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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. Center Stage spans a variety of subjects, including history, science, and social studies. Each performance is accompanied by a study guide and genre-specific activities that connect to Common Core, Visual and Performing Arts and California State Curriculum Standards. Contact the Box Office at (800) 988-4253 to reserve your seats today! All tickets are $5 each unless otherwise indicated.

2019/20 Season Lineup:


John and Juan

“History of the Golden State”

Wednesday, November 20, 2019, 9:30am and 11:30am

Center Theater | Recommended Grades K-5


John, a native Californian, and Juan, a Mexican immigrant, discover their common heritage in this lively theatrical romp through 500 years of California history.  John learns from Juan about the state’s Hispanic heritage, including early Spanish explorers, the original settlers of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, Father Junipero Serra, the Chumash Indians, and the missions along El Camino Real…and John shares with Juan the excitement of the Gold Rush.


Jacque Nunez

“Journeys to the Past”

Tuesday, January 8, 2020, 9:30am and 11:30am

Center Theater | Recommended Grades K-8

Journeys to the Past takes students on a journey into the lifestyle of the Acjachemen Nation, which flourished in Southern California hundreds of years before Father Serra. Learn about the past and present culture of California Indians through stories, songs, dances, indigenous tools, instruments, games and clothing. Students leave with a wonderful understanding of “environmentalism” and what it means to be “keepers of the earth” through this program designed for all of the senses.


Razzle Bam Boom

“All That Trash”

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 9:30am and 11:30am

Center Theater | Recommended Grades K-8


“Professor” Mark helps “ordinary fellow” Obediah discover ways to not be so wasteful in this engaging and original musical comedy.

Black Violin

March 6, 2020, 12:00pm

Concert Hall, $6 per ticket | Recommended Grades 3-12


The sounds of classical violin and hip-hop combine to create the musical phenomenon, Black Violin. Their one-of-a-kind sound is sought after by hit recording artists. The duo of Kev Marcus and Wil Baptiste come to the Center Stage series to share their signature sound as they challenge stereotypes. They will inspire us with technique and style through music. Photo Credit: Brian Stollery


The Ocean Adventure

“The Silver Bank Humpback Whale Expedition”

Wednesday March 11, 2020, 9:30am and 11:30am

Center Theater | Recommended Grades K-8

Join us on our expedition to the world’s largest humpback whale breeding ground, the Silver Bank, near the Caribbean Sea in this multi-image, interactive story telling presentation! Learn all about the whale’s way of life, and see our 20-feet long inflatable baby humpback whale!



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. 

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