Virginia Stage Company’s touring productions bring to life exciting new works as well as classics of children’s literature designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each production lasts under forty-five minutes with a Q & A wrap-up to easily fit into a classroom schedule. All in-school shows are free and include an online activity guide!
Thanks to our partnership with Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) and Kohl’s Cares we will be touring two different productions about kindness to Hampton Roads area schools for the 2015-2016 school year! To learn more about the project please see show descriptions below.
THE SELFISH GIANT
Based on the story by Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Ron Newman
Appropriate for students in grades PreK – 3
Original puppets, imaginative visuals, and some audience participation are all part of this retelling of the classic children’s story, The Selfish Giant. The Giant will not share his beautiful garden until a harsh winter – in the form of comic characters Frost, Snow, Hail and North Wind – brings the realization that the children who used to trespass in his garden implanted kindness and friendship. The Giant’s heart melts in a life-changing moment, and spring, along with the children, return to his garden. This joyous play touches on the themes of kindness, friendship, and sharing.
A.O.K. – THE ‘ACTS OF KINDNESS’ GAME SHOW
By Ryan Clemens, Kat Martin, and Ron Newman
Appropriate for students in grades 4 – 8
Set during a live broadcast of a fictional TV game show, A.O.K. –‘The Acts of Kindness’ Game Show places the audience in the role of the TV studio audience. A.O.K. is an original production that includes three ‘real world’ challenges about empathy. Each TV Personality contestant is put into a ‘real world challenge’ that reveal two different endings; one reveals an empathetic outcome, and the other reveals a more self-interest ending. Each contestant, along with the audience then judges which ending is the more empathetic one.
Written by Ryan Clemens
Directed by Ailish Riggs
Created and Toured through Virginia Stage Company
Actor Ryan Clemens, descendant of Mark Twain (pen-name of writer Samuel L. Clemens), brings to life the celebrated American author and humorist in this theatrical, hour-long performance. Clemens highlights Twain’s lectures and short stories, as well as classics “Huckleberry Finn,” “Life on the Mississippi,” “Roughing It,” “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and more. Audiences love to watch him deftly transform into the varied characters of Twain’s world. Clemens’ performance will show you why Twain’s wit and wisdom remain poignant and laugh-out-loud funny more than 100 years after his passing.
“…the performance was so spellbinding that my students were more than entertained, they were hooked! Ryan Clemens captured the dialect, the spirit, the sounds, the history, the culture of another era and mesmerized his audience with his one act play.”
-Marianne, High School Teacher, Chesapeake, VA
A show for ages 10 to 110, MEET Mark Twain is a fantastic touring program for schools, libraries, churches, meetings, and fundraisers of all sorts!
For more information on booking please contact us!