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2019-2020 Serious Fun Children’s Series

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THE 2019-2020 HARRIS L. KEMPNER
SERIOUS FUN CHILDREN’S SERIES!

Each season The Grand offers a selection of performances to area students and school groups. Presented on weekdays during the school year, the performances offer a supplement to existing curricula for a nominally-priced ticket. All of The Grand’s children’s programs feature professional touring companies with reputations for high-quality productions.

Comprehensive study guides are available to schools prior to a performance which allow teachers to incorporate activities centered around the story into their curricula. Some performances offer a question and answer period with the performers following the show. Schools may choose to prepare these questions in advance as part of the learning experience

In addition, The Grand offers free workshops to those schools that have tickets to performances listed on the Serious Fun Children’s Series. Designed to enhance students’ learning experiences by providing a literary and live performance connection, the workshops are presented in the school classroom. Each workshop can accommodate twenty-four students per 30-minute session. Workshops are limited and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Contact The Grand’s Director of Education, Sarah Piel at 409.770.5066 to reserve workshops.

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Dallas Children’s Theatre presents

Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

Thursday, October 10, 2019   10am & Noon

Book, Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing.  Based upon the book MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY by Harry Allard and James Marshall.  Text copyright © 1985 by Harry Allard. Performed by arrangement with Houghton Mifflin Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

 
Return to Horace B. Smedley School where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the ill-tempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Considered by all to be “the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world,” Coach Swamp applies her trademark discipline to the players’ training, demanding tough exercises and no back talk. In the end, the team changes their attitude, pulls together, sharpens their skills, and manages to win the biggest game of the year.

Recommended for grades K – 5

Study Guide – Miss Nelson Has a Field Day

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Virginia Repertory Theatre presents

The Velveteen Rabbit

Tuesday, November 12, 2019   10am & Noon

By Thomas Hammond   Music and Lyrics by Ron Barnett

 
“What is Real? When a child loves you for a long, long time, not just to play with, but really loves you, then you become Real.” The power of play and childhood fancy, the pure light of unconditional love — these timeless forces illuminate this faithful rendering of Margery Williams’ tale of friendship and the passing of time. A lovely score and detailed period costumes will transport you back to the early 20th century to experience a particular innocence and wisdom that has much to say about our present culture of instant gratification and disposable friends.

Recommended for grades K – 5

Study Guide – The Velveteen Rabbit

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Kidoons, Inc. presents

Jungle Book

Wednesday, December 4, 2019   10am & Noon

A Kidoons and WYRD Production, in association with The 20K Collective

 
From the creators of Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea comes a new theatrical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s Jungle Book, re-imagining the classic stories through modern eyes to transport audiences to the world’s jungles. Using a rich sound-scape and immersive multimedia, Jungle Book will feature your favourite characters like you’ve never seen before, and will delve deep into the original themes of the story, and our relationship to the animal kingdom.

Recommended for grades K – 5

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

TheatreWorks USA presents

We The People

Thursday, January 30, 2020   10am

We the People is a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People instills American pride in audiences of all ages –– and perhaps even inspires them to get involved and make a difference.

Recommended for grades 4 – 8

Study Guide – We The People

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Childsplay! presents

The Snowy Day and Other Stories

by Ezra Jack Keats

Thursday, February 6, 2020   10am & Noon

Adapted for the stage by Jerome Hairston, Based on the book by Ezra Jack Keats

 
The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in this imaginative musical play about the childhood joys and challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day.

Recommended for grades PreK – 2

Study Guide – The Snowy Day

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

ArtsPower presents

Judy Moody & Stink

Friday, February 21, 2020   10am & Noon

Judy Moody and her brother Stink have arrived! In ArtsPower’s newest musical, Judy Moody and Stink, this dynamic sister and brother duo take audiences on a hilarious adventure. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.

Recommended for grades PreK – 5

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Lightwire Theater presents

The Ugly Duckling

Tuesday, March 3, 2020   10am & Noon

Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance.  With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light.

