Field Trip Study Guides

Field Trip Study Guides

We're excited for you and your students to attend an educational arts field trip with Act One! Below are materials you can use to prepare your students for your field trip, including general field trip guides as well as guides for specific field trips. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us.

Study guides are sorted by month with museum field trips located at the bottom of the page.

 

General Field Trip Guides

This teacher guide includes arts terminology and information for you to use in your classroom to prepare students for their field trip. It also includes information about field trip etiquette and expectations during the performance or museum tour. 

We want our field trip process to be an enjoyable and easygoing process for each of our teachers. Use this checklist to help make planning for your field trip as simple as possible.

These guides provide basic information about your field trip, including general guidelines, terminology, etiquette guides and more.

Field Trip Guides


September Field Trips

Junie B. Jones the Musical

It's Junie B.'s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie's friend, Lucille, doesn't want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament, a "Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal," a lot of singing and dancing and first grade has never been more exciting. 

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Phantom Tollbooth

Even surrounded by dozens of toys, Milo is bored. Nothing interests him at all. The Phantom Tollbooth comes to the rescue! Transported to the Land of Wisdom, Milo is thrust into adventure when told Princesses Rhyme and Reason need rescuing to bring peace between two kings. They are divided over which is more important: words or numbers. Knee-deep in danger, language and math along the way, Milo learns everything has a purpose. Upon his return home, he realizes there is never a reason to be bored in a world full of so many things to discover. 

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Go, Dog, Go!

Go Dog Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs -- with cars, hats and audience participation. Presented by Childsplay, Go, Dog, Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking and, of course, six loveable dogs.

Go, Dog, Go! Resource Guide


The Astronaut Farmworker

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The Astronaut Farmworker is a story about a boy who dreamed of reaching the stars. He was from a family of farmworkers - people who harvest the crops we eat, who toil under the hot sun for long hours. And although they were paid very little, his family was rich...with love and dreams. Loosely based on the true story of a NASA astronaut, this is one family's story of determination and destiny and a boy who set out to achieve the impossible. 

The Astronaut Farmworker Study Guide


The Velveteen Rabbit, Reborn

Pushcart Players is an award-winning professional touring theater company specializing in arts in education for children by bringing substantive musical theater, workshops, educational programs and residencies to young people and their families in communities nationwide. A young boy’s love and a little nursery magic help transform the Velveteen Rabbit from a favorite plaything into a real rabbit. The Boy and Velveteen embark on exciting imaginary adventures, from deep dark caves to the wide open sea, and together they learn the true meaning of friendship in this musical re-telling of one of America’s favorite storybooks. 

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The Little Prince

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This play tells the story of a world-weary and disenchanted Aviator whose sputtering plane strands him in the Sahara Desert and a mysterious, regal “little man” who appears and asks him to “Please, sir, draw me a sheep.” During their two weeks together in the desert, the Little Prince tells the Aviator about his adventures through the galaxy, how he met the Lamplighter and the Businessman and the Geographer, and about his strained relationship with a very special flower on his own tiny planet. The Little Prince talks to everyone he meets: a garden of roses, the Snake and a Fox who wishes to be tamed. 

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The Rootin' Tootin' Tale of Little Red Riding Boots

Once upon a time in the old west, lived a girl named Little Red Riding Boots. One day her father asks her to take some of his famous spicy-hot beef jerky to her Gran, because she's stuck in bed with a terrible head cold. So, she puts on her red cowboy boots, grabs hold of her trusty slingshot, and heads out into the wild west, towards Gran's house. Along the way she meets critters and varmints and an outlaw or two. Can they help Red get to Gran's house safely, or will she run into unexpected trouble? Because hiding behind the prickly pear and the tumbleweeds, along the dusty dirt roads is Big Bad Coyote Jack, and he has other plans for Red, Gran, and that delicious bag of spicy-hot jerky. 

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October Field Trips

King Thrushbeard

An original play based on the Grimm's fairy tale King Thrushbeard about a young princess Cora who learns not to judge people by how they look, performed by the award winning East Valley Children's Theatre with children age 8-18 in the cast. Theatre Professionals direct the production and design the costumes, props, set, music and lighting for the show. 

