The PTO funds high quality, educational programming for our kids to enhance and broaden their school experience. Programs are at times curriculum driven, and sometimes just great exposure to art or social messages. If you are interested in learning more about the Cultural Arts program or would like to volunteer, please contact Mary Kay "Sam" Elsen at email@example.com.
VISITING AUTHOR - Kwame Alexander, Oct 19th - 9:45 am Grades 7 & 8; 10:40 am Grades 5 & 6
Kwame Alexander is a poet, educator, and New York Times Bestselling author. His 21 books include THE CROSSOVER, which received the 2015 John Newbery Medal for the year’s Most Distinguished Contribution to American literature for Children, the Coretta Scott King Author Award Honor, The NCTE Charlotte Huck Honor for Outstanding Fiction for Children, the Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, and the Passaic Poetry Prize for Young People’s Literature. Kwame writes for children of all ages. His other works include BOOKED, a middle grade novel published in April; HE SAID, SHE SAID, a Young Adult novel and CRUSH: LOVE POEMS FOR TEENAGERS.
ComedySportz - Nov 9th - 12:30 pm Grades 7 & 8; 1:30 pm Grades 5 & 6
A sense of humor and a sense of self are important parts of a young person’s development. For over 20 years, ComedySportz has been entertaining fans with improvisational theater as well as teaching students of all ages and backgrounds the art of improvisation. Fast and funny, improv is a valuable and rewarding skill-set for performers and non-performers alike. Not only is it a tool for comedic performances, it is also a life skill that is as effective in the board room as it is in the classroom as it is in the living room. Students will see a performance of two teams of professional improvisers competing for points by playing a series of improv games. A referee governs the action, calling the fouls and keeping the match moving at a blistering pace. The audience is always a part of the interactive show; some lucky fans will even wind up on stage. And because everything is improvised, it’s never the same show twice. Students will learn the basics of improvisation, the power of saying “Yes, and…” the joy of connecting through collaboration and the freedom of being silly.
Renaissance Man - March 17, 2017 - Grade 8 only, 5 workshops beginning at 8:50 am
All day interactive 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!
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre - Week of March 20, 2017 - 12:30 pm Grades 7 & 8; 1:30 pm Grades 5 & 6
Almanac Dance Circus Theatre forges ensemble-driven performances that fuse acrobatics, storytelling, and daring physicality. “Dance Circus Theatre” means that the performers take the essential parts of those three genres to craft a new hybrid. It’s theatre because they tell a story or show an image that an audience member can recognize in his or her own life; it’s dance because it’s about the body and rhythm and music; it’s circus because it’s dangerous — the movements aren’t just beautiful or graceful but visibly difficult to achieve with a real risk of failure. The Almanac ensemble explores the unconventional ways that this danger can be used in service of storytelling. Students will understand how the character concepts of trust, teamwork and support demonstrated between members of the ensemble, and honed daily, allow these risks.
Chariot of the Sun - April 18, 2017 - Grade 5 only - 9 am
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, Seth Reichgott, it's a dynamic presentation that offers an accessible and fun introduction to the stories of ancient Greece!
Walnut Street Theatre presents: "No Easy Road to Freedom" - April 27, 2017 - Grade 6 only - 1:30 pm
Gifted actors will take students on a journey through history to meet individuals who fought for racial, religious and gender equality in America. Through poetry, drama and song, these inspirational stories of bravery and determination illustrate the themes of diversity, oppression, tolerance and acceptance. Including scenes on immigration, Japanese internment, Native American resettlement, voting rights for women and minorities, the Civil Rights movement, the holocaust, Matthew Shepard, the election of the First African American President and more, this powerful production celebrates the importance of America's diversity.
Chosen Dance - May 30, 2017 - Grade 7 only - 1 pm
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.