Enrich classroom curriculum by integrating materials from performances in the 2008-2009 Professional Artist Series at Givens Performing Arts Center.
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Each time you visit the Givens Performing Arts Center, we hope that in addition to having a wonderful time, you take the opportunity to learn something. Whether it be cultural enlightenment, social awareness, artistic development or any of the new worlds a performance opens up, “teachable moments” are found in each and every one of our shows. Listed after each show description there are a few themes to spark your interest and conversations both pre and post show.
Study Guide Information for students: click on highlighted area for study guide.
Teachers receive faculty/staff rate of $15 for tickets at Givens Performing Arts Center through North Carolina's WE SAVE program.
All dates and artists subject to change due to availability.
Henry & Mudge
Monday, September 28
Grades Pre K – 3
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! Henry discovers that having a pet is a big responsibility -- they need to be fed, they need to be taken out for walks, and of course they need lots of love and playtime! And when the dog is as big as Mudge is, they also need good training. Henry teaches his new friend to sit, heel, and shake his hand, but rolling over is one trick Henry just can't seem to teach Mudge, no matter how hard he tries.
When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that he finally rolls over at her command! Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him, because the dog only does the trick for her. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Mudge follow's the boy's scent into the forest -- he really does love Henry and doesn't want to be without him. Will the two friends be reunited? Study Guide available.
Thursday, November 12
Grades Pre K – 4th
The North Carolina Symphony has one of the most extensive music education programs of any U.S. orchestra, performing over 40 education concerts a year for students throughout North Carolina. The program is designed to introduce students in the third through fifth grades to the principles of orchestral music, culminating in a live performance by the North Carolina Symphony.
The program is a cooperative effort with music and arts teachers in the public, private and home school systems. Each year in advance of the season, teachers are invited to attend a workshop where they learn techniques to instruct their students in the fundamentals of music, musical terminology, the instruments of the orchestra and concert repertoire.
Study guide available
The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon
Thursday, November 19
Grades: Pre K and up
“One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight.” So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson, following the zany adventures of an inventive young boy. As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s the-limit imagination. Enchantment Theatre’s production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, space ships!), joins a circus (he walks a tightrope!) and meets a king in an enchanted garden (of course, there’s a dragon). The “Harold” books have captivated families for more than fifty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world. Study Guide available.
Are You My Mother
Friday, February 5
Grades: K – 2
At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book. Study guide available.
The Kennedy Center Presents
Monday, March 16
Grades: 3 and up
Fourth grade is not easy and after spending a year planning her "positively purple" birthday party, Megan finds herself at odds with new student Alexis. To Megan, Alexis has it all: beauty, brains, and athletics—she’s practically perfect in every way. Though Megan tries to be nice to her, Alexis is anything but friendly, making Megan wonder, "Does she not like me because I'm deaf?" When they’re forced to collaborate on a science project, Megan discovers Alexis’s secret. Based on the children’s book by Academy Award® winner Marlee Matlin (Best Actress, Children of a Lesser God) and Doug Cooney, this touching new musical—simultaneously performed in spoken English and American Sign Language—is an important reminder that despite first impressions, nobody’s perfect. Study Guide available (coming soon).
Updated: Wednesday, January 13, 2010
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