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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, Eric Diefenbach and JK Brown, 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, Macy’s, Meek Foundation, Pitney Bowes Foundation, Praxair, Union Savings Bank, Rachel and 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 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@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 (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 2018/2019 Season:

  • Page Turner Adventures: The Mixed Up Fairytale • October 29
  • Ballet Hispanico • November 1
  • Mayhem Poets • December 3 & 4
  • I Have A Dream • February 11
  • Shanghai Acrobats • March 4 & 5
  • Frindle • March 7
  • Ellis Island • March 27
  • Doktor Kaboom: The Wheel of Science • April 11
  • Charlotte’s Web • April 29 & 30
  • Henry & Mudge • May 2 & 6

PAGE TURNER ADVENTURES: THE MIXED UP FAIRYTALE
Monday, October 29, 2018 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
“When you read, every day is an adventure!”
The Storyologists need your help to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years! The audience runs, jumps, climbs, and interacts directly with the characters on stage, convincing Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discovering the secret under grandma’s bed, and retrieving a golden spoon from a REAL 10 foot tall giant! Kids will recognize their favorite storybook characters in this original and hilariously fractured fairytale!
Grades Pre-K – 2
BALLET HISPANICO
Thursday, November 1, 2018 at 10:00am
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!
All ages

MAYHEM POETS
Monday, December 3, 2018 at 10:00am & 12:15pm 
Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at 10:00am 
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

I HAVE A DREAM
Presented by Virginia Rep on Tour
Monday, February 11, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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

SHANGHAI ACROBATS: The New Shanghai Circus
Monday, March 4, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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

FRINDLE
Presented by the Griffin Theatre Company 
Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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

ELLIS ISLAND
Presented by Sundog Theatre
Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm 
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 3-8  

DOKTOR KABOOM: The Wheel of Science
Thursday, April 11, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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!
Grades 2-5
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Presented by Theatreworks USA
Monday, April 29, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm 
Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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. This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.
Grades K-5
HENRY & MUDGE
Presented Theatreworks USA
Thursday, May 2 at 10:00 & 12:15pm
Monday, May 6, 2019 at 10:00am & 12:15pm
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!  Enjoy this Theatreworks musical, based on the best-selling books by Cynthia Rylant.
Grades PreK-3

 

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.