2013-14 Class Acts show schedule.
Tuesday, November 5, 2013
10:30am & 12:30pm
Performing as the Gizmo Guys, the extraordinary COMEDY JUGGLERS Allan Jacobs and Barrett Felker have amazed and amused audiences around the world. They work in a great variety of venues including theaters, corporate functions of all types, cruise ships.... you name it, they've done it. Sure, they've made numerous television appearances, won international juggling competitions, and taught at top circus schools. But what makes their act so appealing is their uniquely winning combination of dazzling technique and infectious humor. The Gizmo Guys' rapid-fire act exhilarates and inspires sidesplitting laughter in audience members of all ages.
Length: approx one hour
curriculum connections: science, entertainment, drama, current events, phys. education, recreation
Thursday, March 20, 2014
American Family Theater
Located in the shadow of the Statue of Liberty just off the New Jersey coast, Ellis Island was the gateway for more than 12 million immigrants seeking a new life in America between the late 1800s to the mid-1950s.
Those who came here shared a remarkable story of heart-warming courage and life-changing challenges in coming to America. "Ellis Island" is a children's musical that recaptures the hopes and dreams of immigrants about to embark on a new life in a new land, and a celebration of the multi-cultural foundation of our nation.
Length: approx 1 hour
Curriculum connection: history, geography, economics, drama, music
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
|Wizard of Oz
American Family Theater
Explore the enchanting land over the rainbow wheredreams really do come true! Make fast friends in the "Wizard of Oz" with the most famous companions in all of literature - the Tin Man, who longs for a heart, the Lion, who wants courage, the Scare Crow, who really needs a brain, and Dorothy, who just wants to get home. Follow the yellow brick road in this magical musical journey and share Dorothy's fantastic adventures as the stage is transformed into a world of the imagination.
American Family Theater's production of "The Wizard of Oz" is a unique, educational experience featuring original music and script, but all our favorite characters and their missions remain the same.
Length: approx 1 hour
Curriculum connection: music, classic literature, symbolism, politics, mythology, creative writing, acting, cinema
Thursday, May 15, 2014
Udi & Nakai
Cultural Music Mix
Udi Bar-David (cello), Charlos Nakai (flute) & Will Clipman (drum)
With the collaborative music of the award-winning artists
(presented in-part through a WESTAF Foundation grant)
Multi-Grammy nominee R. Carlos Nakai melds the haunting sounds of the Native American flute with the soulful expressiveness of the cello of Udi Bar-David (of the Philadelphia Orchestra). Native American, Jewish, and Arabic melodies are presented in diverse arrangements unified by two eclectic and iconoclastic artists who personify their respective peoples. Multi-Grammy nominee Will Clipman adds subtle percussive colors that expand this multi-cultural sharing and exploration.
The sweeping elegance of the cello both underscores and elevates the simple beauty of the Native American flute, wrapping it in a melodic fabric unequalled in traditionals like "Amazing Grace," "Yidid Nefesh" and "Prayer from Jewish Life," Native American melodies like "Whirlwinds Dancing," "Crow Wing" and "Lake That Speaks," and various improvisations that meld different cultural influences.
R. Carlos Nakai
Of Navajo-Ute heritage, R. Carlos Nakai is the world's premier performer of the Native American flute. Originally trained in classical trumpet and music theory, Nakai was given a traditional cedar flute as a gift and challenged to see what he could do with it. Nakai has received 4 Grammy® Awards nominations for his flute recordings, and was awarded the only gold record ever presented to a traditional Native American artist.
Of Israeli heritage and a member of The Philadelphia Orchestra, Mr. Bar-David is an acclaimed soloist in Israel having performed with Israel's leading orchestras, recorded at the Jerusalem Music center founded by Pablo Casals, and toured the country as a member of the Israeli Army Quartet. He has been Principal Cellist in the International Youth Orchestra, at Juilliard, in the National Orchestra of New York, and with the American Ballet Theatre. In addition, he has served on the faculty of the Eastern Music Festival. Winner of the 1984 WFLN Young Instrumentalist Competition, he has appeared as soloist with the Philly Pops under Peter Nero. He has been affiliated with Astral Artistic Services and the Center for Jewish Culture and Creativity. He was featured in solo recitals of Spain and California, in a string quartet appearance on the TODAY show, and radio broadcasts with Network For New Music. Mr. Bar-David is a member of the Philadelphia Orchestra Board of Directors.
Grades: All ages
Length: approx 1 hour
Curriculum connections: music and story telling, world history and literature
Supported in part by a Western States Arts Federation grant and the Intercultural Journeys Foundation.
STARTING AUGUST 29 ORDER BY FAX OR MAIL: No phone orders are taken. Fax the Spencer Theater Box Office at 336.0055, or mail to 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, NM 88312 to reserve seats for your class. Classes should have one chaperone for every 15 students.
PAYMENT OR A SCHOOL PURCHASE ORDER NEEDS TO BE SENT TO THE SPENCER WITHIN 10 DAYS: orders will not be held unless payment or a school purchase order is received within 10 days of the date an order is made.
IF ORDERING FOR SEVERAL CLASSES we require that you include a separate list of the teachers’ names, grade level and number of attendees per teacher. This will enable classes to be admitted to the performance quickly.
WE WILL SEND CONFIRMATION and a ticket voucher for the total number of students and adults on the order. We will also bill the school district for the purchase order amount.
IF ADDITIONAL TICKETS ARE NEEDED a second order and a second purchase order or payment is required.
HOME SCHOOL STUDENTS/ PARENTS: payment needs to be attached with your order for every individual attending a performance. Credit cards are accepted.
ALL SALES ARE FINAL: we are not able to give refunds. Only if a school officially closes (due to weather, etc., etc.) on the day you planned to attend a Class Acts performance will the theater allow an exchange for another performance within the same season. Official notification in writing from the school principal within 3 business days of the performance will be necessary before any adjustment to your account can be made.
BUS ARRANGEMENTS: transportation must be arranged by the teacher or principal. Schools in the districts of Ruidoso, Capitan, Carrizozo, Corona, Mescalero and Hondo may be reimbursed for busing costs through a grant from the Hubbard Foundation. Forward your busing invoice to: Spencer Theater, Attention: Business Office, 108 Spencer Rd., Alto, NM 88312.
STUDY GUIDES: there are links on the Spencer Class Acts website to .pdf study guides on the performances.
GRADE LEVELS: the theater staff recommends appropriate grade levels for each performance. Teachers at other grade levels may consider bringing their students to a performance if they find the material suitable. However, please be advised that students more than three grade levels from those recommended may experience some dissatisfaction.