AYA Performances for Upper Elementary and Middle Grades

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We the People  We the People

Thursday, November 3, 2016
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m. - 30 SEATS LEFT

$6  • 60 minutes
Grades 4-8
Curriculum Connections: language arts, music, relationships & family, social studies

Theatreworks USA is proud to present We the People, a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. Students will learn 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 will instill American pride in audiences of all ages, and perhaps even inspire them to get involved and make a difference.

Songs by Brad Alexander & Kevin Del Aguila; Eli Bolin & Sam Forman; Joe Iconis; Tommy Newman; Ryan Scott Oliver; Adam Overett; Erik Weiner, Mark Weiner & Jordan Allen-Dutton

Presented by Theatreworks USA.

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Harriet Tubman and the Underground RailroadHarriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Wednesday, February 1, 2017
9:30 a.m.
12:30 p.m.
$5 •  55 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: family & relationships, history, langurage arts, biography, multicultural

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. Her courage helped to change the world. Share her adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson.

Book and lyrics by Douglas Jones. Music by Ron Barnett.

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Co-produced by the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia.

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Everybody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story  Everybody’s Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story

Monday, March 6, 2017
9:30 a.m. - SORRY, SOLD OUT
12:30 p.m. - 48 seats left
$6  •  60 minutes
Grades 3-8

Curriculum Connections: biography, history, multicultural

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. It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America’s pastime. 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.

Presented by Mad River Theater Works.

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Ellis, Island of Dreams

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6   •  60 minutes
Grades 2-8
Curriculum Connections: music, history, relationships & family, multicultural

Ellis Island was the entry point to the land of dreams for countless immigrants from 1892 to 1954. Follow the story of family’s trials, heartbreak, and triumphs and help reestablish the understanding that we are truly a nation of immigrants.

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Book and lyrics by Debra Clinton. Music and additional lyrics by Jason Marks.

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