Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:21

The Mrs. Claus Holiday Celebration

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North Pole - Timeless - Share the good cheer of the yuletide with Mrs. Claus and Herbie the Elf. Partake in the stories, sing holiday songs and dance with the Sugarplum Fairies in this jolly celebration.

Best for grades K - Adult

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:18

The Sleepy Hollow Halloween Show

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Sleepy Hollow, New York - 1799 - The Sleepy Hollow Halloween Show weaves the characters from Washington Irving's classic story into a new and exciting tale.  Designed to be spooky (but not scary), the show begins where the original story leaves off.   Ichabod Crane was last seen riding home from Herr Van Tassel's October gala.  No one seems to know what happened to Ichabod...until now.  Determined to find the true identity of the Headless Horseman, Ichabod Crane enlists the help of his friend, Katrina Van Tassle in his search.  They encounter a wayward coachman, skeletons that high-step in a graveyard dance and even Rip Van Winkle appears for a rousing game of ninepins.  Though in the end the Headless Horseman is revealed, students are left with a question that can only be answered by reading Washington Irving's enduring story.

Katrina Van Tassel - is a fictional colonial woman.  She wears the fashions of the day--a handmade colonial dress, a mob cap, lace boots and choker.

Best for grades K - 6

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:13

Grace the Pirate

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England - 1601  Grace the Pirate reveals the more whimsical aspects of pirate life.  From the beginning, Grace O'Malley establishes her student crew and the rules for sailing aboard her vessel.  With the aide of her newly 'recruited' quartermaster, boatswain and crew, Grace sets off with map in hand to find the treasure of Blackbeard the Pirate.  Once at sea, she entertains her crew with one of their favorite folktales.  However, the crew hasn't sailed for long before the dreaded Blackbeard appears.  A friendly struggle of wits, dancing skills and athletic competitions ensues to determine who shall win the treasure map.  The two mighty pirates finally agree to work together to find the treasure and the booty is shared by all.  (Each student receives a token of treasure.)

Grace O'Malley - The character is based on the historical Irish pirate, Grace O'Malley, that sailed during the Elizabethan period.  She is feisty, strong-willed and fearless.  Bedecked in her Elizabethan vest, skirt, knickers, boots and hat, she is a true swashbuckler from the 17th century.

Best for grades K - 3

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:10

The Royalty of the Renaissance

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England - 1598  The Royalty of the Renaissance provides students with a glorious illustration of life and times in Elizabethan England.  Customs, manners and class structure are creatively explored. 

Lady Celia Beaumont is betrothed to the Duke of Burgundy in France.  The night before her departure, the Queen throws a feast in her honor.  In attendance are Lady Celia's dear friends, The Earl of Essex and the Countess of Shrewsbury.  As their repast is being served, Queen Elizabeth's ascension to the throne and her royal lineage are recreated.  A majestic court dance using period music and dance techniques is taught and performed by Master Wessex (using students and faculty to portray the royal court dancers).  Just after a Shakespearean sonnet beguiles the royal audience, the Queen knights a clever young squire who becomes the newest knight in Her Majesty's guard.

Lady Celia Beaumont is a fictitious Elizabethan Lady-in-Waiting.  She speaks in the eloquent Elizabethan dialect of the Renaissance Era.  An extravagant blue velvet gown is worn with hoop, bum-roll and a ruff.  A jeweled headpiece and veil complete the elaborate hand crafted attire. 

Best for grades  K - Adult  

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:06

Cinderella's Fairy Godmother

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Set in Storyland - Cinderella's Fairy Godmother  offers a fun twist on a classic fairy tale.  With plenty of roles for both boys and girls, it engages and appeals to all students.

The story begins on Cinderella's wedding day.  She and her Fairy Godmother realize they must solve a riddle before Cinderella can marry the Prince.  So off to Storyland they journey to find the answer.  While Cinderella visits with her friend, Sleeping Beauty, Fairy Godmother ventures forth to meet a variety of pixies and fairy tale characters like Little Red Riding Hood, Belle from Beauty and the Beast and Jack from The House that Jack Built.  Each encounter brings elegant dancing, a chorus of song and theatrical frolics in addition to clues to their puzzle.    At the end of Fairy Godmother's quest, the students help solve the riddle.  Cinderella, (who incidentally has just finished graduate school) may now marry the prince.

Fairy Godmother - is a fictional character bedecked in a twinkly lavender gown replete with roses, lace and jewels.  Her gossamer wings and diamond-covered crown and wand complete her magical attire. 

Best for Graces K-3

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 22:00

One-Room Schoolhouse

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New England - 1890s  The One-Room Schoolhouse program focuses on the values of a nineteenth-century education.  The experience is recreated by students and teachers with a bevy of fun role reversals throughout the show.

Since living alone as a young woman would be socially unacceptable in the Victorian era, teacher Miss Mabel Weatherbee dwells in the home of the Lutz family.  Once the madatory before-school chores are completed by Catharine, Elizabeth, and Andrew Lutz, they join Miss Weatherbee and neighboring children on their trek --either on foot or by horseback -- to the schoolhouse.  After getting aquainted with the room's layout, the subjects being studied, and the school supplies needed (such as a slate, chalk, wood, rags, lunch pail, and the like), the rules of the classroom are then spelled out by visiting schoolmarm, the stern Miss Gunther.  Following a clever recitation by promising pupil, Percy Freihofer, the Spring Jubilee unfolds with an exuberant square dance to complete the show.

Miss Mabel Weatherbee - is a fictitous single woman from the South.  Her high-collared dress and hairstyle reflect the rigid Victorian norms of the day.

Best for grades K - 8

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Sunday, 18 February 2018 17:43

Mother Nature

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Mother Nature packs a powerful message with her depiction of the natural world. Combining ecology with mythology, Mother Nature and her friend, The Fairy Queen, teach the importance of preservation.  After being informed by the Fairy Queen that some "animal" is harming our ecosystems, Mother Nature heads off to [your town] to find the offending mammal.  Northeast habitats such as a pond, a forest and the sea shore are depicted using both indigenous animal and imaginary "fairy life".  Through stories, dance and improvisation, emphasis is placed on how humans impact various ecosystems and how conservation is our responsibility.

Mother Nature - the mythological Mother Nature passionately strives to maintain a balance in nature.  She is connected to the "fairy-world" and can see, hear and talk with water sprites, fairies and animals who inhabit the ecosystems in which we live.

Best for grades K - 3

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Thursday, 20 December 2012 08:26

The Colonial Faire

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Pennsylvania - 1730's

The Colonial Faire is a really fun program based on the life of an indentured servant.  The show depicts the arduous life of early America as well as the revelry.  Though days of rest and merriment are few, today is the day of the Colonial Faire.  With the excitement of the faire on everyone's mind, villagefolk eagerly apply themselves to their work in order to enjoy the day.  Beginning with a list of chores already performed, servant Katie Cotswold invites the assistance of those around her to gather the dye for the wool, prepare the wool to be dyed (including carding) and make deliveries.  On her travels she encounters various townsfolk including French trapper - Jean Claude Guillaume, tavern-keep, Mistress Reinhardt and the Barnaby boys.  Finally, she is off to the village square to partake in the Faire.  A variety of colonial games are played by the folks from the village (students).  The day concludes with a rollicking and coloful Maypole dance.

Katie Cotswold - is a fictitious colonial woman.  As this is a day of merry-making, she wears her best yet simple colonial dress and servant's hat with an apron and black shoes.

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