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With Touring Arts you can introduce your students to professional performances in dance, theater, music, puppetry, storytelling and more!
“I am determined to prove a villain…” In the opening moments of Shakespeare’s Richard III, Richard speaks straight to the audience, declaring his intention to do whatever it takes to sit on the throne. We watch as the Yorks and Lancasters alike get caught in a web of Richard the Spider’s charm and violence. But is Richard’s tight web the root of his own undoing? This October, in the 400th year since Shakespeare’s death, Acting Up (in Acadiana) will interpret Richard III with a modern multi-media lens. Watch as Richard manipulates the media, and therefore the world around him, spinning information for political gain and power.
Doktor Kaboom! is an over-the-top German scientist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Audiences will be taken on an educational – and humorous – tour of the modern scientific method. Join Doktor Kaboom! for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly (and often successful) science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain!
Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!
Using the rich heritage of the bardic tradition of long ago, we bring high-intensity poetry performances to your school. The Poetry Alive! actors have memorized hundreds of poems — from the classics, to the popular, to the contemporary. Those poems, presented in engaging and memorable ways, become the connection to enhanced reading and writing skills. In short, we bring poetry to life by engaging students in the learning process. Poetry Alive! is your reading, writing and performing connection.
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Zak Morgan’s wit has been compared to Shel Silverstein and Dr. Seuss. Zak has performed more than 2,500 concerts for children since 1999. Zak’s unique brand of music delivers songs and poems with wit and charm that inspire and tickle the funny bones. His performance is filled with musical stories, laughter and warmth as he encourages children to learn through reading, imagination and believing in themselves. The audience will use their voices, creativity and body movements to join in the fun!
Contemporary independent music artists Christiaan Mader, Allison Bohl DeHart and Peter DeHart have been collaborating and touring for over 10 years between their Lafayette based indie pop bands Brass Bed and Kind Cousin. With features through NPR, Rookie Magazine, Paste, Flood, AV Club, Fader, and KEXP the original music by this trio explores the richness of harmony, texture, narrative, and dynamics.
Jennifer's shows are full of interactive stories and songs, designed to get kids excited about reading, the arts, and creative self-expression. A long-time writer and performer, she will have your kids singing in different languages (like Spanish, Hebrew, and Cat), performing feats of feline ferocity to difficult time signatures (usually landing on their feet), and questioning points of punctuation (What?!). Jennifer works with Eric Litwin, the author of the first four Pete the Cat books, and is happy to perform one of his stories as well.
Part dance party, part writer's workshop, ALL fun...Jennifer will lead students in Musical Mad Libs, perform not-so-kids songs, and scare them with a funny, creepy story. They'll laugh a lot and will be inspired to use their own unique voices. A long-time writer and performer, Jennifer often opens up the floor for Q and A, which inevitably leads to thoughtful and poignant discussion.
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Guitar—an American music icon. No matter what style of music, guitar has been important in its development. The L.J. Alleman Arts Academy Guitar Ensemble will explore how the guitar has influenced many musical styles including classical, swing, country, rock, and Cajun. Student audiences will be actively engaged on instruments and vocals in this student-led performance.
Spencer Bohren’s documentary concert, Down the Dirt Road Blues, follows the journey of a single song as it travels through America’s history and culture. From its pre-slavery African beginning, the song slowly transforms into Mississippi blues, Memphis dance music, a banjo tune from Appalachia, Hank Williams’ early country music, Muddy Waters’ electric Chicago blues, and finally into folk music and rock ‘n’ roll, with Bob Dylan and the Rolling Stones. Spencer’s concurrent narrative gives students a historical context for the changes that drive the music forward.
Performed on appropriate vintage instruments, Spencer’s captivating story carries listeners of all ages along with him on this amazing musical journey and leaves every listener with an appreciation for America’s unique treasure of traditional music.
Thomas Cormier and Sandy Greenberg of the multi-award-winning Canadian duo, Razzmatazz, present this highly interactive concert with songs in English, French and Hebrew. Lively original and traditional music get the students singing, clapping their hands and interacting with the performers. Some audience members will join the duo on stage to play instruments and learn to make the little wooden "limberjacks" dance. Razzmatazz has performed at schools, special events, and at folk and children’s festivals in Canada and the U.S., including Festival International de Louisiane. Razzmatazz was also invited to perform for school children and "First Ladies" Laura Bush and Aline Chrétien.
Thomas Cormier, a French-speaking "Acadien" from the original homeland of the Cajuns, and his partner, Sandy Greenberg, sing original and traditional Acadian songs in this highly interactive concert. The French Concert is suitable for French Immersion students.
This concert addresses the elementary school curriculum in Music, Social Studies, English and French, and reinforces lessons in inclusion, diversity and perseverance. The Multicultural Concert is suitable for all students.
How can you accomplish your goals and be successful? Hard work and perseverance! In or Out: Never Give Up is a discussion and demonstration using live music and dance to encourage students to stand up to life’s challenges and NEVER GIVE UP! The Kabuki Dancers, featuring Badd Chadd enlighten and delight audiences in this interactive performance.