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The Carson Center

Educational Programs

Class Acts Education Series

Welcome to the Carson Center's 2018-19 Class Acts Education Series! The Class Acts Education Series offers curriculum-based arts programming during the school day for preschool through high school students. Each year the Carson Center strives to bring the world of professional arts programming from national and international theatre companies to you and your students. Class Acts Reservations are accepted throughout the school year from school, homeschool, and community groups. Please make sure to review the policies and procedures below, and note that NO PAYMENT is required at the time of your reservation. For individuals and groups with fewer than 10 students, please contact Andrea James, ajames@thecarsoncenter.org to reserve your seats directly.

 

CLICK TO MAKE RESERVATIONS ONLINE!

For Information: (270) 443-9932, ext. 235

For Reservations: (270) 443-9932, ext. 212

Email the Director of Education

The Class Acts Education Series runs October through April.  

Click to Read the Policies & Procedures

Available Study Guides can be downloaded from the individual show page. 

  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 9:30am
  • Wednesday, November 28, 2018 - 11:30am

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Junie B. Jones, First-Grader, is super-excited about the upcoming Holiday Sing-Along and Secret Santa gift exchange at her school. The script seamlessly incorporates vocabulary, logic, and messages of kindness and charity while entertaining with silly antics.  A hilarious and endearing tale based on the best-selling book series by Barbara Park.

Curriculum Connections: Critical thinking, Conflict resolution, Mathematics
http://bsoinc.com/roster/junie-b-in-jingle-bells-batman-smells/

 

  • Monday, December 3, 2018 - 9:30am

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This celebrated Charles Jones adaptation of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is rich with thrilling ensemble music, alive with color and movement and is created to tell this great and enduring tale in a manner that people of all ages will enjoy. The characters and story represent the problems that existed in England at the time. Scrooge represents the middle-class society that was more interested in wealth and profit than brotherhood and equality. Woven throughout this classic tale are beautiful new arrangements and moving renditions of holiday songs such as God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen, Wassail Wassail, Good Christian Men Rejoice, Away in a Manger, Greensleeves, the Boar’s Head Carol and many more. This sumptuous holiday classic features a cast of 24 performers, live musicians, and Broadway-style scenery and costumes that will dazzle audiences!

Curriculum Connections: Literature, Language Arts, History, Music, Dance, Visual Arts
http://www.nebraskatheatrecaravan.org

 

  • Thursday, January 31, 2019 - 10:00am

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Daniel and all of his friends invite you for a brand-new adventure in Neighborhood of Make-Believe where Daniel learns just what it takes to be King. The beloved characters come alive on stage to captivate you with new songs to sing along to, magical moments, and SURPRISE guests along the way! It’s an event filled with tigertastic fun, teaching the valuable lessons of kindness, helping others, and being a friend. Don’t miss Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood LIVE: King for a Day... a royally great time!

Curriculum Connections: Music, Imagination, Creativity, Friendship and Relationships, Social Skills 
http://bsoinc.com/roster/daniel-tigers-neighborhood/

 

  • Monday, February 11, 2019 - 10:00am

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Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show, this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! They will use math, such as bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting, to problem solve along their journey.

Curriculum Connections: Measurement, Shapes, Patterns, Problem Solving, Brainstorming, Overcoming Obstacles
http://bsoinc.com/roster/peg-cat/

  • Wednesday, February 13, 2019 - 10:00am

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Arthur Miller's searing drama, inspired by the McCarthy era, comes to vivid new life in the National Players' bare-knuckle staging. A piercing look at what can happen when the truth is bent to political convenience; The Crucible is a compelling story for our time.        

Curriculum Connections: Literature, English, Visual Arts/Drawing, Theatre Music 
https://www.nationalplayers.org/the-crucible

  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Tuesday, February 26, 2019 - 11:30am

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When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system… Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies
http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1610

 

  • Friday, March 1, 2019 - 10:00am

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The critically acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 lovable puppets. The production faithfully adapts four stories by author/illustrator Eric Carle: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, The Very Lonely Firefly and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar. The Very Hungry Caterpillar was first published in 1969 and has delighted generations of readers ever since, selling more than 43 million copies worldwide. Brown Bear, Brown Bear - now celebrating 50 years - has sold more than 16 million copies.

Curriculum Connections: Social Development, Theatre, Reading
http://bsoinc.com/roster/the-very-hungry-caterpillar/

 

  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Thursday, March 14, 2019 - 11:30am

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The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time-honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The reputation of the company is solidly rooted in a commitment to the highest of production values and an attention to the artistic details that is unparalleled in the art form.  World-renowned impresario Danny Change and choreographer Angela Chang combine award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.

Curriculum Connections: World Culture, Performing Arts, Music
https://sroartists.com/artists/goldendragonacrobats//

 

  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Friday, March 22, 2019 - 11:30am

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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! Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy Biddle conquer second-grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus. 

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-based, Music, Relationships, Family
http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1604

 

  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Tuesday, April 9, 2019 - 11:30am

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A new theatrical production based on the Magic Tree House adventure Stage Fright on a Summer Night by The New York Times bestselling author Mary Pope Osborne.  The show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike. 

Curriculum Connections: Music, Theatre, Visual, Reading
http://shawentertainment.com/magic-tree-house-showtime-shakespeare/

 

  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 9:30am
  • Friday, April 12, 2019 - 11:30am

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Students will have the opportunity to join the orchestra in this highly participatory program, in which they learn to sing and play an instrument in the classroom and then perform a culminating concert with a professional orchestra from their seats at the Carson Center.  This program is part of the Carnegie Hall Link Up program- a national and international music initiative.

Curriculum Connections: Music, Performance

 

  • Friday, April 19, 2019 - 10:00am

It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! Flight School The Musical is based on the book Flight School from best-selling author Lita Judge.  Come fly with Penguin at your Carson Center!

https://www.vitaltheatre.org/

 

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