School Programs

Since 1997 the Emelin’s subsidized School Programs have brought thousands of children into our theatre, extending learning from the classroom to the stage. Discounted tickets allow audiences representing a variety of socio-economic and cultural backgrounds, and for many, it is their first brush with live theatre – a life-changing experience that forges a powerful bond with the arts.

The productions are often based on children’s literature and represent a variety of diverse and socially and historically relevant themes. All productions are tied to curriculum through study guides, and teachers are encouraged to incorporate the plays’ themes into classroom discussions and topics. As budget cutbacks at our schools have limited our arts education programs, the Emelin’s School Programs fill a critical need.

The School Programs season is made possible by generous contributions from sponsors and individuals.


Mon, Nov 20, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

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? 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! Based on the “Biscuit” series of books, written by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Illustrated by Pat Schories.
(Approximately 55 minutes in length, recommended for grades Pre-K – 2)
Curriculum connections: Family Relationships, Literature-Based, Values-Based

Dr. Seuss’ The Cat In The Hat
Thu, Nov 30 & Fri, Dec 1, 2017 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

A musical based on the Dr. Seuss classic. The funniest, most mischievous cat is back with the trickiest of tricks and the craziest of ideas, turning a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know they’re in for some fun, but oh, what will Mum find when she comes home?  A Two Beans Production under Theatreworks USA
(Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades K -4)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music.

Curious George: The Golden Meatball
Mon, Feb 12, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

On Meatball Day, George helps his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, something’s keeping people away. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest….in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome — and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking than he’d ever imagined! A Theatreworks USA Production.
(Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades Pre K-3).
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Doktor Kaboom! Live Wire! The Electricity Tour
Sun, Mar 12, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Join Kaboom for a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and nonconductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors. Aimed at grades 3-8.

Charlotte’s Web
Mon, Apr 23, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Wilbur the pig has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte who is, yes, a spider, weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring funny and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship. A Theatreworks USA production.
(Approximately one-hour in length, recommended for grades K – 5)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Pete The Cat
Thu, May 3 & Fri, May 4, 2018 @ 9:30am & 11:15am

Jimmy Biddle’s not happy about the new hip cat Pete, who’s come into his life and turned everything upside down. Second grade is tough enough! But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. A TheatreworksUSA production based on the best selling book series by Kimberly and James Dean.
(Approximately 50 minutes in length, recommended for grades PreK – 3)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

Ticket Prices:

  • $9 per student for groups of 30 or more.
  • $10 per student for groups of 30 or less.
  • One complimentary ticket is available to a parent/teacher chaperone for every 15 students.
  • Additional seating for non-students is available at the full price rate of $15.

Additional Information:

  • Seating is determined at the time of reservation and subject to the discretion of the theatre.
  • Reservations are required and must be accompanied by a 50% deposit 12 weeks prior to the performance. Deposits are non refundable.
  • Tickets must be paid in full four weeks prior to the event with no exceptions.
  • All sales are final. No refunds. Please arrive promptly as all shows begin on time. A map and driving directions are available.
  • Handicap accessibility is available, but must be requested in advance.

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