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School Programs at the Playhouse

by on November 8, 2013

The Fredericton Playhouse has announced its School Programs for the 2013-14 season. Through Bus-In Matinées and Beyond the Stage offerings, thousands of local students will have the opportunity to experience live music, theatre and dance performances this school year. Working in partnership with local school districts, the goal of the program is to give access to professional performing arts experiences to students from grades K to 12.

In the Bus-In Matinée Performances, students have the chance to learn outside of the classroom and experience a professional live performance in the region’s premiere live venue. In all, five different artists will be presented, each selected for specific grade levels and curricular outcomes during the 2013-14 season:

– Fubuki Daiko: These Japanese drummers will present both traditional and contemporary compositions during an interactive performance and demonstration.

– The Intergalactic Nemesis: This innovative performance is part old school science adventure, part radio play and part live-action graphic novel.

– Donna Washington: Professional storyteller, author and performer Donna Washington brings stories to life in a way that encourages audiences to think about deeper themes, while laughing and having fun.

– Bouge de la: The Studio: These four dancers treat the stage as a magical treasure chest, playing with everything from fabric, frames, paintings and more. They reshape and transform the objects in inventive ways.

– Terrance Simien & the Zydeco Expereince: Terrance Simien performs Zydeco music, fusing contemporary sounds with traditional. His music combines rock ‘n’ roll, R&B, reggae, funk, soul and blues.

The Beyond the Stage workshop series brings professional Canadian and international artists into schools to work and perform with groups of students. Thanks to generous community support, the workshops are provided at no cost to area schools. This season, the Playhouse is offering three workshops:

– Fubuki Daiko Taiko Drum Workshop: Students will build their own Gomikan Taiko (or trashcan) drums. Under the direction of professional artists from Fubuki Daiko, students will learn the basics of taiko drumming and cultural etiquette.

– Donna Washington Storytelling Workshop: Professional author and storyteller Donna Washington will provide a 60-minute storytelling workshop, focusing on ingenuity, imagination and creativity. Students will participate in collaborative exercises to explore story ideas.

– Sossy Mechanics Ridiculous Puppetry: Using found objects students bring from home, this duo will explore the world of Ridiculous Puppetry, as students are taught how to bring objects to life, develop their characters and create short performance pieces.

The Playhouse works with local districts to ensure the School Program offerings align with school curriculum, ensuring performances and workshops will be of the greatest possible value for students.

“Any time we have an opportunity to expose our students to the excitement of drama, music and performance in a setting outside the walls of the school, we know that the experiences will be enriching,” says David McTimoney, Superintendent of the Anglophone West School District. “We are lucky to have an engaged community organization that sees the value of investing in our youth.”

The Fredericton Playhouse is dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone in the community through efforts like the School Program series. These programs are made possible with contributions from private donors through the Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse and through a partnership with CBC New Brunswick.

“Thanks to these partnerships, the Playhouse is able to offer students enriching learning experiences outside of their regular classroom setting, while also providing them with a valuable introduction to the performing arts,” says Playhouse Executive Director Tim Yerxa.

For more information about the School Program Series, visit www.theplayhouse.ca/school-programs, or contact Director of Programming Valerie Hillier at (506) 459-6209 or Valerie@theplayhouse.ca.

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About Fredericton Playhouse Inc.

Fredericton Playhouse Inc. is non-profit, charitable organization that manages and develops the Fredericton Playhouse, the capital’s premiere live performance venue. The award-winning organization delivers programs, services, and facilities to provide Greater Fredericton with enriching liver performance experiences – contributing to the overall quality of life, and to the health and economic vitality of the community it serves. www.theplayhouse.ca

About CBC New Brunswick

CBC/Radio-Canada is Canada’s national public broadcaster and one of its largest cultural institutions. The Corporation is a leader in reaching Canadians on new platforms and delivers a comprehensive range of radio, television, Internet, and satellite-based services. Deeply rooted in the regions, CBC/Radio-Canada is the only domestic broadcaster to offer diverse regional and cultural perspectives in English, French and eight Aboriginal languages. www.cbc.ca/nb

About Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse

Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse is a giving program that provides private donors with the opportunity to make contributions to the Fredericton Playhouse to support its education and community outreach initiatives. www.theplayhouse.ca/friends

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