Activity Guides: Bearded Faces | Create Your Own Embroidery | Favorite Foods | Forest Creatures | Happily Ever After | Hear Ye! Hear Ye! | Newspaper Article | Maze | Minstrel Song Scramble | Seeking Your Fortune | The Magic Mask | Word Problems


Hercules vs. Vampires

Hercules vs Vampires combines operatic singing and 1960s pop culture, synchronizing live music with the 1961 cult classic film, Hercules in the Haunted World. Watch as the original film, starring bodybuilder Reg Park and horror legend Christopher Lee, is projected above a live orchestra and singers performing the music to a new, original score. You’ll thrill as the mighty hero Hercules journeys through the underworld, battling fiendish monsters to rescue his beloved! Action packed, outlandish, and fun for the whole family, Hercules vs Vampires offers a fresh take on this gorgeously campy Technicolor world.

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Frankenstein

Childlike in his innocence but grotesque in form, Frankenstein’s lost and bewildered Creature is cast out in a hostile world by his horror-struck creator. Meeting with cruelty wherever he goes, the friendless Creature, increasingly desperate and vengeful, determines to track down his creator and strike a terrifying deal. This brilliant adaptation of Mary Shelly’s thrilling and deeply disturbing classic take raises urgent issues of scientific responsibility, parental neglect, cognitive development and the nature of good and evil. 

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Swan Lake

The struggle between good and evil is at the heart of Swan Lake, the quintessential ballet of all time. The legendary story of romance, sorcery and betrayal revolves around the tragic Swan Queen Odette and her lover, Prince Siegfried, and how the malevolent sorcerer Von Rothbart separates the lovers forever. Tchaikovsky’s familiar and beloved music complements the compelling performances with passion, beauty and grace.

Swan Lake Study Guide

Ballet Arizona Study Guide Links


Go, Dog, Go!

Go Dog Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs -- with cars, hats and audience participation. Presented by Childsplay, Go, Dog, Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking and, of course, six loveable dogs.

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After You See the Show


Tartuffe

One of the most famous theatrical comedies by Molière, "Tartuffe" is an off-beat comedy of a scoundrel that illustrates the disastrous nature of hypocrisy. This satire unfolds with deception, seduction, wrong-doing and quandary -- yet wins the laughs of the audience. A surprise ironic plot twist of intervening benevolence steers this story toward righted wrongs. 

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Symphony for the Schools #1 - Better Together: Collaboration

Collaboration is an essential element of the classroom, in the workplace and on the stage. Join the Phoenix Symphony and guest Conductor Stuart Chafetz as we explore how composers, conductors and performers collaborate to create great artistic results! 

Resources for Educators


Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey

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Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the "Cool" rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. As respite from the continuous badgering, Marvin retreats into his science books and a world of fantasy. He longs to have adventures and to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime: a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril and views awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and experience the glory and acceptance he craves? Lightwire Theater is proud to present Moon Mouse, a cosmic adventure about celebrating differences. 

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The Three Musketeers

“All for one and one for all” springs onto the stage with pageantry and a swashbuckling ensemble of lovers and fighters. A tale of heroism, treachery, close escapes and above all, honor. This exuberant adventure tells the story of the young D’Artagnan whose one desire is to become that noblest of guardsmen: a Musketeer. The villainous Milady, Cardinal Richelieu, and the dark Rochefort cross wits, hearts, and swords with Athos, Porthos and Aramis as we follow D’Artagnan’s quest for love and honor. 

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November Field Trips

Tosca

The beautiful and fiery Italian diva Floria Tosca is passionately in love with the artist Mario Cavaradossi—dreaming of their life together. But soon, she is caught in the political intrigues of Rome and a sinister web spun by Baron Scarpia, the Chief of Police. Tosca is desperately looking for a way out, when Scarpia offers a solution: submit to him, and he will let the couple leave the city unharmed. But, of course, all is not what it seems in Puccini’s high-stakes drama—and Tosca is forced to take matters into her own hands.

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Animated Children's Shorts

Now more than ever our children's film program is committed to creating a film program that champions the ideas of global awareness, social inclusion, diversity, teamwork, empathy, care for our planet, human rights, kindness, and love. The program provides an excellent field trip opportunity and is designed to appeal to students 7+. 

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Imani Winds

Extolled by the Philadelphia Inquirer as "what triumph sounds like," Imani Winds has established itself as one of the most successful chamber music ensembles in the United States. Since 1997, the Grammy nominated quintet has taken a unique path, carving out a distinct presence in the classical music world with its dynamic playing, culturally poignant programming, adventurous collaborations, and inspirational outreach programs. With two member composers and a deep commitment to commissioning new work, the group is enriching the traditional wind quintet repertoire while meaningfully bridging European, American, African and Latin American traditions. 

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Who will help the Little Red Hen with all the work it takes to get wheat made into bread? This sing-along show invites lots of audience participation and shares a valuable message about helping each other.

