As you plan activities for the 2015-2016 school year, you know how 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.

The Grand’s Stages of Discovery offers multiple opportunities for learning from pre-school through 8th grade. And now we have three venues for your students, each offering a unique theatre experience: 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).

Our education staff takes your theatre experience even further, with show-specific Study Guides, complementary Curtain Calls, Classroom Visits to help your students prepare for their trip, and valuable Transportation Scholarships.

Come, take a look… Your educational journey starts with Stages of Discovery!


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

Tickets are just $7 per person. Discounts are available for Title I schools. Please indicate your school’s status on the reservation form. Groups of 10 people or more will receive one free ticket with every 10 purchased. Final numbers and payments are due two weeks before the show date. 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.


All shows (except Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World) 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. We do not have a cafeteria, but groups may bring bagged lunches and make arrangements to eat in one of our meeting rooms before or after the show. Please inquire about available space when making a reservation. Lunch spaces are not available at The Playhouse, but groups may use the public space at Rodney Square (weather permitting).


Transportation Scholarships are available for schools that demonstrate financial need. Download the Application for Transportation Scholarship. They are accepted throughout the year. Awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.

Transportation Scholarships are made possible by a grant from




Classroom visits, offered at just $25 per visit, help prepare your students for their field trip. Programs may be customized to suit your educational goals. Material covered will include theatre etiquette, the history of The Grand or Playhouse, and a custom lesson plan related to the content of the show. Travel fee may apply. To arrange a classroom visit with one of our education staff, please contact Nora Reilly via Email or phone at (302) 658-7897 x3201.


Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World - Wednesday, October 14, 2015


Wednesday, October 14, 2015
Recommended for grades 2-6
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
David Gonzalez

Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx! From the silly antics of the Puerto Rican anti-hero "Juan Bobo" to the mysterious dealings and powers of the Orishas in a suite of Afro-Cuban stories, these tales are filled with memorable characters, fantastic plots and positive messages for children. Spanish language words are sprinkled throughout the stories and songs in such a way that young audiences can repeat and retain their sound and meaning. A great introduction to the marvelous world of Latino literature and culture!



NO Bullying STOP Bullying - Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Recommended for grades 3–8
live @ the baby grand
Illstyle & Peace Productions


lllstyle & Peace Productions has toured nationally and internationally to critical acclaim and is committed to delivering positive messages to all audiences. The company creates work rooted in contemporary, West African, and old-school Hip Hop styles. During this high-energy dance show, students learn valuable lessons about positivity, fairness, working together, acceptance, and communication. Illstyle acts out scenarios that place two school groups against one another in day-to-day life, and finally in a dance-off. With the help of a dedicated teacher, the students soon come together, discovering that they are more alike than they are different.


Curious George: The Golden Meatball - Thursday, November 5, 2015


Tuesday, December 16, 2014
Recommended for grades PreK–3
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
TheatreWorks USA


Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. It’s Meatball Day, a day when George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd has vanished! George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest… in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome... and meatballs... and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!


Hiawatha - Thursday, November 19, 2015


Thursday, November 19, 2015
Recommended for grades K-5
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Theatre IV

Early Native American history and culture come thrillingly and factually to life in this fun, musical adventure based on the classic story of young Hiawatha, arguably our continent’s most important and famous early leader. Approximately 150 years before the first permanent English colony at Jamestown, Hiawatha made history when he peacefully united the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy. His name was immortalized in Longfellow’s 1855 epic poem, and his exciting childhood and heroic work are celebrated in countless children’s books. Hiawatha’s unforgettable story is great fun and essential education today.


Frosty - Thursday, December 10, 2015


Thursday, December 10, 2015
Recommended for grades K–6
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
The Barter Players
The beloved holiday song “Frosty the Snowman” has inspired a brand new story… A young orphan named Billy discovers magic in a stolen hat. When he places the hat on a snowman’s head, the snowman comes to life! But can Frosty the Snowman help Billy find his real family in time for Christmas? Join Billy and Frosty as they embark on a New York City adventure filled with thrills and chills, and the discovery that the real magic of the holidays is love. The show is filled with songs and dances that you’ll remember long after the show!

