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Make the most of your arts resources with one of our Partner Packages then mix and match activities (below) to build a rich season of performances, creative learning, and inspirational fun.
 

FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS


 





Theater Unspeakable presents
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
 
September 27 - 30 & October 4 - 7, 2016
Lovelace Studio Theater
Seating Capacity 150
Suggested Grade Level: 4th - 12th   
 
History in 50 minutes: seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays the Chicago theater company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater.

 
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HARLEM QUARTET with ALDO LÓPEZ-GAVILÁN
 
Monday, October 24, 2016
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 3rd - 5th   
 
Harlem Quartet, praised for its “panache” by The New York Times, is “bringing a new attitude to classical music, one that is fresh, bracing and intelligent,” says the Cincinnati Enquirer. The quartet, comprised of violinists Ilmar Gavilan and Melissa White, violist Jaime Amador and cellist Felix Umansky, will be joined by the acclaimed Cuban pianist/composer Aldo López-Gavilán in a collaboration that bridges jazz, classical and traditional Cuban music through the works of Dizzy Gillespie, Antônio Carlos Jobim and Abelardito Valdés. The program also features several original works by López-Gavilán arranged specifically for this collaboration.
 

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MORGAN’S JOURNEY
Created and Performed by Robert Morgan
Directed by David Craig
 
January 19, 20, 24 & 25, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: PreK - 2nd   
 
Morgan’s Journey has been delighting children and their families around the world for nearly three decades. The play is a captivating exploration of joyous yet challenging childhood experiences and offers audiences a unique opportunity for active participation. From the moment of his birth, we follow Morgan the Clown on a journey of discovery. We delight in the presents he receives, especially his last one, a wise sock puppet who becomes his companion. Encountering inevitable growing pains, Morgan learns a valuable and moving lesson about love and the true meaning of friendship.

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Dan Zanes & Friends
 
Monday, January 30, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: PreK - 2nd       
 
Dan Zanes & Friends return to The Wallis after wildly popular engagements the previous two seasons. Once again, the Grammy Award-winner will bring his friend Sonia de los Santos for a bi-lingual English and Spanish concert for kids and kids-at-heart. 

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LIMÓN DANCE COMPANY
 
Friday, March 24, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 4th - 12th   
 
Hailed as one of the world’s greatest dance companies, the Limón Dance Company has been at the vanguard of American Modern dance since its inception in 1946. The Company is the living legacy of dance theater developed by José Limón and his mentors, Doris Humphrey and Charles Weidman, whose innovative works revolutionized American dance. After Limón’s death in 1972, the Company pioneered the idea that it was possible to survive the death of its founder, setting an example for the entire dance field. Now in its 70th year, the Company is renowned for its technical mastery and dramatic expression, and demonstrates both the timelessness of José Limón’s works and the humanistic vision that guides the repertory choices.


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The Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences presents
ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S
"WE ARE IN A PLAY!"
Based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Published by Hyperion Books for Children
Script and Lyrics by Mo Willems
Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma
Directed by Jerry Whiddon
 
Friday, April 21, 2017
Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: PreK - 3rd    
 
Get  ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In this vaudevillian romp, Elephant and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense.

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SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA TRIO 
 
Thursday, April 28, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Lovelace Studio Theater
Seating Capacity 150
Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 12th   
 
Under the baton of the legendary Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra breaks down barriers so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of classical music. After its sold-out concert last season, Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works by Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.


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FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS






Theater Unspeakable presents
THE AMERICAN REVOLUTION
 
September 27 - 30 & October 4 - 7, 2016
Lovelace Studio Theater
Seating Capacity 150
Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 12th   
 
History in 50 minutes: seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space to recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do, The American Revolution displays the Chicago theater company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater.

 
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JACOB JONAS THE COMPANY
 
Thursday, January 12, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 6th - 12th   
 
Los Angeles-based Jacob Jonas The Company is gaining a national profile for its honest storytelling and visceral performances. The company has toured North America since its birth in 2014, bringing its mix of contemporary ballet and acrobatic movement to stops including New York, Vancouver and Jacob’s Pillow Inside/Out Dance Festival. Also known for its film and photography work and its robust social media presence, the company has hosted #camerasanddancers photography meet-ups with social influencers and cultural institutions  including The Getty, LACMA, Los Angeles Tourism Board,, Dance Camera West and countless others. 

