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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.


2016-2017 Season:

Jacque Nunez: “Journeys to the Past” | Friday, November 4, 2016 | 9:30am & 11:30am

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 the senses.

The PGK Dance Project: “Celebrating Joy and Light” | Tuesday, December 6, 2016 | 9:30am & 11:30am

1385067_576318549107643_491200335_nThe PGK Dance Project features a fun array of “mashup” Holiday classics, performed through exciting choreography that highlights contemporary/modern dance as well as tap dance. The program features two interactive components where audience members will become a part of the performance. In “Celebrating Joy and Light”, the award winning PGK Dance Project celebrates the diversity and commonality shared between cultures, while presenting dance and music in innovative and unexpected ways. Photo Credit: Sue Brenner

David Novak: “The Storyteller’s Fire” | Tuesday, January 24, 2017 | 9:30am & 11:30am

The Storyteller’s Fire enlightens students on Greek mythology while addressing Essential Standards in Theatre Arts and Common Core Standards for English Language Arts. Students also discover core concepts in Science as they explore the natural world for ancient patterns that create new stories. His approach is highly interactive as he uses storytelling to develop emotional intelligence, pattern recognition, creative problem solving, cultural awareness, and empathy for others. Photo Credit: Mark Goldstein

Black Violin | Thursday, February 2, 2017 | 11:30am | $6 per ticket

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 from hit recording artists to government officials.  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

La Jolla Playhouse’s 2017 POP Tour | “SUPER SHINY SHOPPY SARA” | Tuesday, February 28, 2017 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Sara Smith is an excellent storyteller and a pretty good older sister. Still, her life is nothing compared to the glamorous world of her idol, @ShoppyGoddess – a teenage fashion mogul and media star. Sara longs to escape into @ShoppyGoddess’ fabulous world of online photos. But when a magical bubble bath transports Sara right into @ShoppyGoddess’s pool, she discovers that having a super shiny life may not be so perfect after all. Written by Wesley Middleton and Directed by Delicia Turner Sonnenberg.

Everything Fitz – The Fitzgerald Family: “Canadian Fiddling and Step Dancing… Keeping tradition alive!” | Friday, March 17, 2016 | 9:30am & 11:30am

The Fitzgerald family takes you on an exciting journey of music and dance styles that evolved from Irish and French immigrants in the 1800s, as well as American tap dancers. Everything Fitz shares their heritage through a unique performance of Irish jigs and reels, French Canadian step dancing, and more modern styles that have evolved in the last decade. This high-energy musical and dance performance will captivate and inspire students of all ages. Photo Credit: J.R. Rardon

Razzle Bam Boom: “All That Trash” | Tuesday, April 4, 2017 | 9:30am & 11:30am

With the goal of fostering student environmental citizenship, “All That Trash” teaches children different ways to responsibly conserve our environment’s natural resources. Through humor, song and audience participation, this fun and engaging performance allows students to discover the many reasons why it is wise to reduce, reuse and recycle. Photo Credit: Peggy Cameron

PASACAT: “The Philippines Through Dance & Music” | Tuesday, May 2, 2017 | 9:30am & 11:30am

Discover the rich diversity of Filipino history with its Chinese, Spanish and Asian influences. PASACAT preserves traditionally based folk and indigenous culture through eight dances that celebrate various regions and eras of Philippine history. The performance includes an interactive dance session, where participants will learn the bamboo dance, “Tinikling”. The stage comes to life with colorful costumes, intricate dances and lively music.

Tickets go on sale September 1, 2016.


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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