Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center


Michael C. Rockefeller Arts Center
SUNY Fredonia
280 Central Ave.
Fredonia, NY 14063
(716) 673-3217 phone
(716) 673-3617 fax

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About our programming

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Welcome to another great year of performing arts experiences! Last year, more than 5,000 Chautauqua area students came to Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia to experience top quality performing arts productions chosen especially for young audiences. The goal of On Stage For Youth is simple; to make the very best of the performing arts available to area students and to showcase these performances in a professional theatre setting. Reservations for the 2014-2015 season are being accepted starting June 2. Please be sure to read the policies and learning standards information. Please make all reservations through your school’s main office.

To to book On Stage For Youth performances, please contact Patrick Rocheleau at
673-3744.

On Stage For Youth

Welcome to another great year of performing arts experiences! Last year, more than 5,000 Chautauqua area students came to Rockefeller Arts Center at SUNY Fredonia to experience top quality performing arts productions chosen especially for young audiences. The goal of On Stage For Youth is simple; to make the very best of the performing arts available to area students and to showcase these performances in a professional theatre setting. Reservations for the 2014-2015 season are now being accepted. links to reservation brochures and order forms are at the top left hand column. Please make all reservations through your school’s main office.

See the complete 2014-2015 schedule!

Presidio Brass
Friday
September 26
10:00 a.m.
King Concert Hall
Grades K-8

Presidio Brass

 Presidio Brass is more than just a performing ensemble.  We believe unequivocally in the power of music education and the benefits it offers. Each member of Presidio Brass can remember that singular moment when our interest in pursuing music as professionals was sparked.  We consider it a great honor and a privilege to have the opportunity to ignite that same spark in the next generation of young music lovers, and that task is something we take very seriously. Presidio Brass is more than just a performing ensemble.  We believe unequivocally in the power of music education and the benefits it offers.

 Presidio Brass preview:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=EepS-fn9Jcs

 

TheatreWorks USA
“The Fly Guy and others Stories”
Tuesday – Wednesday
November 18-19
10:00 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Marvel Theatre
Grades K-3

Fly Guy

A new musical revue based on favorite children’s books.

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (by Tedd Arnold) Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed, and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet?

Diary of a Worm (by Doreen Cronin) It’s great to be a worm, but a wormy life also has its difficulties (like wiggling across a playground as human kids jump rope). Follow a worm’s adventures as he writes about them all in his diary.

Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig (by Kate McMullan) When Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition.

Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores (by James Howe) Three mice promise to be best friends forever. But when Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice club (for boys only!), and Dolores becomes a Cheese Puff (for girls only!), what will happen to their friendship?

Kitten’s First Full Moon (by Kevin Henkes) What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky . . . then lucky! What a night!

Lilly’s Big Day (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly’s teacher is getting married, and she just knows she’ll be a great flower girl, despite the fact that Mr. Slinger has already asked his niece. When she suffers a bout of stage fright, it’s up to Lilly to save the day!

Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch) When a ferocious dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her fancy clothes, and kidnaps her beloved prince, she dons a paper bag and comes to the rescue.

Book titles subject to change.

 
Arts Power
"Harry the Dirty Dog"
Tuesday – Wednesday
December 2-3
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Marvel Theatre
Grades 3-6
 
 Harry the dirty dog
 
Harry has everything a little white dog with black spots could want. There’s just one problem: he hates taking baths. He hates them so much, in fact, that one morning he runs away. After a wonderful day spent playing in the dirt, Harry gets so grubby that he turns into a little black dog with white spots…and returns home to find that his family doesn’t recognize him!ArtsPower’s new musical, based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, captures both the whimsical humor and touching dedication to family found in Harry’s story.
 
Based on the book HARRY THE DIRTY DOG by Gene Zion. Illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham. Published by Harper Collins, 1956. Presented under an exclusive agreement. All rights reserved
 
Harry the Dirty Dog Preview:
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AW7NjoBYGJc
Study Guide:
http://www.artspower.org/shows/harry-the-dirty-dog/assets/HDD-study-buddy.pdf
 
 
TheatreWorks USA
”Freedom Train”
Wednesday-Thursday
January 14-15
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Marvel Theatre
Grades 3-6
 
 freedom train

Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.

The escape route that Harriet followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated 'conductors.' Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips Harriet Tubman guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. "I never run my train off the track," she said, "and I never lost a passenger."

Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Steal Away," "Wade in the Water," "Good News, the Chariot's A-comin'," and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit -- a universal story for all.

Freedom Train Preview:
http://youtu.be/o39g7JdOWqQ
Study Guide:
 
TheatreWorks USA
“The Lightning Thief”
Wednesday- Thursday
February 4-5
10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Marvel Theatre
Grades 3-6
 
lightning thief

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan.

The Lightning Thief Preview:
Study Guide:

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