STAGE OF DISCOVERY 2014-2015 SEASON
Learning Comes To Life On Stage!
Why do so many teachers bring their classes to The Grand? Because live theatre brings to life the subjects that are studied in your classrooms. Each show has been carefully selected to complement curriculum standards in math, science, social studies, language arts, and performing arts. A field trip to The Grand may be your students' first experience of live theatre, and it is sure to be a memorable one. We hope to inspire a love for learning that will continue long after the final curtain.
Tickets are just $7 per person – and EARLY BIRD orders receive a FREE classroom visit!
(Early Bird orders must be received September 1 and pay a deposit by September 30.)
As always, one ticket is free with every 15 purchased.
HOW TO MAKE RESERVATIONS:
Reservations are required for all performances. We understand that you may need to estimate the number of seats needed. Please include all students, teachers, and chaperones in your reservation. Families are welcome!
Mail a completed form to: The Grand Opera House, 818 North Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801
Fax a completed form to: (302)652-5346
We will send a confirmation letter, detailed invoice/receipt, and FAQs soon after your order is processed.
Study guides for each show include lessons and activities for use in the classroom before and after your visit.
Classroom Visits by our education staff will help prepare your students for their trip to The Grand. $25 per visit will provide a history of The Grand, theatre etiquette, and a custom lesson plan to be facilitated in your classroom. Travel fees apply for schools more than 50 miles round-trip from The Grand.
Come back to look for day-of-show Curtain Calls (to be announced) providing even more educational programming that will enrich your Grand experience.
Transportation scholarships of up to $500 are available to K-12 schools that demonstrate financial need. The funds may be used only for transportation to and from The Grand Opera House. Download scholarship application here.
Butterfly! The Story of a Life-Cycle - Friday, November 14, 2014
Friday, November 14, 2014
Recommended for grades Pre-K–3
We will follow Mari, a Monarch Butterfly as she grows from her tiny egg, then through her caterpillar state, next make the amazing metamorphosis in the chrysalis, and finally on her incredible 1,500 mile journey to Mexico. With all her insect companions she will learn about her symbiotic relationship with Milkweed. She depends on it for food, a home, and her unique form of defense against predators.
Sticks & Stones - The Musical - Monday, November 17, 2014
Monday, November 17, 2014
Recommended for grades 4–8
A one-woman performance that includes multiple characters, music, poetry, and video projection – all within a story about the critical effects of bullying. The two pivotal characters, Scott and Lyn, are brother and sister. Each of them is experiencing different problems with bullies, peer pressure, and loss of friends. Scott is betrayed after his mother reports the names of his friends who are caught vandalizing. Lyn is called “a snitch” after a derogatory website is discovered. When Lyn’s best friend befriends the school bully, the situation spirals out of control.
Sticks & Stones is an original play commissioned by Tilles Center For the Performing Arts. Previously presented in workshops on Long Island, the development of the play and public performances have been supported by The United States Department of Justice and the Gilbert and Rose Tilles Endowment For The Arts.
Twas the Night Before Christmas - Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Recommended for grades K–5
Inspired by the timeless poem “A Visit from St. Nicholas” and by the real life of its author, Clement Moore, this hilarious musical introduces Santa in a particularly beneficent light. This classic from Theatre IV has been charming audiences nationwide for many years.
Songs of the Civil Rights Movement - Thursday, January 15, 2015
Thursday, January 15, 2015
Recommended for grades K-5
Leaders of the Civil Right Movement understood that hours of political speeches may not inspire people to action but a 3-minute song can. In this program, students get to explore the issues of racial equality and justice in America during the 1950s and 1960s through song. TAHIRA educates, entertains, and inspires children with her "Musical-ology” – a heapin' of the spoken word, a fistful of soul-stirring vocals, flavored with rhythmic percussion for good measure.
The Math Maniac Show - Friday, January 23, 2015
Friday, January 23, 2015
Recommended for grades K–6
It’s a fact: Kids learn more when they’re having fun and The Math Maniac keeps them listening, laughing, and learning! Whether students are reviewing the material, previewing the material, or learning the material for the first time, not one precious minute of classroom time is wasted; not one learning opportunity is lost! Funny, entertaining, and educational – The Math Maniac Show is a whole new way for students to discover the awesome possibilities of mathematics!
Freedom Bound - Friday, February 6, 2015
Friday, February 6, 2015
Recommended for grades 3–8
There is a story connected with the Underground Railroad in countless communities throughout the north. Old houses have secret tunnels leading into the woods, or attics with hidden stairways. The "Railroad" was a network of friends who helped slaves escape to freedom in Canada before the Civil War. This exciting and turbulent period of history is the subject of Freedom Bound, a play with music by Mad River Theater Works. Freedom Bound 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 the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. Freedom Bound brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the adventure of the Underground Railroad right before your eyes.
Schoolhouse Rock, Live! - Thursday, February 19, 2015
Thursday, February 19, 2015
Recommended for grades 1–5
A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Childsplay stage with songs you loved updated for a whole new generation!
Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig - Friday, March 13, 2015
Friday, March 13, 2015
Recommended for grades K–4
A charming multi-media presentation that portrays the trials and tribulations of Gwendolyn, a pig who wants to become a ballerina. Gwendolyn persuades her piggy friend Omar, who wants to become a football player, that ballet class will improve his football skills. Their teacher, Miss Natasha, puts them through their paces with hilarious results. Author David Rottenberg will read his delightful story while the professional dancers of First State Ballet Theatre perform to original music. Following the performance, Mr. Rottenberg will hold a Q&A with students in the audience. (Signed copies of Gwendolyn will be available for purchase.)
Treasure Island - Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Tuesday, March 31, 2015
Recommended for grades 2–8
Set sail with young Jim Hawkins aboard the Hispaniola for the mysterious Treasure Island, a tiny spot in the ocean believed to conceal the greatest of fortunes. On his swashbuckling adventures, Jim encounters the most legendary buccaneers in all of children’s literature: the salty Billy Bones, the blind rogue Pew, the marooned Ben Gunn, and the captivating Long John Silver. Generations of children have been thrilled by this rollicking tale of intrigue, piracy, and a young boy who must learn the value of honor and decency from the most unlikely teachers. Our merry musical adaptation leaves out the rum-soaked violence of the book in favor of the fun, the action, and the moral foundation of this timeless classic.
Red Riding Hood and the Not So Bad Wolf - Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Wednesday, April 15, 2015
Recommended for grades K–2
Sign Stage on Tour presents a Deaf Theatre adaptation of a classic tale. What if the Big Bad Wolf wasn’t so bad after all? Maybe there’s a reason he acts so “Big” and so “Bad.” What if he’s just another lovable person like you and me, only he makes bad decisions? In Red Riding Hood and the ’Not So’ Bad Wolf, the audience learns that the Bad Wolf was born deaf and grew up without a supportive family. Because he couldn’t hear, he was teased and bullied at school. This time… it’s Red Riding Hood who comes to the rescue of the Bad Wolf. After many years of feeling empty inside, he learns the true value of friendship. “Oh my… what a big heart you have.” “The better to love you with, my dear.”
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley - Monday, April 27, 2015
Monday, April 27, 2015
Recommended for grades K–4
You know this guy. Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, but one night he makes a wish… and it comes true! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe to do something the world has never seen before, and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.
The Grand thanks our Stage of Discovery sponsors:
This program is made possible, in part, by grants from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in Delaware, in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts.
Transportation Scholarships funded by: