STAGES OF DISCOVERY








Announcement for 2021-2022 Stages of Discovery: live shows starting in January 2022!

WELCOME BACK! Our curtains are RISING and we are thrilled to announce The Grand's 2021-2022 season of Stages of Discovery where academics and arts collaborate to provide creative learning opportunities for students.

Stages of Discovery presents multiple opportunities for learning from preschool through 8th grade. Each of our school matinees has been carefully selected to complement curriculum standards. 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 the information they may not understand in other terms. In short, learning comes to life on stage! Other opportunities to assist you and your students:

  • 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
  • Valuable Transportation Scholarships make it all more affordable!

Our seating capacity is limited. Please reserve early to get the best availability and priority seating. Read below for more details, and contact The Grand's Education Office at (302) 658-7897, ext. 3201 or Discovery@grandopera.org with any questions.


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Havana Hop

Written and Performed by Paige Hernandez

Monday, January 10

Copeland Hall at The Grand

Grades K-3

Curriculum Connections: Culture, Relationships, Building confidence, Bi-lingual story-telling, Rhyme, Counting, Dance and Movement

Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots, get confidence and be amazing! Travel with Yeila who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style! The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one actress creates three generations of lively women.

TEACHING ARTIST (TA) RESIDENCIES by the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) are available for Havana Hop.

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 DiAE's Artistic Director, Ashley SK Davis.

This engagement of Paige Hernandez is funded through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of the Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Delaware Division of the Arts.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation

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2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

VIDEO TRAILER

Havana Hop Study Guide


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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour

Tuesday, January 25

Copeland Hall at The Grand

Grades PK-2

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music, Puppetry

Hop on board for an unforgettable ride with Pigeon as he stars in his own musical production! Fun and hijinks ensue when Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make the passengers late in this adaptation of Mo Willems’ award-winning picture books. Will Pigeon be able to save the day? Enjoy this innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers!

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

VIDEO TRAILER: Mo Willems Artist in Residence

Study Guide


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Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Virginia Repertory Theatre

Monday, February 7

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Grades 3-8

Curriculum Connections: History, Language Arts, Biography, Multicultural, Music, Family Ties, Self Esteem, Women’s Studies

A classic tribute to the great American who freed herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. Share Harriet Tubman’s adventurous life with your students in this accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson, and get a closer look at this brave woman whose determination helped to change the world. Students will find a new appreciation for Harriet Tubman and a deeper understanding of her times.

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

VIDEO TRAILER

Study Guide


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Freedom Riders

Mad River Theater Works

Tuesday, March 1

Copeland Hall at The Grand

Grades 3-8

Curriculum Connections: American History, Civil Rights, Culture and Community, Music

Set in 1961, fifteen years after segregation was outlawed, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful practices that were still commonplace. These unforgettable heroes and the facts behind the events portrayed are essential to a full understanding of the civil rights era and American history.

TEACHING ARTIST (TA) RESIDENCIES by the Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) are available for Freedom Riders.

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 DiAE's Artistic Director, Ashley SK Davis.

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

VIDEO TRAILER

Study Guide


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Stone Soup and Other Stories

Pushcart Players

Thursday, March 10

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Grades K-3

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Folk Tales & Storytelling, Social Studies, World Languages, Visual and Performing Arts

When a group of friends learns that there is no food to enjoy together, one of them playfully contrives a way to get his meal just the same. At first, the others are suspicious, but gradually they find themselves having fun in helping to make “stone soup.” Stone Soup and Other Stories contains favorites from Africa, India, Eastern Europe, and our own United States. Filled with music, color, fantasy, and fun, each tale gently introduces the spirit and customs of different cultures.

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

VIDEO TRAILER

Study Guide


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Pete the Cat

TheaterWorks USA

Thursday, March 24

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Grades PK-3

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature, Music, Relationships and Family

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second-grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

Pete the Cat Trailer

Pete the Cat


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Frindle

Griffin Theatre Company

Monday, April 4

The Playhouse on Rodney Square

Grades 3-7

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature, Vocabulary, Spelling, Creative Writing

Nicholas Allen ends up in Mrs. Granger’s language arts class and decides to create his own word…FRINDLE! Before long Nick’s word creates a buzz in his school, his town, and all around the country, and a power struggle erupts with the strict Mrs. Granger. Based on the award-winning, best-selling novel by Andrew Clements, this quirky, imaginative tale about creative thought and the power of words will have young audiences inventing their own words.

2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Reservation Form

Study Guide


TICKETS are $8 per person. Groups get one ticket free with every 15 reserved. Discounts for Title I schools are subject to availability and must be verifiable by the Department of Education.

No deposit is necessary for school groups; invoices will be provided. Final payment for schools is due two weeks prior to the performance. 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.

To get started: 1) download the reservation form, 2) complete and save the form on your computer or network, then 3) e-mail it as an attachment to Discovery@grandopera.org. If you have any questions or special needs, please put them in the body of your e-mail.

FAMILY TICKETS are available for purchase online or through The Grand’s Box Office. Please call (302) 652-5577 or come to The Grand at 818 N. Market Street, Wilmington, DE 19801.

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SHOW TIMES: All shows are presented at 9:30 AM and 12:00 PM. 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.

NO LUNCHES: As we reopen, The Grand’s three theaters will not be able to accommodate requests for indoor lunch spaces during our 2021-2022 season. Groups may utilize Rodney Square, a public park, across the street from The Playhouse (weather permitting).

Please email Discovery@grandopera.org for more details.

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 Allyson Sands, 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. Please see study guides available for download along the right sidebar of this page.

TEACHING ARTIST (TA) RESIDENCIES by Delaware Institute for the Arts in Education (DiAE) are available for selected shows:

  • Havana Hop
  • Freedom Riders

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 DiAE's Artistic Director, Ashley SK Davis.

TRANSPORTATION SCHOLARSHIPS are available for schools that demonstrate financial need. Applications may be downloaded here, and are accepted throughout the year. Awards are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, as long as funds are available.

All patrons, volunteers, and staff are required to wear a mask indoors regardless of vaccination status, unless they are actively eating or drinking.

The Grand has layered prevention strategies in place to help protect the health and safety of our patrons, volunteers, and staff. We have increased frequency and thoroughness of disinfection at high-touch areas with CDC-recommended products and equipped each of our venues with numerous hand sanitizer dispensers. We have also made significant improvements to our HVAC systems to meet CDC recommendations, maximizing fresh air intake per hour, and using recommended Merv-13 air filters to optimize air quality. Masks are worn by all staff and volunteers. Vaccinations or negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event are required.

Schools are required to provide proof of their COVID safety protocols at the time of reservation request. On the day of the performance all adult attendees will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours of the event for entry into the buildings. All attendees must wear masks at all times. There will be one empty row between each school group.

Families who purchase individual tickets will be required to show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test within 72 hours for each attending family member before entry into the buildings and masks are to be worn at all times.

Please view 2021-2022 Stages of Discovery Field Trip Guidelines for more information on Stages of Discovery Policies & Procedures including: inclement weather, cancellations, parking, directions, reservation changes, and more.





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