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2009 - 2010 Class Acts Performances
The Wrights of Passage Wednesday, April 14, 2010
10:00 AM 4th Grade Students
1:00 PM 8th Grade Students
Originally commissioned by the North Carolina Association of Educators, this family drama celebrates the first one hundred years of flight. Speaking the Wrights' own words and dressed in period costumes, professional actors portray the brothers with enthusiasm and vigor. Wilbur and Orville Wright construct an abstract replica of the famous flyer while revealing their biographies and re-living the poetry of their influences, discoveries, failures, achievements and successes.
The Wrights of Passage is a story of the passion and focus of two brothers who wanted to prove it was possible for man to fly. The brothers made the first powered flights in 1903, in a machine of the Wrights' own invention and construction. The Wrights' discoveries provided the foundation and technology still used today in modern aviation and space exploration. 2003, was the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers first powered flight in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina.
**Audience members participate in The Wrights of Passage. 16 audience members will be selected to participate as readers during the show. The readers are given cards that include milestones and landmark achievements in the history of flight. Readers must be comfortable reading and speaking in front of the audience and should be eight years old or above. Readers must come to the performance area 15 minutes prior to the performance for preparation. When readers are used, the venue should provide a stand, microphone and amplifier for the readers.
"The standing ovation The Wrights of Passage received from the 1200 delegates at our state convention was well deserved! You entertain and educate. Bravo!" says Howard Fox of the NC Association of Educators.
Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, Arts, Language and Character
Produced by: EbZb Productions
Performance Length: 50 Minues with 10 minute Q&A
Suggested Grade Levels: (Grade 4 to 8)
Study Guide: YES
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Thursday, April 15, 2010
10:00 AM 3rd Grade Students
1:00 PM 5th Grade Students
Doktor Kaboom! is an interactive one-man Science variety showsuitable for all elementary and middle school audiences.
Creatively blending theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration, Doktor Kaboom keeps his audience riveted with interest and rolling with laughter whilst exploring scientific content that ties directly into mandated curriculum standards. Join him for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular, and often successful, experiments and demonstrations. Using masterful improvisational skills, the artist takes his audience on a sidesplitting tour of the modern scientific method while demonstrating spectacular applications of the physical sciences.
Doktor Kaboom is the creation of Actor / Comedian David Epley. David has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. His first, science, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years David has made his living writing, performing, and directing original interactive comedy across the US and Canada. He now brings his passions together with an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch a breath.
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math and Theatre
Produced by: Simon Shaw Entertainment
Performance Length: 50 Minutes with 10 minute Q&A
Suggested Grade Levels: (Grade 3 to 6)
Study Guide: YES
Video of Doktor Kaboom
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Brown Vs. Board of Education
Monday, April 19, 2010
10:00 AM 6th Grade Students
1:00 PM 7th Grade students
In 1952, the Supreme Court heard a number of school-segregation cases, including Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas. It decided unanimously in 1954 that segregation was unconstitutional; overthrowing the 1896 Plessy v. Ferguson ruling that had set the "separate but equal" precedent. This one-man performance is the perfect way to start a discussion on civil rights. Whether in the classroom, a black history celebration, or as part of a civil rights forum, this entertaining and explaining tour de force encapsulates the high impact ruling for desegregating schools.
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Arts, Social Studies, American History and Character Education
Produced by: Mike Wiley Productions in association with EBZB Productions
Performance Length: 45 minutes with 15 Minute Q&A
Suggested Grade Levels: (7 and Above)
Study Guide Available: YES