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School Performances
2023-24 School Year

Anansi the Spider and the Middle Passage 

by Frank Higgins

October 16th-November 10th, 2023

Running Time: Approx. 50 minutes

Recommended for grades K-5

This production will travel for assemblies throughout NE Ohio!

Anansi, the celebrated spider from African folklore, tells the story of an African mother and daughter who are kidnapped and sold into slavery. With each story, Anansi springs to life along with the story characters for action-packed, light-hearted adventures.   When mother and daughter arrive in America as slaves, they carry with them the folk tales and wisdom of their homeland — stories that make their lives bearable and give them meaning.  This wonderfully theatrical children’s play offers a unique perspective, imbuing the dismal tale of the slave trade with the bright, spirited folklore of African culture.

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Anansi The Spider

Themes: Folk Tales, African Culture, American Slavery, Fables

 

ODOE Standards: 

Language Arts: Integration of Knowledge, Comprehension and Collaboration, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, Identifying Key Details of Drama such as characters, settings and scenes. Fine Arts: Drama/Theatre- Creating (CE), Producing/Performing (PR), Responding/Reflecting (RE) 

I Never Saw Another Butterfly
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I Never Saw Another Butterfly

by Celeste Raspanti

February 5th-29th, 2024

Running Time: Approx. 50 minutes

Recommended for grades 4-12

This production will travel for assemblies throughout NE Ohio!

Irena, a prisoner of Terezin concentration camp, teaches children when there is nothing to teach with, helps to give them hope when there is little reason for hope, and creates a little world of laughter, of flowers and butterflies behind the barbed wire. Based on the true stories of some of the 15,000 children who passed through the camp, this is a story of how butterflies became a symbol of defiance, making it possible for them to live on and play happily while waiting to be transported.

Themes: World War II, Literature, Poetry, Hope

 

ODOE Standards: 

Language Arts: Integration of Knowledge, Comprehension and Collaboration, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, Identifying Key Details of Drama such as characters, settings and scenes. Fine Arts: Drama/Theatre- Creating (CE), Producing/Performing (PR), Responding/Reflecting (RE) 

Wh Ate The Sun

Who Ate the Sun?

by Erin E. Dolan*
Field Trips March 21st, 2024- 9:45 am

Assemblies May 6th-31st, 2024

Running Time: Approx. 50 minutes

Recommended for grades K-5

Who Ate the Sun is a co-production with LCCC Theatre Department 

Fascinated by stars and planets, Ash loves to study the sky. One afternoon on a walk through the neighborhood, the sun disappears entirely! Follow their journey as Ash and some animal friends ask, “Who ate the sun?” This play is a World Premiere Production, written by Cleveland playwright, Erin E. Dolan especially for this spring's solar eclipse!

This artist was awarded an Ohio Arts Council Individual Excellence Award for FY 2024

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Themes: Fables, Astronomy, STEM, Critical Thinking

ODOE Standards: 

Language Arts: Integration of Knowledge, Comprehension and Collaboration, Vocabulary Acquisition and Use, Identifying Key Details of Drama such as characters, settings and scenes. Fine Arts: Drama/Theatre- Creating (CE), Producing/Performing (PR), Responding/Reflecting (RE) 

Questions? Email us at SparkTheatre4Youth@gmail.com or call us at 440-707-6887.

What is included?

45-60 Minute Performance

Question & Answer Session with the Actors

Study Guide corresponding to ODOE State Standards

What if our school doesn't have a stage?

No problem! We just need a clear space about 16' x 16' with at least 12' ceilings. Most cafeterias, gymnasiums and even media centers can work just fine. 

How much is an assembly?

First Performance: $250

Second Performance: $200

Travel fees may apply for schools located 20 miles or further from Elyria, Ohio.

This program is generously sponsored by:
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