Literature Alive - Student Field Trip Program

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Dec 7 - 19, 2021
Grades 8-12, College

May 13 - June, 2022
Grades 7-12, College
April 19 - May 6, 2022
Grades K-4
Fall, 2022
Grades K-4

Bring Your Students to see Professional Live Theatre in West Hartford

Dear Educators,
On behalf of Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, I would like to invite you to be part of our Literature Alive school field trip program for the 2021-22 Season. Literature Alive is an opportunity to extend the classroom by bringing students to the theater during the day for a matinee performance. As part of your field trip experience, we are happy to provide:

See below for our offerings this season, we have shows appropriate for young children in Pre-K all the way through High School. If there is a particular date you don’t see here listed within the run of a show, please email me and we can see about making arrangements. I look forward to welcoming you and your students!

Best,
Michael Hinton
Director of Education, Playhouse on Park

For questions or to book your field trip, contact Jill Zarcone, Education Coordinator at JZarcone@PlayhouseTheatreGroup.org or 860-523-5900 x16.

Teachers and paraprofessionals chaperoning the trip attend for free!

2021-2022 Season Offerings


Grades 8-12 (and college)

MISS BENNET: CHRISTMAS AT PEMBERLEY

By LAUREN GUNDERSON and MARGOT MELCON

A sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice set two years after the novel ends, MISS BENNET continues the story, only this time with bookish middle-sister Mary as its unlikely heroine. Mary is growing tired of her role as dutiful middle sister in the face of her siblings’ romantic escapades. When the family gathers for Christmas at Pemberley, an unexpected guest sparks Mary’s hopes for independence, an intellectual match, and possibly even love.

 December 7 - December 19

School Day Matinees: $12 Per Student


Grades 7-12 (and college)

THE AGITATORS
THE STORY OF SUSAN B. ANTHONY AND FREDERICK DOUGLASS

By MAT SMART

The Agitators tells of the enduring but tempestuous friendship of Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. And at times, great adversaries. Young abolitionists when they met in Rochester in the 1840s, they were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that forty-five-year friendship – from its beginning in Rochester, through a civil war, and to the highest halls of government. They agitated the nation, they agitated each other, and, in doing so, they helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history.

May 31 - June 12

School Day Matinees: $12 Per Student


Grades K-4

THE AMAZING ADVENTURES OF DR. WONDERFUL (AND HER DOG)

Music by Bree Lowdermilk
Book and Lyrics by Lauren Gunderson

A Mystery Science Musical For Young Audiences! Fly through the solar system with Dr.  Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog), Ben (the human), and Mom (the Mom)! Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical musical theater event that will take you across the universe with fun, flair, and science. Written by Lauren Gunderson (Playhouse’s critically acclaimed Season 10 play THE REVOLUTIONISTS).

April 19 - May 6 | 10:00 am & 12:30PM Tuesday - Friday

Click for a Study Guide to accompany
The Amazing Adventures of Dr. Wonderful (and her dog!)

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student


Grades Pre-K-4

DANDELION

Book & Lyrics by JOAN ROSS SORKIN
Music by MARY LIZ MCNAMARA
World Premier!

This musical, adapted by the children's book by Don Freeman, tells the story of Dandelion, a shy, awkward lion. He is filled with middle school angst when he is invited to Jennifer Giraffe’s impromptu party. Dandelion decides to reinvent himself, but ultimately discovers it is better just to be yourself! In addition to the theme of being yourself, the musical raises issues of bullying and social exclusion.

Fall, 2022
10:00 am & 12:30PM Tuesday - Friday

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student