Different students respond to different ways of learning, whether it’s through repetition, aural or visual cues, or hands-on experiences. Using the arts to teach various subjects – such as literature, science, history – provides creative tools for learning that may help students grasp and retain information they wouldn’t understand in other terms. In short, learning comes to life on stage.

Stages of Discovery presents multiple opportunities for learning from pre-school through 8th grade. Each of our school matinees has been carefully selected to complement curriculum standards. Show-specific Study Guides include lessons and activities for use in the classroom. Curtain Calls offer related learning opportunities with educational partners. Classroom Visits help your students prepare for their trip to the theatre. And, valuable Transportation Scholarships make it all more affordable!

Visit all three of our venues. Each delivers a unique theatre experience for your students: the intimate and contemporary baby grand (305 seats), the elegant and historic Copeland Hall at The Grand (1,188 seats), and the illustrious Playhouse on Rodney Square (1,252 seats).
Come, take a look… Your educational journey starts with Stages of Discovery!

 

Reservations and Tickets
Reservations and Tickets

Reservations are required for all performances. Tickets are just $7 per person, and every tenth ticket is free. Discounts are available for Title I schools. Please indicate your school’s status on the reservation form. An invoice will be provided for group orders. Full payment is required for families or small groups (less than 10) at the time of reservation.

We understand that schools may need to estimate the number of tickets needed. Please include all students, teachers, and chaperones in your reservation. Numbers may be adjusted (subject to availability) when final counts and payments are due: 2 weeks before performance dates. No adjustments may be made on the day of the show.

 

Schedules and Lunches
Schedules and Lunches

All shows are presented at 9:30am and 12:00pm. Performances will begin as close to these times as possible. Large groups should make every effort to arrive within the half hour prior to show times to allow ample time for seating.

Running time for all shows is approximately one hour. Please allow extra time for dismissal; street access is limited and groups will be called as their buses are ready for departure.

Lunches may be enjoyed at The Grand only. Space is limited and reservations are required. Groups may bring bagged lunches and eat “picnic-style” in one of our spaces before or after the show. Please inquire about availability when reserving your tickets.

Lunch spaces are not available at The Playhouse, but groups may use the public space at Rodney Square (weather permitting).

 

Transportation Scholarships
Transportation Scholarships

Transportation Scholarships are available for schools that demonstrate financial need. Download the Application for Transportation Scholarship. Awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, one per school per academic year.

Transportation Scholarships are made possible by a grant from

Classroom Visits
Classroom Visits

Classroom visits, offered at just $25 per class (maximum 30 students) help prepare your students for their field trip. Programs (up to 45 minutes) are tailored to support your educational goals with material that includes theatre etiquette, the history of The Grand or The Playhouse, and a custom lesson plan related to the content of the show. Travel fee may apply. For more information or to arrange a classroom visit, please contact our Education Manager at (302) 658-7897 x3201 or send an email.

Upcoming Events

NO Bullying,  STOP Bullying, and Let's Be Friends!

Illstyle & Peace Productions

Thu-Fri, October 20-21, 9:30am & 12:00pm
live @ the baby grand
Recommended for Grades 3-8

 

lllstyle & Peace Productions is a multicultural Philadelphia-based dance company founded in 2002 by Brandon “Peace” Albright. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school hip-hop styles, blended with an eclectic mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap, ballet, DJing, and beatboxing. Committed to delivering positive messages, lllstyle & Peace Productions has toured to critical acclaim nationally and internationally. This high-energy dance show works to prevent bullying through an engaging mix of music, slapstick comedy, and story-telling.

 

Ben Franklin and His Kite

Virginia Rep On Tour

Thu, November 3, 9:30am & 12:00pm
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades K-5
 

On a dark June afternoon in Philadelphia more than 250 years ago, Ben Franklin shocked the world with his discovery that lightning holds electricity – and thus rendered scientists “thunderstruck!” This entertaining and educational play brings both History and Science curricula to life as an American legend is explored.

 

Click, Clack, Moo

TheatreWorks USA

Mon, December 5, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades PK-2

"Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" When Farmer Brown’s granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, he declares the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn, along with shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. "No blankets!" replies Farmer Brown. So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" musical about negotiation and compromise.

