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2019/2020 Student Matinees


 

Elementary Schools (Grades 3 – 5)

 


Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol

Genre: Theater
Date & Time: December 4 at 10:30 AM
Suggested Grade Level: 5th and up
Venue: Lovelace

Directed by Simon Harvey
Performed by David Mynne
Adapted by Andrew McPherson
Additional script by Simon Harvey and David Mynne

Joy to all mankind? Bah! Humbug! Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser. Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts - each one more terrifying than the last. In their inimitable style, the team that brought you Great Expectations will now celebrate the holiday season with a mesmerizing one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story.

 


Lula Washington Dance Theatre

Genre: Dance
Date & Time: January 31 at 10:30 AM
Suggested Grade Level:   Elementary
Venue: Goldsmith

The Lula Washington Dance Theatre uses dance to explore social and humanitarian issues, including aspects of African-American history, culture, and life. This in-demand ensemble, celebrating its 40th anniversary, has built an international reputation for the earthiness, vitality, energy, and humanism of its repertory, bringing charisma and interpretive power to every dance.  The company returns to The Wallis following their debut performance, which celebrated the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


 

Blue13 Dance Company

Terpsichore in Ghungroos (World Premiere) and Contemporary Bollywood Works
Genre: Dance
Date & Time: February 21st at 10:30 AM
Suggested Grade Level: 4th and up
Venue: Goldsmith

Blue13 Dance Company’s energetic and theatrical contemporary dance style draws inspiration from the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent.  Using dance as a vehicle for storytelling, Blue13’s moody, rhythmic, and charged work presents an intelligent American experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.


 

From the Top

Genre: Music
Date & Time: March 5 at 10:30 AM
Suggested Grade Level: 4th and up
Venue:  Goldsmith

NPR’s “From the Top” national radio program showcases talented young musicians.  Following the recording of the radio program the prior evening, we will recreate the program for a student audience the morning of March 5.  An acclaimed adult musician will host the program and accompany the student musicians on piano.  Each featured student will be interviewed to share their personal stories and passion for the music.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience classical music and gain inspiration from the featured young musicians who are also from the Los Angeles area.

 


Slingsby Theatre Company’s Emil and the Detectives

Date & Time: March 26 & 27 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: 3rd and up
Venue:  Lovelace

By Erich Kastner
Adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom

Never underestimate the determination of a child! Young Emil catches a train to visit family in the big city. Something valuable is stolen. But the thief soon discovers Emil was not such an easy target. A group of quick-thinking and resourceful children rallies around. Can a bunch of kids work together to uncover and outsmart the true criminal?  In Slingsby’s signature intimate theatrical style, Emil and The Detectives is told by two skilled actors immersed in smoke and mirrors, miniature worlds and a cinematic score.

 


New International Encounter Theatre’s Snow White

Date & Time: May 12, 13 & 14 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: 4th and up
Venue: Lovelace

In a wild and windswept land... far, far away... snow falls on a lonely castle in the forest and a woman sits at her spinning wheel and dreams of the child she always wanted, the child she never had. A little girl who will make her dreams come true, who will be the most beautiful in the whole land. She makes a wish... and pricks her finger... New International Encounter Theatre presents an original take on the classic Brothers Grimm fairytale. Filled with live music, magic and festive fun it's a tale of adventure, danger and a very shiny red apple.

 


DIAVOLO

Date & Time: May 15 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 4th and up
Venue: Goldsmith

Combining contemporary dance with martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop, DIAVOLO explores the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand overarching social, physical, and emotional impacts. Their international notoriety is highlighted by a Top 10 placing in the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent,” attracting over 90 million television viewers.


 

Secondary Schools (Grades 6 – 12)


 

Sisters in Law

in Association with Don Frazen and Elizabeth Weber

Date & Time: Sept 17 – Oct 6, 2019 (High School students may be invited to select Tuesday evening performances)
Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Venue: Lovelace

Written by Jonathan Shapiro
Based on the book by Linda Hirshman

Featuring the relationship between two polar opposites and modern day legends, Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sandra Day O’Connor, Sisters in Law celebrates a friendship transcending party, religion and culture.  Explore the inexplicable bond between the U.S. Supreme Court’s first two female justices as they grapple with matters of national law and personal belief.


