Arts in Education

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF OUR ARTS FOR EVERYONE AND ARTS IN EDUCATION SPONSORS:

Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, The Leir Foundation, The George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust, Eric Diefenbach & JK Brown, Fairfield County Bank, Kohl’s Cares, Pitney Bowes Foundation

AAA Northeast, Anonymous, The Barker Welfare Foundation, Zach Buchwald & Buddy Hammonds, Susan Davis-Gillis, Emerson Charitable Trust/Branson Ultrasonics, Enterprise Holding Foundation, Farber Family Foundation, Jill Freidenrich, Liz & Steven Goldstone, Linde, Macy’s, Martha Moxley Foundation, Meek Foundation, Savings Bank of Danbury, Union Savings Bank 

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!

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.

Announcing our virtual 2020/2021 Season:

The Ridgefield Playhouse Arts in Education program is pleased to announce our 2020/2021 VIRTUAL SEASON. Our goal is to provide relevant, curriculum-related content to schools this year in a safe, flexible manner.

Please get in touch so we can work with you to meet your needs!
Below are planned titles as well as titles under consideration.
We need your feedback to know what works best for your students during this unique season!

Email or call Jodi Simon Stewart at artsed@nullridgefieldplayhouse.org / 203.917.9226 to make a plan for your grade or school.

Available virtually November 30 - December 12
Possible Spring virtual dates as well!

Charlotte's Web

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

March 2021
Date TBD

Doktor Kaboom: A LIVE Virtual Science Event

Doktor Kaboom has created a special virtual, live version of his "Wheel of Science" show including optical illusions, chemical reactions, a homemade hovercraft, and more! Will we electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same and anything can happen in a live science show!

Grades 2 - 5

Mayhem Poets: A Virtual Performance Poetry Show

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

Will be filmed LIVE at The Ridgefield Playhouse March 7 and be available virtually to school groups March 8-12, 2021

Shanghai Acrobats: The New Shanghai Circus

The 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.

All ages

Ellis Island

Presented Virtually 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.

All ages

Chicken Dance

Presented Virtually by ArtsPower

Chicken Dance the Musical is ArtsPower’s popular, 55-minute musical based on the multi award-winning book by Tammi Sauer with illustrations by the 2015 Caldecott Award winning artist Dan Santat. Chicken Dance celebrates the power of perseverance to overcome insurmountable odds – and the local bully – in Marge and Lola’s long-shot attempt to win the talent show.

Grades PreK-2

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

Presented Virtually by ArtsPower

It is 1967 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a collector of fine art, facts, figures, and secrets. After she learns about the adventures of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, two children who have run away from home to live at The Met for a few days, Mrs. Frankweiler needs her lawyer to change her last will and testament. Among her many files, she will now include the story of how Claudia and Jamie run away, hide out and sleep over at The Met.

Grades 3-6

Anne of Green Gables

Presented Virtually by ArtsPower

Matthew Cuthbert and his sister Marilla need a boy to help with the chores around their farm on Prince Edward Island, so they make that request to the Halifax Orphanage. They are not expecting Anne Shirley, a vivacious orphan with a wild imagination and a breathless fascination to find a place she can call home. ArtsPower’s heart-warming musical, based on Lucy Maud Montgomery’s beloved novels, follows Anne on her unlikely journey to find the family she’s always wanted.

Grades 3-6

Harriet Tubman

Presented Virtually by Virginia Rep on Tour

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world.Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Grades 3-6

The Little Red Hen

Presented Virtually 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-5

Jack and The Beanstalk

Presented Virtually by Virginia Rep on Tour

A rollicking, musical retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join our young modern-day hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack, climbing through the clouds to meet an ill-tempered giant, finding fabulous treasures and experiencing more adventures than you can shake a stalk at.

Grades Pre-K – 2

Pete the Cat

Presented Virtually 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-3

We the People

Presented Virtually by Theatreworks USA

Now is the perfect time to bring American civics lessons to life with We the People, a musical revue that makes social studies exciting and accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today's youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People instills American pride in audiences of all ages—and inspires them to get involved and make a difference.

Grades 4-8

Free study guides are included to help prepare students for the show and to offer follow up activities in the classroom.
We hope you will make our virtual Arts in Education programs part of your curriculum this year and we look forward to welcoming you back to The Ridgefield Playhouse for in person, live events soon!
Jodi Simon Stewart
Arts in Education Coordinator
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