Curtains Up For Kids


Nearly 10,000 students visit the Basie every year as part of its Curtains Up For Kids school performances program — and for many, it’s their only opportunity to experience live performing arts. From classical music with modern twists, to the diversity of Asian and African artistry or historical plays like I Have a Dream, the Basie inspires students to dream forward through culture and artistic expression.

New Jersey state learning standards and arts integration come full circle with Curtains Up For Kids. Teacher study guides are provided, which offer information about the history, culture and inspiration of the performances. Academic connections are also provided, helping integrate the performances and experiences into the classroom. Companion activities for pre- and post-show discussions round out the experience, allowing state learning standards and arts integration to come full circle.

Interested in attending a bus-in school show? Click here for a reservation form.

Financial assistance is available.

This Basie is very grateful to the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, OceanFirst Foundation, Provident Bank Foundation and RBC Foundation for their support of Curtains Up For Kids.

For tickets or more information, call 732-224-8778 x 130 or email education@thebasie.org

Applicants will receive an email confirmation within one week of your reservation. In the event you do not receive a confirmation, email education@thebasie.org. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to popularity, we cannot hold seats without receipt of a reservation form. Schools receive one free student ticket with every 20 purchased.

UPCOMING SCHOOL SHOWS

DR. KABOOM – The Wheel of Science

October 15, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 2 and up

So much science, so little time…
Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he’s bringing them all! Unfortunately there are way too many to do them all in one show.
The solution: The Wheel of Science!
Doktor Kaboom has built a great big spinning wheel and labeled it with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more! At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that’s what’s next!
Will we turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? No two shows will be the same.
So, step right up, and let’s spin that wheel!

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Mathematical Practices
Physical Science
Scientific Method
Theatre
Earth and Space Science
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

The Rainbow Fish

October 24, 2018 • 10:30AM
Best for grades: PK – 2

The Rainbow Fish will enchant even the youngest child with his silver scales and heart of gold in a new adaptation of Marcus Pfizer’s award-winning books about the beautiful fish who learned to share his most prized possession. Mermaid’s striking puppetry production includes two delightful companion stories, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. Performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, these widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.

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Theatre
Reading/ELA
Puppetry
Science
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

“We Shall Overcome” Featuring Damien Sneed
A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr

January 17, 2019 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 4 and up

Inspired by the words and action of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., “We Shall Overcome” showcases repertoire from across the African American music traditions with interwoven spoken word from Dr. King’s recorded speeches. This production ties together a living lineage of music and culture that includes traditional gospel, modern gospel, classical, jazz, Broadway and spirituals. From Aretha Franklin, to Wynton Marsalis; Duke Ellington to Stevie Wonder; Nina Simone to Donny Hathaway; and traditional spirituals and music from “the Wiz”, Damien’s unique understanding of each genre allows him to fluidly cover so much musical ground in a single performance.

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Civil Rights History
Multi-Cultural
Roots and Heritage
Music/Music History
Public Speaking
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

Kattam and his Tam Tams

February 4, 2019 • 10:00AM
Best for grades k – 4

To the sound of n’goni, balafon, djembe, derbouka, naffar and dhol, percussionist Kattam invites you to discover Africa, the Middle East and India through rhythm, song and dance! From African rap and desert dance to trance Sufi rhythm and Bollywood dance. Accompanied by his monkey, Takoum, Kattam never fails to enthrall his audience! An incredible multicultural adventure!

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Geography
Music
Multi-Cultural
Global Literacy / Awareness
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

Black Violin

February 13, 2019 • 10:00AM
60 minutes
Best for grades 4+

Black Violin is composed of classically trained violist and violinist Wil B. and Kev
Marcus who combine their classical training and hip-hop influences to create a distinctive multi-genre sound that is often described as “classical boom.” They are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture into a single genre-busting act with a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music.

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Music
Instrumental Music
Multi-Cultural
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

The Ugly Duckling

Tuesday March 12, 2019 • 10:30AM
Best for Grades K-4

Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance.
With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light. Come watch The Ugly Duckling grow into a beautiful and powerful swan with Mother Duck and her ducklings.

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Theatre
Reading/ELA
Puppetry
Science
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

Mayhem Poets

March 21, 2019 • 10:00AM
March 21, 2019 • 12:30PM
60 minutes
Best for Grades 5+

Back by popular demand! Join us on World Poetry Day for Mayhem Poets! “Let’s go see a poetry show,” is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. These theatre-trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv, and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

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Theatre
Poetry
English Language Arts
Public Speaking
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

Jazz Reach – Hangin’ with the Giants

April 8, 2019 • 10:30AM
50 minutes
Best for Grades K-4

Hangin’ with the Giants is a fun, high-energy program designed to promote the inclusiveness and accessibility of jazz while highlighting the legacies and music of some of the art form’s central contributors.
Staged as a late night talk show, Hangin’ with the Giants features animated likenesses of jazz greats, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk as show guests and offers numerous opportunities for students to interact and participate.

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Social Studies
US History
African American History
Multi-cultural
Roots and Heritage
Music/Music History
Character Education

In-School Arts Classes

Our Outreach program began as a collaboration with the Red Bank Borough School District in 2005. Today, we serve over 550 students annually with in-school, after-school, and summer performing arts classes in the Primary and Middle schools in Red Bank and the Joseph R. Bolger Middle School in Keansburg.

Our goal as educators is to instill a passion, appreciation and love of the arts. Besides enhancing one’s perspective and interpersonal skills such as communication, cooperation and creative problem solving,arts education is truly a magical elixir that raises one’s self–esteem,self-efficacy and confidence.

 

Need Help? Have Questions?
Contact the Education Department
Phone: 732-224-8778 x125
Email: sbrennan@thebasie.org
99 Monmouth Street,Red Bank, NJ 07701