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Kneehigh in association with Birmingham Repertory Theatre and Berkeley Repertory Theatre present
946: THE AMAZING STORY OF ADOLPHUS TIPS 
Adapted by Michael Morpurgo and Emma Rice
 
Thursday, February 23, 2017 (SOLD OUT)
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 6th - 12th   
 
Kneehigh Theatre, who wowed audiences at The Wallis with Brief Encounter, return with 946, which was originally produced by our new Artistic Director Paul Crewes. Kneehigh’s signature sorcery of music, puppetry and foolishness will transport us to Slapton Sands, England in 1944. Based on the beloved book by War Horse author Michael Morpurgo, 946 explodes everything we thought we knew about the D-Day landings in this tender tale of love and war.


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Filter Theatre in association with the Royal Shakespeare Company present
TWELFTH NIGHT
By William Shakespeare
Created by Filter Theatre
Directed by Sean Holmes
 
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500 
Suggested Grade Level: 6th - 12th   
 
Filter’s explosive and irreverent new take on this beloved romantic comedy of mistaken identity combines dynamic narrative drive with a torrent of sound and music creating one of the most accessible Shakespeare productions of recent years.   

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SANTA CECILIA ORCHESTRA TRIO (SOLD OUT)
 
Thursday, April 28, 2017
Lovelace Studio Theater
Seating Capacity 150
Suggested Grade Level: 2nd - 12th
 
Under the baton of the legendary Maestra Sonia Marie De León de Vega, the Los Angeles-based Santa Cecilia Orchestra breaks down barriers so that everyone can enjoy the beauty of classical music. After its sold-out concert last season, Santa Cecilia Orchestra returns with a trio performing family-friendly classics, including works by Latino composers, in the intimate Lovelace Studio Theater.
 
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PAUL TAYLOR DANCE COMPANY
 
Friday, May 5, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 6th - 12th   
 
Since its founding in 1954, the Paul Taylor Dance Company has been one of the world's most sought after ensembles, performing in well over 500 cities in 64 countries, bringing Paul Taylor's repertoire -- now numbering 144 dances -- to every part of the globe. Mr. Taylor continues to make two new dances a year - and will bring a program of new and classic work to The Wallis.

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New Adventures present
MATTHEW BOURNE'S EARLY ADVENTURES
 
May 18-19, 2017
Bram Goldsmith Theater
Seating Capacity 500
Suggested Grade Level: 9th - 12th   
 
Matthew Bourne is hailed as the UK’s most popular and successful Choreographer/ Director. He is the creator of the world’s longest running ballet production, a five-time Olivier Award winner, and the only British director to have won the Tony Award for both Best Choreographer and Best Director of a Musical.
 
Matthew Bourne returns to his roots in Early Adventures, a program of hit pieces that launched the career of ‘Britain’s favourite choreographer’ and saw the birth of the style, wit and sheer entertainment that his company New Adventures brought to Swan LakeThe Car ManEdward Scissorhands and Sleeping Beauty. With designs by long-time collaborator, Lez Brotherston, Early Adventures is a US premiere and forms part of the company’s 30th Anniversary celebrations.
 
PROGRAM:
The Infernal Galop - A French dance with English subtitles:  This is France as seen by the uptight English imagination, with all the traditional clichés joyously paraded for our entertainment and climaxing in Offenbach's inevitable Can-Can!
 
Town and Country - Lie back and think of England..  Moving and hilarious, this heartfelt pastiche explores notions of national character from a bygone era through the evocative music of Edward Elgar, Noël Coward and Percy Grainger, amongst others.
 
Spitfire - An advertisement divertissement:  A celebration of male vanity and an affectionate comment on the preening grandeur of the danseur noble, it places Perrot’s Pas De Quatre (originally made as a kind of ‘diva-off’ for the four leading ballerina’s of the 19th Century) in the world of men’s mail order underwear advertising.
  
 
 

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