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 little to no cost! For accredited scholastic institutions, we produce a free performance at the Palace Theatre and a schedule of touring performances for each production in our 2016-2017 season. A 10-seat minimum is required for all schools interested in a reservation to the Palace Theatre performance.
Educators, check back in September for our information packet for the 2017-2018 school year!
Last year's offerings included:
The Main Street Kids Club: A Mathstart Musical
Touring Dates: MonDay - Friday, November 7-18
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, Nov. 14 at 10am
The Main Street Kids Club: A Mathstart Musical is inspired by the award-winning visual learning book series MathStart by Stuart J. Murphy. Based on 6 of the books from Murphy's popular 63 title series, the musical was developed through a special program at Northwestern University. Scott Ferguson, of Schoolhouse Rock fame, penned the book and lyrics for this fun, educational show!
Toby, the new kid at school, wants to join the Main Street Kids Club (M.S.K.C.), but he's worried his math skills aren't strong enough to earn him an invite. When the members of the M.S.K.C. realize they need money to rebuild their clubhouse, Toby sees his chance - he shares a treasure map he found, but it doesn't go quite as he planned. Weaving together six stories, each focusing on a separate mathematical concept, The Main Street Kids Club follows Toby as he tries to join the club and prove his math skils.
Math, Literature, Music, Friendship
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Touring Dates: Monday - Friday, February 6-17
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, Feb. 13 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.
History, Music, Friendship, Acceptance
The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
Touring Dates: Monday-Friday, May 8-19
Free Palace Theatre Performance on Monday, May 15 at 10am
The beloved children's book, written by Jeff Brown in 1964, has become a literary and pop cultural phenomenon, delighting readers and travelers all around the world. And now, Timothy Allen McDonald, the writer behind Willy Wonka and James and the Giant Peach, has taken everyone's favorite two-dimensional hero and given him a new life in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley.
Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That's just the problem... for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat... really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond. And, whether he's thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or "hanging ten" off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.
Language Arts, Literature, Music, Travel
Questions? Contact Ashley Simone Kirchner, Arts & Education Coordinator of the Palace Theatre & Associate Artistic Director of Park Playhouse at firstname.lastname@example.org or (518) 465-3335 x113.