Recommended for grades PreK – 4

Study Guide – The Ugly Duckling

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Cahoots, NI presents

Penguins

Tuesday, March 24, 2020   10am & Noon

Inspired by a real life event.  Produced by Cahoots NI, From Belfast, Northern Ireland

 
Just like the other bonded animals at New York’s Central Park Zoo, these two male penguins walk, play, swim, and dance together. When the duo try to hatch a rock, the zookeeper gives them an egg instead, and they find themselves on an adventure, raising a chick for real! PENGUINS is a unique and engaging show about love and the ever-evolving meaning of family. Inspired by the true story reported by the New York Times that touched hearts world-wide, this new non-verbal theatre and dance production comes to life with delightful music and incredible movement and choreography.

Recommended for grades PreK – 3

Study Guide – Penguins

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Bits ‘n Pieces Puppet Theatre presents

Princess Thimbelina

Thursday, April 2, 2020   10am & Noon

Bits ‘N Pieces Giant Puppet Theatre presents an enchanting musical production of Hans Christian Andersen’s Thimbelina. The story of the tiny heroine who was so small she could sit upon a thimble, this production features a cast of giant puppets, a live actress Thimbelina, projected scenery and an inflatable stage set. The musical’s message “Believe in Yourself” will resonate in every audience member.

Recommended for grades PreK – 5

Study Guide – Princess Thimbelina

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


 

 

Monkey Baa Theatre company presents

Diary of a Wombat

Tuesday, April 28, 2020   10am & Noon

Based on the book by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.  Produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company from Sydney, Australia

 
Millions of young people around the world have adored the multi award-winning picture book, Diary of a Wombat. Now this iconic work comes to the stage. Meet Mothball, the naughtiest wombat in Australia. Between a packed schedule of scratching, sleeping and eating, Mothball discovers that with a bit of persistence, humans are quite easily trained!  This delightful non-verbal adaptation features puppetry, movement, and live cello music from a team of revered artists including Puppetry and Movement Director, Alice Osborne (War Horse), Designer Imogen Ross (Monkey Baa’s 2013 production Hitler’s Daughter) and accomplished composer/cellist, Oonagh Sherrard.

Recommended for grades PreK – 3

Study Guide – Diary of a Wombat

For School/Group reservations, call 800-821-1894

 


SPECIAL THANKS!

The children’s series performances have been designated The Harris L. Kempner Children’s Series in honor of Mr. Kempner’s lifelong commitment to youth, education and The Grand’s programming. They are supported in part by donations to The Grand’s Permanent Fund in his memory. Additional support is provided by the following: Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund,  The Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston, Kathrine G. McGovern, John P. McGovern Foundation, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.


SAVE THESE DATES!


 

OPEN AUDITIONS!

Open auditions for Missoula Children’s Theatre’s production of Beauty Lou and The Country Beast at The Grand Kids Festival

Monday March 30, 2020 | 4:30pm 

The Grand 1894 Opera House
2020 Postoffice Street, Galveston, TX 

If you love to perform for family and friends – this is your time to shine! Led by actors/directors from Missoula Children’s Theatre, each performance is in front of a live audience. Come try out and be a part of the show!

Click here for more information on the www.GrandKidsFestival.com.

 


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25th Anniversary Celebration of

The Grand Kids Festival

Saturday, April 4, 2020 – 10 am to 5 pm

Celebrate with The Grand on a day filled with non-stop performances and art activities at the 25th Anniversary Celebration of The Grand Kids Festival, located on Postoffice Street in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District between 20th and 23rd on Saturday, April 6, 2019 from 10am – 5pm.

Designed as an avenue to introduce children and their families to the arts, visitors will be entertained and involved in activities and performances that take place within three blocks on four stages, featuring over a dozen professional performers, student performance groups, hands-on activities for children, a petting zoo and so much more fun for everyone!

A highlight of the entertainment offered each year is a musical adaptation presented by MISSOULA CHILDREN’S THEATRE as part of a theatre residency.  Missoula Children’s Theatre works with a cast of 50 area students for a week prior to the Festival and then presents them in two performances on The Grand’s historic stage.

For more information on The Grand Kids Festival, please visit the festival website at www.GrandKidsFestival.com.

FESTIVAL FOUNDING SPONSORS:

Mary Ainslie, The Gladys B. Foundation in honor of Robert Richard Thornton, Lawyer; the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Bank of America, and the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston.

If you are interested in sponsorship opportunities, please contact Festival Coordinator Sarah Piel at 409.770.5066 or spiel@thegrand.com 


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