Your school shows are great experiences for my students.
Lucienne Wurr, Kindergarten Teacher
It begins simply, with a school bus ride to Wells Fargo Center for the Arts where a kindergartener experiences a live stage performance… often for the very first time!
Suddenly, a whole new world full of imagination and creativity is at hand, instilled by
the thrill of live music, dance, and theater.
From these early experiences with live performance on through high school and into college, students begin to form a deep relationship with the arts as a valuable tool for learning and a means for more effective communication.
“The Rennie Harris Puremovement school show was very educational,” said a teacher from Journey High School in her evaluation of the renowned Hip Hop dance troupe. “We learned a lot about the roots and the history of Hip Hop, and had a great discussion about how the present is a reflection of our past.”
Through the Center’s school shows, students actively explore the beauty, diversity, complexity, and challenges of the world around them through the dramatic process. Difficult life experiences that might otherwise seem taboo, such as bullying or racism, are easier to confront when presented on the common ground provided by the arts. Through early exposure to live performance, students generate an appreciation of the arts as a vital force in their lives and are encouraged to develop their own creative voice.
Wells Fargo Center for the Arts presents more than two dozen school shows annually,
serving 30,000 PK-12 students and teachers from a five county region.
2012-2013 School Shows
|Journeys to the Past||Wednesday, October 24, 2012 at 9:30am (Sold Out!)||Grades K-6|
|Clifford the Big Red Dog™ – Live!||Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 9:30am||Grades PK-3|
|San Jose Taiko||Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at 9:30am (Sold Out!)||Grades K-12|
|Close Encounters with Einstein||Thursday, November 29, 2012 at 9:30am||Grades 7-12|
|Posada Navideña||Friday, December 7, 2012 at 9:30am||Grades K-12|
|The Peking Acrobats®||Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 9:30am & 11:30am
(Both Performances Sold Out!)
|ERTH’s Dinosaur Petting Zoo™||Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades 1-6|
|Treasured Stories by Eric Carle||Thursday, February 7, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!) & 11:30am (Show added due to popular demand!)||Grades PK-2|
|Incidents in the Life of Slave Girl||Friday, February 8, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!)||Grades 7-12|
|Stone Soup and Other Stories||Tuesday, February 12, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades K-4|
|If You Give a Mouse a Cookie||Friday, February 22, 2013 at 9:30am & 11:30am (Both Performances Sold Out!)
|The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn||Tuesday, February 26, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades 7-12|
|The True Story of the Three Little Pigs||Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!) & 11:30am (Show added due to popular demand!)||Grades 2-5|
|Super Scientific Circus||Thursday, February 28, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!) & 11:30am (Show added due to popular demand!)||Grades 1-5|
|The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle||Tuesday, March 5, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades PK-2|
|Laura Ingalls Wilder||Monday, March 11, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades 2-6|
|The Gruffalo||Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades PK-3|
|Ramona Quimby||New date! Thursday, March 28, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades 1-5|
|Beauty and the Beast||Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at 9:30am||Grades 1-6|
|Street Beat “Repurposed Percussion”||Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!) & 11:30am (Show added due to popular demand!)||Grades 2-8|
|We The People||Tuesday, April 30, 2013 at 9:30am (Sold Out!) & 11:30am (Show added due to popular demand!)
And don’t miss out on our exciting Professional Development opportunities!
|Stories of Us: Exploring Oral Histories Through Drama||Tuesday, October 2, 2012, 4–7pm||Recommended for Teachers
|Math In Action||Thursday, November 8, 2012, 4–7pm||Recommended for Teachers
|Reading Portraits as Biographies||Wednesday, January 23, 2013, 4-7pm||Recommended for Teachers
|A Powerful Connection: Music and Poetry||Thursday, March 7, 2013, 4–7pm||Recommended for Teachers