Cultural Passport

Elementary Experiences

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 on the menu on the right 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:



All shows taking place at the Miami-Dade County Auditorium are designed to be inclusive for individuals with and without disabilities.  The facility is accessible;  assistive listening devices, sign language interpreters and noise canceling headsets will be available.  To request materials in accessible format, and/or any other accommodation to attend this event, please contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-4634 culture@miamidade.gov at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service).

Performances

Are You My Mother? 

Theater Company
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Tuesday, April 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book.


Biscuit

Theater Company
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
JWednesday, November 1, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
Little Girl is thrilled when she receives Biscuit as a birthday present, but will this rambunctious puppy learn how to behave and accept being part of a family? Based on the iconic series of books by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and illustrator Pat Schories, ArtsPower’s popular musical features a frolicking little puppy who loves exploring, making new friends, and even stirring up some mischief. With over 17 million books in print, Biscuit is a modern classic!


Clementine

Theater Company
TheatreWorks U.S.A.

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Friday, April 27, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
Clementine is having a “not so good of a day” – but this spunky eight-year-old doesn’t let a trip to the principal’s office get her down! Whether she’s cutting the glue out of her best friend Margaret’s hair, concocting a scheme to prevent her teacher Mr. D’Matz from moving to Egypt, or riding the service elevator with Mitchell, who is N-O-T not her boyfriend, Clementine’s antics are sure to make you laugh. Come join America’s favorite curly-haired carrot-top as she navigates the hilarious waters of friendship, family, school, and mischief on an epic third-grade adventure you’ll never forget. A new musical by Barter Theatre based on the series of books by Sara Pennypacker!


Dudley Saves the Earth

Theater Company
Fantasy Theatre Factory

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Monday, December 4, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
The water is rising and things are getting hot, hot, hot in the Florida Everglades.  The Polluting Pigs are back to their old tricks, polluting the air and destroying the environment.  It's going to be up to Flown Ranger Dudley R. Spoonbill to set things right and save the day!

Join in the fun as Dudley and his fellow Flown Rangers in the audience work together to stop pollution and save our precious natural resources. Audiences will laugh and learn as they work with Dudley to curb pollution and learn about the simple steps they can take today to reduce their impact on the environment! 


Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny

Theater Company
Kids Entertainment/Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Friday, February 23, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
ermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of the works of Eric Carle (The Very Hungry Caterpillar ), Leo Lionni (Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch) and Sam McBratney (Guess How Much I Love You). These widely-travelled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading. Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny features these same elements.

Few writers have been as attuned to the concerns and emotions of childhood as Margaret Wise Brown (1910–1952). Brown, a former teacher, believed that very young children could be fascinated by the simple pleasures of the world around them. Few had previously attempted to write specifically for children aged two to five, and Brown created some of the most enduring and beloved children’s books of all time as well as developed the concept of the first durable board book.

Clement Hurd (1908–1988) graduated from Yale University and studied painting in Paris in the 1930s with Fernand Léger and others. His engaging semi-abstract style became world-famous with the publication in 1942 of The Runaway Bunny and Goodnight Moon in 1947 – collaborations with Brown that became two of the 20th Century’s best-known children’s books.

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 mum. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to infuse young readers with a reassuring sense of security. Mermaid’s staged adaptation will bring a new sense of appreciation to stories that have delighted several generations.


The Lightning Thief

Theater Company
TheatreWorks U.S.A.

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Thursday, February 8, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.


Little Monster Tales

Theater Company
Fantasy Theatre Factory

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Thursday, October 19, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
Don’t be afraid! Little Monster Tales is the "trick" to make reading a "treat!" Fantasy Theatre presents delightfully funny stories from children’s books about monsters, children and other squiggly creatures. We bring these stories to life on stage. The show combines reading, literature, comedy, puppets, music - even a headless butler who can juggle! The show tickles your funny bone and sends everyone running to the library for more books by the same authors! The program ends with a hilarious monster dance to Thriller. Great FUN!


The Mixed-Up Fairytale

Theater Company
Page Turner Adventures

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Thursday, January 18, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
We need your help to break a spell or Beauty will sleep for 100 years! The audience runs, jumps, climbs, and interacts directly with the characters on stage, convincing Red Riding Hood to give up her cape, discovering the secret under grandma’s bed, and retrieving a golden spoon from a REAL 10 foot tall giant! Kids will recognize their favorite storybook characters in this original fractured fairytale.


Nugget & Fang

Theater Company
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Thursday, April 26, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
ArtsPower’s under-the-sea musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Nothing goes as planned. Fang is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and his minnow schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble (and one very big net). Holy mackerel! Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?


Otherwise Known as Sheila the Great

Theater Company
ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

Location
Miami-Dade County Auditorium
2901 W. Flagler Street
Miami, FL 33135

Date
Tuesday, February 6, 2018
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Study Guide

About the Performance
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, based on Judy Blume’s popular novel, about discovering the person within.

Wink

Theater Company
Spellbound Theatre

Location
Miami Theatre Center
9806 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, FL 33138

Dates
Monday, October 23, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Thursday, October 26, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Curriculum
Flyer

About the Performance
What happens when we go to sleep?  Spellbound Theatre's "Wink" is an imaginative and multi-disciplinary performance that explores dreams from the perspective of a young child and her bear.  Blending shadow puppetry, physical theatre, and animation, this unique show is a captivating journey designed to engage and inspire the very youngest audience members.  Inspired by the classic poem, "Wynken, Blynken and Nod," Wink transforms a familiar bedroom into an imaginative world full of surprises.

 

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