THEATREWORKS USA 2012-13

Performances at Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas
 
TheatreworksUSA is a non-profit touring theatre company based out of New York City. They have plays and musicals for every age group, from kindergarten all the way up to high school, based on literature curriculum, history and social issues. In-depth study guides are provided for each production, offering suggestions for pre and post performance activities and discussion. These guides are available at their website, www.twusa.org.
 
There are four performances at the Hylton Center for the 2012-2013 school year.
Hylton Performing Arts Center - 10:30am
December 18 Aesop's Fables
February 14 Junie B. Jones
April 11 Click, Clack, Moo
May 8 Martha Speaks
There are many more shows at the George Mason University Fairfax campus. Check the Theatreworks website for those performance dates.
 
You may purchase tickets on your own through the website during the school year. Tickets purchased this way are $11 each. If you get a group of 15 or more the tickets are $8.75 each with a free chaperone ticket.
 
Show Descriptions
AESOP'S FABLES
Aesop's delightful fables of wit and wisdom, including The Stag at the Pool, The Tortoise and the Hare, The Fox and the Grapes, The Wind and the Sun, and The Lion and the Mouse come to life through the large and colorful puppets of nationally acclaimed puppeteer and storyteller, Jim West. We also meet Aesop himself, in his Greek toga, with his dog Moral by his side. Other beloved characters, ingeniously created from paper bags, newspaper and cardboard boxes, make their appearance to the enchanting music of Scarlatti, Beethoven, Rossini and Chopin, inspiring the child in all of us. (Grades K-4)
 
JUNIE B. JONES
Dear first-grade journal,
Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a brand-new musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It's all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all.)
This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.
Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) In first grade, I meet new friends (like Herb and José, but not that tattle-tale May). But my new teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks I might need glasses!
Junie B., Boss of Lunch I get to help my friend, the cafeteria lady! And I get to wear a real actual hair net too! Who knows.... Maybe someday I'll be the boss of the whole lunch operation!
Junie B., One-Man Band The whole entire first grade is having a kickball tournament! Only, when I practice my kicking, I stub my piggy toe so badly I can't play. But my friend Sheldon can't play either, so maybe we can do a half-time show instead!
Whew! I'm glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all!
Love, (but not the mushy kind)
Junie B.
(Grades K-5)
 
CLICK, CLACK, MOO

Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!" Farmer Brown cries.

When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a "tech-free zone." He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets.

"No way," replies Farmer Brown. "No blankets!"

So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs!

Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals' demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously "mooooo-ving" new musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.

(Grades 1-4)
 
MARTHA SPEAKS

Martha was an ordinary dog until the day she ate a bowl full of alphabet soup. Something unusual happened: all those letters went up to Martha’s brain instead of down to her stomach. And she became literally outspoken!

Life with a talking dog can be lots of fun… You can amaze your family and friends, you can play tricks on the pizza delivery person, and you can even teach your pooch how to use the telephone! Which comes in very handy when your dog is as smart as Martha. When she correctly answers a trivia question on a radio call-in show, she wins an all-expense-paid family vacation. But when the official award notice arrives in the mail, it contains Martha’s least favorite words: “no dogs allowed!” Will her family go on vacation without her? (Grades K-4)