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Kravis Classroom Connection

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To ensure we can continue to provide students with engaging and enlightening performing arts experiences, the Kravis Center has created KRAVIS CLASSROOM CONNECTION. This innovative virtual series will offer prerecorded presentations for teachers and students to view from a designated district-approved streaming platform. Each presentation will be available for at least one week. Registration is required, please complete the form at the bottom of the page.

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MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS
WINGS OF COURAGE
Available October 18-22
Performance Length: 50 minutes
Suggested Grade Level: 3-12
Suggested Curricula: Character Education, Music, Social Studies
Standards: MU.3.C.1, MU.3.S.1, MU.3.O.1, MU.4.C.1, MU.4.S.1, MU.4.O.1, MU.5.C.1, MU.5.S.1, MU.5.O.1, MU.68.C.1, MU.68.H.1, MU.912.C.1, MU.912.H.1, SS.3.G.1, SS.4.A.1, SS.4.C.1, SS.5.A.1, SS.5.C.1, SS.6.C.1, SS.7.C.1, SS.8.A.1, SS.8.C.1, SS.912.A.1, SS.912.C.1
Wings of Courage is an original play with music by Mad River Theater Works based on the life of Eugene Bullard, the first African-American combat pilot and adventurer. Bullard’s story would be unbelievable if it were not all true. He was a professional boxer and a World War I flying ace. He was a jazz musician. He was a spy. Who was this remarkable African-American? Born in Columbus, Georgia, Bullard traveled the world. He joined the French Foreign Legion after being denied a meaningful place in the United States Army. He rose through the ranks and flew against the famous “Red Baron” as a part of the famous Lafayette Escadrille during World War I. But when the Escadrille was incorporated into the new U.S. Army Air Corps in 1917, the color of Bullard’s skin prevented him from taking his place alongside the other American heroes of his day. But that didn’t stop him. He went on to fame as a bandleader in Paris in 1920’s. Using storytelling, music, and drama, Wings of Courage shows how Bullard’s determination and perseverance helped him to overcome discrimination throughout his remarkable life. It is an uplifting tale of vision and hope that deserves to be known by every American.

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THEATERWORKS USA
CHARLOTTE’S WEB
Available October 18 – November 5
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: K-5
Suggested Curricula: Language Arts, Literature, Music
Standards: ELA.K.R.1.1, ELA.1.R.1.1, ELA.2.R.1.1, MU.K.C.1, MU.K.S.1, MU.K.O.1, MU.1.C.1, MU.1.S.1, MU.1.O.1, MU.2.C.1, MU.2.S.1, MU.2.O.1, MU.3.C.1, MU.3.S.1, MU.3.O.1, MU.4.C.1, MU.4.S.1, MU.4.O.1, MU.5.C.1, MU.5.S.1, MU.5.O.1
CHARLOTTE’S WEB is based on E.B. 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 will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever.  This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Dia de los Muertos

DANCE THEATER OF FLORIDA
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS
Available October 29
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: 3-6
Suggested Curricula: Dance, Social Studies
Standards: DA.3.C.1, DA.3.S.1, DA.3.O.1, DA.3.H.1, DA.4.C.1, DA.4.S.1, DA.4.O.1, DA.4.H.1, DA.5.C.1, DA.5.S.1, DA.5.O.1, DA.5.H.1, DA.68.C.1, DA.68.S.1, DA.68.O.1, DA.68.H.1
DIA DE LOS MUERTOS takes the audience through the story of twin sisters, Juanita and Rosita, who are inhabiting two separate worlds. Rosita prepares the altar in hopes that Juanita can find her way to the land of the living. Meanwhile, Juanita worries that she may not be remembered. In the end, the two find each other thanks to the love and joy they share.

PALM BEACH SYMPHONY and YOUNG SINGERS OF THE PALM BEACHES
EUDORA’S FABLE: THE SHOE BIRD
Available November 8-30
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: 3-8
Suggested Curricula: Music, Language Arts
Standards: MU.3.C.1.3, MU.3.C.1.4, MU.3.F.1.1, MU.4.C.1.1, MU.4.C.1.3, MU.4.C.1.4, MU.4.O.3.1, MU.5.C.1.3, MU.5.C.1.4, MU.5.O.3.1, MU.5.S.3.1, MU.68.C.1.1, MU.68.C.1.3, MU.68.C.1.4, MU.68.O.1.1, MU.68.S.3.2, LAFS.4.RL.2.6, WL.K12.IL.1.5
THE SHOE BIRD is a musical telling of the fanciful story by Pulitzer Prize winning author Eudora Welty. First published in 1964, the story is considered a fanciful fable, like Aesop, about a shoe-store parrot named Arturo and his many feathered friends, containing a moral or lesson. While describing the many birds of the story, the music introduces and expands the audience’s knowledge of the orchestra instruments by featuring the auxiliary instruments of the woodwind section.

