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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.


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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