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Children's Theatre

PAST SHOWS: The Magic of Hans Christian Andersen


Tuesday, October 4, 2011 

Applause Unlimited

Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved stories will come to life as Applause Unlimited presents three unique tales: The Ugly Duckling, Thumbelisa, and The Emperor’s New Clothes. The main character in each story has a personal challenge to face and conquer. Andersen’s story-lessons developed out of his belief that overcoming troubling situations "made people wiser and happier in the end." During the 45-minute program it will be exciting to see puppeteer Christopher Hudert single-handedly manipulate more than 20 puppets from behind the scenes…or perhaps he will become one of the characters himself! This timeless presentation will help students recognize the difference between hand puppets, rod puppets and marionettes. Recommended for Grades K-5.


PAST SHOWS: Celebrate Kwanzaa


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Healing Force

We’ll be celebrating the holiday season with the colorful "Celebrate Kwanzaa" program which is based on planting and harvest ceremonies in Africa but has reached around the world to become an African-American celebration each December. Kwanzaa (which means "first fruits") focuses on the seven principles (Nguzo Saba) of African tribal traditions—honoring history and elders through drumming, singing, storytelling, feasting and gift-giving. On the last day of Kwanzaa, people get together and drink from the Unity Cup (Kikombe Cha Umoja) and shout HARAMBEE!! (Let’s pull together!!). The Healing Force is a family affair for Joseph, Gail, Sonji and Karim Anderson. Their motto is "Serving the Community through the Arts" and they breathe life into those words through their high-energy performance that affirms values, celebrates culture, sparks creativity and enlightens. (Geography, History, Music, Language Arts) Recommended for all ages.


PAST SHOWS: The Wonderful World of Simple Machines

Simple Machines

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Theatre IV 

Theatre IV will bring to Jarman Auditorium stage a real-time science lesson as students learn how six types of simple machines make work easier and really are the basic components of all machines. The Wonderful World of Simple Machines live demonstration will include pulleys, levers, screws, inclined plane, wedges, and the wheel and axle. Seeing the large-scale simple machines in action just might help answer the questions: "How did the Ancient Egyptians build the pyramids?" or "What makes a skateboard work?" The antics of the actors and audience participation will bring the concepts of simple machines alive in a way no other encounter will. After the show, Theatre IV will provide a Q&A session before the students return to the classroom to continue the discussion or create their own experiments! (Language Arts, Science) Recommended for Grades K-5.


When and Where?

Performance Times: 9:30am and 11:30am

Location: Longwood's newly renovated Jarman Auditorium on High Street in Farmville.