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Orpheum Theatre Group

Contact Name: Jennifer McGrath

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PO Box 3370
Memphis, Tennessee 38173
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Phone: (901) 529-4242

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The Orpheum Theatre’s Department of Education & Community Programs is committed to offering educational opportunities that use theatre to develop basic learning skills and cultivate the whole person. Teaching through the arts motivates children, raises test scores and increases their aptitude for learning. The Orpheum Theatre offers educational programs to help teachers enhance curriculum with live arts experiences. Begun in 2002, the Student Matinee Series brings the best touring children’s theatre companies from around the world to The Orpheum and Halloran Centre for Performing Arts and Education to present shows that are designed with young audiences in mind. The Student Matinee Series has something for every student from early childhood through high school. The Interactive Field Trips at the Halloran Centre offer a variety of experiences for Pre-K through high school.

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Sample Programs Offered

Program Title: Student Matinee Series: Fall

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

VOICE POWER!
Halloran Centre
Thu. Sept. 27, 2018 10am- 11am
Thu. Sept. 27, 2018 12pm – 1pm
Fri. Sept. 28, 2018 10am – 11am
Fri. Sept. 28, 2018 12pm – 1pm

VOICE POWER! is a high-energy participatory performance where critically acclaimed actor/poet/activist Darian Dauchan guides young audiences on a vocal odyssey through rhymes, beat-boxing, live looping, and acapella melodies.

STORY PIRATES: STUCK IN THE STONE AGE AND OTHER STORIES
Halloran Centre
Thu. Oct. 25, 2018 10am – 11am
Fri. Oct. 26, 2018 10am – 11am

Story Pirates celebrates creative writing by students from coast to coast in a loud, hilarious sketch comedy musical performed by professional improvisers and musicians

INFINITUS
Halloran Centre
Thu. Nov. 15, 2018 10 AM – 11 AM
Thu. Nov. 15, 2018 12 PM – 1 PM
Fri. Nov. 16, 2018 10 AM – 11 AM
Fri. Nov. 16, 2018 12 PM – 1 PM

Infinitus is a critically acclaimed beatboxing string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style. Their repertoire features classical standards and original jazz/hip-hop arrangements and compositions.

BALLET MEMPHIS’ NUTCRACKER
Orpheum Theatre
Thu. Dec. 6, 2018 9:45 AM – 12 PM
Fri. Dec. 7, 2018 9:45 AM – 12 PM

With magical sets that change before your eyes, snowflakes that trickle from the sky, and dances that envelope Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets, the Nutcracker remains a favorite year after year.

I, TOO, AM AMERICA
Halloran Centre
Thu. Feb. 7, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM
Thu. Feb. 7, 2019 12 PM – 1 PM
Fri. Feb. 8, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM

I, Too, Am America is a play in which the lives of Black historical figures like Ida B. Wells and Sojourner Truth are recounted.

ME…JANE: THE DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL
Orpheum Theatre
Wed. Feb. 20, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM
Thu. Feb. 21, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM
Thu. Feb. 21, 2019 12 PM – 1 PM

In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane Goodall and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species.

THE RAINBOW FISH
Orpheum Theatre
Thu. March 7, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM
Fri. March 8, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession.

SHH! WE HAVE A PLAN
Halloran Centre
Thu. April 4, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM
Thu. April 4, 2019 12 PM – 1 PM
Fri. April 5, 2019 10 AM – 11 AM

Follow the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring through the woods — when they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it!

BALLET MEMPHIS’ GISELLE
Orpheum Theatre
Fri. April 12, 2019 9:45 AM – 11:30 AM

One of the most prolific and popular ballets of all time, Giselle tells the story of a peasant girl who descends into madness and ultimately dies of a broken heart.

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Program Title: Interactive Field Trips

Program Type: Arts Appreciation

Program Description:

BROADWAY SAMPLER
Grades 3-8

The Broadway Sampler field trip gives students in grades 3-8 the opportunity to participate in singing, dancing, and acting classes inspired by the Orpheum’s Broadway season. During the field trip, students will rotate through three lessons in groups of 20-25, spending 45 minutes on each skill with local teaching artists in the Halloran Centre classrooms. The Broadway Sampler field trip builds students’ speaking, listening, and critical thinking skills and is appropriate for all experience and ability levels. Groups must have a minimum of 20 and maximum of 75 students to register. Field trips are available from 9am to noon on the following dates (choose one):

