Welcome to our 2019-2020 season of Stages of Discovery where academics and arts collaborate to provide creative learning opportunities for students. As you plan for the school year, please join us in utilizing the ARTS to help teach literature, history, science, character building, and more. Live theater helps students grasp and retain information they may not 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. Classroom Visits help your students prepare for their trip to the theater. DiAE Teaching Artist Residencies allow students to explore subject matter and have a deeper, more personal connection with the art form. And, valuable Title I discounts make it all more affordable!

TICKETS are $8 per person. Groups get one ticket free with every 15 reserved. Discounts for Title I schools are subject to availability. No deposit is necessary for school groups; invoices will be provided. Full payment is required for families or small groups (less than 10) at the time of reservation.

RESERVATIONS are required for all performances. You may estimate the number of tickets needed with your initial reservation. Please include all students, teachers, and chaperones. Final counts and payments are due two weeks before performance dates (additional seats subject to availability). No adjustments may be made after this deadline.

CANCELLATION POLICY: Cancellations must be received in writing at least 30 days before the performance date, and payments will be refunded. Cancellations made within 15-30 days of the performance will be charged a cancellation fee (50% of the total invoice) and/or receive a partial refund. Cancellations made within 14 days of the performance must pay the full invoice amount; refunds will not be issued.

Title I Discounts supported by Laffey-McHugh Foundation.

All shows are presented at 9:30am and 12:00pm, unless otherwise noted. 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).

Applications for Transportation Scholarships from The Grand are currently on hold, while we wait to hear from potential sponsors about renewing funds for the 2019-2020 school year. In the meantime, the Delaware Division of the Arts has a TranspARTation Grant available for Delaware schools to attend arts events. Please follow this link for more information.

CLASSROOM VISITS help prepare your students for their field trip. Programs may be tailored to suit your educational goals. Material covered will include a custom lesson plan related to the content of the show, theatre etiquette, and the history of The Grand or The Playhouse. First classroom visit is just $25; discounts offered for each additional class, with a maximum 30 students per class. A travel fee may apply. Please contact our Education Manager at (302) 658-7897 x3201 or send an email.

STUDY GUIDES specific to each show include lessons and activities for use in the classroom before and after your visit. These study guides are downloadable right here, along the right side panel.

TEACHING ARTIST (TA) RESIDENCIES by Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) are available for selected shows: Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks; All the Way Live!; and Step Afrika! Drumfolk. Trained TAs will design a series of workshops that allow students to explore subject matter and have a deeper, more personal connection with the art form. DiAE service fees will apply. Please email Ashley SK Davis.