Part of our comprehensive arts education programming for children and students, each year the Schooltime Performance Series brings thousands of students–grades K-12–from the region to the Garde for curriculum-based professional theater and arts performances during the school day. These shows are presented by some of the nation’s finest educationally-based touring theater and dance companies.

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To guarantee seating, book your tickets today by calling our Box Office at (860) 444-7373, ext. 1.

*Please note: Schooltime tickets must be reserved or purchased through the box office only and are not available online.

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FREEDOM TRAIN

The Story of Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad
A Theaterworks USA Production

Wednesday, March 14, 2018 | 10:00am

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Steal Away," "Wade in the Water," "Good News, the Chariot's A-comin'," and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit -- a universal story for all.

One hour in length, recommended for grades 3 - 9.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies.

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Dr. Seuss's THE CAT IN THE HAT

A Two Beans Production

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 | 10:00am

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home...?
Dr. Seuss's The Cat in the Hat is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

One hour in length, recommended for grades K - 4.
Curriculum Connections:
Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music.

CLEMENTINE

A Barter Players Production

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 | 10:00am

Clementine is having a terrible week, but this spunky eight-year-old doesn't let her daily visits to the principal's office get her down! Come join America's favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school and mischief on an epic third grade adventure you'll never forget.

One hour in length, recommended for grades K - 5.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships & Family.

THE LIGHTNING THIEF

A Theaterworks USA Production

Thursday, April 12, 2018 | 10:00am

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.

One hour in length, recommended for grades 2 - 6.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies.

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DRAGONS LOVE TACOS

A Theaterworks USA Production

Wednesday, May 9, 2018 | 10:00am

Theatreworks USA's newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children's books!

Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues.

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep?

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw, but when her teacher says “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together, until school is in session—and horses are not allowed!

One hour in length, recommended for grades K - 5.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships & Family.

PETE THE CAT

A Theaterworks USA Production

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 | 10:00am

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend 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.

One hour in length, recommended for grades PreK - 3.
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships & Family.

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