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 2013-2014 season are now being accepted. All area elementary school principals will receive reservation instructions and order forms. Please make all reservations through your school’s main office.
See the complete 2013-2014 schedule!
Skippyjon Jones is a little kitten with big ears and even bigger dreams! Sometimes he pretends to be a bird, sometimes he pretends to be a llama, and sometimes he pretends to be a whale… Anything BUT a Siamese cat!
His Mama sends him to his room so that he can think about behaving like the cat he really is. While bouncing on his big boy bed, Skippyjon’s wild imagination takes over again as he catches his reflection in a mirror. “Holy guacamole,” Skippyjon exclaims. “My ears are too big for my head, my head is too big for my body. I am not a Siamese cat – I am a CHIHUAHUA!”
And not just any Chihuahua. He dons a mask, a cape, and an accent, and transforms into Skippito Friskito, the greatest canine sword fighter in old Mexico! But when the local pack of chihuahuas is terrorized by the gigantic bee, Alfredo Buzzito El Blimpo Bublebeeto Bandito, will Skippyjon be a ‘fraidy-cat or the top dog?
Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones is an enchanting musical about unleashing your powerful imagination and following your dreams.
TheatreWorks USA”The Civil War”Tuesday – WednesdayJanuary 28-2910 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.Marvel TheatreGrades 3-6 Over one hundred and fifty years ago, the United States of America split in half as the north and south waged war against each other over preserving a way of life versus preserving the union. While decisions made by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and General Sherman affected the course of American history, ordinary Americans carried out these orders, and often made the ultimate sacrifice for their country.
The Civil War was a defining moment in American History - the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this large and complex event, this Theatreworks show focuses on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who are caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and "master;" Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy.
Written by the playwright behind Theatreworks USA’s The Great Railroad Race, Footprints on the Moon, and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, this stirring production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history. The Civil War illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought, and the many who died.
TheatreWorks USA“The Teacher from the Black Lagoon and Other Story Books”Tuesday-WednesdayMay 6-710 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.Marvel TheatreGrades K-3
An exciting new musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Book titles subject to change.
Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee) Follow Hubie's imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all.
Dogzilla (by Dav Pilkey) The dreaded Dogzilla awakens and the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. Can they get rid of that big stinky dog before it's too late?
Grumpy Bird (by Jeremy Tankard) Bird wakes up one morning feeling too grumpy to fly. A succession of happy-go-lucky animals help Bird turn his day around.
I Want My Hat Back (by Jon Klassen) The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. When the deer comes by and asks a simple question, the bear’s memory returns and he renews his search with a vengeance.
Lily’s Purple Plastic Purse (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger- until he takes away her musical purse. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.
Love Splat, Splat the Cat (by Rob Scotton) Splat has a special valentine for his classmate Kitten, but she doesn’t seem to like him at all. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?
The Grasshopper and the Ant: An Ant community narrowly focused on work and possessions learn from the musical little Grasshopper that feeding the belly and feeding the soul both have value.
ArtsPower National Touring Theater“From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler”Thursday– FridayMay 8-910 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.Marvel TheatreGrades 3-6
Claudia has very good reasons for running away. Abandoning her routine driven home life in search of adventure, she longs for something – anything – that will make her feel like a grown-up. But even Claudia is unprepared for what she will find. There is such intrigue surrounding a certain small marble statue in the museum that the Kincaids resolve to get to the bottom of things. Is this statue, nicknamed Angel, actually the work of legendary sculptor Michaelangelo? With the help of the eccentric Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler – Angel’s former owner – Claudia and Jamie are given the opportunity to discover the statue’s secret. In ArtsPower’s fun and suspenseful drama, based on the Newbery Medal winning book by E.L. Konigsburg, Claudia and Jamie learn some important truths about themselves and each other as they attempt to unravel the mystery of the sculpture.