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.

The Basie is very grateful to the Mary Owen Borden Foundation, Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders, Gia Maione Prima Foundation, and Horizon Foundation for New Jersey for their support of Curtains Up For Kids.

For tickets or more information, call 732-224-8778 x 130 or email

Applicants will receive an email confirmation within one week of your reservation. In the event you do not receive a confirmation, email 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.


Peg + Cat Live!

April 1, 2019 • 10:30AM
60 minutes
Best for grades: PK-2

Based on the Emmy-winning PBS Kids show PEG + CAT, this totally awesome musical features wild comedy, countless favorite songs from the show, and Peg’s super coolest pal Ramone! When Peg’s Mom asks Peg and Cat to mail some really important letters, they come face to face with a really big dog. Really Big Problem! To solve it, they’ll need math—bar graphs, size comparison, position words, fair sharing, and a whole lot of counting. They’ll also need to count on each other, and the audience too, for their problem to be solved.

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English Language Arts
Public Speaking
Problem Solving
Character Education
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections

Jazz Reach – Hangin’ with the Giants

April 8, 2019 • 10:30AM
50 minutes
Best for grades: K-4

Hangin’ with the Giants is a fun, high-energy program designed to promote the inclusiveness and accessibility of jazz while highlighting the legacies and music of some of the art form’s central contributors.
Staged as a late night talk show, Hangin’ with the Giants features animated likenesses of jazz greats, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk as show guests and offers numerous opportunities for students to interact and participate.

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Social Studies
US History
African American History
Roots and Heritage
Music/Music History
Character Education

Calpulli Mexican Dance Company –
Puebla: The Story of Cinco de Mayo

May 6, 2019 • 10:30AM SOLD OUT!
50 minutes
Recommended for grades: 1-12

Explore the native and traditional cultures of the Mexican state of Puebla, where on May 5, 1862 a small Mexican army scored a seemingly impossible victory over the French. Through dance and live music, this new production celebrates the story of the historical significance of May 5th, shares the culture of Mexican immigrants from the state of Puebla—lesser known even among Mexicans in the U.S.—and presents the historical characters that influenced the Battle of Puebla.

Global Literacy / Awareness
Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Connections
Roots and Heritage

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
99 Monmouth Street,Red Bank, NJ 07701