Homeschool only: Monday, August 27, 2018
Monday, September 17, 2018
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Tuesday, November 27, 2018
Tuesday, January 29, 2019
Monday, February 25, 2019
Tuesday, March 19, 2019
Monday, April 8, 2019

STEPPING INTO THE STORY
Grades PreK-2

Stepping Into the Story: Creative Drama gives students in Pre-K through second grade the opportunity to explore movement and creativity inspired by the shows in the Orpheum’s Student Matinee Series. Students will be put into groups of 15-20 to join local teaching artists in the Halloran Centre’s classrooms for a two-hour themed workshop. Choose from The Rainbow Fish (Oceans), Me…Jane (Jungle), or Story Pirates: Stuck in the Stone Age (Time Travel). The Creative Drama field trip engages students in a hands-on, immersive workshop that encourages imagination, connects to popular literature, and builds students’ speaking/listening skills. Groups must have a minimum of 15 and maximum of 60 students to register. Field trips are available from 9-11am on the following dates (choose one):

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
Monday, January 28, 2019
Monday, February 11, 2019
Homeschool only: Monday, April 15, 2019

WRITING COMES ALIVE
Grades 6-12

Using active games and creative exercises, students in grades 6-12 will learn the principles of dramatic writing through a unique improvisational lens. Students will be divided into groups of 20-25 students to join local teaching artists in the Halloran Centre for a three-hour workshop. Starting with improv games and exercises, students will build their confidence in storytelling before tackling their own short plays and monologues. The Writing Comes Alive field trip builds students’ confidence and develops creative writing skills for students of all levels and abilities. Groups must have a minimum of 20 and maximum of 75 students to register. Field trips are available from 9am to noon on the following dates (choose one):

Monday, October 29, 2018
Monday, December 3, 2018
Monday, March 4, 2019
Homeschool only: Monday, April 15, 2019

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Program Title: Teacher Professional Development

Program Type: Arts Integration

Program Description:

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration
Tuesday, September 18, 2018, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Jamin Carter
For all teachers, administrators, and art specialists

What is arts integration? This session unpacks the definition developed by the Kennedy Center and gives participants the opportunity to uncover the characteristics of quality arts integration. In addition, the session includes your participation in an arts-integrated lesson and examines how arts-integrated instruction aligns with current learning principles and best practice.

Shadow Puppetry
Monday, October 22, 2018, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Kim McCormack
For All Teachers of Grades K-12

Shadow Theatre, a Southeast Asian art form has an ancient culture and history that will fascinate and inspire all. This unique art form gives participants the opportunity to explore the science of shadows, light and opacity through shadow art. Puppets from the past and present day will be used to demonstrate the history, community, culture and technique of this 2000-year-old performance art.

Shadow Box Portraits: Creating 3-D Visual Displays
Tuesday, October 23, 2018, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Kim McCormack
For All Teachers of Grades 3-8

Although shadow boxes have long been used to display a collection of related objects, they can also be used to tell a story. In this workshop, teachers explore ways to help students create three-dimensional shadow boxes that exhibit information about a literary character or a personality from history.

Laying a Foundation: Defining Arts Integration
Wednesday, January 9th, 2019, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Jamin Carter
For All teachers, administrators, and art specialists

Please see first workshop listing for description.

A Playful Approach to Writing
Monday, January 28th, 2019, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Mary Hall Surface
For All Teachers of Grades 1-6

Playwriting offers a powerful way to interest students in writing or pre-writing processes. Participants examine ways to help students learn how to think like playwrights and to develop a script that draws on their improvisations of characters and ideas. Workshop activities are drawn from Marcus Pfister’s Rainbow Fish. This workshop is offered in conjunction with Student Matinee performances of Rainbow Fish in March 2019.

Standing in a Character’s Shoes: Deeper Meaning Through Monologues
Tuesday, January 29th, 2019, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Mary Hall Surface
For All Teachers of Grades 6-12

Helping students develop understanding of the emotions and motivations of literary characters and historical figures is often challenging. In this workshop, participants explore ways to help students imagine, improvise, and write monologues that reveal the emotions beneath a character’s/person’s words and how those emotions change.

Telling Your Story Through the Beat of Jazz
Tuesday, March 26th, 2019, 4:15-7:15pm
Workshop Instructor: Imani Gonzalez
For All Teachers of Grades 3-6

In this interactive workshop, teachers learn to immerse their students in the rich history of jazz as they trace its roots and influences through African traditional chants, work songs, spirituals, ragtime, and the blues. Participants explore strategies that are aligned with Writer’s Workshop to engage students in writing their own blues songs that express their emotions.

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