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Education Programs: Center Stage: Performances for Youth

Introduce your students to a live theater performance through the Center’s curriculum-enhancing performing arts series. This performance series spans a variety of curriculum subjects including history, science, literature, music, dance, and world culture. Each performance is accompanied by a study guide and genre-specific activities that connect to both Common Core English Language Arts Standards and California State Curriculum Standards. Contact the Box Office at (800) 988-4253 to reserve your seats today! All tickets are $4 each unless otherwise indicated.

Enhance your day at the Center by adding an activity to your performance, tour the museum or enjoy a customized visual or performing arts activity. Space is limited, so book today! Contact us for more information at (760) 839-4176.



David Prather’s “Yankee Doodle Poetry”
Tuesday, December 1, 2015, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

Actor-storyteller, David Prather, pulls out all the stops in this high-energy, engaging program artfully crafted to stimulate an interest in poetry and language. In “Yankee Doodle Poetry,” students will hop in the saddle with Paul Revere in Longfellow’s famous “Midnight Ride,” encounter Uncle Sam and Lady Liberty, and find out if that Star-Spangled Banner yet waves in this humorous and engaging parade of poetry and patriotism. Recommended for grades 3-6. LEARN MORE!

World Pathways Ensemble
Wednesday January, 20, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

World Pathways Ensemble presents a fresh vision of traditional world music along with contemporary interpretations. This sparks colors and sound as ancient musical styles mix with modern ideas to form new pathways in music. The musicians of the ensemble explore traditional musical styles and folk tunes of the world mixed with European musical concepts and sounds. From the ancient Sufi daf drums of Persia to the 900-year-old nyckleharpa of Sweden to the ancient charango of the high Andes of South America, World Pathways Ensemble explores the wonderful and magical sounds of instruments that have captivated the imaginations of civilizations for thousands of years. Experience the virtuosic sounds of the piano, not only from a classical viewpoint, but rightfully as a folk instrument played for centuries throughout the world and as an instrument bridging the world of jazz, modern, and contemporary musical ideas to the forefront. Recommended for grades 3-12. LEARN MORE!

Lily Cai Chinese Dancers “Classic and Folk Dances from China”
Tuesday, February 2, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

Center StageExperience the colorful dances of China, performed by a dance trio from the renowned Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company. From the elegant court dances of the Tang and Qing dynasty, to regional folk dances with fans and long, silk ribbons, the Lily Cai dancers bring the art and culture of China, across the vast country and from thousands of years of history. Artistic Director, Lily Cai, former principal dancer of the Shanghai Opera House, narrates the performance. The Lily Cai Chinese Dance Company has toured internationally for more than 25 years, with its unique blend of traditional and contemporary Chinese dance. Recommended for grades 2-8. LEARN MORE!

Teye Sa Thiosonanne “African Drummers and Dance”
Tuesday, February 23, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

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Teye Sa Thiosanne (pronouncedtay saah cho saun) means “keepers of the tradition” in the Senegalese Wolof language. This African drum and dance company is a San Diego-based, 12-member non-profit organization providing performances and programs in African music and dance. The company has consistently provided the community with cultural expression since 1989. The program contains traditional music like “Guinea Foli”, and traditional dances like “Kou Kou” and the “Nyon Kuoya the Tall Spirit”. Movements are quick, strong, vigorous, and physically demanding with athletic jumps and spins. The performance dynamics are playful and free. Music will demonstrate a Drum Call, or as it is proclaimed, “N’dunder bi sadji na”!! meaning “wherever you are, stop! Come see, come and listen.” LEARN MORE!

Abel Silvas’s “Running Grunon”
Tuesday, March 1, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

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Abel Silvas is a California Indian Storyteller. His stories reveal what life was like for his ancestors throughout the history of California from pre-contact to the Spanish Mission period, Mexican Rancho period, and Reservation period. Students will learn how the indigenous California people adapted to changes and continue to be a vital part of today’s society. An actor, historian, comedian, storyteller, and mime, Silvas was a student at the Marcel Marceau School of Mime and was a former SUAVE art coach in the Center’s Education Department. Recommended for grades 3-5. LEARN MORE!

Razzle Bam Boom “H2O, Where Did You Go?”
Tuesday, April 26, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Center Theater

Center StageMusical-comedy duo Mark Beckwith and Obediah
Thomas expertly use humor, song, and theater in
programs designed to make learning fun! This curriculum-based assembly teaches K-6 students about the following concepts in an extremely entertaining way.

• The amount of fresh water we each use daily.
• The difference between salt water and fresh water.
• How water gets to our homes.
• How we each can save water.
• Why water is vital for living things.
• The water cycle.
• The three states of matter.
• Gravity’s effect on water.
• How to prevent water pollution in storm drains.
Recommended for grades K-6. LEARN MORE!

Luminary Arts “A Civil War Story: There is Always Hope”
Tuesday, May 10, 2016, 9:30am and 11:30am | Concert Hall, $6 per ticket

Center StageThis production follows the lives of two teenagers during the chaos of the Civil War. Runaway slave, Mary, has been displaced by the war and forced to flee to freedom on the Underground Railroad. Meanwhile, young Union soldier, Matthew, has been wounded deep in the Southern territory and must rely on the “other side” to protect him while he heals. The story introduces students to the Civil War through the eyes of their peers. This production was originally produced in partnership between the California Center for the Arts, Escondido’s Education Department and Luminary Arts.
Recommended for Grades 7-9. LEARN MORE!


Advance reservation with payment is required. To reserve seats, call the Center’s Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. The Ticket Office is open from 12:00pm to 6:00pm Tuesday through Saturday and from 12:00pm to 5:00pm on Sunday. Teachers should give the ticket representative their email address in order to receive the Educators’ Guide and any performance notifications. Refunds will be given up to two weeks before the performance upon receipt of a written request minus a $20 processing fee.

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