 

A Christmas Carol

Virginia Rep On Tour

Tue, December 13, 9:30am & 12:00pm
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades K-5

Perhaps the best-loved holiday story of all time, this adaptation of Dickens’ classic is particularly suited to children. Featuring a magnificent score by Jule Styne (composer of such Broadway hits as the immortal Peter Pan, Gypsy, and Funny Girl), A Christmas Carol brings all the joy, sentiment, and meaning without being too scary for young audiences.

 

Brown Bear, Brown Bear, and Other Treasured Stories

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Thu, January 19, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades PK-2

Mermaid’s much-anticipated new production will bring together old favorites and new friends: A Brown Bear, A Caterpillar and A Moon. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects, and innovative puppetry, the triple-bill highlights Eric Carle’s most beloved tales. The Very Hungry Caterpillar is joined by a whimsical cast of adventurous animals drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? The poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest, Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me, completes an hour-long performance, which is both educational and entertaining.

 

Rock the Presidents

Childsplay

Fri, January 27, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades 3-8

Just in time for Inauguration Day, Childsplay hits the road with a journey through the history of U.S. Presidents told with original rock, pop, and folk music. This high-octane, multi-media-filled musical revue looks at the lives of the 44 people who have held the highest elected office in America. Rock the Presidents creates a curiosity about our executive leaders and empowers young people with the belief that they too can get involved in civic life.

 

Everbody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story

Mad River Theater Works

Wed, February 15, 9:30am & 12:00pm
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 3-8

When Branch Rickey decided to add a black person to the Brooklyn Dodgers, he knew that individual had to be special. He had to be strong enough to stand up to the teammates who would abuse him, the pitchers who would throw at him, and the fans who would send him death threats. He had to show that he was bigger than all that, to prove that he could be everybody's hero. This play with live music 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.

 

Janet’s Planet: A Tour Through the Solar System

 

Tue, February 28, 9:30am & 12:00pm
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades 2-6

Audiences will travel at the "speed of thought" as Janet introduces the wonders of the galaxy. Shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet's futuristic Mission Control. This interactive presentation engages and challenges students and is designed to inspire STEAM potential, with complementary lesson plans that integrate with Next Generation Science Standards, based on a curriculum endorsed by NASA and Space Florida.

 

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

ArtsPower

Thu, March 2, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades 3-8

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in this touching and suspenseful musical.

 

A Year with Frog & Toad

Casa Mañana

Thu, March 9, 9:30am & 12:00pm
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Recommended for Grades PK-2

A hit on Broadway, A Year with Frog and Toad was nominated for three Tony Awards, including Best Musical. Featuring a jazzy, upbeat score that bubbles with melody and wit, this whimsical story follows two great friends – the cheerful, popular Frog and the curmudgeonly Toad – through four, fun-filled seasons. Waking from hibernation in the spring, Frog and Toad meet interesting new friends, plant gardens, swim, rake leaves, go sledding, and learn life lessons along the way. Part vaudeville, part make-believe, all charm, this is a story of friendship that endures, weathering all seasons.

 

The Lightning Thief

TheatreWorks USA

Thu, March 30, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades 2-6

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. Now Percy has to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. Adapted from the book by Rick Riordan.

 

Pete the Cat

TheatreWorks USA

Tue, April 11, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades PK-2

Pete the Cat never loses his cool. Jimmy Biddle never strays from his routine. That is, until the groovy blue cat moves in with the Biddles for the summer. Can cat and boy ever be friends? When Jimmy draws a blank in art class, Pete's the perfect pal to lead the mission to help Jimmy find his inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on a new adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back again in an awesome VW Bus.

 

Charlotte's Web

TheatreWorks USA

Tue, April 25, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades K-5

Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of a special friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- but it will take a "miracle." Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

 

Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters

Dallas Children's Theatre On Tour

Wed, May 3, 9:30am & 12:00pm
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Recommended for Grades PK-3

The splendor of Zimbabwe comes to life on stage! When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro’s pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness, and strength of spirit. This musical adaptation of the Caldecott Award-winning book by John Steptoe combines authentic African drumming, powerful choreography, and thrilling original music.

 

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