2016-2017 Class Acts Schedule of Performances

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Flamenco Vivo Carlota Santana

Bailes de Ida y Vuelta (Dances of Comings and Goings)

Grade Level(s):               Time(s):  
5th  Grade                        10:00 am
6th Grade                         1:00 pm

Curriculum Connections: ELA, Literacy, History, Social Science, Social Skills,

Hispanic Art, Music, Visual and Performing Arts

Bailes de Ida y Vuelta (Dances of Comings and Goings) is a wonderful blend of entertainment and education and combines explanations of the intricacies of flamenco and its cultural history, with details of the varied instruments involved in the art form: castañuelas(castanets), guitarra (guitar), cante (voice), and zapateado (footwork). The performance reveals the lightheartedness of Latino inspired flamenco dances reflecting centuries of cultural exchange between Spain and Latin America. Although flamenco is known for its zapateado (footwork), the dance was introduced by the people of Mexico and taken back to Spain where the Spanish claimed it their own. In this show, the Mexican dance La Bamba, performed with fans, illustrates the blending of Spanish, indigenous, and African cultures. The Colombianas highlight the cumbia’s flowing colorful skirts and swaying turns of the body. The Milonga / Vidalita shows the strong pride of the Argentinian Tango, and the Guajiras transport you to warm days in Cuba and Puerto Rico. Audience participation is a vital aspect of the performance which ends with a Q & A session. 

Thursday, March 30, 2017

Carolina Live! - Our Musical History

(Artist: Carolina Music Ways)

Grade Level(s):               Time(s):  
3rd Grade                           10:00 am
4th Grade                         1:00 pm

Curriculum Connections: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies, Visual and Performing Arts

Carolina Live! - Our Musical History introduces North Carolina’s rich musical history to students through a compelling, high energy 50-minute performance featuring twelve of NC’s finest professional musicians.  The program highlights famous musicians from North Carolina and the social and cultural conditions which influenced their development.  Artist’s covered include: John Coltrane, Doc Watson, Blind Boy Fuller and the 5 Royale's. Seven genres of music  are covered including Old Time, Blues, Moravian Music, Blue Grass, Jazz, Gospel and early R&B. There is also a power point component featuring  images of the musicians discussed along with short narrations between songs providing  informational anecdotes about each musician.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

GEMS: The World's Wisdom Stories

(Artist: Doug Berky)

Grade Level(s):               Time(s):  
1st Grade                           10:00 am
2nd Grade                         1:00 pm

Curriculum Connections:  Art, Literature, Visual Arts, English & Communication Skills

Doug Berky uses classic styles of storytelling from many cultures around the world by weaving together many art forms into a full stage, large mask theater production with clever and creative costuming. Masks, puppets, mime, drama, comedy, music and storytelling are integral elements that help the audience experience these treasures of wisdom that teach us to understand and trust one another.  In his performance of GEMS, Doug presents a variety of stories, drawing on classic collections such as “Aesop’s Fables” from Greece and stories of Hans Christian Andersen from Denmark, which have inspired and educated the world’s young people for years.  Doug may also include stories from lesser known collections of folklore and mythology from Asian, African, Middle Eastern and Native American cultures. 

This project is presented by the Sampson Arts Council and is made possible through a CartWheels Grant from the NC Arts Council. FMI visit: www.sampsonarts.org  and www.ncarts.org

Friday, March 31, 2017

Dar He - The Lynching of Emmett Till

(Artist: Mike Wiley)

Grade Level(s):               Time(s):  
7th Grade                           10:00 am
8th Grade                         1:00 pm

Curriculum Connections: Social Studies, American History, Character Education, Language Arts, Visual & Performing Arts

In 1955, a 14-year-old black Chicago youth traveled to the Mississippi Delta with country kinfolk and southern cooking on his mind. He walked off the train and into a world he could never understand — a world of thick color lines, of hard-held class systems and unspeakable taboos. Young Emmett crossed that line and stepped into his gruesome fate by whistling at a white woman. This riveting play chronicles the murder, trial and unbelievable confession of the men accused of Till's lynching.

This project is funded in part by a grant from the Sampson Arts Council Grassroots Funding program made possible by the NC Arts Council; an agency of the Department of Cultural Resources, and the National Endowment for the Arts, which believes that a great nation deserves great art.” www.ncarts.org & www.sampsonarts.org