Little Red Hen Study Guide


December Field Trips

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

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An original musical based on a letter to the editor written by an 8 year old girl in 1897 and the reply she received from the editor of the paper, performed by the award winning East Valley Children's Theatre with children age 8-18 in the cast. Theatre Professionals director the production and design the costumes, props, set, music and lighting for the show. 

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Holiday Choral Concert

 

The Arizona Repertory Singers (ARS) is an auditioned ensemble of singers with an extensive repertory and a 33-year reputation for presenting high quality performances of standard choral repertoire and new music. 

This concert will feature a ‘festival of lights and stars’ theme, including the performance of ‘Stars' by Eriks Esenvalds, which calls for choristers to play tuned wine glasses as they sing, creating a stunning aural effect. 

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A Southwest Nutcracker

A Southwest Nutcracker is the traditional, classical Nutcracker with a southwest flair. The giant growing Christmas tree, breathtaking, professionally-designed scenery, and colorful costumes enhance the exceptional dancing of the TRB. During intermission, students will learn about behind-the-scenes set changes and the makings of a ballet from our directors. Students will see the full-length Nutcracker featuring the Tucson Symphony Orchestra. 

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A Christmas Carol

Theater Works resurrects our original production of the most well-known of all Holiday classics, Charles Dicken’s A Christmas Carol. See the legendary transformation of an old miser taken on a journey of self-redemption, courtesy of several mysterious Christmas apparitions. Populated with cherished characters like Ebenezer Scrooge, Bob Cratchit and Tiny Tim come to life with the magic only live theatre can create. 

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Man of La Mancha

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A thrilling new production of the brilliant Tony Award-winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream, ATC's Man of La Mancha fully realizes the triumphant story and the score of beloved songs including the iconic “Impossible Dream” while pulsating with the vibrant culture of Spain. This exciting new staging takes inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance – focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the performers/musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes.

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Ballet Arizona's The Nutcracker

The magic of The Nutcracker illuminates the stage with more than 150 performers, hundreds of costumes, and the beauty and athleticism of Ballet Arizona’s nationally recognized dancers. A timeless holiday tradition for all ages. Students attending the matinee will see one act from the show.

The Nutcracker Study Guide

Ballet Arizona Study Guide Links


Phoenix Ballet's The Nutcracker

Experience the magic of the timeless story of The Nutcracker with Phoenix Ballet’s award-winning dancers in the beautiful Orpheum Theatre in downtown Phoenix. This one-hour version of the production will inspire the imagination of children of all ages. 

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January Field Trips

Man of La Mancha

A thrilling new production of the brilliant Tony Award-winning favorite about dreaming the impossible dream, ATC's Man of La Mancha fully realizes the triumphant story and the score of beloved songs including the iconic “Impossible Dream” while pulsating with the vibrant culture of Spain. This exciting new staging takes inspiration from the spontaneous, raw theatricality of flamenco performance – focusing on the passion and virtuosity of the performers/musicians as they tell the intertwined stories of Don Quixote and his imprisoned creator, Miguel de Cervantes.

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Candide

Fast-paced, funny, and philosophical, Arizona Opera joins nationwide celebrations of Leonard Bernstein’s 100th anniversary with the company premiere of Candide. Based on the story by Voltaire, when the young man, Candide, sets off to explore the world after the loss of his fiancée, he and his companions are beset by an endless series of comedic disasters. With highlights such as “Glitter and Be Gay” and “Make Our Garden Grow,” Candide provides audiences with the hope that “the best of all possible worlds” lies within their grasp.

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Symphony for the Schools #2 - Perspectives and Reflections 

Military marches become graduation music and compositions about Napoleon's defeat become patriotic American anthems when we change our perspective. Join Assistant Conductor Matthew Kasper and The Phoenix Symphony and discover how changing your perspective leads to new insights, and how music throughout history has reflected different societal issues at different times to help us change our collective perspective. As part of our annual Paint to Music program we will display selected student artwork on screen above the orchestra in Symphony Hall. 

Resources for Educators


The Grapes of Wrath

Students will see the full-length performance of Frank Galati's adaptation of John Steinbeck's classic novel The Grapes of Wrath, performed by the Rogue Theatre ensemble. This story tells of the twin hardships of the American dustbowl and the Great Depression. A farming family of self-reliance and determination abandons their land and way of life to find work and survival to the west as they join America's own refugee crisis of the 1930s. 

