Discovery Matinees 2017-2018

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Pete the Cat

10.17 & 10.18 // 9:30am & 11:30am

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

(Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades PreK – 3) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Pete the Cat study guide

Activity 1

Activity 2

Teaching Resources

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo

11.15 // 9:30am & 11:30am

Meet awesome pre-historic creatures, from cute baby dinosaurs to some of the largest carnivores and herbivores that have ever walked the planet. Erth’s dinosaurs are unmistakably ‘alive’ and most friendly in this fun, educational and unique performance that will delight all audiences age 5 and up.


Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo study guide

Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo activity sheet

More Activities

Coloring Sheets

Craft Project 1

Craft Project 2

A Charlie Brown Christmas

12.19 // 9:30am & 11:30am

A Charlie Brown Christmas, the Emmy® and Peabody award-winning story by Charles M. Schulz, has warmed the hearts of millions of fans since it first aired on television over fifty years ago. Now the classic animated television special comes to life in this faithful stage adaptation featuring all of your favorite characters and classic Vince Guaraldi score. Join, Charlie Brown, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the Peanuts gang as they mount a play , save a tree and uncover the true meaning of Christmas.

Elementary Study/Activity Guide

Coloring Sheets

Craft Project 1

Craft Project 2

Freedom Train

01.25.18 // 9:30am & 11:30am

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers — secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars, and homes.

The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated ‘conductors.’ Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. “I never run my train off the track,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.”

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’,” and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication, and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit — a universal story for all.

(One hour in length, recommended for grades 3 – 9) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies.

Freedom Train study guide

Activity Guide

Lesson Ideas

Curriculum Materials

Lesson Plans

Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories

03.06 & 03.07 // 9:30am & 11:30am

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. You don’t want to miss this stage adaptation of Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin along with other beloved contemporary children’s books!

Theatreworks USA’s newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books!

Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein It’s bedtime for the little red chicken. Papa is going to read her a story, but the chicken can’t help interrupting. Will the chicken ever get to sleep?

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds A story about the creative spirit in all of us. Vashti can’t draw, but when her teacher says “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” Vashti discovers she is an artist, after all.

Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, Illustrated by Chris Van Dusen. Mercy, a porcine wonder, and Mr. Watson go for a ride every Saturday in Mr. Watson’s automobile. But one Saturday, guess who winds up behind the wheel?

Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman, painted by Betsy Lewin Yee Haw! Cowgirl Kate and her loyal horse Cocoa are the perfect pair. They do everything together, until school is in session—and horses are not allowed!

(Approximately one-hour in length, recommended for grades K -5) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Dragons Love Tacos Activities 1

Dragons Love Tacos Activities 2

The Dot Classroom Guide

The Dot Activity Guide

Mercy Watson Teacher’s Guide

Mercy Watson Activities

Cowgirl Kate Teacher’s Guide

Cowgirl Kate Common Core Text Exemplar

The Rainbow Fish

05.11.18 // 9:30am & 11:30am

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in this award-winning book about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia brings The Rainbow Fish to life with their enchanting puppetry.

Winner of The Christopher Award, the Bologna Book Fair Critici in Erba Prize, American Booksellers Association ABBY Winner, and an IRA-CBC Children’s Choice title–the sweet message of The Rainbow Fish series has resonated with children, parents, teachers, librarians, and booksellers around the world.

The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister™©1992 North South Books, Inc. Licensed by RJM Licensing, Inc.

The Rainbow Fish study guide

Social and Emotional Development Activities

Teaching Children Philosophy

Lesson Plans and Activities

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