STAGE OF DISCOVERY 2013-2014 SEASON

Educational, Fun, Affordable… Where great characters come to life! 
 
Why do so many teachers bring their classes to The Grand? Because live theater brings to life the subjects that are studied in your classrooms. Each show has been carefully selected to complement curriculum standards in science, social studies, language arts, and performing arts. A field trip to The Grand may be your students' first experience of live theater, 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 one ticket is free with every 15 purchased. Running time for all shows is approximately one hour..


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
 
Email your request or any questions to: discovery@grandopera.org.
 
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.
 
Our education staff is available to visit your classroom before the show to help prepare your students for their trip to The Grand and facilitate classroom activities. Travel fees apply for schools more than 50 miles round-trip from The Grand.
 
Look below for day-of-show Curtain Calls to provide 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.

 

 

Dinosaur Train Live! – Friday, January 31, 2014

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9:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Recommended for grades Pre-K–2
Mills Entertainment
 
Kids will be transported on a journey back to the Mesozoic when dinosaurs roamed the earth... and rode in trains! As only The Jim Henson Company can do, the popular PBS Kids television show will be brought to life through spectacular interactive multi-media, music, and puppetry.
 
CURTAIN CALL with Reggy© the Purple Party Dude and Friends (1 hour; suggested for grades K-6)
This interactive program will get participants up and active with Reggy© in a pre- or post-show dance party! Anyone remember how to Walk the Dinosaur…? Then we'll cool down like the ice age with Reggy© and “I-Dino-fy Charades." All participants will go home with a Reggy© and Dinosaur Train based activities booklet. Reserve with your tickets for an additional $3 each.

Buffalo Soldier – Tuesday, February 25, 2014

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9:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Recommended for grades 3–8
Theatre IV
 
Based on the true story of our nation’s longest-surviving Buffalo Soldier and veteran of the Spanish-American War, this dramatic play with music tells of the brave soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries, who served our country well with little of the recognition they deserved.
 
CURTAIN CALLS with the Delaware History Museum:
 
Delaware and the Underground Railroad (1.5 hours; 60 max per group; suggested for grades 3-6)
What was it like to seek freedom on the Underground Railroad? Students explore this question as they learn about freedom seekers and the brave men and women, both enslaved and free, who made this region one of the most successful routes to freedom in the years before the Civil War. The challenges faced by those involved in the Underground Railroad are reinforced through primary source analysis and, weather permitting, a visit to Old Town Hall jail cells. Reserve with your tickets for an additional $2 each.

Delaware’s African American Heroes (1.5 hours; 25 max per group; suggested for grades 1-6)

Students act in five narrated dramas depicting African-American heroes from Delaware who broke barriers and overcame obstacles to achieve personal greatness and expand opportunities for others. This program introduces students to five such people, five remarkable African-Americans from Delaware.Reserve with your tickets for an additional $2 each.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites – Monday, March 10, 2014

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9:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Recommended for grades Pre-K–1
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
 
The little caterpillar returns, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. This triple-bill includes The Very Hungry Caterpillar's metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud's travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon's discovery of his own unique nature.
 
CURTAIN CALL with Reggy© the Purple Party Dude and Friends (1 hour; suggested for grades K-12)

Thisis a hands-on workshop where children ages four and up (ages 2 and 3 welcome if accompanied by adult puppet builder) become puppet makers and puppeteers as they each learn how puppets work and move. Participants will learn how to put the puppets into performance and create a puppet of their own to take home. Reserve with your tickets for an additional $3 each.

Doktor Kaboom! – Thursday, March 20, 2014

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9:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Recommended for grades 4–8
 
Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive science comedy shows, creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Join him for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain.
 
CURTAIN CALL with Reggy© the Purple Party Dude and Friends (1 hour; suggested for grades K-12)

Thisis a hands-on workshop where children ages four and up (ages 2 and 3 welcome if accompanied by adult puppet builder) become puppet makers and puppeteers as they each learn how puppets work and move. Participants will learn how to put the puppets into performance and create a puppet of their own to take home. Reserve with your tickets for an additional $3 each.

Are You My Mother? – Tuesday, April 8, 2014

 

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9:30 AM and 12:00 PM
Recommended for grades Pre-K–2
ArtsPower
 

Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother's song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn't she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book.

The Making of Shakespeare: Macbeth – Tuesday, May 6, 2014

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11:00 AM only
Recommended for grades 6–12
Delaware Shakespeare Festival
 
Professional actors from Delaware Shakespeare Festival examine the evolution of a dramatic scene “from page to stage." Students will follow the creative process through the steps of audition, first read-through, working rehearsal, and enjoy the final performance.

 

CURTAIN CALL with Delaware Shakespeare Festival
 
Shakespeare: Then, Now, and Always (1 hour, suggested for grades 9-12)

DSF presents a fun and interactive seminar that includes a brief history of Shakespeare and his times, the Shakespearean Insult Game, Speaking the Scene, Shakespeare’s Hidden Clues, and Playing the Scene. Reserve with your tickets for an additional $5 each, or schedule as an outreach to your school by contacting Allyson Good at allyson@delshakes.org.

CURTAIN CALLS are brought to you by:

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The Grand thanks our Stage of Discovery sponsors:

Series Sponsors

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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:

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Contacts

Pamelyn Manocchio
  • Director of Community Engagement
Box Office
  • Phone:(302) 652-5577

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