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Jarabe Mexicano

Bursting onto the Latin music scene with extraordinary momentum, Jarabe Mexicano is committed to honoring the past while embracing the future. True to their name, the group performs a mixture of traditional as well as popular genres. Their renditions of classic Rancheras, Huapangos, Sones and Boleros fill their listeners with romantic nostalgia while their dynamic arrangements of Cumbia, Reggae and Rock & Roll hits bring people to their feet. 

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MOMIX: Opus Cactus

MOMIX brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with its signature illusionistic style in Opus Cactus, a dynamic journey into the hidden landscape of the American Southwest with a sense of danger, sensuality and humor. The desert world of soaring cacti, slithering lizards, snakes and frolicking insects all come to life once uncovered through the magic of MOMIX.

MOMIX Study Guide


Arizona Wolf Trap

Arizona Wolf Trap field trips enable children to experience -- often for the very first time -- the magic of live theater! Field trips include a movement class on stage with professional dancers, a morning snack, a ballet performance of Words, Words Everywhere by Center Dance Ensemble and a participatory music session with Earthtones Jazz Ensemble.

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How I Became a Pirate

AARRGH! Sail off on swashbuckling musical excursions as young Jeremy Jacobs joins Captain Braid Beard's band of comical pirates and searches for the perfect spot to bury their treasure. Jeremy finds fun and adventure on the high seas, but he soon learns that home and family are treasures you can't find on any map! 

How I Became a Pirate Resource Guide


February 

Cinderella Performance Hour

As if stepping between the pages of a beloved storybook, Ib Andersen’s Cinderella brings the romantic story to life, vividly delighting audiences with the beauty and majesty of classical ballet, wrapped in the promise of “happily ever after,” and generously sprinkled with a wonderful dose of humor.

Cinderella Study Guide

Ballet Arizona Study Guide Link


Arizona Wolf Trap

Arizona Wolf Trap field trips enable children to experience -- often for the very first time -- the magic of live theater! Field trips include a movement class on stage with professional dancers, a morning snack, a ballet performance of Words, Words Everywhere by Center Dance Ensemble and a participatory music session with Earthtones Jazz Ensemble.

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Charlotte's Web

Determined to save Wilbur the pig, Charlotte the spider begins her campaign with the “miracle” of her web in which she writes, “Some pig.” It’s the beginning of a victorious campaign which ultimately ends with the now-safe Wilbur doing what is most important to Charlotte. 

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RAPunzel

It's the typical story of boy meets girl. Only this girl was kidnapped as an infant, locked away in a tall tower and forced to grow her hair long so her evil step-mother can climb in and out of the tower. When a prince stumbles across Rapunzel in her tower, a love blossoms. But if the evil step-mother has anything to say about it, this love will not succeed. Come see this classic story of Rapunzel re-imagined as a hip-hop musical. 

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Moon Shoot

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Biggest Story, Smallest Stage. To recreate the story of America's Apollo 11 lunar landing, seven actors squeeze onto a 21-square-foot stage nearly as tight as NASA's original Mercury capsules. Using only their bodies and their voices, this astounding troupe of actors brings to life one of the most daring times in the history of human exploration; the Space Race from the Cold War to Suptnik, from Yuri Gagarin to Neil Armstrong, this action-packed show brings the company's tongue-n-cheek humor to a whole new atmosphere -- one where the rules of gravity no longer apply.

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Opera Center Tour & Hansel and Gretel Performance

Take a tour of the Arizona Opera Center! Students will go behind the scenes, learning how costumes and stage sets are made. Additionally, students will observe a portion of The Barber of Seville, in rehearsals at this time, and be treated to a children's opera performance of Hansel and Gretel. 

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The Barber of Seville

Gioachino Rossini’s greatest masterpiece, The Barber of Seville, is brought to vivid life at Arizona Opera. When the handsome Count Almaviva falls in love with the beautiful Rosina, he solicits Figaro, the town’s crafty barber, to help win her favor and make a fool of her ridiculous guardian, Dr. Bartolo. Audiences will delight in this plot, full of twists and turns, mistaken identities, and the triumph of young love, all wrapped up in Rossini’s unmistakably masterful music.

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Dave Stamey

Dave Stamey's stories, songs and humor about living and working in the West give students a glimpse of Arizona and the West's history, taking them to a time and place they only read about in their history books. Dave Stamey has been a cowboy, a mule packer, a dude wrangler and is a six-time Western Music Association Entertainer of the Year. His fun, interactive performance brings the Old West to life for students, and he finds that he prefers delighting audiences to being stomped by angry horses. 

