Scholastic Productions

Through our continued partnership with the Palace Theatre and our many generous sponsors, Park Playhouse offers three annual opportunities to introduce students to the theatre! For accredited scholastic institutions, we produce a free performance at the Palace Theatre and a schedule of touring performances for each production in our 2018 season. A 10-seat minimum is required for all schools interested in a reservation to the Palace Theatre performance.

Click here for details on our 2018 titles and information on how to book a performance!

Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical

Touring Dates: Monday - Friday, February 5-16, 2018
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at 10am

Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical is inspired by American civil rights history that involved the Little Rock Nine - nine teenagers who were enrolled at Little Rock Central High School in 1957 following the U.S. Supreme Court decision for desegregation of schools. Created by Douglas Lyons (Beautiful: The Carole King Musical) and co-composer Greg Borowsky, this new musical hits on key themes for youth. When being the “cool kid” is a pressure-filled dilemma for adolescents, its great to have theatre that sets the stage for learning the best of humanity.

8-year-old Lily Polkadot just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first polkadot in an all Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers. From daily bullying, to segregated drinking fountains, Lily’s quest seems hopeless until she meets Sky, a shy Square boy whose curiosity for her unique polka dot skin blooms into an unexpected pal-ship. Inspired by the events of The Little Rock 9, Polkadots: the Cool Kids Musical serves as a colorful history lesson for children, reminding them that our individual differences make us awesome, not outcasts. 

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Schoolhouse rock LIVE!

Touring Dates: Monday-Friday, April 23-May 4, 2018
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, April 30, 2018 at 10am

 A pop culture phenomenon comes to the musical stage in Schoolhouse Rock Live! The Emmy Award-winning 1970s Saturday morning cartoon series that taught history, grammar, math and more through clever, tuneful songs is sure to light up the stage. Schoolhouse Rock Live! follows Tom, a nerve-wracked school teacher who is nervous about his first day of teaching. He tries to relax by watching TV, when various characters representing facets of his personality emerge from the set and show him how to win his students over with imagination and music, through songs such as “Just A Bill”, “Lolly, Lolly, Lolly” and “Conjunction Junction.”

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Pinkalicious the musical

Touring Dates: Monday-Friday, May 14-25, 2018
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, May 21, 2018 at 10am

 This is the tale, based on the popular book by Victoria Kann and Elizabeth Kann, of Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an infection that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament. Pinkalicious the Musical is about learning the power of self-control and the importance of moderation.

 

Questions? Contact Ashley Simone Kirchner, Arts & Education Coordinator of the Palace Theatre & Associate Artistic Director of Park Playhouse at akirchner@palacealbany.com or (518) 465-3335 x113.