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Grade 1
Theatre Arts

All first grade students and teachers in Miami-Dade County Public Schools will have the opportunity to experience a live theatre arts performance through the Cultural Passport program. Seating is limited for each performance, so review the options below and click the Application link beneath the Cultural Passport heading on this page to apply. You wil be given the opportunity to select your first, second, and third choice of performances.

Educators understand the importance of providing students with enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected attractions and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience.

The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below. Check the websites of the cultural organizations for possible additional resources.

Curriculum Resources

For All Grade 1:

Site-Specific:

Darwin the Dinosaur
Lightwire Theater Company

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Dates
October 22, 2014
October 23, 2014

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Curriculum
Darwin the Dinosaur Study Guide

Lightwire Theater presents the Corbian Visual Arts and Dance hit, Darwin the Dinosaur. This heart-warming original story, also known as Dino-Light, features a friendly dinosaur who wanders away from home and discovers a world of creatures who light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love.

Unique and visually dazzling, Darwin has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance by audiences all over the world.

Broadwayworld.com calls it ” … an eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen.” “Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with.”


Fly Guy and Other Stories
Theatreworks USA

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
November 5 , 2014
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Curriculum
Fly Guy and Other Stories Study Guide (not yet available)

A new musical revue based on favorite children’s books. Book titles subject to change.

Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl (by Tedd Arnold) - Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed, and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet?

Diary of a Worm (by Doreen Cronin) - It’s great to be a worm, but a wormy life also has its difficulties (like wiggling across a playground as human kids jump rope). Follow a worm’s adventures as he writes about them all in his diary.

Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig (by Kate McMullan) - When Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition.

Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores (by James Howe) - Three mice promise to be best friends forever. But when Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice club (for boys only!), and Dolores becomes a Cheese Puff (for girls only!), what will happen to their friendship?

Kitten’s First Full Moon (by Kevin Henkes) - What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky . . . then lucky! What a night!

Lilly’s Big Day (by Kevin Henkes) - Lilly’s teacher is getting married, and she just knows she’ll be a great flower girl, despite the fact that Mr. Slinger has already asked his niece. When she suffers a bout of stage fright, it’s up to Lilly to save the day!

Paper Bag Princess (by Robert Munsch) - When a ferocious dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her fancy clothes, and kidnaps her beloved prince, she dons a paper bag and comes to the rescue.


Harry the Dirty Dog
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
October 15, 2014
10:00 AM - 10:55 AM
11:30 AM - 12:25 PM

Curriculum
Harry the Dirty Dog Study Guide

Harry has everything a little white dog with black spots could want. There’s just one problem: he hates taking baths. He hates them so much, in fact, that one morning he runs away. After a wonderful day spent playing in the dirt, Harry gets so grubby that he turns into a little black dog with white spots…and returns home to find that his family doesn’t recognize him!

ArtsPower’s new musical, based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, captures both the whimsical humor and touching dedication to family found in Harry’s story.


John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean
Brad Simon Organization

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
November 6, 2014
10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Curriculum
John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean Study Guide (not yet available)

Tony-Award nominee John Tartaglia starred in the acclaimed musical Avenue Q, appeared on Broadway in Shrek The Musical and in Disney's Beauty and the Beast, and created and starred in The Playhouse Disney series ''Johnny and the Sprites.'' Now, he has grown some creative gills as well, with the production of John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean.

A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel and three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they're about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they'll sing, they'll dance, and they'll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.

Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to R&B to Big Band, John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye.


Junie B. Jones
Theatreworks USA

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
November 5, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Curriculum
Junie B. Jones Study Guide

Dear first-grade journal,

Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It's all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all.)

This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.

Junie B., First Grader (at Last!) - In first grade, I meet new friends (like Herb and José, but not that tattle-tale May). But my new teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks I might need glasses!

Junie B., Boss of Lunch - I get to help my friend, the cafeteria lady! And I get to wear a real actual hair net too! Who knows.... Maybe someday I'll be the boss of the whole lunch operation!

Junie B., One-Man Band - The whole entire first grade is having a kickball tournament! Only, when I practice my kicking, I stub my piggy toe so badly I can't play. But my friend Sheldon can't play either, so maybe we can do a half-time show instead!

Whew! I'm glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all!

Love, (but not the mushy kind) 
Junie B.


The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale
Page Turner Adventures

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Dates
May 8, 2015
10:00 AM - 10:45 AM
11:30 AM - 12:15 PM

Curriculum
The Mixed-Up Fairy Tale Study Guide

We need your help to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years! During this musical adventure, the audience must convince Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discover the secret under grandma’s bed, climb a beanstalk and get a golden spoon from a REAL 10 foot tall giant! Seriously, the Giant is real and he will Blow. You. Away. Promise.


Never Everglades
Fantasy Theatre Factory

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
November 12, 2014
November 13, 2014
November 14, 2014

9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Curriculum
Never Everglades Study Guide

Embark on a lively adventure through the Florida Everglades while learning about environmental preservation and respecting national treasures. Our hero is a bird named Dudley, a Florida Roseate Spoonbill whose nemeses are The Three Little Pigs, bent on destroying the Everglades to build condo-pigiums! Dudley meets fairytale characters in the Everglades who have lost their homes thanks to the ruinous oinkers. Join in the fun as Dudley tries to save his Everglades friends from pollution and waste. Students and teachers will enjoy the show's knack for creating wacky characters that mesh education, ecology and humor into a fractured fairytale.


Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
October 20, 2014

10:00 AM - 10:50 AM
11:30 AM - 12:20 PM

Curriculum
Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great Study Guide

Being a 10 year-old kid is kind of a pain. Having an older sister is really a pain. Being afraid of everything is ... well, just plain painful! Sheila Tubman, otherwise known as Sheila the Great, comes of age in ArtsPower's lively and poignant musical about discovering the person within.


Stella, Queen of the Snow
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Location
Joseph Caleb Auditorium
5400 Northwest 22nd Avenue
#301
Miami, FL 33142

Date
December 12, 2014

10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Curriculum
Stella, Queen of the Snow Study Guide

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia has joined forces with Marie-Louise Gay, the award-winning creator of Stella and Sam, in a new stage adaption designed for young spectators aged three to seven.

Stella, Queen of the Snow tells the story of the two children as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together. First published in 2000, the book (as well as its French-language edition, Stella reine des neiges) remains a favourite among Stella’s worldwide fans. The hour-long production features the whimsical puppets, striking scenic effects and evocative original music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid.

 

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