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School Field Trips at the Fredericton Playhouse

by on September 3, 2014

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The Fredericton Playhouse has announced its School Field Trips schedule for the 2014-15 season. Through these offerings, hundreds of local students will have the opportunity to experience live 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.

This season, the Playhouse is offering three dynamic performances suitable for all grade levels. Each performance is presented in a distinctive art form, each inspiring audiences in their own unique ways. These performances include:

Sokalo: Urban Rhythms by [ZØGMA]. [ZØGMA] is a professional step dance company based in Montreal. They support the creativity of artists who – inspired by elements of heritage and cultural diversity found in urban areas – propose a contemporary approach and a new aesthetic of Quebec’s folklore, merging dance, music and song into powerful, rhythmic works.

Each city has its own rhythm, images and characters. Using these elements, the [ZØGMA] team was inspired to create Sokalo. This is a show that moves – both literally and figuratively. Featuring lively music composed by Julien Roy, eight performers offer a rhythmic experience that invites the audience to travel along with them. Sokalo is all about urban rhythms that imitate life.

The Star Keeper by Théâtre de l’OEil. Théâtre de l’ OEil is a company focused on research and new productions for young audiences. The objectives of the company are to seek contact with young spectators through passion and intelligence, to propose and instil the appreciation of a variety of worlds by relying on the force of theatrical images and to tell stories that find resonance in the imagination of children, making them laugh, dream and reflect.

Universal theatre without words and without borders, The Star Keeper is immersed in the magical universe of children’s dreams. The puppets, music, scenography and special effects create a delicate and poetic language which tells the story of the initiatory quest of a funny little worm named Pretzel and his shining star.

Lifeboat by Catherine Wheels Theatre Company. Formed in 1999 by director and actor Gill Robertson, Catherine Wheels is a theatre company committed to creating fresh, relevant and dynamic theatre for children and young audiences.

Lifeboat is the extraordinary true story of what happened on Friday, September 13, 1940 during the Second World War when a ship named The City of Benares set sail from Liverpool for Canada. On board were 90 evacuees escaping the relentless bombing and dangers of war-torn Britain. Four days into the crossing, the ship was torpedoed and sank. Only 11 of the evacuees survived. Two 15-year-old girls, Bess Walder and Beth Cummings, spent 19 terrifying hours in the water in an upturned lifeboat. They willed each other to survive. Lifeboat tells their story.

Backstage Tours. The Playhouse also offers backstage tours to give students a behind-the-scenes look at how Fredericton’s premiere performing arts facility works. Tours include a trip to the fly floor, spotlight booth and dressing rooms, as well as an onstage lighting and sound demonstration. Playhouse tours are free of charge and can be booked based on availability. A tour lasts between 60 and 90 minutes.

The Fredericton Playhouse is dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone in the community through efforts like the School Field Trips program. This program is made possible with contributions from private donors through the Friends of the Fredericton Playhouse, and through the support of the City of Fredericton and the Department of Canadian Heritage.

For more information about School Field Trips, visit www.theplayhouse.ca/school-programs, or contact Programs Coordinator Crystal Chettiar at crystal@theplayhouse.ca.

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