School-Time
SPECIAL GROUP OFFER!
Complete and pay your group's reservation by Oct. 31 and be charged last year's price of $7/ticket!
SCHOOL-TIME PERFORMANCES
Last year, almost 5,000 students and teachers attended School-Time Performances, bringing us to more than 160,000 in attendance since we started this series of arts-in-education events. And, now we are announcing our 34th season and another year of events for grades preK through 12. Today, we announce the 15 events on School-Time, as well as some wonderful learning opportunities available on our Tuesdays With Stories, Club28 and TinyTots series. We are very proud to offer what we consider to be top quality educational field trips. We hope that you agree.
If you have done this before, you know that reserving a live educational experience for your students is easy. You can call 908.725.3420 or download an order form online here.

GROUPS:
For groups
Tickets are $8 for 15 or more students and adults
(unless otherwise noted).

INDIVIDUALS:
Tickets are $10 for fewer than 15 students and adults.

One ticket is provided free for a chaperone out of each 15 tickets purchased. No deposit is required. Payment is due 4 weeks prior to your show date.

Make your reservation now and, in September, when you know your enrollment, contact us to adjust your numbers if necessary.
The Theatre is fully accessible. If anyone in your party will need special assistance or consideration, either in being seated, or unloading from the bus or car, we ask that you notify us when making your reservation. In the absence of such notification, the theatre cannot guarantee such accommodation.
Shortly after you make your reservation, you will receive a confirmation. Please take the time to verify the information on your confirmation. Call 908.725.3420 immediately if there appears to be any discrepancy.
You will receive a bill for your reservation about 6 weeks prior to performance. Payment (by credit card, single check or money order only) is due 4 weeks prior to performance. The ticket count on the date of payment is final and all payments are, at that time, non-refundable. Upon receipt of your payment, an admission slip will be issued. Tickets remaining unpaid on the due date will be made available to schools on our waiting list.
See you at the theatre!

For further information, or to make a reservation, call 908.725.3420 or email theatre@rvccArts.org

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Branchburg, NJ 08876

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The Way Back Home

Bakuon – Legend of the Heartbeat
Yamato – The Drummers of Japan
Friday, January 26, 2018 at 12PM
Grades: Grades 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MU, MC, WT

Borrowing on thousands of years of Japanese Taiko tradition, this wildly entertaining group of young drummers presents a high-energy spectacle of athleticism, great superhuman coordination, and heart-pounding intensity. With a massive drum made from a 400-year-old tree as the centerpiece, Bakuon - Legend of the Heartbeat is the story of a strong, passionate, and continuous beat based on the sound of the heartbeat in every one of us.

March to Freedom

March to Freedom
February 1-28, 2018: Ongoing Photo Exhibition
Grades: 5+
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, SS

FREE Reservation Required
In honor of Black History Month, March to Freedom is a photo exhibit commemorating the 50th anniversary of the 1965 Selma-Montgomery marches and the 50th anniversary of the landmark Voting Rights Act. This traveling exhibit features rare images from the collections of UT Austin’s Briscoe Center for American History, and select photos from the April 2014 Civil Rights Summit at the LBJ Presidential Library. March to Freedom follows a determined and undaunted group of marchers, both black and white, as they try on three different occasions to take their cause to Montgomery and the steps of the Alabama Statehouse.

Peking Acrabats

Peking Acrobats
Friday, February 16, 2018 at 12PM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, MU, S, WT

Plate spinning! Pole climbing! Chair balancing! This troupe of elite gymnasts, cyclists, jugglers and acrobats leave audiences breathless, defying gravity with amazing displays of strength, balance, agility, grace and artistry. Experience the epitome of a rich and ancient Chinese folk art tradition, highlighted by today’s technology that melds the traditional with modern wonders of the 21st century. Prepare to be astonished—but remember, don’t try this stuff at home!

Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders
Mad River Theatre Company
Tuesday, February 20, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, RF, SS

In 1961, black and white Americans decided to travel together on buses that crossed segragated state lines. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to effect change and specifically how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation.

The Gruffalo

The Gruffalo
Tall Stories
Monday, February 26, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: Pre-K+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: LB, MU, RF

Join Mouse on a daring adventure through the deep, dark wood in Tall Stories’ magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Call Mr. Robeson

Call Mr. Robeson
Tayo Aluko
Tuesday, February 27, 2018 at 1PM
Grades: 8+ • LENGTH: 85 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MC, MU, RF, SS

Paul Robeson is a world-famous actor, singer and civil rights campaigner. When he gets too radical and outspoken for the establishment’s liking, he is branded a traitor to his country, is harassed, and is denied opportunities to perform or travel. This roller-coaster journey through Robeson’s remarkable life highlights his pioneering and heroic political activism. It features some famous songs (including a dramatic rendition of “Ol’ Man River”), speeches, and a spectacularly defiant testimony to the Senate House Un-American Activities Committee. One of the 20th Century’s most impressive but overlooked figures is revived in this powerful, compelling tour-de-force performance. Tickets $10; limited seating.

