2020 Season

EDISON: THE WIZARD OF MENLO PARK

February 10-14, 2020   **  Grades 3-6  **  by Patrick Garner's History's Alive!, New York NY

Actor Patrick Garner assumes the persona of Thomas Alva Edison, the greatest inventor in history. On a stage set designed for large venues, Edison demonstrates some of his most famous experiments, while emphasizing his Four Big Lessons: the value of hard work; the value of mistakes; the value of viewing a problem from a different angle; and the value of enjoying one's work. Lots of interaction with the audience members.

 

MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY

March 9-13, 2020  **  Grades 1-2  **  by Dallas Children's Theater on Tour, Dallas TX

Based upon the book by Harry Allard and James Marshall, this fun-filled musical takes us to school where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game, or even scored a point! Kind-hearted teacher Miss Nelson comes to the rescue of the out-of-control team when she enlists the help of ill-tempered substitute, Miss Viola Swamp, to coach and get them into shape.

 

SHOWTIME WITH SHAKESPEARE

March 16-20, 2020  **  Grades 3-6  **  by New Jersey Performing Arts Center, Newark NJ

This is a stage adaptation of the book, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, part of the Magic Tree House series by Mary Pope Osborne. The story has siblings Jack and Annie traveling back in time to Britannia where they meet William Shakespeare. The show is infused with clever hip-hop rhyme schemes, energetic dance numbers, and fun musical arrangements, while accentuating the importance of Shakespeare.

 

THE BOY WHO GREW FLOWERS

April 20-24, 2020  **  Grades 1-3  **  by Treehouse Shakers, New York NY

Based on a book by Jennifer Wojtowicz, this dance-play adaptation is a stunning visual performance. It is a story about a young boy, Rink Bowagon. The townspeople think Rink's family is strange, but they are unaware of Rink's spectacular gift -- that beautiful flowers sprout from his head when the moon is full. A friendship with the new girl changes things, and Rink is no longer an outcast. Five performers tell this charming story through spoken lines, dance and shadow puppetry. The story depicts themes of emphathy, diversity, and individualism.

Performances at 10:00 AM and 12:30 PM at the Washington Center for the Performing Arts

Reservations made directly through OJP. These are not public shows.

For information about the shows contact Kris Bartruff, krisbartruff@comcast.net

For school seating contact Karen Edwards, edwards1home@comcast.net

For homeschool reservations contact Cathy Heryford, myherd@comcast.net