presents

Shea's On School Time Series
2017-2018

All shows run approximately one hour in length.

Please contact Holly Grant, Education Coordinator,
at 716-829-1171 or hgrant@sheas.org for more information.
All performances are open to schools and the general public.
Check back for additional shows and updates.

Wilde TalesWilde Tales
Produced by The Shaw Festival
Tuesday-Thursday, October 24-26, 2017 at 10:30 am
Grades: 1-6
Shea's 710 Theatre

Stories for Young and Old by Oscar Wilde
Adapted for the stage by Kate Hennig

Directed by Christine Brubaker
Designed by Jennifer Goodman
Lighting designed by Siobhán Sleath
Original music and sound designed by John Gzowski
Dramaturgy by Joanna Falck
Featuring Marion Day, Emily Lukasik, PJ Prudat, Sanjay Talwar, Jonathan Tan and Kelly Wong

Magical. Touching. Wildly imaginative. Four Oscar Wilde tales to delight your inner child.

Oscar Wilde's genius never blazed more brightly than in The Happy Prince, The Nightingale and the Rose, The Remarkable Rocket and The Selfish Giant. In these tales, created to delight and inspire the child in each of us, he conjures a fantastical world in which statues, birds and even fireworks have the power of eloquent speech. And yet, in the end, his stories are about the most human things of all: kindness, loss and love.

Shaw Festival

Unknown SoldierThe Unknown Soldier
Produced by Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Thursday, November 15, 2017 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Grades: 5-9
Shea's 710 Theatre

With a tour timed to honor the centenary of WWI and America's entry in 1917, this poignant new work explores themes of war, duty, courage and sacrifice. Using the lens of history, we discover the universal meaning/lessons and importance of The Unknown Soldier throughout the play and consider his significance for young audiences worldwide today.

The production tells two stories a century apart: the battlefields of WWI and the home front of modern day. 13 year old Charlie is coping with his father's return from Afghanistan with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD); and Charlie's Aunt Angela is the peace activist trying to make sense of it all. Through the discovery of some old letters, Charlie and Angela piece together the stories of Albert, a 16 year old solider preparing "to go over the top" while fighting for King and Country, and Grace, a mother and volunteer nurse who is searching for her lost son. Through Albert and Grace's letters, the historical war comes alive, and Charlie and Angela find new perspective on the lives of soldiers, nurses and the families back home.

Monkey Baa Theatre Company

Darius & TwigDarius & Twig
A Kennedy Center world premiere commission based on the novel Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers.
Adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings. Directed by Eleanor Holdridge.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:30 am
Grades: 8+
Shea's Buffalo Theatre

Can two friends break away from the city to live their dreams?

On Harlem's 145th Street, teenage best friends Darius and Twig dream of a world beyond the confines of their daily lives. Darius is a writer, whose latest story might be published in a magazine-if only he can keep his alter ego, a fierce falcon, in check. And Twig is a runner, whose speed and endurance might bring him a scholarship-if only he can impress college scouts at an upcoming meet. But with Darius's mother barely scraping by, pressure from Twig's uncle to give up racing, and bullies Midnight and Tall Boy constantly on their case, these true-blue allies may not truly be free to use their gifts.

Based on the award-winning novel by Walter Dean Myers, this captivating tale about the power of friendship takes the late author's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life" (Newsday) to depict visceral scenes of inner-city struggle with sensitivity and wit. Street-smart and suspenseful, playful and profound, Darius & Twig is ultimately the story of two young men who must overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves.

Please note: Play's subject matter is intended for older audiences and the play includes choreographed stage violence and prop guns.

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences

My Fathers DragonMy Father's Dragon
Produced by Enchantment Theatre Company
Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:30 am
Grades: 2-5
Shea's Buffalo Theatre

When nine-year old Elmer Elevator hears about a baby dragon who is held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island, he sets off on an adventure to rescue the dragon and return him home. With the help of his friend the Alley Cat, Elmer packs everything he thinks he'll need - including chewing gum, two-dozen lollipops, seven hair ribbons and a box of rubber bands! With pluck and ingenuity Elmer makes his way to the Island, outwits the wild animals and saves Boris, the dragon. But can they find their way back home? As they travel over the ocean they get lost in a storm and discover a magical island of escaped canaries. The resourceful Elmer helps the canaries overcome their "curiosity disease" and uncover a stash of hidden riches. With bags of gold and the canaries' blessings, the dauntless duo at last returns home.

With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre's distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate and courageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow and blue-striped dragon.

Enchantment Theatre Company

The Polar Bears Go UpThe Polar Bears Go Up
Produced by Fish and Game/Unicorn
Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 10:00 am and 12:00 pm
Ages: 2-5 years
Shea's 710 Theatre

The Polar Bears are moving up in the world.

They've lost their balloon and they need to get it back.

It's time to get up, step up, climb up, jump up.

One thing's for sure, the only way is up!

These two lovable Polar Bears are intrepid explorers, famous for their wild expeditions. This time they'll be climbing trees, jumping on clouds and reaching for the stars as they race all the way up to space. Of course, they'll stop for sandwiches on the way!

A fun, surreal, and highly enjoyable theatrical treat for young adventurers aged 2-5 years. Created and performed by Eilidh MacAskill and Fiona Manson. Directed by Lee Lyford. A co-production between Fish and Game and Unicorn, London. Supported by Creative Scotland.

Fish and Game

How I Became a PirateHow I Became a Pirate
Produced by Dallas Children's Theater
Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at 10:30 am
Grades: K-5
Shea's Buffalo Theatre

AARRRGH! Sail off on a swashbuckling musical excursion as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map!

Based off the popular book, the production includes terrific songs like "A Good One to Boot", "Green Teeth", "I'm Really Just a Sensitive Guy", "Talk Like a Pirate", "Soccer by the Rules", "Pirates Dot Arrgh", and more… It's a joyful family musical that is sure to leave young mateys singing and dancing in the aisles!

Named by Time Magazine as one of the top 5 children's theater companies in the US, and the only one of that group to tour nationally, Dallas Children's Theater (DCT) travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each touring production is selected and designed with a youth and family audience in mind from titles and materials that reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythology, folk tales, music, dance, and puppetry. With such a vast and impressionable audience to serve, DCT's productions usually target a different age range every other touring season. Study guides accompany each production and a variety of curriculum based workshops and residencies are also made available to teachers and students.

Dallas Children's Theater

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