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The Ridgefield Playhouse: 80 East Ridge Ridgefield, CT 06877



WE THE PEOPLE Presented by Theatreworks USA We-the-people-194x149
Wednesday, November 30, 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.
Wednesday, December 7, 10:00am & 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 I-Have-a-Dream-web Presented by Theatre IV
Wednesday, 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.”

SHANGHAI ACROBATS Shanghai-174x254
Thursday, March 2, 2016 at 10am and 12:15pm | 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.
THE RAINBOW FISH Presented by ArtsPower rainbow_fish-174x254
Monday, March 27, 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-2017-194x149
Tuesday, April 4, 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!
ARC ATTACK: Energy & Electricity ArcAttack-194x149
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.

CHARLOTTE’S WEB charlottes web for web Presented by Theatreworks USA
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 either contact me at artsed@ridgefieldplayhouse.org or Michelle in our box office at 203.438.5795 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 203-917-9226 mobile



Presented by Holden Arts outbounds_174x254
Thursday, November 10, 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.



MAYHEM POETS Mayhem-poets-web Presented by Geodesic Management
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10am and 12:15pm Grades 6-12
“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.



PATRIZIO BUANNE Patrizio-194x149

Friday, October 21, at 12:15pm | All ages
An international multi-platinum recording artist who has taken the world by storm with his ballads and up-tempo tunes, all rooted in the pop traditions of his Southern Italian homeland, earning him the title: “The Ambassador of Dolce Vita” or “the Neapolitan pop crooner”.
An exciting, musical experience for Italian classes.


DOG LOVES BOOKS Presented by ArtsPower dog-loves-books-194x149
Monday, October 17, 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.