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2017-2018 Serious Fun Children’s Series

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THE 2017-2018 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


 

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How I Became A Pirate

Thursday, September 28, 2017 – 10 am
ARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard’s band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can’t find on any map! Based on the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like “A Good One to Boot”, “Green Teeth”, “I’m Really Just a Sensitive Guy”, “Talk Like a Pirate”, “Soccer by the Rules”, “Pirates Dot Arrgh”, and more… It’s a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

Recommended for grades K – 5

Study Guide – How I Became A Pirate

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


 

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Chicken Dance

Tuesday, October 3, 2017 – 10 am

Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

Recommended for grades K-2

Study Guide – Chicken Dance

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


 

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A Very Electric Christmas

Tuesday, November 14, 2017 – 10 am

Audiences of all ages will treasure this magical and captivating tale of family, friendship and hope set to timeless holiday hits by artists including Nat King Cole, Mariah Carey and Tchaikovsky. In this wonderful story, Santa’s helpers are putting the final touches on presents as a young birdnamed Max and his family head south for the winter. When Max gets blown off course during a snowstorm, he ends up alone and lost at the North Pole. This delightful holiday production will make children wide-eyed with delight and warm even the smallest of hearts.

Recommended for grades K – 6

Study Guide – A Very Electric Christmas

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


 

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Mr. Popper’s Penguins

Wednesday, December 6, 2017 – 10 am

Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, 60 minute action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s award-winning book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect family treat for ages 4 – 104!

Producer credit – Produced by Casa Mañana by arrangement with Kenny Wax Family Entertainment and TC Beech

Recommended for grades K and up

Study Guide – Mr. Popper’s Penguins

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


 

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Pete the Cat

Thursday, January 18, 2018 – 10 am

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. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Recommended for grades PreK – 3

Study Guide – Pete the Cat

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


 

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Henry and Mudge

Thursday, February 8, 2018 – 10 am

Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can’t find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he’s got Mudge, a great big 182-pound canine buddy with whom he can share all kinds of adventures!

A musical adaptation based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.

Recommended for grades PreK – 3

Study Guide – Henry and Mudge

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


 

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Nugget & Fang

Thursday, March 8, 2017 – 10 am

ArtsPower’s colorful new musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Nothing goes as planned. Fang is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and his minnow schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble (and one very big net). Holy mackerel! Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?

Recommended for grades PreK – 2

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


 

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Click, Clack, Moo

Cows That Type

Tuesday, March 27, 2018 – 10 am

“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a “tech-free zone.” He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

Recommended for grades K – 4

Study Guide – Click, Clack, Moo

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


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Aesop’s Fable – The Dinosaur and The Ant

Thursday, April 5, 2018 – 10 am

Since ancient prehistoric times man has loved to tell stories. Often told, sometimes sung, here with giant glow-in-the-dark puppets, Aesop’s Fable “The Ant and the Grasshopper” is presented in Bits ‘N Pieces’ Caribbean Musical retelling of a Dinosaur having too much fun. Aesop shares three of his favorite fables with Giant puppets, Shadows, and Projections.

Recommended for grades K – 4

Study Guide – The Dinosaur and The Ant

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


 

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Go, Dog. Go!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 – 10 am

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, a moonlit boat ride, and even a wild game of ball—as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

Go, Dog. Go! By Allison Gregory and Steven Dietz. Adapted from the book by P.D. Eastman With music composed by Michael Koerner Based on the book by P.D. Eastman. Copyright ©1961 by P.D. Eastman. Copyright renewed 1989 Mary L. Eastman. Originally commissioned and produced by Seattle Children’s Theatre.

Recommended for grades PreK – 2

Study Guide – Go, Dog. Go!

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: Air Products, Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, The Jamail Galveston Foundation, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Kathy 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.



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Open Auditions – Treasure Island!

Monday, April 2, 2018 – 10 am

An audition will be held for the Missoula Children’s Theatre production of Treasure Island as part of The Grand Kids Festival on Monday, April 2, 2018 at 4:30 p.m. at The Grand 1894 Opera House. Those auditioning should arrive at 4:30 p.m. and plan to stay for the full two hours. Some of the cast members will be asked to stay for a rehearsal immediately following the audition.

Approximately 50-60 roles are available for local students. All students, grades Kindergarten through 12th grade, are encouraged to audition. No advance preparation is necessary. Most students rehearse approximately 4 ½ hours each day, Monday through Friday. Performances are scheduled as part of The Grand Kids Festival on Saturday, April 7, 2018 at 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on stage at The Grand 1894 Opera House.

For more information contact Festival Coordinator, Sarah Piel at 409.770.5066

Treasure Island is part of the Missoula Children’s Theatre’s unique international touring project and is presented in Galveston at The Grand Kids Festival by The Grand 1894 Opera House.

Treasure Island Synopsis

Written and Conceived by Jim Caron
Music and Lyrics by Jim Caron and Michael McGill

The Missoula Children’s Theatre takes pride in presenting Treasure Island, an original adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson’s epic novel. Young Jim Hawkins, a mischievous lad, lives with his Mother and six Sisters in a seaside village on the coast of Maine. The year is 1782 and the American War for Revolution is in its last days. Longing for adventure, Jim comes under the hypnotic spell of the legendary pirate, Long John Silver. While waiting tables in the family Inn, Jim finds a treasure map and, with the villainous Silver as his seeming mentor, sails uncharted seas with only the ragged map and a flock of Gulls as guides. Always up for adventure, Jim’s Ruffian friends say farewell to their Village parents and serve as cabin boys for Silver and his band of hilarious (although unsavory) Pirate types. Once on the island, nights are sleepless as true colors are revealed in our hero’s quest for the proverbial happy ending. Then – at last – the treasure is found and hand in hand we’re homeward bound.

 


 

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The Grand Kids Festival

Saturday, April 7, 2018 – 10 am to 5 pm

Celebrate with The Grand on a day filled with non-stop performances and art activities at the 23rd Annual Grand Kids Festival, located on Postoffice Street in Galveston’s historic downtown Cultural Arts District between 20th and 23rd on Saturday, April 7, 2018 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. Presenting Treasure Island this year, 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.

2017 FESTIVAL SPONSORS:

The John P. McGovern Foundation, Jamail Galveston Foundation, Yaga’s Children’s Fund, The Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church, UTMB Health, Alice Taylor Gray Foundation, Kroger, Bush & Associates, Lyda Ann Quinn Thomas, Houston Chronicle, The Commodore on the Beach, The Kids Directory, CenterPoint Energy, Galveston Rotary Foundation of the Rotary Club of Galveston, Houston Family Magazine, Rudy & Paco’s Restaurant, Rotary Club of Galveston Island, National Trust Insurance – Maury Donnelly & Parr, Inc., Galveston County Daily News, Kleen Janitorial Supply, Texas Commission on the Arts, Galveston Kiwanis Club, the Park Board of Trustees of the City of Galveston and additional in-kind donors..

Special thanks to the 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.

In addition, support of hundreds of volunteers including The Grand’s Board of Directors, Advisory Committee, and Education Committee, The Grand Phantoms and many organizations and student groups ensures the success of the festival each year.


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