AYA Performances for Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School

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I Have a Dream  

Thursday, January 18, 2018 
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6  • 55 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: biography, history, multicultural, public speaking, character development

This compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the century and the Civil Rights movement will inspire your students as they experience this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”

By Bruce Craig Miller

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre

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Freedom Riders

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 
9:30 a.m. (SORRY, SOLD OUT)
12:30 p.m.
$6 •  55 minutes
Grades 3-10
Curriculum Connections: history, language arts, multicultural, character development

Set in 1961, fifteen years after the US Supreme Court outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, black and white Americans, traveled together on buses that crossed state lines despite hateful segregation and racism. Hear songs that celebrate the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement and American history. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change, and how non-violent protests focused attention on the cruelties of segregation.

Play by Jeff Hooper, music by Bob Lucas

Presented by Mad River Theater Works

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My Heart in a Suitcase 

Wednesday, March 7, 2018 
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6  •  55 minutes
Grades 4-8

Curriculum Connections: family relationships, historical, literature-based, values-based

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews in Germany; in order to protect their daughter, her parents may have to say goodbye to her forever. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems filled with hatred and violence. The result is a gripping and poignant production, a tribute to the strength of the human spirit.

Based on the book by Anne L. Fox

Presented by ArtsPower

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Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach

Thursday, April 26, 2018 
9:30 a.m. -- SORRY, SOLD OUT
12:30 p.m. -- SORRY, SOLD OUT
$5   •  75 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, values-based

NOTE: This performance is at the Weber Center for the Performing Arts in downtown La Crosse

When James is sent by his conniving aunts to chop down their old fruit tree, he discovers a magic potion that results in a tremendous peach - and launches a journey of enormous proportions.  Based on the famous book by Roald Dahl, James and the Giant Peach features a score by Tony®-nominated and Oscar®-winning composers Pasek and Paul and guarantees to capture the heart and imagination of your students.  

Words and Music by Benj Pasek & Justin Paul. Book by Timothy Allen McDonald.
James and the Giant Peach is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019. Tel: (212) 541-4684, Fax: (212) 397-4684. www.MTIShows.com

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Land of Trash

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6   •  55 minutes
Grades 2-7
Curriculum Connections: environmental and personal responsibility, healthy living 

Land of Trash demonstrates the effects of environmental abuse. What will the world be like in the year 2098? Nuke and Stryder live on the streets of an earth affected by climate change. While exploring a toxic waste dump, they discover relics of the "old world" - computers, digital electronics - garbage familiar to a present-day audience but mysterious to the futuristic characters. When they come across and old man named Carson who remembers the old world, they learn about the colour and wonder that once existed on Earth, and are inspired to work with Carson to create a brighter future. Land of Trash instills hope, and articulates that it is never too late to reverse the damages of pollution.

by Ian Tamblyn

Presented by Green Thumb Theatre

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