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Peter and the Wolf

Sergei Prokofiev’s famous symphony, performed by Symphony of the Southwest and narrated throughout, brings the full story of Peter and the Wolf alive for audiences. 

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Black Violin

Virtuoso violinists Will B and Kev Marcus meld highbrow and pop culture through a fusion of classical, jazz, hip-hop, blues and R & B. Joining the classically trained violinists is DJ SPS on turntables; together, the trio smashes musical stereotypes and enthralls lovers of Bach and Beyoncé. Will B. explains, “We encourage kids to think creatively, to take what they love doing and try to come up with something no one has ever done before. And that doesn’t just apply to playing violin or even music, but whatever it is you decide to do. Expand your mind. Once we get their attention with the music, that’s the message we want to deliver.” 

Black Violin Study Guide

NPR Article


March

Utah Shakespeare Festival presents "The Tempest"

This 75 minute production will immerse students and audiences into the magical island of Prospero, an exiled Duke of Milan and his daughter Miranda. When a tempest shipwrecks Prospero's erstwhile brother and members of the Milanese Court onto the island, all the shipwrecked souls learn about each other, about themselves, and ultimately, how to forgive. With unforgettable characters such as the magical Ariel and mischievous Caliban, this Shakespeare-in-the-Schools production is sure to leave a lasting impression on all who see it.

The Tempest Study Guide


Winter Chamber Music Festival Youth Concert

Students can experience a range of chamber music played by professional musicians under the thoughtful direction of Artistic Director Peter Rejto. Commentary providing the context and history of the music will accompany the pieces.

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Das Rheingold

The first chapter of Wagner’s epic Ring Cycle, Das Rheingold is a masterwork inspired by Norse mythology. When the dwarf Alberich steals the magical gold of the Rhinemaidens, he unleashes a power struggle with Wotan, ruler of the gods, that will shake the very foundations of the world. Driven by dark, powerful melodies and motifs, Das Rheingold brings the gods to life in this electrifying production, featuring the Arizona Opera Orchestra on stage, with stunning scenic projections designed by Brian Staufenbiel. 

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The Merchant of Venice

A timeless tale of love, mercy and justice, The Merchant of Venice takes us on a journey into the best and worst of human nature. Portia remains one of Shakespeare's strongest heroines and Shylock represents a crowning achievement in dramatic literature. Containing some of the most beautiful language ever written, The Merchant of Venice offers us a chance to spend time in the presence of a genius who continues to hold, as it were, a mirror where we can view ourselves. 

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Black Arm Band

Black Arm Band is a powerful musical journey through Australia's cultural heartland. Set against a stunning backdrop of moving imagery and text inspired by the words of Miles Franklin Award winner Alexis Wright, "dirtsong" is a large scale musical production to stir the soul. A collaborative performance of music, language, culture and identity, it features unforgettable songs performed in 11 different Aboriginal languages by some of Australia's most extraordinary musicians. 

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May

TSO Young People's Concerts: Music Transports You!

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Flora & Ulysses

Holy Baguma! After getting sucked up by a vacuum cleaner, a (now hairless) squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and discovers he has been reborn with powers of strength, flight and misspelled poetry. Together they embark on an adventure full of quirky characters and bursting with heart. 

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Pacifico Dance Company

Pacifico Dance Company presents spectacular performances of Mexican folklorico dances. A leading international dance company based in Los Angeles, the company educates and enlightens all communities, while at the same time providing Latino audiences with powerful insights into their own heritage. These brilliant artists present works that combine the essence of traditional styles with modern dance idioms. Spectacularly costumed, this performance is filled with animated dancing and exhilarating music that is sure to thrill and amaze. 

Pacifico Dance Company Study Guide


Symphony for the Schools #3 - Perseverance

Join special Guest Conductor Jeffrey Meyers and The Phoenix Symphony as we explore how composers in varied contexts have persevered against incredible odds to create great artwork, and encourage students to do the same in their lives. 

Resources for Educators

 


Ongoing Museum Tours


Heard Museum | Remembering our Indian School Days: The Boarding School Experience 
Heard Museum | HOME: Native People in the Southwest
Desert Botanical Garden | Nature as a Problem Solver & Solutions Inspired by Nature | Coming Soon!
Musical Instrument Museum | Educator Resources
Phoenix Art Museum
SMoCA | Contemporary Art Tours | Coming Soon!
SMoCA | Creative Spark Tours | Coming Soon!
Tucson Botanical Gardens | Origami in the Gardens and Butterfly Magic Exhibits
Tucson Museum of Art | Journey Through History and Culture