 

BODYTRAFFIC

Date & Time: September 27 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Venue: Goldsmith

L.A.’s own critically acclaimed BODYTRAFFIC returns to The Wallis as the 2019/2020  Company-In-Residence. BODYTRAFFIC is a world-class contemporary dance company, performing master works by international choreographic superstars, and representing the strength of the Los Angeles dance scene. BODYTRAFFIC's emotionally charged and technically virtuosic dancers aim to touch, inspire, and entertain audiences throughout the world.  BODYTRAFFIC's fall concert spans the best of what is happening locally in dance, as well as abroad, featuring a world premiere work by L.A.-based Michaela Taylor.

 


Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol

Date & Time: December 5 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Theater
Suggested Grade Level: 6th and up
Venue: Lovelace

Directed by Simon Harvey
Performed by David Mynne
Adapted by Andrew McPherson
Additional script by Simon Harvey and David Mynne

Joy to all mankind? Bah! Humbug!  Spend an evening in the company of a mean, tight-fisted, squeezing, grasping, clutching old miser.  Watch horrified as Ebenezer Scrooge is haunted by four creepy ghosts - each one more terrifying than the last. In their inimitable style, the team that brought you Great Expectations will now celebrate the holiday season with a mesmerizing one-man performance of Charles Dickens’ timeless, transformative story.

 


Contra-Tiempo: joyUS justUS

Date & Time: January 17 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 6th and up
Venue: Goldsmith

Contra-Tiempo takes Afro-Latin dance to new heights infusing elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban dance styles. joyUS justUS reclaims the dominant deficit-based narrative of people of color in this country and flips it on its head by embodying stories of joy and justice.

More info about the artist -
READ: contra-tiempo.org/what-we-do
WATCH: youtube.com/watch?v=4gth8H6fNUE



Frankenstein

Date & Time: Feb 12 - Mar 01, 2020 (High School students may be invited to a select evening performance)              
Genre: Theater 
Suggested Grade Level: High School
Venue: Lovelace

WORLD PREMIERE. Mary Shelley's modern myth awakens new questions of scientific enquiry and moral responsibility for each generation. L.A.’s own Four Larks' exuberant amalgamation of physical theatre, live music, and immersive design brings Shelley's creature to life, in their Wallis debut.


Blue13 Dance Company

Terpsichore in Ghungroos - World Premiere and Contemporary Bollywood Works
Date & Time: February 21 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: Grades 6th - 8th
Venue: Goldsmith

Blue13 Dance Company’s energetic and theatrical contemporary dance style draws inspiration from the classical and cultural art forms of the Indian subcontinent.  Using dance as a vehicle for storytelling, Blue13’s moody, rhythmic, and charged work presents an intelligent American experience of performance that turns the cultural stereotype of Indian dance on its head.

More info about the artist -
WATCH: blue13dance.com

 


From the Top

Date & Time: March 5 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Music
Suggested Grade Level: 6th and up
Venue: Goldsmith

NPR’s “From the Top” national radio program showcases talented young musicians.  Following the recording of the radio program the prior evening, we will recreate the program for a student audience the morning of March 5.  An acclaimed adult musician will host the program and accompany the student musicians on piano.  Each featured student will be interviewed to share their personal stories and passion for the music.  This is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience classical music and gain inspiration from the featured young musicians who are also from the Los Angeles area.

 


DIAVOLO

Date & Time: May 15 at 10:30 AM
Genre: Dance
Suggested Grade Level: 6th and up
Venue: Goldsmith

Combining contemporary dance with martial arts, acrobatics, gymnastics, and hip-hop, DIAVOLO explores the relation and interaction between the human body and its architectural environment to understand overarching social, physical, and emotional impacts. Their international notoriety is highlighted by a Top 10 placing in the 12th season of “America’s Got Talent,” attracting over 90 million television viewers.