Walton Arts Center believes that access to the arts is essential for all children and works to provide every child in Northwest Arkansas with exceptional and ongoing arts experiences.

The Colgate Classroom Series offers live matinee performances in a variety of art forms including dance, theater, puppetry, and world music to school groups. These performances are opportunities for young people to explore world cultures, make connections to important works of literature, or to learn more about art forms through lecture/demonstration format.

Performances are chosen for their ability to enrich class curriculum.


The 2017-2018 Classroom Series is supported by:

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Digging Up Arkansas

Sept. 5-8 and Sept. 11-15
9:30am & 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Sept. 19-22 at Peel Mansion Museum & Heritage Gardens Home, Bentonville
Sept. 25-29 at Pea Ridge National Military Park

Best For: Upper Elementary

Digging Up Arkansas is an original play that tells the story of three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project who invite students to think about historic artifacts before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival in Arkansas. They explore historical Arkansas moments and discover how Communication, Cooperation, Courage and Culture have shaped our state’s history. Topics investigated include Arkansas’ first people, the Arkansas Post, the Civil War, important women’s roles in Arkansas history, music and the introduction of electricity to rural Arkansas. The play aligns with 3rd through 5th grade Arkansas history curriculum goals. Digging Up Arkansas, presented by Walton Arts Center, written by Northwest Arkansas playwright and educator Mike Thomas and performed by Trike Theatre of Bentonville, engages young people in Arkansas history through drama..

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; P.6.3.1, P.6.4.1; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; P.4.5.2; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3; R.9.MA.1.

Sunjata Kamalenya

Oct. 2-5
9:30am & 11:30am 

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

A wandering hunter comes to the village of Farrakoro and makes the unbelievable prediction that a crippled boy and his outcast mother will overcome all odds to deliver their nation from a powerful warlord. Sunjata Kamalenya, (Bambara language for Sunjata for Youth), celebrates the greatest hero of West African legend, Sunjata Keita, the first king of the ancient Empire of Mali. The Experiential Theater Company (New Jersey) brings the tale to life, immersing the audience in African culture and music and inviting students to perform alongside the actors to tell a tale of adversarial struggles and how the strength of community is derived from the power of faith in one another.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL.3.5, SL.4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L.4.3, L.5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR.1.4.1, CR.1.5.1; CR.2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3.

Jake Shimabukuro

Oct. 18
10am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and up

The ukulele traveled to Hawaii with Portuguese immigrants only 125 year ago, but Hawaiian’s made the instrument their own. Japanese American Jake Shimabukuro began to play when only four years old. Earning comparisons to Jimi Hendrix and Miles Davis, Shimabukuro has been commended for redefining an underappreciated instrument and declared a musical “hero” by Rolling Stone. “If everyone played the ukulele, the world would be a better place,” says Shimabukuro who encourages young audiences to make good choices in life.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.4.3.4, P.4.4.4, P.4.5.4; P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3, P.6.5.3; CN.11.3.1, CN.11.4.1; CN.11.3.2; CN.11.4.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1; R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; CN.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1.

Secret Agent 23 Skidoo

Oct. 25-26
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater in Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

GRAMMY-winning hip hop artist, Secret Agent 23 Skidoo combines the vocal dynamism of hip hop with the magical world of childhood. With sophisticated instrumental funk and positive, witty wordplay, Skidoo has a loyal national following. His latest album, Infinity Plus One, took home music’s biggest prize at the 59th GRAMMY Awards for Best Children’s Album of the Year. It’s music takes kids into outer space with “Glimmer” about a moth who flies to the moon, and “Tastes Like Space” an exploration of the intergalactic destiny of Carl Sagan’s famous Gold Record. On stage, Skidoo’s live shows are alive with call-and-response anthems like his classic “Whatchya gotta be? / I gotta be ME.” Secret Agent 23 Skidoo creates unique and heartwarming music that has garnered national awards, eight #1 hits on SiriusXM Global Radio and praise from TIME, NPR and USA Today. Secret Agent 23 Skidoo is part of Fayetteville Public Library’s True Lit Festival.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.4.3.4, P.4.4.4, P.4.5.4; P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3, P.6.5.3; CN.11.3.1, CN.11.4.1; CN.11.3.2; CN.11.4.2. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR.1.5.1; CR.2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; P.6.3.1, P.6.4.1; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; P.4.5.2; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3; R.9.MA.1.