Fiesta Flamenco

Fiesta Flamenco
Flamenco Vivo Carlotta Santana
Monday, March 5, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 4+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: D, MU, MC, WT

This dynamic program highlights the universal language of dance, with the rhythms and emotions of Flamenco, a dance style originating in Southern Spain. The company brings to life the essence of the different cultures -- Gypsy, North African, Arabic and Judaic—that influenced the art form of Flamenco. Performing in friendly competition, the artists show their unique styles in how they move their arms, create rhythm with their feet, or display emotion. Accompanied by guitarra (guitar) and cante (song), the dancers add to the music with castanets and hand claps.

Shh! We have a plan

Shh! We Have a Plan
Cahoots NI
Tuesday, March 6, 2018 at 10AM &
12:30PM*
Grades: Pre-K+ • LENGTH: 45 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, MU, RF, S

Follow the delightful and surprising journey of a family adventuring in the woods. When they see a beautiful bird perched high in a tree, each of these three madcap characters have a plan to capture it! The quest soon becomes an obsession and the obsession becomes the absurd! We follow the characters’ exploits, meet an elusive and magical birdie, and discover that treating nature with respect—and perhaps freedom and kindness—are more important than getting what you want. This nonverbal tale featuring magic, music, and puppetry is based on the Chris Haughton book of the same name.

Hup

Hup
Starcatchers
Thursday, March 15, 2018 at 9AM & 10:30AM
Friday, March 16 at 9AM & 10:30AM
Ages: 0 - 24 months • LENGTH: 30 min.
+ 15 min. Stay & Play
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MU, D

Hup is an enchanting classical music experience for 0-24 month olds and their grownups. It combines live classical music with a heart-warming storyline in a beautiful performance specially designed for very young children. In this performance, a quirky trio of playful musicians perform the original score under a non-verbal narrative, taking the audience on a journey in pursuit of the story’s lead character. Discover two violins, one cello and one very mischievous raccoon! Tickets $10; limited seating.

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: PreK+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, MC, RF

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s 60-year-old classic, Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mom. Both stage adaptations feature endearing animal puppets and stunning scenic effects based on Clement Hurd’s iconic illustrations, along with evocative musical accompaniment to recreate these timeless tales.

Olive & Pearl

Olive & Pearl
Monday, April 9, 2018 at 10AM, 1:30 & 4PM
Ages 2-5 • LENGTH: 45 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, D, RF

Olive & Pearl is the story of a young girl, Olive, who is being raised by her loving Granny, Pearl. Intimately staged, audiences sit within Olive and Pearl’s home, a dome of soft felts, crocheted squares, and colorful fabrics. Throughout their day, the characters play, sing songs, dance, and take an imaginary journey to the moon. Magical, visual, stimulating, and oftentimes funny, this magical tale—told through puppetry, theater, dance and live music—takes the youngest theatre-goers on a sensory journey filled with wonder, surprise, and delight. Tickets $10; limited seating.

The Young King

The Young King
Slingsby
Monday, April 16, 2018 at 10AM & 12:30PM
Grades: 3+ • LENGTH: 50 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, LB, RF

What kind of King would you be? A naïve boy raised by goatherds turns out to be the heir to the kingdom. Untold treasures and privileges are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others? The Young King is a coming of age story that grapples with the ethics of beauty, leadership and compassion. The achingly beautiful language of Oscar Wilde joins the intimate and magical world of internationally-acclaimed theatre company Slingsby as we journey to faraway lands replete with rich rewards and challenging choices. Tickets $10; limited seating.

Air Play

Air Play
Acrobuffos
Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10AM
Grades: 2+ • LENGTH: 60 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: MU, S

Air Play is a circus-style adventure of two siblings journeying through a surreal land of air, transforming the ordinary into objects of uncommon beauty. Fabrics dance in the wind, balloons have a mind of their own, confetti turns into the night sky, and an enormous canopy of hovering silk forever alters their future. With visual images seemingly sewn from the sky, this poetic ode to childhood will enchant and electrify the young, as well as the young at heart.

Farfalle

Farfalle
Compagnia TPO
Monday, May 14, 2018 at 9 & 10:30AM & 2PM
Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at 9 & 10:30AM & 2PM
Age: 4+ • LENGTH: 50 min.
CURRICULUM CONNECTIONS: CL, MU, S

Visual theatre of the senses, Farfalle is an immersive experience that creates an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers. Wondrous, other-worldly “sensory gardens” take audiences on a magnificent interactive journey through the story of a butterfly’s life cycle. The audience is invited to interact with these beautiful creatures to visit a cocoon or rest on a flower. Italy’s Compagnia TPO is the world’s foremost pioneer in interactive performance media for all ages, melding astonishing digital imagery with multi-disciplinary performance techniques. Tickets $10; limited seating.

 
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