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The Ridgefield Playhouse: 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877

Arts in Education

WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR THE SUPPORT OF: Barker Welfare Foundation, Boehringer Ingelheim Cares Foundation, The Box of Rain Foundation, Fairfield County’s Community Foundation, First Student, Inc., The George Link, Jr. Charitable Trust, Kohl’s Cares – Associates in Action, The Philip H. and Christine Lodewick Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Praxair and Union Savings Bank, Rachel & Joe Sondheimer 

AIE 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 also send our Arts in Education Coordinator, who is also at 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@ridgefieldplayhouse.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. 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 2016/2017 Season:

  • Dogs Love Books: October 17
  • Mayhem Poets: October 24 & October 25
  • Out of Bounds: November 10
  • We the People: November 30
  • Tiempo Libre: December 7
  • I Have a Dream: February 8
  • Shanghai Acrobats: March 2 & 3
  • The Rainbow Fish: March 27
  • Ellis Island: April 4
  • ArcAttack: Energy & Electricity: April 24
  • Ballet Hispánico: May 11 
  • Charlotte’s Web: May 12 & May 19 

dog-loves-books-194x149DOG LOVES BOOKS Presented by ArtsPower
Monday, October 17, 2016 10:00am & 12:15pm | Grades K-2
Louise Yates’s New York Times best seller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. This delightful new musical celebrates the power of the imagination and the satisfaction that comes when you share books with others.


MAYHEM POETS Presented by Geodesic Management
Monday, October 24 at 10am & 12:15pm and Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10am and 12:15pm | Grades 6-12Mayhem-poets-web
“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. These theater trained, comedically gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theater, improv and stand up comedy to tell gut wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed. Performance poetry is an accessible, appealing art form that can motivate students to foster an appreciation for both classic and contemporary poetic/theatrical expression. Utilizing hip-hop rhythms and dynamic theatrical techniques, the Mayhem Poets have developed powerful performances and workshops to inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to craft and perform original poetry.


outbounds_174x254OUT OF BOUNDS Presented by Holden Arts
Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 10:00am & 12:15pm  | Grades 5-9
With special support from Kids in Crisis and George Mulvaney of Mulvaney Mechanical
Madison and Daniela are best friends, but when the new girl, Amy, arrives at their school, Daniela starts to feel threatened. That is until Amy makes a big mistake: she sends an embarrassing selfie online. Soon everyone in the school has seen it and no one is going to let her forget it, especially Daniela. The bullying gets so bad that Amy stops coming to school. Now Madison is caught between the most popular girl in the school, and her new friend who needs an ally. Out of Bounds explores the vicious world of cyber-bullying and the complicated choices young people make when navigating the politics of friendship.


We-the-people-194x149WE THE PEOPLE  Presented by Theatreworks USA
Wednesday, November 30, 2016 at 10:00am & 12:15pm  | Grades 4-8
A musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. 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.


TL-194x149Wednesday, December 7, 2016 at 12:15pm | All ages
The members of three-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre are true modern heirs to the rich musical tradition of their native Cuba. The Miami-based group is celebrated for its sophisticated performances of timba music, an irresistible, dance-inducing mix of Latin jazz and Cuban son.  A wonderful cultural experience for Spanish and Social Studies students.


I HAVE A DREAM Presented by Theatre IV
I-Have-a-Dream-webWednesday, February 8, 2017 at 10am and 12:15pm Grades 3-8
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.
Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King becomes the prime mover behind the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, putting his philosophy of non-violent protest to work. He gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. Your audience 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.”


Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10am and 12:15pm | All Ages
Friday, March 3, 2017 at 10am | All Ages
In acts that often trace their origin to the harvest festivals of more than 2,000 years ago, 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. Under the direction of Zhao Lizhi, the artistry, individually and collectively, attains levels that make it seem almost unfair to single out any act, from jugglers to the comic knife throwers and the bicyclist who finishes by piling about 10 of his colleagues aboard his vehicle.


rainbow_fish-174x254THE RAINBOW FISH Presented by ArtsPower
Monday, March 27, 2017 at 10:00am & 12:15pm  | Grades K-2
ArtsPower has turned Marcus Pfister’s bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others.


ELLIS ISLAND Presented by Sundog Productions
Ellis-2017-194x149Tuesday, April 4, 2017 at 10:00am & 12:15pm | Grades 3-8
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.
Students attending this production will be invited to participate in an essay contest writing about their family’s journey of coming to America!


ArcAttack-194x149ARC ATTACK: Energy & Electricity
Monday, April 24, 2017 – 10:00am & 12:15pm | Grades 5-8
Built around two 8′ tall Tesla coils that “arc” a million volts of electricity, this show meets STEM, STEAM and NGSS standards and teaches students about electricity, robotics, forces and fields and much more. Part rock concert, part science experiment the creators of ArcAttack unveil the science behind the spectacle. Combining their love of music with science the group invites the audience to explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and lightning through a show that’s both entertaining and interactive.


Thursday, May 11, 2017 at 10am ballet-194x149
Ballet Hispánico, the nation’s leading Latino dance company, brings its second company BHdos to the stage. Students will be delighted with a guided journey through Latin American dance forms and music! Be exposed to world-class choreographers and cultures of Spain, Cuba, Puerto Rico and the Americas, while learning about famous Latino Icons. Our Performances for Young People program is sure to have everyone dancing all the way home!

CHARLOTTE’S WEB  Presented by Theatreworks USA
Friday, May 12, 2017 at 10:00am | Grades K-5charlottes web for web
Friday, May 19, 2017 at 10:00am & 12:15pm | Grades K-5
Theatreworks’ production of 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.


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 or mobile 203-917-9226.