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. 

Grades K-3

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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. 

Grades 1-6

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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.

Grades K-2


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. 

Grades 1-6

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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. 

Grades K-5

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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. 

Grades K-4

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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. 

Grades K-8

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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. 

Grades 5-8

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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. 

Grades 8-12

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Swan Lake

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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.

Grades K-2


Concert #1

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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. 

Grades K-6

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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. 

Grades 9-12

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Hercules vs. Vampires

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November Field Trips


Animated Children's Shorts

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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+. 

Grades 2-12


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. 

Grades 6-12

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Tosca

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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. 

Grades K-12

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Holiday Choral Concert

 

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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. 

Grades K-12

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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. 

Grades K-12

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Ballet Arizona's The Nutcracker

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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. 

Grades 5-12

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January Field Trips

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. 

Grades 8-12

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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. 

Grades K-12


MOMIX: Opus Cactus

MOM IX 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.

Grades 2-12


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.


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! 

Grades 2-7

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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. 

Grades K-8


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.

Grades 4-12


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. 

Grades 2-6


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.” 

Grades 4-12


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. 

Grades 7-12

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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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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. 

Grades 2-8