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Fubuki Daiko works with local students through Fredericton Playhouse School Programs

by on February 4, 2014


This week, the Fredericton Playhouse begins its 2013-14 School Programs with a Bus-In Matinee and a Beyond the Stage workshop that will allow students to work with Japanese drumming group Fubuki Daiko.

Through the School Programs, 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.

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 week, students are participating in a Fubuki Daiko Taiko Drum Workshop. Professional artists from Fubuki Daiko will teach students the basics of taiko drumming and cultural etiquette, using trashcan drums the students made themselves in the first part of the workshop. Students will learn first-hand about this unique combination of athleticism and energizing rhythms.

Through Bus-In Matinee Performances, students have the chance to learn outside of the classroom and experience a professional live performance in the region’s premiere live venue.

On Thursday, February 6, students between Grades K-8 from four local schools will attend a special Fubuki Daiko performance at the Playhouse. Both traditional and contemporary compositions will be presented in this interactive performance and demonstration, blending the history of the art form with the instruments.

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, or contact Director of Programming Valerie Hillier at (506) 459-6209 or

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.

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.

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.

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