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2017-2018 Schooltime Performances at the Van Wezel Performing Arts Hall

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Teach beyond the classroom! Van Wezel Schooltime Performances present high quality, nationally and internationally renowned artists and performances for area students. Each Schooltime Performance connects to Florida Standards through engaging, awe-inspiring performing arts. 

Artworks for Schooltime

Starting in 2017-18 the Van Wezel has enhanced its Schooltime Performances to include Art Work for Schooltime Learning Modules. These in-depth lessons inspired by Schooltime Performances connect arts disciplines to other curriculum areas (Language, Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and more). Each module series features a lesson guide for teachers, FREE professional development, and optional in-classroom workshops for students. 

As donors of the Van Wezel Foundation, you have made a difference in many children's lives forever. Because of you, over 30,000 students from four counties were able to attend a Schooltime Performance this past year and experience the wonder of the performing arts.

We are very excited to announce the following lineup for the 2017-18 season of Schooltime Performances!

Dragons Love Tacos - Oct 11 & 12 2017 (Grades K - 5) Dragons love all sorts of tacos - except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues. Interrupting Chicken- It's bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can't help interrupting. 

Bill Blagg's The Science of Magic - Nov 6, 2017 (Grades 2-7) The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue, and promote students to "think outside the box" and spawn their curiosity about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible! 

The Money Tree - Dec 4, 2017  (Grades 1-6) When Shasta's father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party and having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets. 

Four Score and Seven Years Ago- Jan 18, 2018 (Grades 3-8) To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier. 

Charlotte's Web - Jan 23, 2018 (Grades K-5)  White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer, and true friend hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman --she creates a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.  

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny - Feb 20, 2018  (Pre K - 2) Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny's pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. 

Mummenschanz - Apr 27, 2018 (All Ages) Swiss-based theatre troupe MUMMENSCHANZ has been dazzling worldwide audiences for more than 45 years with inventive uses of shadow, light, and creative manipulation of objects. "you and me" focuses on the love and mutual joy the audiences and performers experiences in MUMMENSCHANZ's one of a kind theatrical performances, hence the title "you and me."

Clementine - May 1, 2018 (Grades K-5) Clementine is having a terrible week, but this spunky eight year-old doesn't let her daily visits to the principal's office get her down! Come join America's favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school, and mischief on an epic third-grade adventure you'll never forget. 

The Gruffalo: Live on Stage- May 10, 2018 (Grade Pre K-3)  Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories' magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl, and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?


At North Port Performing Arts Center at North Port High School (to serve South Sarasota County):

Dragons Love Tacos - Oct 13, 2017

Charlotte's Web- Jan 19, 2018 




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