Arts in Education

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR ARTS FOR EVERYONE AND ARTS IN EDUCATION SPONSORS: Barbara Benton Davis Fund at Fairfield County’s Community Foundation; Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation; The Box of Rain Foundation; The George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust; Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown
Fairfield County Bank; Kohl’s Cares; Pitney Bowes Foundation; Wells Fargo; The Barker Welfare Foundation; Zach Buchwald & Buddy Hammonds; CT Office of the Arts; Emerson Charitable Trust/Branson Ultrasonics; Farber Family Foundation; Jill Freidenrich; Liz & Steven Goldstone; Linde; Macy’s; Persbacker Foundation; An Anonymous Donor; Terri Clark Foundation and Meek Foundation.

Welcome to the Arts in Education program at The Ridgefield Playhouse! The Ridgefield Playhouse is very proud of its commitment to working with educators, students and parents to bring live, curriculum-rich theatrical productions to our stage each school year. Whether it’s literature, history, science or cultural content, our shows complement what is being taught in the classroom and bring these wonderful topics to life!

Because of the crucial support we receive from our funders, we are able to keep our ticket prices affordable for all types of school groups. We make a trip to The Playhouse easy, educational and affordable!

At The Ridgefield Playhouse:

  • Tickets are $10 each but for every 20 tickets purchased, you get one for free!
  • Parking is free and easy. We even invite your bus drivers in to see the show!
  • 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 theatre 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.

Title 1 schools can take advantage of our special grant-funded programs:

  • Funding from our Art for Everyone program enables us to work with Title 1 schools in the area to bring them to The Playhouse free of charge.
  • In some cases, we provide free tickets and/or free buses.
  • With some funding, we can send our Arts in Education Coordinator, who is also a certified teacher, into the classroom to help prepare the students for the show with a pre-show workshop. If you are a Title 1 school and want to start a relationship with The Playhouse, please email Jodi Simon Stewart at artsed@nullridgefieldplayhouse.org or call the box office at (203) 438-5795

*Please note that these opportunities are based on what funding and grants the Playhouse is awarded each year.

Refund/Cancellation Policy:
Please note that once seats are confirmed and invoices paid, there are no refunds except in cases of inclement weather. We do not refund for student absences as the seats have been held for you and cannot be re-sold by that time. In cases of school delays or cancellations, we do our best to re-schedule the show or move a group into another show but we will provide a refund if no alternate plan can be made.

Ticket/Seating Policy:
For all Arts in Education performances, tickets are $10 each and for every 20 tickets purchased, you get one for free. Seating is done at the discretion of House Management. The Ridgefield Playhouse is an intimate 500-seat theater and every seat is a good seat. There is an upstairs and downstairs (no elevator). We work hard to seat multiple large groups of students as best we can. We take into account many factors including date of booking, grade level, special needs, and the goal to try and seat each school as a group. Please note that your seating may be upstairs and in some cases, we need to seat a group in two sections of the theater. If that is the case, you will receive an email ahead of time so that you can plan accordingly.

Announcing our 2019/2020 Season:

  • Have You Filled Your Bucket Today: The Musical • October 30 & December 10
  • The True Story of Pocahontas • November 4
  • Mayhem Poets • December 4 & 5
  • I Have A Dream • February 25
  • Shanghai Acrobats: The New Shanghai Circus • March 9 & 10
  • Dog Loves Books • March 16
  • Ellis Island • March 24 & 25
  • Frindle • April 29 & 30
  • Doktor Kaboom: The Farewell Tour! • May 12 & 13
  • Charlotte’s Web – New Version! • May 18 & 19
  • Biscuit • May 28 & 29
Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10am and 12:15pm
Tuesday, December 10, 2019 at 10am and 12:15pm

Have You Filled Your Bucket Today: The Musical

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

This brand new, fun-filled musical from Virginia Repertory Theatre is based on the concepts in Carol McCloud’s award-winning children’s books, Have You Filled a Bucket Today?, Growing Up with a Bucket Full of Happiness, and Ann Marie G. Halstead’s book Bucket Filling Fairy. The books and play use the concept of a “bucket” to show students how to express kindness, appreciation and love to be “bucket-fillers.” The play focuses on the benefits of positive, thoughtful behavior. Have you Filled a Bucket Today: The Musical relays the joys of friendship and compassion for both the receiver and the giver. Help teach students to be bucket-fillers rather than bucket-dippers with this musical performance designed to promote healthy relationships, self-esteem, and bring character education front-and-center stage!

