2012-2013 Daytime Performance Series: Where the Arts and Community Meet
Chandler is pleased to announce its 2012-2013 Daytime Performance Series. Reservations can be made by contacting Emily Crosby, Chandler's Community Outreach Manager, at 802-431-0204 or . Payment or receipt of a purchase order will confirm your reservations.
Electronic study guides are available for all performances.
Tickets for the Daytime Performance Series are not available online. To purchase tickets please submit
Cancellation policy – The show must go on! Performances will only be canceled and refunds issued if the artist is unable to reach the theater. Schools will be notified by phone as soon as possible if a performance is cancelled. We do not issue refunds for school snow days or delays.
If school is canceled in your district, we will make an effort to transfer your reservations to another grade-appropriate performance in the same school year, if space is available. Please note that this might not be possible due to our performance schedule.
Past Daytime Performances
The Kite Runner - Tuesday Oct 18, 2011 - 9:30 am
The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini Performed by Sorab Wadia; adapted and directed by Wynn Handman
Tuesday October 18, 9:30 AM – 90 minutes total with pre- and post-show discussion. All seats $8
Mature content. The company recommends this production for ages 14 and up, but mature middle school students are welcome.
A teacher resource guide is available.
From the first novel about contemporary Afghanistan to be written in English, this performance dramatically portrays the relationships of two boys – Amir, a privileged Pashtun and Hassan, a Hazara servant.
This Literature to Life award winner, adapted for the stage in 2004, features 50 minutes of verbatim performance from the first half of this best-selling contemporary novel. The adaptation mirrors the original short story written by the author and utilizes original Afghani music as a backdrop for the performance. Through the eyes of the young protagonist, Amir, the actor takes audience members of a heartbreaking journey of friendship and betrayal in a society of severe class division. Eight characters are portrayed by the performer. Surrounded by pre- and post-show interactive discussion, the audience will explore themes including redemption and class systems. http://www.americanplacetheatre.org/roster/show/the-kite-runner
Madeline and the Bad Hat - Thursday Nov 03, 2011 - 9:30 am
Presented by ArtsPower
Thursday November 3, 9:30 AM – 55 minutes. All seats $6.
Recommended ages: pre-K through grade 3
Curriculum Connections: Communcation & Language Arts, Literature-based, Musical, Values-based
A study guide is available.
ArtsPower’s Madeline and the Bad Hat, an original musical based upon the much loved book, captures the blithe, yet touching spirit of Ludwig Bemelmans’s Madeline series. It traces the adventures of a young Parisian girl who – despite starting off on the wrong foot with a mischievous new neighbor – eventually learns that first impressions aren’t everything.
When the Spanish Ambassador moves into the house next door, Madeline soon discovers that his son Pepito is a horror. Rude and conceited, Pepito seems at first to be nothing but trouble.
When he unexpectedly finds himself in real danger, it’s up to the resourceful Madeline to rescue him. Can she teach Pepito a lesson as part of the bargain, and does he have a hidden good side after all? This gently amusing tale of enemies-become-friends will charm and entertain children and adults alike.
China Speaks Your Language - Thursday Feb 16, 2012 - 9:30 am
Performed by The Silk Road Duo
Thursday February 16, 9:30 AM – 60 minutes. All seats $6
Recommended ages: grades 2 – 6
Recent research suggests that the Chinese explorers of the 15th century voyaged not only to India and Africa, but also around the world to the Americas. Whether true or not, this controversial theory has inspired a worldwide journey of musical exploration by the Silk Road Duo. In an adventurous encounter of musical traditions, Qiu Xia He and Andre Thibault show that China does indeed speak your language.
China Speaks Your Language is a music performance that will introduce students to different cultures through the experience, discoveries, and travels of the Silk Road Duo. The pipa – a Chinese lute – will be surrounded with many world instruments, such as the flamenco guitar from Spain, and the oud, bouzouki, and lutes from the Middle East and Greece. Percussion instruments include pandeiro and sourdo from Brazil; musical bow and mbira from Africa; bendir from Morocco; kanjira tambourine and shanaii from India; gongs and wood percussions from Asia; and hulusi and bawu flutes from China’s Yunnan province.
