Serious Fun Children’s Series
THE 2016-2017 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.
A Year with Frog and Toad
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 – 10 am
A Broadway hit, A Year with Frog and Toad is perfect for the whole family! Based on the well-loved books by Arnold Lobel, this whimsical musical follows two great friends: the cheerful, popular Frog and the rather grumpy Toad. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad plant gardens, eat cookies, swim in funny bathing suits, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make-believe and all charm, A Year with Frog And Toad tells the story of a friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 5th.
Dinosaur Zoo LIVE
Tuesday, January 17, 2017 – 10 am
Get ready for the ultimate playdate – 65 million years in the making – as Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides you on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t!
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 5th.
The Jackie Robinson Story
Wednesday, January 18, 2017 – 10 am
At the start of the summer of 1947, television was brand new, the sound barrier had not been broken and baseball was a white man’s game. By the time the fall arrived, all that had changed. President Truman addressed the nation for the first time on TV, Chuck Yeager flew faster than any man ever had, and Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. This play with music by Mad River Theater Works shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime.
Recommended for grades 3rd and up.
The Ugly Duckling &
The Tortoise and the Hare
Thursday, February 9, 2017 – 10 am
Hans Christian Anderson’s The Ugly Duckling has helped generations of children understand one of humanity’s universal struggles. Lightwire Theatre returns to The Grand with this classic story, offering hope to us all as we root for the ugly duckling who embodies resilience and heroism along the way to becoming a beautiful swan. In Aesop’s fable, The Tortoise and the Hare, Lightwire Theatre’s dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and creative use of music continue to drive home the time-tested adage, “Slow and steady wins the race.”
Recommended for grades: K – 4th
Laura Ingalls Wilder
Monday, February 13, 2017 – 10 am
Back by popular demand, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s beloved Laura Ingalls Wilder chronicles the exciting adventures of the Ingalls family as they travel across the prairie in search of a little house to call home. Based on Wilder’s own childhood experiences which she began recording in her 60s, this original musical delights young audiences with the adventures of the spirited pioneer girl and her family.
Recommended for grades 1st – 5th
Rock the Presidents
Thursday, February 16, 2017 – 10 am
Book & Lyrics by Dwayne Hartford, Music by Sarah Roberts.
Right on the heels of our Presidential elections, Childsplay takes students on a journey through the history of US Presidents told through original rock, pop, and folk music. This high octane, multi-media-filled musical revue looks at the lives of the 44 people who have held the highest elected office in America.
Recommended for grades 3rd – 8th
Tuesday, February 21, 2017 – 10 am
“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 features The Cat in the Hat as the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in a romp through the Seuss classics.
Recommended for grades K – 5th
Tuesday, February 28, 2017 – 10 am
Based on the “Biscuit” series of books. Written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Illustrated by Pat Schories, ArtsPower’s newest musical features a frolicking little puppy named Biscuit who loves exploring, making new friends and even stirring up some mischief. Along the way, Biscuit learns about the joys of having a family. With over 17 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!
Recommended for grades K –2nd
Lights, Camera, Math!
Tuesday, March 28, 2017 – 10 am
Written by Paul Bosco Mc Eneaney
Prepare to be amazed, dazzled and bewildered by Cahoots NI’s mind-blowing production Lights! Camera! Math!. A spectacular show where Math, Magic, Theatre and Digital Technology collide to create a fun and interactive performance, proving that understanding math can be fun!
Recommended for grades 3rd – 6th
Alice in Wonderland
Thursday, March 30, 2017 – 10 am
When Alice escapes her boredom of this world to venture into a dream of another, madcap high jinks and outlandish adventures are the order of the day. Lavishly costumed characters and Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre’s giant body puppets whirl, dance and sing on their journey through Lewis Carroll’s land of fantasy. The heroine learns it takes self-reliance and quick thinking to tame the comic nonsense of the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and Wonderland’s other unpredictable residents.
Recommended for grades Pre-K – 2nd
Love That Dog
Thursday, April 13, 2017 – 10 am
Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it, and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. Then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say. With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of view, Love That Dog shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper and of course, a dog.
Recommended for grades 2nd and up