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

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.

Study Guide


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.

Opera Audience Guidelines and Important Terms

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. 

The Grapes of Wrath Study Guide

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. 

Jarabe Mexicano Study Guide

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.

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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


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.

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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. 

Study Guide coming soon!


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. 

Study Guide Coming Soon!

Moon Shot

Moon Shoot

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.

Study Guide Coming soon!

YouTube Promo Video

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. 

Opera Audience Guidelines and Important Terms

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.

Opera Audience Guidelines and Important Terms

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. 

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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. 

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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


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.

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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. 

Opera Audience Guidelines and Important Terms

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. 

Study Guide Coming Soon!


TSO Young People's Concerts: Music Transports You!

Have you ever listened to a piece of music and felt like you were suddenly in a different place? The Tucson Symphony Orchestra’s Young People's Concerts explore how music can transport you to another location, another time or another state of mind. It can send you to the other side of the world or bring you right back home. But how does music capture these snapshots of somewhere so different from here? How do composers and musicians harness musical sound to communicate a sense of place? Join the Tucson Symphony Orchestra on a musical expedition as we travel together across the country, globe and maybe even the galaxy to discover the answers to these musical secrets. 

TSO Study Guide

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. 

Study Guide Coming Soon!

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 | DBG Digital Learning
Musical Instrument Museum | Educator Resources
Phoenix Art Museum | Prepare for Your Visit
SMoCA | Contemporary Art & Creative Spark Tours | Museum Information
Tucson Botanical Gardens | Origami in the Gardens and Butterfly Magic Exhibits
Tucson Museum of Art | Journey Through History and Culture