I Have a Dream - Friday, January 22, 2016


Friday, January 22, 2016
Recommended for grades 3–8
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Theatre IV

The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King becomes the prime mover behind the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, putting his philosophy of non-violent protest to work. He gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. Be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”

Freedom Train - Wednesday, January 27, 2016


Wednesday, January 27, 2016
Recommended for grades 3–9
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
TheatreWorks USA

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, one of the most celebrated 'conductors' of the Underground Railroad, and the Moses of her people. "I never run my train off the track," she said, "and I never lost a passenger." Audiences will witness a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. It is a story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit – a universal story for all.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites - Thursday, February 11, 2016


Thursday, February 11, 2016
Recommended for grades PreK–2
The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favourite puppet characters. This triple-bill includes the wonderful story of 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. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.



Ellis Island: Gateway to America - Wednesday, March 16, 2016



Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Recommended for grades 2–6
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
Pushcart Players

Ellis Island: Gateway To America is an uplifting musical, designed to illustrate the struggles and achievements of past generations in preserving the freedoms we enjoy in the United States today. It takes a loving look at a small group of immigrants who came to this country in 1903 seeking freedom, opportunity and a better life for themselves, their children and their children's children. The immigrants provide a symbolic representation of the many émigrés from a multitude of nations that have reached our shores over the years. Prevailing themes are the immigrant experience, ethnic diversity, and the precious legacy of freedom and democracy in America.


The Cat in the Hat - Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Wednesday, March 23, 2016
Recommended for grades PreK–4
The Playhouse on Rodney Square


From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly the rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun's never done!


Henry & Mudge - Thursday, April 7, 2016


 Thursday, April 7, 2016
Recommended for grades PreK–3
Copeland Hall @ The Grand
TheatreWorks USA


Moving from the city to a new house in the country can be tough. Just ask Henry, who can't find a playmate in his new neighborhood! Luckily, he's got Mudge, a great big, 182-pound canine buddy, with whom he can share all kinds of adventures! When Henry's cousin Annie comes for a visit, Mudge is so charmed by her that Henry thinks Mudge must love Annie more than him. Very upset, Henry runs away into the cold dark woods to find adventures on his own. Mudge follows the boy's scent into the forest – he really does love Henry and doesn't want to be without him. Will the two friends be reunited? Find out in this musical, based on the best-selling series of books by Cynthia Rylant.

The BFG (Big Friendly Giant) - Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thursday, April 14, 2016
Recommended for grades 2–6
The Playhouse on Rodney Square


In David Wood's exciting dramatization of Roald Dahl's award-winning story, a 15-foot-tall vegetarian giant with vocabulary problems teams up with a little orphan girl called Sophie. Together, Sophie and her new "jumbly" friend devise a plan to save the children of England from child-eating giants. Along the way, they are assisted by the Queen of England, the British Army, and the Royal Air Force… Humongous on humor and large on laughs, the story of The BFG was Roald Dahl's personal favorite. On stage, his whizzcracklingly wacky tale comes to life with puppets and people creating a fantastical world of towering giants and magical adventures.

Are You My Mother? - Monday, April 18, 2016

Monday, April 18, 2016
Recommended for grades PreK–6
Copeland Hall @ The Grand


At long last, 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 Science of Ecology - Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Wednesday, April 27, 2016
Recommended for grades 2–6
The Playhouse on Rodney Square
Steve Trash


Specifically tailored to school audiences, this show is an excellent blend of eco-entertainment and eco-education. Featuring curriculum-based study guides that relate directly to the content of the show, and awesome green-themed magic tricks created by the Rockin' Eco Hero himself – Steve Trash®. Each show is filled with green magic tricks, rockinʼ music, eco-info and lots of funny stuff. Kids will see some cool magic and take home a new understanding of their connection to the planet.


The Grand thanks our Stage of Discovery sponsors:

Series 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.
















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