The Next Generation Education Series is dedicated to inspiring youth with the performing arts through performances that have been specifically curated for young audiences. Programming will offer ways to complement the curriculum, with the intention of being more than a traditional field trip. Instead, they are unique and thrilling cultural experiences that support the development of creative students who, in turn, build creative communities.
The 2023-24 series offers three shows, each with its own education package to help educators link the shows’ content to the curriculum. These performances are being offered exclusively as part of the education series and will not be available to the public. There are no ticketing costs for the attendees.
Th'owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish
Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023, 10:00 am & 1:00 pm
Show Description: Indigenous Storytellers spin the Kwantlen First Nation tale of Th’owxiya: The Hungry Feast Dish. The mouth of Th'owxiya holds the most wonderful foods from around the world. However, if you steal from her, you will pay a terrible price, for Th’owxiya has developed a taste for children!
Recommended for Grades 1 through 7
Curriculum Connections/Themes: Respecting the environment, problem-solving and friendship, courage, cooperation, and honour, masks, puppets, music and songs as a form of communication.
Ridge ft the Fugitives
Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023, 1:00 pm
Show Description: Often called the “battle that made Canada,” Vimy Ridge resulted in over 10,000 Canadian casualties. Through direct storytelling, verbatim theatre, and live music, Brendan McLeod examines misconceptions and varying perspectives around the battle, while drawing parallels to other formative events in our nation’s past. Featuring inventive musical interpretations of WWI soldier songs, Ridge probes difficult yet necessary questions about how and why we grieve. A vivid, kinetic ride through history, as well as an intimate, personal examination of our connection to the past, Ridge is a visceral work that passionately argues against the exploitation of young lives.
Curriculum Connections/Themes: Remembrance Day, History (events of World War I, linking past events to current events, soldiers’ perspectives, etc), musical storytelling.
The Merry Marching Band
Monday, Feb. 12, 2024, 10:00 am (English version) & 1:00 pm (French version)
Show Description: Underpantsburg is home to a band, or fanfare unlike any other. Under the guidance of a pompous band leader by turns bossy and bird-brained, this merry band sets out to see the world. With plenty of humour, no small amount of eccentricity and a touch of poetry, the band of music-makers makes its merry way—with a honk and a toot and a rat-a-tat-tat—from Quebec to Brazil to Ukraine and back, with a stopover on Planet Mars!
Recommended for Kindergarten through Grade 3
Curriculum Connections/Themes: How to use air and breath to make sound, creating sounds, the brass band and its instruments, body percussion, and the concept of a journey.
Educators interested in bringing their group or class can contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve their spot before the summer break.
Interested in supporting the Next Generation Education Series? Please contact Lisa Krueger at email@example.com to discuss sponsorship opportunities.