Romeo and Juliet: Symphonie Dramatique

Oct. 26
10am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Middle School and up

The tragedy of Romeo and Juliet has inspired countless artists for more than 700 years of which Shakespeare’s version (1595 AD) is perhaps the most famous. French Canadian choreographer Hélène Blackburn and the dancers of Cas Public (Montreal) offer an edge-of-your-seat contemporary view of the star-crossed lovers’ passion and untimely deaths. Blackburn’s dance vocabulary stirringly renders the conflict and inner turmoil through high-energy movement set to a soundtrack by Martin Tétreault, mixed and sampled from masterpieces by Prokofiev, Tchaïkovski, Gounod and others. This powerful work provides students a remarkable example of how artists adapt and develop ideas based on ancient tales and classic texts.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1.
Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR1.7.1; CR1.5.3, CR1.6.3, R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1; R.7.7.1; R.7.8.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.8.5.3, R.8.6.3, R.8.7.3, R.8.8.3.

Charlotte's Web

Nov. 14-17 and Nov. 28-Dec. 1 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

In the classic and beloved E. B. White story, Wilbur, a little pig, becomes famous with the help of his clever friend Charlotte and their chatty animal neighbors. The runt Wilbur struggles to survive from the very beginning. With the help of his barnyard friends, Wilbur becomes the prize-winning pig of the County Fair and the most famous pig ever. Trike Theatre performs this tale of friendship, loyalty, and truth reminding us that friends come in all shapes and sizes.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

The National Acrobats and Martial Artists of the People's Republic of China

Dec. 7 & 8
9:30am & 11:30am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

The acrobatic tradition in China originated nearly 2,000 years ago and continues to thrive. The art form moved from popular street art to the stage in the 17th century and was finally introduced to the West more than a hundred years ago. The tradition includes physical feats including balances on balls and tight ropes, use of apparatus such as hoops and often plate spinning. Founded in 1957 with a legacy stretching back thousands of years, the company is an important cultural ambassador around the world.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Social Studies: G.9.3.2, G.9.4.2, H.12.3.4, H.12.4.4, H.13.3.4; H.14.4.4.
Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.7.3-4.2, R.8.3-4.1, R.9.3-4.1, CN.11.3-4.1, R.7.5-8.1, R.7.5-8.2, CN.11.5-8.1. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.4.MA.1, P.6.MA.2, R.7.MA.3, R.8.MA.2, CN.10.MA.1, CN.11.MA.2, CN.11.MA.4, CN.11.MA.5,

Danú

Dec. 11
10am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and up

Hailing from historic County Waterford, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. For two decades Danú’s virtuosi players on flute, tin whistle, fiddle, button accordion, and bouzouki have performed around the globe and recorded seven critically acclaimed albums with vocals in both English and Irish. Their standing room only concerts throughout Ireland feature a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. Winners of numerous awards from the BBC and Irish Music Magazine, Danú has toured throughout Europe, the Middle East, and North America with stops at The Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles, Symphony Space in New York City, and major concert engagements in the United Kingdom, India, Israel and Europe. Danú will take students on a musical journey to Ireland showcasing the music foundations of the Ozarks settlers in a memorable concert experience.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.4.3.4, P.4.4.4; P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3; P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.5.3, R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.3.1, R.8.4.1; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.3.1, CN.10.4.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1.

Songs of the Ozarks: Old Time/New Time

Jan. 19
10am

Faulkner Arts Center at University of Arkansas
Best For: Middle School and up

The majority of Ozark settlers hailed from the British Isles. They brought with them their music traditions and lyrical language, the foundation of the Ozark dialect. Musicians Roy Pilgrim and Aviva Steigmeyer (Ozark Highballers) pay homage to this original Ozark sound, taking an historical approach to render traditional songs with authenticity and spirit. Kelly and Donna Mulhollan (Still on the Hill) use these songs as inspiration. They create contemporary compositions that respect these musical roots to tell the history of the region and its people. Music was an important feature of the social life of the hills and accompanied an exhilarating dance tradition. Square Dance caller Steve Green and 8 dancers will join in the Ozark fun, showcasing traditional dance forms with student participation.

Arkansas Learning Standards: English Language Arts: SL.5.1B and SL.5.2. Social Studies: C.1.5.4; G.9.5.2. United States History since 1890: Era7.2.USH.1; Era7.2.USH.6; Era10.8.USH.4. Fine Arts Music: CR.1.4.2; CR2.4.5; P.5.4.1; P.6.4.3; R.8.4.1; CN.10.4.1.

Down the Dirt Road Blues

Jan. 24-26
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Middle School and up

Down the Dirt Road Blues tells the story of one song’s journey through American history and culture, with stops in Arkansas along the way. It begins with a melody carried in the heart of a man chained in the hold of a slave ship. Using era-appropriate instruments as accompaniment, blues artist Spencer Bohren moves the African melody from Delta cotton fields to urban Memphis, Tennessee, and on to the Appalachian mountains, the studios of Nashville, the genesis of the Rock ‘n’ Roll era, and the Folk Boom and English Invasion of the 1960s.

