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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*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

Monday, March 20, 2017     10am

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.

The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated 'conductors.' Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. "I never run my train off the track," she said, "and I never lost a passenger."

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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Seussical

Wednesday, March 29, 2017      10am

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features ten actors and enhanced production values. Seussical is TheatreworksUSA' biggest show ever!

The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. When the sweet, good-natured elephant Horton hears a small cry for help coming from a small speck of dust, he promises to rescue and guard it because "a person's a person, no matter how small."

On that small speck of dust lives JoJo, an imaginative young Who. JoJo has astounding "thinks," in which anything's possible, but his parents believe this creativity is inappropriate for the son of the Mayor of Who-Ville.

Meanwhile, the one-feathered bird, Miss Gertrude McFuzz, desperately wants Horton to notice her. Maybe, she thinks, she just needs a more impressive tail. At the same time, the amazingly lazy Maysie La Bird connives, cajoles and convinces Horton to sit on her egg while she goes off on a spree.

Will the planet of Who survive? Will Horton pay attention to Gertrude? Will Maysie ever return for her egg? Dr. Seuss's beloved classic characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever save the day!

(Recommended for grades K - 5) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

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Teacher From the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books

Tuesday, May 30, 2017     10am

Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee) Follow Hubie's imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all.

Dogzilla (by Dav Pilkey) The dreaded Dogzilla awakens and the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. Can they get rid of that big stinky dog before it's too late?

Grumpy Bird (by Jeremy Tankard) Bird wakes up one morning feeling too grumpy to fly. A succession of happy-go-lucky animals help Bird turn his day around.

I Want My Hat Back (by Jon Klassen) The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. When the deer comes by and asks a simple question, the bear’s memory returns and he renews his search with a vengeance.

Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger- until he takes away her musical purse. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.

Love Splat, Splat the Cat (by Rob Scotton) Splat has a special valentine for his classmate Kitten, but she doesn’t seem to like him at all. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?

The Grasshopper and the Ant: An Ant community narrowly focused on work and possessions learn from the musical little Grasshopper that feeding the belly and feeding the soul both have value.

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

Charlottes Web

Tuesday, June 6, 2017     10am

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 ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

(Approximately one-hour in length, recommended for grades K - 5) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

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