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Get on your feet for a season full of opportunities to engage your class with performances at the Center. Opportunities exist for you to bring your classroom into the Auditorium for a performance, or to engage in virtual experiences from the comforts of your classroom.

Mariachi Herencia de Mexico

OCT 8, 2021 / 10-11 AM 
In-Person Tickets for Students and Adult Chaperones / $5
Livestream Tickets per Student / $3
Grades 3-12

In this special performance for school audiences, the ensemble, made up of students ages 11-18 from Chicago, will perform its award-winning music while also sharing the history of the mariachi tradition; an introduction to mariachi instruments; geographic background of the different styles of mariachi songs, such as the ranchera, son, jarocho, huapango, and bolero; and provide insight into what playing mariachi music means to them. This concert is a great opportunity for building Spanish language skills, cross-cultural learning, and inclusion and empathy. Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show only.

Curriculum Connections: Spanish language skills, understanding and interpreting an artform, history and traditions, geography, language arts

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus

FEB 28, 2022 / 10-11 AM 
In-Person Tickets for Students and Adult Chaperones /$5
No Livestream Option Available
Grades PreK-3

Whatever you do, don’t let the Pigeon star in his own musical production! It’s not easy being the Pigeon—you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical), based on the popular book by Mo Willems, is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. Classroom study guide provided.

Curriculum Connections: understanding and interpreting an artform, problem solving and teamwork, language arts, storytelling, visual art

Gus Goes Green: A Planet Earth Adventure

MAR 23, 2022 / 10-11 AM & 12:30-1:30 PM 
In-Person Tickets for Students and Adult Chaperones / $5
No Livestream Option Available
Grades K-5

Just in time for Earth Day, this play follows Gus (a giant dog puppet) who leads audiences on a STEM-inspired adventure around the globe. He uses clever resources to find creative solutions for a thirsty man in the desert, a wacky inventor, a toy maker and one very funny bug. Audience volunteers join Gus on stage to engineer a device for gathering water, build a unique toy from recycled materials and more! By the end of the play Gus and his friends use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to find smart solutions to real-life issues. This show is designed to encourage young people to help the Earth through recycling, energy conservation, and creative thinking. Ticket availability is limited; classroom study guide provided.

Curriculum Connections: STEM, recycling, sustainability, problem solving and team work, puppetry, creativity, personal responsibility

Artrageous

APR 14, 2022 / 10-11 AM
In-Person Tickets for Students and Adult Chaperones / $5
Livestream Tickets per Student / $3
Grades 3-12

Step into this outrageous adventure of the arts: the only show where you can witness the integration of visual art, music, comedy, theater, and puppetry in one magical experience. Interact from the audience as the artists weave different mediums together, including creating gigantic paintings onstage to music, into an experience that will stimulate your student’s passion for creativity! Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show only.

Curriculum connections: understanding and interpreting an artform, music, dance, puppetry, visual arts, history, collaboration and teamwork

Scholarships/Bus Grants


Learn how you can benefit from and make performing and visual arts, science and history experiences accessible for everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region with Midland Centers' Art from the Heart Scholarship Fund.

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