AYA Performances for Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School

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Freedom Bound 

Friday, February 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7 • 60 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: history, language arts, multicultural, character development

The Underground Railroad ran through countless communities in the north. The "Railroad" was a network of friends who helped slaves escape to freedom in the north and on to Canada before the Civil War. This turbulent period of history is the subject of Freedom Bound, which revolves around the most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio: the story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. This performance brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the uncertainty and hope of the Underground Railroad.

To learn more about Mad River Theater Works, visit their website.

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Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science

Monday, March 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 85 SEATS LEFT
12:30 p.m. - 17 SEATS LEFT
$6 •  60 minutes
Grades 2-8
Curriculum Connections: science, comedy, math, theatre

So much science, so little time... Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his vaforite science demonstrations, so he's bringing them all. Unfortunately there are way too many for one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science, a great big spinning wheel labeled with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more. At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that's what's next. Will he turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? So, step right up and let's spin that wheel.

To learn more about Doktor Kaboom, visit his website.

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Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
12:30 p.m. only - 31 SEATS LEFT
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades 4-8

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

Jack London's classic tale comes to life on stage. This multimedia adventure mixes performance and storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s, Buck becomes the most famous dog in the Northland's history and discovers the endurance and strength of his wild, primal ancestors as their call courses through his blood. 180-degree projects surround the performer and provide scenic, artistic, and historical context. The images feature a unique mix of Philip R. Goodwin's classical illustrations from the book's first edition, period photographs, and brand new drawings and animations created by artist Michael Rae.

Presented by Theatre Heroes

To see images and a short video of the production, click here.

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