Arts in Education Program Supported by The Leir Foundation

In Memory of Henry and Irna Leir

The Ridgefield Playhouse Arts in Education 2024/2025 Season

Due to the overwhelming success of our 20th Anniversary season of FREE programming, the Arts in Education series at the Ridgefield Playhouse will continue to be offered free of charge to area schools.
Preview our roster below and then click on the link below to apply for seats.*

*Submitting this form does not guarantee seats. You will receive an email confirmation from Jodi Simon Stewart, Arts in Education Director, letting you know if we can accommodate your request.

To apply for our 2024-2025 Season click here.

Please reach out to Jodi Simon Stewart at artsed@nullridgefieldplayhouse.org if you have any questions.

Virtual options are unlimited and available for all schools! 

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Virtual only - the week of October 21, 2024

Jack and the Beanstalk

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join our modern-day young hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack from the book he is reading. As he spins the tale of trading the family cow for three magic beans, we watch the giant beanstalk grow and let our imaginations soar as our hero climbs through the clouds to meet an ill-tempered giant, find fabulous treasures and more adventures than you can shake a stalk at.

Grades K to 5

Friday, November 1, 2024 10am & 12pm + Livestream

Mister C Live Vol. 3 When Science Goes Viral

Presented by Geodesic Management

Join Mister C in the lab for another amazing day of learning as he attempts the world's coolest and most popular experiments with YOU, his science crew!! Combining Mister C’s love of science and making epic videos is sure to create an amazingly fun learning adventure that encourages exploration, curiosity and even failure! From chemical reactions, kitchen concoctions, and DIY rockets, Mister C uses humor, media and the engineering design process to make the ordinary extraordinary.

Grades 3 to 8

Friday, November 8, 2024 10am & 12pm

My Father's Dragon

Presented by Enchantment Theatre Company & the Brad Simon Organization

Enchantment Theatre Company is thrilled to announce its newest touring production, My Father’s Dragon, based on the beloved book series by Ruth Stiles Gannett. In collaboration with the author and in celebration of the book’s 70th Anniversary we are delighted to bring these enchanting books to life. 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 Enchantment Theatre’s distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue striped dragon.

Grades PreK to 5

Virtual Only - week of February 10,2025

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

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.

Grades 3 to Adult

Virtual Only - week of March 3, 2025

Little Red Hen

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

“Who’ll help me plant the seed?,” asks the plucky red hen as she begins the process that goes into making a loaf of her delicious bread. “Not us,” say the sheep, the cow, the horse, and the pig. They all have better things to do. But, “a hen’s gotta do what a hen’s gotta do,” and so our crimson heroine perseveres until her work is done. But, the tricks of the conniving fox combine with the hen’s common sense to add adventure and a sound moral lesson to this classic, feel good, foot-stompin’ country musical.

Grades K to 5

Monday, March 10, 2025 10am & 12pm

The Magic School Bus: Lost In the Solar System

Presented by TheaterWorks USA

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 musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. Adapted by Matthew Lee Robinson and Marshall Pailet.

Grades K to 5

Wednesday, March 12, 2025 10am & 12pm + Livestream

Ellis Island: Gateway to a Dream

Presented by Sundog Theatre

Ellis Island served as the portal for immigrants coming into the USA from 1892 to 1954. Before it’s closing, an estimated 12 million people passed through on their way to a new life in America. This one-hour musical geared towards young audiences captures the essence of their journey.

Grades 3 to 8

Monday, March 17, 2025 10am & 12pm

A Year With Frog & Toad

Presented by the Brad Simon Organization

This whimsical show follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad – through four fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the Spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding and learn life lessons along the way. The two best friends celebrate and rejoice in the differences that make them unique and special. Part vaudeville, part make believe... all charm, A Year with Frog and Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures throughout the seasons.

Grades PreK - 5

Two dates - Wednesday, April 2, 2025 10am & 12pm | Thursday, April 3, 2025 10am & 12pm

Charlotte's Web

Presented by TheatreWorks USA

Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Grades K to 5

Two dates - Monday, April 7, 2025 10am & 12pm | Tuesday, April 8, 2025 10am & 12pm

The Peking Acrobats

For the last thirty-two years, THE PEKING ACROBATS® have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs and display their technical prowess at such arts as trick-cycling, precision tumbling, juggling, somersaulting, and gymnastics. They push the limits of human ability, defying gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility, and control. THE PEKING ACROBATS are often accompanied by live musicians who skillfully play traditional Chinese instruments; the time-honored Chinese music coalesces with high-tech special effects and awe-inspiring acrobatic feats, creating an exuberant entertainment event with the festive pageantry of a Chinese Carnival.

All Ages

Friday, May 2, 2025 10am & 12pm + Livestream

Mayhem Poets

Performance Poetry Artists

"Let's go see a poetry show." That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, these theater trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

Grades 5-12

Monday, May 5, 2025 10am & 12pm

Ada Twist, Scientist & Friends

Presented by TheatreWorks USA

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. On a field trip gone awry, they are faced with the ultimate test of their problem-solving skills that can only be conquered with teamwork.

Grades K to 4

Two dates - Wednesday, May 7, 2025 10am & 12pm | Thursday, May 8, 2025 10am & 12pm

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical!

Presented by TheatreWorks USA

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is even more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party! It’s not easy being the Pigeon-you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

Grades PreK to 2

Monday, May 19, 2025 10am & 12pm

123 Andrés "Around the Americas"

Presented by Holden & Arts Associates

Andrés can’t find his friend Juana, and our only clue is that she’s somewhere in the Americas. Travel with song and dance through a lesson in geography that incorporates an introduction to a variety of musical instruments as well as Latin language, culture and music.

Grades K to 5

Thursday, May 22, 2025 10am & 12pm

Pete the Cat

Presented by Theatreworks USA

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

Grades PreK to 3

WE HOPE THAT YOU WILL MAKE OUR ARTS IN EDUCATION PROGRAMS PART OF YOUR CURRICULUM THIS SCHOOL YEAR:

  • Parking is free and easy.
  • Playhouse staff greets your bus and escorts your group to their seats. We also dismiss one group at a time and walk you back to your buses right outside the Playhouse doors.
  • Our shows are one hour in length and usually allow for a short talk back with cast members.
  • The Playhouse is handicapped accessible, and we are happy to make arrangements for all of your students’ special needs.
  • Our 500-seat performing arts center is intimate, has easy access to restrooms and not a bad seat in the house!
  • Free study guides are emailed to each school to help prepare students for the show and to offer follow up activities back in the classroom.

Do not hesitate to call with any questions or concerns you may have.

WE EXPRESS OUR SINCERE GRATITUDE TO THE FOLLOWING DONORS FOR SUPPORTING THE RIDGEFIELD PLAYHOUSE ARTS IN EDUCATION (AIE) PROGRAM:

AIE SPONSORS: The Leir Foundation: In Memory of Henry & Ima Leir, Rudy Ruggles, Anonymous, 7th Annual Bernie Williams Day, Ridgefield Thrift Shop, Fairfield County Bank, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County Community Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Anita & Nick Donofrio, Daniela Sikora & Keitha Kinne, and Allison & Jon Stockel.

AIE PARTNERS: Christine & Ron Agard, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Jeannine & Thomas Carr, Emerson Charitable Trust on behalf of Branson Ultrasonics, Liz & Steven Goldstone, Lillian Kraemer, Luc’s Cafe, Marmee & Frank Lyon, Macy’s, The Meek Foundation, Carol & Thomas Newman, Robert Perkin, The Perlmutter Family Foundation, Savings Bank of Danbury, Nancy Simpkins, and Union Savings Bank.