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B-FLY ENTERTAINMENT
HAVANA HOP
Available November 8-21
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: PreK-3
Suggested Curricula: Social Studies, Dance
Standards: SS.K.G.1, SS.1.G.1, SS.2.G.1, SS.3.G.1, DA.K.C.1, DA.K.S.1, DA.K.H.1, DA.1.C.1, DA.1.S.1, DA.1.H.1, DA.2.C.1, DA.2.S.1, DA.2.H.1, DA.3.C.1, DA.3.S.1, DA.3.H.1
Young Yeila dreams of being a superstar but her lack of confidence gives her awful stage fright. With advice from her mother and mentors, Yeila begins her journey to find her roots, get confidence and be amazing! Travel with Yeila who visits her grandmother in Cuba to add a salsa flavor to her own hip-hop style! The audience gets to dance along in this dynamic participation play where one actress creates three generations of lively women. Journey with Yeila as she discovers the fun of her multi-cultural heritage.

CHILDSPLAY THEATRE in association with TEATRO BRAVO
DREAMERS
Available November 29 – December 10
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: K-6
Suggested Curricula: Social Studies, Theater
Standards: SS.K.G.1, SS.1.G.1, SS.2.G.1, SS.3.G.1, SS.4.G.1, SS.5.G.1, SS.6.G.1, TH.K.S.1.1, TH.1.S.1.1, TH.2.S.1.1, TH.3.S.1.1, TH.4.S.1.1, TH.5.S.1.1, TH.6.S.1.1
A physically poetic adaptation of Yuyi Morales’ story that tells of resilience, hope and the courage it takes to find one’s voice when navigating a new place. DREAMERS honors the passion, strength, and hope that is born from the challenges experienced in an immigrant’s journey and reminds us that, “Someday we will become something we haven’t even yet imagined.”

AMAS MUSICAL THEATRE
LETTERS TO HARRIET TUBMAN
Available November 29 – December 3
Performance Length: 45 minutes
Suggested Grade Level: 4-6
Suggested Curricula: American History, Social Studies
Standards:
SS.4.A.1, SS.4.C.1, SS.5.A.1, SS.5.C.1, SS.6.A.1, SS.6.C.1
This historically accurate, two-character musical chronicles the life and work of American History figure Harriet Tubman. Students are cast as “visitors” to Harriet Tubman as she recounts her life and work in the Underground Railroad through a series of letters, songs and vignettes. Students learn more about the struggle for freedom African slaves fought for and are introduced to lively period songs and African-American spirituals, including “Go Down, Moses”, “Oh, Freedom” and “Battle Hymn of the Republic.

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DANCE THEATER OF FLORIDA
THE BELL – AN ADAPTATION OF THE POLAR EXPRESS
Available December 13-17
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: 2-5
Suggested Curricula: Dance, Language Arts
Standards: DA.2.C.1, DA.3.C.1, DA.4.C.1, DA.5.C.1, ELA.K.R.1.1, ELA.1.R.1.1, ELA.2.R.1.1
Dance Theater of Florida presents THE BELL – AN ADAPTATION OF THE POLAR EXPRESS. This production is a modern ballet interpretation of the classic children’s story The Polar Express. The inspiring tale of one child’s struggle to believe is told through dance with beautiful costumes, creative staging and stunning choreography. Join us for this magical, moving journey to the North Pole and discover the integration of dance and literature with your school.

Annie Easley holding camera and smiling.

SYRACUSE STAGE
COMMANDING SPACE – THE RISE OF ANNIE EASLEY AND THE CENTAUR ROCKET
Available January 10-21
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: 3-12
Suggested Curricula: Social Studies, Science, Theater
Standards: SS.3.A.1, SS.3.C.1, SS.4.A.1, SS.4.C.1, SS.5.A.1, SS.5.C.1, SS.6.C.1, SS.7.C.1, SS.8.A.1, SS.8.C.1, SS.912.A.1, SS.912.C.1, SC.3.E.1, SC.3.N.1, SC.4.E.1, SC.4.N.1, SC.5.E.1, SC.5.N.1, SC.6.E.1, SC.6.N.1, SC.7.E.1, SC.7.N.1, SC.8.E.1, SC.8.N.1, SC.912.E.1, SC.912.N.1, TH.3.C.1, TH.3.H.1, TH.4.C.1, TH.4.H.1, TH.5.C.1, TH.5.H.1, TH.68.C.1, TH.68.H.1, TH.912.C.1, TH.912.H.1
In the midst of the Civil Rights Movement, young Annie Easley knows she can be something more. In this true story of dreams, hardships, and self-determination, Annie becomes one of the first African American human computers at NASA. Initially working on airplanes, she soon realizes her destiny is to be on the team of mathematicians that launch the Centaur Rocket into the Space Race. COMMANDING SPACE – THE RISE OF ANNIE EASLEY AND THE CENTAUR ROCKET is an important story about a persistent and intelligent woman whose desire to succeed in science and technology proved stronger than the prejudice that would have denied her.
Sponsored by the Helen S. and Merrill L. Bank Foundation

The hungry caterpillar looking through bitten fruit

MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA
THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR & OTHER ERIC CARLE FAVOURITES
Available January 18 – February 1
Performance Length: One hour
Suggested Grade Level: PreK-3
Suggested Curricula: Visual Art, Science, Literature, Emotional/Social Development
Standards: VA.K.C.1, VA.1.C.1, VA.2.C.1, VA.3.C.1, SC.K.L.1, SC.1.L.1, SC.2.L.1, SC.3.L.1, ELA.K.R.1.1, ELA.1.R.1.1, ELA.2.R.1.1
Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. THE VERY HUNGRY CATERPILLAR follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly.  High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

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