 

 

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Arkansas History: CG.6.AH.7-8.1; H.7.AH.7-8.1; H.7.AH.7-8.8; H.7.AH.7-8.9; Era4.4.AH.9-12.1; Era4.4.AH.9-12.5; Era5.5.AH.9-12.1; Era5.5.AH.9-12.4; Era6.6.AH.9-12.2.
Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1, CN.11.MA.3, CN.11.MA.4, CN.11.MA.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR1.7.1; CR1.5.3, CR1.6.3; R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1; R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.8.5.3, R.8.6.3, R.8.7.3, R.8.8.3.

Shh We Have A Plan

Feb. 26-28
9:30am & 11:30am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

Award-winning illustrator Chris Haughton’s picture book about a beautiful bird, an unquenchable desire and failed plans comes to life onstage with a performance by Cahoots NI Theatre (Northern Ireland). The performance follows the journey of three madcap characters each with a plan—they all want to capture a beautiful bird perched high in a tree. Their quest becomes an absurd and very funny obsession. But, where will it end? The audience will laugh at the characters’ outrageous efforts, meet the elusive bird and discover the power of kindness.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; RI.K.6, RI.1.6, RI.2.6, RI.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Mummenschanz

Feb. 27
10am

Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary

The Swiss performance troupe Mummenschanz has captivated audiences worldwide for more than forty years with a distinctive style of non-verbal theater of movement. The company calls themselves “musicians of silence”. Their performances offer many short amusing vignettes and comical scenes performed in silence onstage but that elicit a mix of grins, groans, belly laughter and gasps. Children the world over respond to Mummenschanz’ physical inventiveness and creative exploration of the familiar.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.2, CR1.4.2; P.5.3.2, P.5.4.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.8.3.1, R.8.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN10.3.1, CN.10.4.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

PostSecret: The Show

March 9 - SOLD OUT
10am

Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: High School

PostSecret is an ongoing community art project begun in 2004 by Frank Warren. People anonymously mail in their secrets on one side of a postcard; these secrets are posted every Sunday on the website postsecret.com. Warren, recipient of the Mental Health Advocacy Lifetime Achievement Award, collaborated with theater artists to bring PostSecret to life on stage. PostSecret: The Show is an immersive journey through the humor and humanity of the personal stories we keep to ourselves, and on rare occasions, share with others. Projected images, videos, three actors and a guitarist guide the audience through poignant crowd sourced narratives. The show includes audience-sourced storytelling to reach beyond the confines of the stage and reminds us that secrets can be both walls and bridges.

Arkansas Language Arts: RL.11-12.4; RL.11-12.6; RL.11-12.7; W.11-12.2; W.11-12.6; W.11-12.7; SL.11-12.1; SL.11-12.1.C; SL.11-12.1.D; SL.11-12.2; SL.11-12.3; L.11-12.3; L.11-12.5. Theatre Appreciation, Fine Arts: CR.1.TA.3; CR.3.TA.1; CR.3.TA.2; P.5.TA.1; R.7.TA.4; R.9.TA.2; CN.10.TA.1; CN.11.TA.3; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.8; CN.11.TA.9.

And Then...

March 27-29
9:30am & 11:30am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

And Then... is a puzzle, a playful treasure hunt and a riddle told through physical theater. Four characters inhabit an imaginary world of balls, cones and geometric shapes. They share their stories in different ways—objects roll around, things move, and perspectives change through dance, speech and song. Sweden’s Claire Parsons Company creates innovative and original dance and contemporary circus performances for young audiences. The company performs extensively throughout Sweden and tours internationally. Claire Parsons received the Swedish Theatre Critic’s Dance Award (2015) for her groundbreaking work in performing arts for children.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL.3.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.5.K.1, P.5.1.1, P.5.2.1, P.5.3.1; P.6.K.1, P.6.1.1, P.6.2.1, P.6.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5. 

VoicePlay

April 6
10am
Baum Walker Hall at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Middle School and up

Original. Imaginative. Ridiculous! Based in Orlando, FL, VoicePlay began as a street-corner barbershop quartet and evolved into an internationally touring a cappella group. VoicePlay recreates the orchestrated sound of an entire musical production with nothing but the human voice—and their voices cover more than five octaves! VoicePlay repertoire bounces between eras and styles, crossing a wide musical landscape while engaging the audience with both exceptional music and on-stage mayhem.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Vocal Music: P.4.BVMIV.3; P.4.BVMIII.5; P.6.BVMI.3; R.9.BVMIII.1; CN.10.BVMI.1; CN.11.BVMI.2; CN.11.BVMI.3. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1.

