Cultural Arts Program Guide 2017 - 2018

Each year, the TEMS PTO Cultural Arts Committee arranges and sponsors programs to enhance our students’ experience of arts, culture, literature, history and science through live performances and interactive workshops. Selected with input from faculty and staff, the programs are designed to enrich the curriculum and provide exposure to a range of subjects and artistic expression. The Cultural Arts budget is funded by our Annual PTO fundraising efforts including the Parent Social.

Contact: PTO Vice President, Cultural Arts - Mary Kay "Sam" Elsen (Naimoli)

Grade-Level Assemblies  (Auditorium or Off Site)

Past Events

October 11, 2017, Wednesday
Visiting Author - Gregory Mone

Grade 8: 8:00am
Grade 6: 8:55am
Grade 7: 10:33am
Grade 5: 1:50pm

Greg Mone is a novelist, science journalist, speaker and New York Times Bestselling author. As a magazine writer, he has covered artificial intelligence, robots, physics and biology for magazines like Popular Science and Discover. His popular books include The Wages of Genius, Fish, and Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on the Titanic. Greg is currently collaborating with Bill Nye the Science Guy on a middle grade series called Jack and the Geniuses. The first in the series Jack and the Geniuses: At the Bottom of the World has been on the New York Times Best Seller list since coming out to rave reviews on April 4th. The second in the series, In the Deep Blue Sea: Jack and the Geniuses Book #2, is due out in September.

​November 15, 2017, Wednesday
Ball in the House

Grades 7 and 8: 12:30pm
Grades 5 and 6: 1:30pm

Ball in the House is five guys, five voices, that’s it. Taking accapella to the next stage, with vocal drums/beatbox and vocal bass under lush harmonies, they create a sound that’s hard to believe. Following in the path of classic harmony groups like Boyz II Men, The Temptations, and Take 6, while incorporating the pop and neo-soul influence of artists like Bruno Mars, Daft Punk, and Pharrell Williams, Ball in the House moves audiences with their music. With their extensive tour schedule averaging 200 dates a year, Ball in the House reaches millions. They have performed extensively in schools all around the country as well as opened for major acts and recorded the music for commercials. Their program is jam-packed with music, entertainment and education. Ball in the House inspires students by bridging the gap between music taught in school and the popular music students hear on the radio, integrating the harmony of a cappella music into a contemporary popular format. The group is committed to being good stewards of respect, positivity, and teamwork through fun acappella music.

March 7, 2018, Wednesday
The Villalobos Brothers - Fusion Mexicana

​Grades 7 and 8: 12:30pm
Grades 5 and 6: 1:30pm

Through the fusion of powerful lyrics and high-energy movements, the Villalobos Brothers use their violins and voices to redefine contemporary Mexican music. Original compositions and arrangements of traditional songs reflect elements of jazz, rock, classical, and Mexican folk music, and are blended to deliver a powerful message of love, camaraderie and social justice. The performance delivers a perfect combination of high-octane music, soaring cadences and exceptional virtuosity that awakens the senses and mesmerizes listeners of all ages as students learn of a Mexican folk music heritage that has been passed down through generations.

April 2, 2018, Monday
Chariot of the Sun

Grade 5: 9:00am

Chariot of the Sun introduces students to the heroes, gods, and monsters of Greek mythology. This performance utilizes comedy, masks, mime, creative costuming and, at times, audience members as the Greek chorus, to bring the classic myths to life. Students learn the legends of Odysseus and Cyclops, Pandora’s box, and Phaethon’s tragic attempt to drive Helios’ sun chariot across the sky. Featuring professional actor, Jeff Benoit, it's a dynamic presentation that offers an accessible and fun introduction to the stories of ancient Greece!

April 6, 2018, Friday
Renaissance Man 

Grade 8: 5 Workshops beginning at 8:50am

All day interactive Renaissance Man Shakespeare Workshops featuring actor, author and comedian, Christopher Davis. Smart, riotously funny and interactive shows that engage the kids in acting out well-known scenes from Romeo and Juliette…wherein the atrocious is made amusing, the horrible made humorous, and the terrible made to tickle your ribs! ...oh, and juggling!

April 19, 2018, Thursday
Walnut Street Theatre

Grade 6: 1:30pm

Walnut Street Theatre presents: “Martin and Malcom: How Long Must We Wait?” The Civil Rights Movement and What it Means Today by Tom Quinn. Gifted actors will take students on a journey that explores issues and ideas that ignited a nation in the 1960s. Through the words of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr and Malcom X, the cast shows how their messages are as relevant today as they were in that turbulent era of race riots, bus boycotts, sit-ins and marches. This inspirational story brings classroom history books to life.

May 29, 2018, Tuesday
Chosen Dance

Grade 7: 1:00pm

Through entertainment and education, Chosen Dance Company strives to enhance the global appreciation of Hip Hop as an art form and to make Hip Hop accessible to all audiences regardless of age, ethnicity, or gender. On the day before the 7th grade leaves for Williamsburg, Chosen Dance will perform their wildly popular “History of Hip Hop” show and demonstration that includes audience participation.


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