Freedom Train presented by Theatreworks USA - Tuesday Apr 03, 2012 - 9:30 am & Tuesday Apr 03, 2012 - 12:30 pm
Tuesday April 3, 9:30 AM and 12:30 PM – 60 minutes. All seats $6.
Recommended ages: grades 3 – 9
Curriculum Connections: Communication & Language Arts, Social Studies, Music, Multi-Cultural, Relationships & Family
A study guide is available.
Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25 she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers – secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes.
The escape route that Harriet followed became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated “conductors”. Up creek beds, through swamps, over hills in the dark of night, on 19 secret trips, she guided more than 300 slaves, including her aged parents, to freedom. “I never run my train off the track,” she said, “and I never lost a passenger.”
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit – a universal story for all. http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1043
Otherwise Known As Sheila The Great - Tuesday Oct 02, 2012 - 10:00 am
Presented by ArtsPower
Tuesday October 2, 10 AM
All seats $6
Recommended Grades: 2 through 6
Length of Performance: 50 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Values-Based
Award-winning and popular author Judy Blume has created an unlikely but extremely likable heroine in Sheila Tubman. Trying desperately to cover up her inner weaknesses and fears, Sheila stumbles from one life crisis to another. With humor, cool music, and just the right amount of youthful persistence, ArtsPower’s Otherwise Known As Sheila the Great will inspire audiences of all ages as Sheila learns that the rites of passage can pass right by without too much bother.
The Things They Carried - Tuesday Oct 09, 2012 - 10:00 am
The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien
Performed by Billy Lyons. Directed by Wynn Handman
Tuesday October 9, 10 AM
All seats $8
Recommended Grades: high school, mature content and language
Length of performance: 90 minutes including pre-and post-show discussion.
This masterpiece of contemporary American literature is a collection of short pieces about the character, Tim O’Brien, and his experiences surrounding the Vietnam War. Adapted for the stage in 2004, this Literature to Life original features sixty minutes of verbatim performance by actor Billy Lyons. Having been developed and premiered at Playhouse Square in Cleveland in collaboration with the author, the performance features five of the short stories from the book including “The Rainy River” and “The Man I Killed”. With original cello music as underscoring, the audience lays witness to the complex issues of war and the universal struggle of the soldier. Surrounded by pre- and post-show interactive discussion, the audience will explore themes including ethics, making choices, and violence.
Watch a video clip from at the performance at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7P03p4bU74&feature=player_embedded
Origami Tales - Tuesday Dec 11, 2012 - 10:00 am
With Kuniko Yamamoto
Tuesday December 11, 10 AM
All seats $6
Recommended Grades: K-6
Length of performance: 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Visual Arts and Social Studies
Kuniko Yamamoto enchants audiences with dramatic storytelling using myths and fables from ancient and modern Japan, spiced with social revelations to educate and amuse. Using origami, character masks, traditional Japanese music, and audience participation, the storyteller provides a magical entry into Japanese culture. Trained in dance and traditional arts in her native Osaka, Kuniko has lived in Florida since 1992.
The Rainbow Fish - Wednesday Mar 27, 2013 - 10:00 am
Presented by ArtsPower
Wednesday March 27, 10 AM
All seats $6
Recommended Grades: pre-K through grade 2
Length of Performance – 50 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Literature-Based, Language/Communication Skills, Musical, Values-Based
With his lovely coloring and his special shimmering scales, the Rainbow fish is used to being the most beautiful creature in the ocean, so when the other fish ask him for some silver scales, he refuses. How can he sacrifice the one thing that makes him unique? In ArtsPower’s musical adaptation of the classic tale by Marcus Pfister, the Rainbow Fish comes to understand that sharing and making others happy is the best path to happiness.
Vermont Arts Council Cultural Routes funding
Cultural Routes is a new initiative to help underwrite the cost of transporting students to arts and cultural events. The program addresses a growing need for arts-related field trips as many in-school arts programs are being reduced or eliminated as the result of dwindling budgets. Schools can apply for a $200 grant to help transport students to performances, museums, historic sites, or other cultural activities.
The program gives priority to underserved populations and rural schools with little access to arts and cultural programs. Priority 1 schools can apply immediately. All other schools can submit applications beginning September 1.