One Morning I Left…

April 11 at 9:30 and 11:30am, April 13 at 9:30am
Arts Center of the Ozarks, Springdale
Best For: Kindergarten

Take a musical trip with Ana, Gaspar and Oliver! Along the journey enjoy the beautiful sun, flowers, and butterflies. Milking a cow in the countryside, flying on a bird above the desert, diving in a sea of bubbles or exploring the jungle is an enchanting way to spend the day. Created by Teatro de Ocasión (Chile) One Morning I Left… has delighted children in North, Central and South America as well as Europe and Asia. The company recently received the Pulsar Award, Chile’s “Grammy Award,” for Best Artist for Children.

Arkansas Learning Standards: English Language Arts: SL.K.1 and SL.K.4. Fine Arts Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; CN.11.MA.4. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.1; CR.1.TA.2; CR.1.TA.3; CR.3.TA.1; P.4.TA.6; P.5.TA.1; R.7.TA.4; CN.11.TA.3; CN.11.TA.4.

Lilly's Purple Plastic Purse

April 12-13, April 16-20 and April 23-25 - LIMITED AVAILABILITY
9:30am & 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Lower Elementary

Lilly loves almost everything! She loves school, she loves wearing disguises, she loves her awesome teacher but not her stinky baby brother, Julius. Lilly has her own way of doing things and even on the bad days, when you have movie star sunglasses and a purple plastic purse that plays music, how bad can it be? Adapted from the award winning children's books by Kevin Henkes, Trike Theatre brings to life Lilly's hilarious and heart-felt journey where even young mice make mistakes and have to find the courage to apologize.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; RI.K.6, RI.1.6, RI.2.6, RI.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Conrad Herwig with the Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble

April 30
10am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Middle School and up

Born in Lawton Oklahoma and inducted into that state’s Jazz Hall of Fame, trombonist Conrad Herwig is considered one of the world’s complete jazz musicians—a performer, an educator, composer and arranger. Herwig has performed and recorded with jazz legends Miles Davis, Tito Puente, Frank Sinatra, among many others, and now with the Northwest Arkansas Jazz All-Stars Youth Ensemble! Ensemble members represent High Schools from around the region. Selected by audition, the All Stars train over four months with Fayetteville Jazz Collective on jazz style, improvisation, instrument technique, jazz combo and music theory. Your students will be amazed by the musical passion and artistry of their peers in concert with the esteemed jazzman Conrad Herwig.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1;, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; CN.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1. Jazz Band: P.6.JBI.4; R.7.JBI.1 and 2; R.8.JBIII.1

The Young King

May 1-4
9:15am & 11am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and up

When a naïve boy raised by goatherds turns out to be the heir to the kingdom, untold treasures and privileges are lain at his feet –but at what cost to others? Based on the short story by Oscar Wilde's The Young King is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. Wilde’s beautiful language sets the tone of this intimate, transporting and audience-immersive world. The show begins with hands-on “Coronation Celebration” art making activities, then settles into a participatory performance that asks students to take an imaginative journey to faraway lands of rich rewards and challenging choices. What kind of King would you be? Performed by the acclaimed theatre company Slingsby (Adelaide, Australia), adapted for the stage by Nicki Bloom, The Young King received A 2016 Helpmann Award Nominee for Best Presentation for Children.

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.1, RL.4.1, RL. 5.1, RL.3.10, SL.3.4, RL.9-10.3, RL.11-12.3; RL9-10.5, RL.11-12.5; RL.9-10.6, RL11-12.6; W.9-10.9, W.11-12.9; SL.9-10.D, SL.11-12.D; SL.9-10.2, SL.11-12.2; DE.1.DL.4; DE.1.DL.6; DE.1.DL.11. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.2, CR1.4.2; P.5.3.2, P.5.4.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1, R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1.; R.8.3.1, R.8.4.1, R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.5.2, R.8.6.2; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1, R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN10.3.1, CN.10.4.1. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7

The Secret Life of Suitcases

May 9-11
9:30am & 11:30am
Starr Theater at Walton Arts Center
Best For: Upper Elementary and up

Larry, stuck in his routine, has no time for fun; but when a mysterious suitcase suddenly appears at his door things begin to change. Larry’s world turns upside-down as this fantastical flying suitcase pushes him to become braver than he ever imagined possible. Larry discovers the thrill of adventure as well as delight in the security of home. A co-production between Ailie Cohen Puppet Maker, one of Scotland’s leading puppetry companies, and the Unicorn Theatre, the UK’s leading theater for young audiences, Secret Life of Suitcases celebrates a handmade aesthetic in a digital world, urging us to embrace the world in all its tactile beauty and complexity.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.1; RL.3.2; RL.3.3; RL.3.5; RL.3.6; RL4.3, RL.5.3; RL.4.5,RL.5.5; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1 ; SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.2, CR1.4.2; P.5.3.2, P.5.4.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1, R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1.; R.8.3.1, R.8.4.1, R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.5.2, R.8.6.2; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1, R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN10.3.1, CN.10.4.1. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7. Theatre I – III: CR.2.THI.4, CR.2.THII.4.