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Available In-Person & Online!

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.

Educational groups of 10 or more qualify for matinee pricing and attendance.
When considering what performance to attend with your students, please be sure to check the grade level recommendations and curriculum connections provided by the artist for each show. If you have questions, please reach out to our staff.

Jabari Dreams of Freedom

JAN 30, 2023 / 10 am
Grades 3-8
$6.00/person in person, $4.00/person live stream

Jabari Dreams of Freedom is a play that tells the story of Jabari, a young Black boy from the South Side of Chicago who loves to livestream on WeTube. Through creating videos, he can escape the turbulent world around him. When a friend is hurt by police, Jabari is afraid to leave the house. With his Forever President Barack Obama as a guide, he dreams he meets children from the Civil Rights Era including Ruby Bridges and Claudette Colvin who teach him how to be fearless. Then, he meets his hero, Barack Obama, as a 7-year-old boy on the eve of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. Can Jabari use the lessons he's learned to instill in young Barack the ideas he'll need to become president? Will Jabari take these lessons back into his own life and heal his community? Using history, rap, freedom songs, dance, live video and projections and humor, this play explores what it means to have the courage to effect positive change in a world that is not always safe. Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show and for 48-hours following the performance (JAN 31-FEB 1).

Click here to view the Classroom Study Guide.
Click here for a social story for the in-person matinee.
Click here for a social story for the live-stream virtual matinee.


Curriculum connections: history, civil rights, visual arts, technology, music, relating artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding

Educators are encouraged to participate in the free pre-matinee virtual workshop with the director of Jabari, Daniel Carlton, on January 10 from 7:00-8:00 pm. A limited number of in-classroom workshops with the company on January 31 are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Kate the Chemist

FEB 24, 2023 / 10 am
Grades 5 - 12
$5.00/person in-person, $3.00/person live stream

Dr. Kate Biberdorf, originally from Kalamazoo, MI, is a chemist, science entertainer, and a professor at The University of Texas. Through her theatrical and hands-on approach to teaching, Dr. Biberdorf is breaking down the image of the stereotypical scientist, while reaching students who might otherwise be intimidated by science. By blowing stuff up on stage, Dr. Kate helps create emotional reactions in students that cement learning and create a positive, memorable impression of science for all. Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show and for 48-hours following the performance (FEB 27-28).

Click here for a Classroom Study Guide for Kate the Chemist.
Click here for a social story for the in-person matinee.
Click here for a social story for the live-stream virtual matinee.

Curriculum connections: Chemistry, physics, energy and matter, stereotypes, social awareness

HIPLET

MAR 17, 2023 / 10 am
Grades 5 - 12
$5.00/person in-person, $3.00/person live stream

One of Chicago’s most exciting performance troupes brings a collision of classical ballet and hip hop to inspire accessibility and inclusivity, and showcase storytelling through dance.
Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show and for 48-hours following the performance (MAR 20-21).

Curriculum Connections: understanding and interpreting an artform, music, dance and rhythm, teamwork and collaboration, stereotypes, social awareness

Includes performance and Q&A

Sonia De Los Santos

APR 14, 2023 / 10 am
Grades PreK-5
$5.00/person in-person, $3.00/person live stream

Latin Grammy-nominee Sonia De Los Santos and her band brings her bilingual family-friendly music to the stage in a concert that engages students in exploring different countries, rhythms and sounds from across the Americas. Students will learn about instruments such as the jarana, leona, violin and percussion, as well as Latin rhythms and musical styles, and build empathy around understanding and engaging with other’s journeys and cultures. Classroom study guide provided. A livestream option will be available for this show at 10 AM day of show and for 48-hours following the performance (APR 17-18).

Click here to view the Classroom Study Guide.


Curriculum connections: understanding and interpreting an artform, music, rhythm, instruments, geography, Spanish language skills, empathy, collaboration

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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