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Theatre Vision Launches 27th Season

by Katie Warchol
Published: 11/01/2011 7:00 am
Theatre Vision launches its 27th season with a whole host of entertaining, educational live-action stage productions for students of all ages.

The new season welcomes in a new partnership between Lourdes University and The Valentine Theatre, which now provides programming at both locations. The content of each show adheres to state and national curriculum standards and is presented by national touring companies of professional artists and educators.

The nearly two-dozen performances include returning favorites like We The People, Rainbow Fish, and a collection of Eric Carle’s creatures like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. Young theater-goers will also get a taste of the beloved children’s series The Magic School Bus, as well a western frontier interpretation of Shakespeare’s Taming of the Shrew and a compelling look at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

For more information on admission, including large group admission, visit www.lourdes.edu/CommunityOutreach/TheaterVision.aspx, call 419-824-3986, or email mbukowski@lourdes.edu.


We the People

Lourdes University Franciscan Center
Wednesday, November 2
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, November 3, 2011
10 a.m. only
Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more in this all-new musical review that brings American Civics lessons to life.
Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more in this all-new musical review that brings American Civics lessons to life.
Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today's youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People will instill American pride in audiences of all ages, and perhaps even inspire them to get involved and make a difference.
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: 4 - 7
Curriculum: Social Studies, Government & Citizenship, Music

Yellow Brick Road

Lourdes University Franciscan Center
Monday, November 7, 2011
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
In this new musical loosely based on "The Wizard of Oz," Dora feels like she's caught between two worlds: on one hand, she is expected to embrace the Latino family traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation, but she also wants to be a contemporary American teenager... She sometimes thinks she's trapped between a pinto bean and a cheeseburger. Dora can't figure out where she fits in, and she longs for a place where she can forge her own identity.
Click your heels to Latino songs, learn some Spanish and discover the power of embracing multiple cultures and the true meaning of "home"
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: 3 - 5
Curriculum: Multicultural Education, Music, Spanish

Skippyjon Jones

Valentine Theatre
Friday, January 13, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale... Anything BUT a Siamese cat! Donning a mask, a cape and an accent, Skippyjon Jones transforms into Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in Old Mexico.
Based on the book by Judy Schachner, and from the creators of Theatreworks USA's Junie B. Jones and Click, Clack, Moo, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: Pre K - 2
Curriculum: Literature, Music, Character Development, Spanish

Treasured Eric Carle

Lourdes University Franciscan Center
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
10 a.m. Only
The Very Hungry Caterpillar (veteran of more than 2000 performances), is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of "Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See?" The poignant story of a young girl's unusual quest, Papa Please Get the Moon For Me," completes an hour-long performance, which both entertains and educates.
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: Pre K - 2
Curriculum: Science, Art, Music, Puppetry, Language Arts, Music, Math

Fancy Nancy

Valentine Theatre
Friday, February 17, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Nancy just doesn't understand why she's the only one who appreciates the value of frilly accessories and a prodigious vocabulary. It's time to teach her family how to be fancy!
A multi-talented cast also presents Duck for President; Leonardo,the Terrible Monster; Let's Do Nothing; Babymouse, the Musical; and Pirates Don't Change Diapers. This show introduces great children's books to audience members.
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: Pre K - 3
Curriculum: Language Arts, Music, Character Education

Magic School Bus

Lourdes University Franciscan Center
Thursday, February 23, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
Ms. Frizzle's students are putting on a play about global warming, and they need some cold, hard facts. The Friz and her reptilian sidekick, Liz, know just where to find them! From the arctic to the equator, they see telltale signs of climate change and learn how conservation, recycling and alternative energy can make a difference. Ms Frizzle and her class are up for the climate challenge. Are you?
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: 2 - 4
Curriculum: Science, Weather, Environmental Issues, Cooperation & Teamwork

I Have a Dream

Lourdes University Franciscan Center
Monday, March 5, 2012
10 a.m. Only
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." 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."
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: 2 - 6
Curriculum: Biography, History, Multicultural Education, Language Arts, Character Development

The Taming of the Shrew

Valentine Theatre
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
10 a.m. 11:30 a.m.
Cowboy boots, whips, and lassos give a biting punch to this classic. Sparring lovers Kate and Petruchio duke it out on the western frontier. Will they ride off into the sunset or die tryin'? The verbal duel never stops as National Players presents one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies. Giddyup!

Murfaro's Beautiful Daughters

Valentine Theatre
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro's pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel a half day's journey through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way the two girls encounter a number of mysterious situations that test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit.
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: 2 - 6
Curriculum: Literature, Multicultural Education, Character Education, Music, Dance, Geography

Rainbow Fish

Friday, April 20, 2012
10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
With her lovely coloring and shimmering scales, the Rainbow Fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean. So when the other fish ask her for some silver scales, she refuses. How can she sacrifice the one thing that makes her so unique?
Will some good advice from the wise old Octopus persuade the Rainbow Fish to share her gifts with those around her?
Performance Length: One Hour
Grades: Pre K - 2
Curriculum: Language Arts, Music, Science, Cooperation & Friendship




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