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. 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

Bubble Trouble

October 16, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: PK-4

A bubble volcano. A bubble roller coaster. A kid in a bubble? Jeff Boyer takes bubbles to the max in this one-man bubble extravaganza. It’s the craziest, most creative bubble show around — Jeff juggles bubbles, sculpts and builds with bubbles, makes fog-filled bubbles and more. Mixing comedy, music and interactive bubble-magic, he engages and delights audiences of all ages. A hit at performing arts centers, festivals… anywhere there’s air!

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Creative Expression
Physics
Creativity
Innovation

Dia de los Muertos: A Day of the Dead Celebration
Calpulli Mexican Dance Company

October 26, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 2-12

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company presents “Dia de los Muertos,” a universal love story inspired by the colors and sentiment of the native Mexican tradition. With Mexican folk dances, classical ballet, and live music, Calpulli’s story explores the boundary between the world of living and those dearly departed who live in Mictlán- the underworld of Aztec mythology- where the mesmerizing Catrina reigns as queen. The company of 20 dancers, guest performers, and core of musicians will take audiences on a voyage from a festive town in Mexico to the beautiful world of the afterlife.

The public evening performance at Count Basie Theatre will feature the participation of students from Calpulli Community- a program for youth and adults featuring Mexican folk dance classes- which is also hosted at the theatre.

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Heritage
Culture
Movement
Collaboration
Creativity
Expression

Mayhem Poets

February 12, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 5-8
February 12, 2018 • 12:30PM
Recommended for grades: 9-12

These theater-trained, comedically gifted lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theater, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed. The sentence “Let’s go see a poetry show” is rarely proclaimed and often met with cringes — but The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that.

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Culture
Language
Collaboration
Creativity
Expression

Diavolo

February 20, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: PK-12

DIAVOLO | Architecture in Motion® uses dance to explore the relationship between the human body and its architectural environment. Artistic Director Jacques Heim steers DIAVOLO’s diverse team of dancers, designers, choreographers and engineers to create visceral and awe-inspiring works that reveal how we are affected emotionally, physically and socially by the spaces we inhabit.

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Physics
Physical Education
Choreography
Collaboration
Creativity

Actors From The London Stage present
The Taming of the Shrew

March 15, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 7-12
March 16, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 7-12

Actors From The London Stage is an educational program developed in 1975 by Homer Swander, consisting of pre-show workshops from five notable British Shakespeareans, who later take the stage for a production of The Taming of the Shrew. This is a full, two-hour performance with an intermission. Be on the lookout for more information on Basie workshops!

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Literature
Culture and Heritage
Choreography
Collaboration
Creativity

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny

March 22, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: PK-2

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from a rabbit’s loving mum. Each story features endearing animal puppets, stunning day-glo scenic effects and evocative music that has earned worldwide praise for Mermaid Theatre. This hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted generations.

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Literature
Culture
Language
Collaboration
Creativity
Expression

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards

April 23, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: PK-4

Every day is a Mardi Gras party with Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards, the first and only New Orleans jazz band just for kids. Students will use their imagination as they come aboard the Queen Helene riverboat cruise and discover Jazzy Ash’s home of New Orleans, exploring the playful sounds of early New Orleans jazz, zydeco, be-bop and swing. Jazzy Ash shows are crafted to be approachable for young ears, featuring original songs from Jazzy’s three family albums, and traditional jazz favorites students will be humming for weeks to come.

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Multi-cultural
History
Evolution of Music
and Culture
Roots and Heritage
Musicianship/Musicality
Collaboration
Innovation
Creativity

Flor De Toloache

May 4, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: K-12

Latin Grammy Nominees Mariachi Flor de Toloache make New York City history as its’ First and Only All­-Women Mariachi Group. Founded in 2008, Mariachi Flor de Toloache is lead by singers Mireya I. Ramos (founder) & Shae Fiol (original member). Reminiscent of the early days of mariachi the group started as a trio, Harp, Violin and Vihuela. Today, Mariachi Flor De Toloache performs as a full Mariachi ensemble. The members hail from diverse cultural backgrounds such as Mexico, Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Australia, Colombia, Germany, Italy and the United States. This defines their unique flavor and sound. The result of this cultural bouquet is an edgy, versatile and fresh take on traditional Mexican music. While working to preserve centuries old traditions of Mariachi, their mélange of the traditional and the modern pushes the boundaries of the genre and brings Mariachi music to new audiences.

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Creative, Artistic,and
Emotional Expression
Multi-cultural
History
Roots and Heritage
Creativity

Liner Notes

May 15, 2018 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 5-12

Collide with music’s past and present through jazz standards, hip-hop samples and liner notes from your favorite artists. This electrifying show combines live music, poetry and a multimedia design that creates a medley of your favorite jams while bridging together generations of music lovers. Sing along, dance and learn more about the backstories of your favorite songs.

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Multi-cultural
History
Evolution of Music
and Culture
Roots and Heritage
Musicianship/Musicality
Collaboration
Innovation
Creativity

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