Folk Tales, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Biography, Music, Reading, Writing, History, Character Development

Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light.

 

From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre
(Previous productions: Four Score and Seven Years Ago, Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great)

Thursday, December 7
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 2-6 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based

This enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages!

 

Maddog & Me: Bullying and the Power of Kindness

David Gonzalez, storyteller, musician, poet, actor, writer
(Previous productions: Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World)

Thursday, January 11
live @ the baby grand
Recommended for Grades 4-8 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Character Education, Language Arts, Literacy

An engaging and entertaining mix of world tales and personal stories addresses the culture of cruelty in our society. Through fables, myths, and stories from his own life growing up in a rough neighborhood, award-winning storyteller and educator, Dr. David Gonzalez, offers insights and strategies for cultivating compassionate relationships and communities.

 

Songs of the Civil Rights Movement

TAHIRA Productions, storyteller, musician, vocalist
(Last performed: January 2015)

Thursday, January 18
live @ the baby grand
Recommended for Grades 2-5

Curriculum Connections: African-American History, Civil Rights, Music, Culture

Leaders of the Civil Rights Movement understood that hours of political speeches may not inspire people to action but a 3-minute song can. In this program, students get to explore the issues of racial equality and justice in America during the 1950s and 1960s through song. TAHIRA educates, entertains, and inspires children with her "Musical-ology” – a mix of spoken word and soul-stirring vocals with rhythmic guitar and percussion.

 

Henry and Mudge

TheatreWorks USA
(Last performed: April 2016; Previous productions: Click Clack Moo, Pete the Cat, Charlotte’s Web)

Friday, January 26
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades PK-3 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Communication, Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family

Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! It looks like Henry and Mudge will be best friends forever, until his cousin Annie arrives for a visit. Will Annie come between a boy and his dog? Can a kid have two best friends? Find out in this touching musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.

 

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Casa Mañana
(Previous production: A Year with Frog & Toad)

Thursday, February 8
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 2-5 | Study Guide

 

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts – Vocabulary, Creative Writing, Creative Thinking, Comprehension; Social Studies – Geography/Map Skills, Government; Math – Calendar; Life Skills – Budgeting, Measurement; Science – Animals, Penguins, Animal Habitats, Environmental Conservation and Preservation; Puppetry

Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book is the perfect treat for kids.

 

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What

TheatreWorks USA
(Previous productions: Click Clack Moo, Pete the Cat, Charlotte’s Web)

Tuesday, February 13
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades PK-3 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Reading/Comprehension, Storytelling, Friendship, Puppetry

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the bravest Chihuahua of them all? Skippyjon Jones, the Siamese cat who thinks he's a Mexican Chihuahua, of course! While his sisters listen to Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, Skippy heads off for the REAL adventure awaiting him in his closet. This brand new musical, based on the book by Judy Schachner, is a twist on the classic fairytale Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

 

Freedom Riders

Mad River Theater Works
(Previous productions: Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story, Freedom Bound, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks)

Wednesday, February 21
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 4-8

Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights, Culture and Community, Music

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the U.S. Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders – both black and white Americans from the North and the South – decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the U.S. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

 

Treasure Island

Panto Theatre Company
(Stages of Discovery debut!)

Tuesday, March 6
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades 3-7

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Vocabulary, Reading/Comprehension

One of the most popular adventure tales of all time, Treasure Island spins an action-packed, fun-filled tale of piracy, a mysterious treasure map, and a host of characters with bad intentions who meet their match and are foiled in their attempts. This thrilling adventure tells of a perilous sea journey across the Spanish Main, a mutiny led by the infamous Long John Silver, a scramble for buried treasure on an exotic isle, and the message that good wins over evil every time.

 

My Father's Dragon

Enchantment Theatre Company
(Previous productions: Harold and the Purple Crayon, The Velveteen Rabbit)

Wednesday, March 14
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades K-5 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Vocabulary, Reading/Comprehension

When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure, and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in distinctive style using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music.

RESEARCH STUDY: Understanding the Impact of Live Theatre on Literacy
Enchantment Theatre Company is thrilled to announce a partnership with Purdue University to administer a potentially field-defining research project, and YOU are invited to participate! Purdue Convocations has developed a study examining the impact of live performance on the literacy skills of our young patrons. This research, based on a smaller study discussed here, will include students who attend school matinees of My Father’s Dragon and complete a comprehension assessment. If you are interested in participating in this study, every child in your class will receive a FREE copy of the book. For more information, please email Discovery@grandopera.org or click here to sign up for the study today!

 

Bach 2 Rock: The Science of Sound

Caryn Lin, electric violinist
(Stages of Discovery debut!)

Thursday, March 22
live @ the baby grand
Recommended for Grades 2-5 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Music, Science, Vocabulary, STEAM

This multi-media presentation transforms sound with a five-string electric violin and a myriad of modern technology. Students journey from the classical days of Bach to today’s techno-wonders. By using modern techniques of music production to produce unique and dynamic soundscapes, students learn the scientific concepts and art involved in the creation of live music. Three-dimensional sound waves become visible, bringing music to life before the audience’s very eyes and ears!

 

The Migration: Reflections on Jacob Lawrence

Step Afrika! presented by the Delaware Art Museum
(Stages of Discovery debut!)

Friday, April 13 | Special Time – 10:30 AM
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 5-12

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Art, African-American History, Civil Rights, Literacy Skills, Music/Dance/Culture

The Grand joins in an innovative collaboration with Delaware Art Museum to present Step Afrika! – a unique dance company that promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people and performs globally as a cultural ambassador. This signature work, based on Jacob Lawrence’s iconic painting series, charts the story of African-American migrants moving from the south to the north in the early 1900s. Each piece uses the images, color palette and motifs of the paintings to tell the migration story through body percussion and dance. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation.

 

How I Became a Pirate

Dallas Children’s Theater On Tour
(Previous productions: Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, The BFG, Flat Stanley, Stuart Little, The True Story of the Three Little Pigs)

Thursday, April 26
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades K-3 | Study Guide

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts – Reading/Comprehension, Writing, Vocabulary; Performing & Visual Arts – Theater, Music, Production Design, Story Adaptation

AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map! Based off the popular book, it’s a joyful musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

 

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