Grades K – 5

Monday, November 4, 2019 at 10am & 12pm

The True Story of Pocahontas

Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour

Pocahontas is a name known to every school-age child and yet her true story is shrouded in myth. With an emphasis on historical fact, Pocahontas is revealed as a playful, strong- minded young girl who changes her world before she will change her beliefs or herself. Follow Pocahontas as she grows from a girl who helps the Jamestown colonists survive, to the young woman, wife, and mother who carries her message of peace and mutual cooperation across the Atlantic to the mighty King of England. Join Pocahontas on her amazing journey and see how courage and determination can change the world.

Grades K - 5

Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10am and 12:15pm
Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 10am

Mayhem Poets

These theatre-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

Tuesday, February 25, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm

I Have A Dream

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 3-8

Monday, March 9, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Tuesday, March 10, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm

Shanghai Acrobats: The New Shanghai Circus

This youthful and graceful company enthralls audiences with a range of demanding performances, most of them typifying Chinese circus and constituting a refreshing alternative to the Western tradition. A wonderful cultural experience for Chinese and Social Studies students of all ages.

All ages

Monday, March 16, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm

Dog Loves Books

Presented by ArtsPower

ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open his own bookstore. Dog decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers – everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales. His customers can’t help but get into the act, too! How could Dog’s bookstore not be a huge success? ArtsPower’s delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.

Grades K - 2

Tuesday, March 24, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Wednesday, March 25, 2020 at 10am

Ellis Island

Presented by Sundog Theatre

Ellis Island served as the portal for immigrants coming into the USA from 1892 to 1954. Before its 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 3-8

Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 10am

Frindle

Presented by the Griffin Theatre Company

Based on the book by Andrew Clements. Nicholas Allen has plenty of ideas. When he ends up in Mrs. Granger’s language arts class, he has his best idea ever. He decides to create his own word…FRINDLE! Before long Nick’s word creates a buzz in his school, his town and then to his surprise it spreads all around the country, and a power struggle erupts with the strict Mrs. Granger. Will the word “Frindle” win? Based on the multiple award winning best-selling novel by Andrew Clements this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have your young audience inventing their own words.

Grades 3 - 7

Tuesday, May 12, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10am

Doktor Kaboom: The Farewell Tour!

Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! At least a dozen fantastic experiments ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next! Will we turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same. So, step right up, and let’s spin that wheel!

Monday, May 18, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Tuesday, May 19, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm

Charlotte's Web - New Version!

Presented by Theatreworks USA

A brand new bluegrass-infused production of the classic story of friendship and loyalty comes to life on stage complete with a bit of country charm and homespun magical transformations. Join Charlotte, Wilbur and their farm animal friends in this terrific tale of bravery and hope.

Grades K-5

Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 10am and 12:15pm
Friday, May 29, 2020 at 10am

Biscuit

Presented by ArtsPower

Little Girl is thrilled when she receives Biscuit as a birthday present, but will this rambunctious puppy learn how to behave and accept being part of a family? Based on the iconic series of books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrator Pat Schories, ArtsPower’s popular musical features a frolicking little puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. With over 23 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!

Grades Pre-K – 2

Study Guides are available for each show, which provide pre and post-show discussion topics as well as individual and class activities. We hope that you will make our Arts in Education programs part of your curriculum this year.

Seats fill up quickly! Please contact me at artsed@ridgefieldplayhouse.org to book your field trip. Do not hesitate to call me with any questions or concerns you may have. Please know, that we have added shows upon request. If you have a special request, please let us know and we will do our best to accommodate you. We look forward to seeing you at The Ridgefield Playhouse this season! Jodi Simon Stewart Arts in Education Coordinator artsed@ridgefieldplayhouse.org.