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Without the generosity of The Midland Theatre family and friends, we would not be what we are today. There are a number of ways you can be a part of something very special here at The Midland Theatre.
Young people learn in many ways. The emotional rush of a live performance could be the key to unlocking a world of learning. With generous support from Mortellaro McDonald's, The Midland Theatre is thrilled to provide this experience for thousands of students each year.
Sharing the magic of the performing arts with your students, this series explores concepts like sequencing, retelling and comparing different versions of the same story. Beyond the academic merits, a field trip to the Midland may be a child's only chance to see a live show in a beautiful theatre. At just $5 per person, the value is undeniable. All performances are 45-60 minutes.
Thanks to the support from great organizations such as Mortellaro McDonalds, The Ohio Arts Council, The Licking County Foundation, The Limited, Kohl's Cares and Mary E. Babcock Foundation, we are able to provide some financial assistance to help offset the cost of attending these special performances. Funding is limited, and The Midland Theatre may not be able to accommodate all financial needs, so prompt response is of the utmost importance.
Creole for Kidz & the History of Zydeco
Creole for Kidz & the History of Zydeco is centered on the history and evolution of this unique American roots music genre. Zydeco is the traditional music of the black and mixed race, French speaking Creoles of south Louisiana. It all started with a conversation Terrance had with his good friend and ethnomusicologist, Taj Mahal, who insisted Terrance tell his important story through song. Simien had long been frustrated by the lack of representation and resources dedicated to the Creole culture. Over the years there was a concerted effort and resourced dedicated by cultural organizations to raise the awareness about the Cajun or Acadian culture, its history, language and traditions, including its music of course. In 1999 Terrance got busy. He hunkered down, did months and months of research and wrote original songs and narration for his recording project. He then developed study guide materials. Simien’s agents at the time were thrilled to be able to offer this program, the only one of its kind to the performing arts presenters they were currently working with. It took them no time to books dozens of performances in the first year the program toured. The 8-page study guide with glossary is a useful tool helps prepare students, parents and educators for the concert performance.
Download the study guide material here.
Visit Creole for Kidz & the History of Zydeco's website to learn more.
Solve it Cyrus and the Aftermath of a Math Class
Cyrus can solve anything! Whether it be puzzles, mysteries, or riddles. If there's a problem to be solved Cy's your guy! But in this original musical from Stars Within Reach, Cyrus meets his match; Math Class. Come along as Solve it Cyrus and his friends learn the ins and outs of all things math in "The Aftermath of Math Class". Students and teachers alike will learn what makes math fun in this delightfully charming musical adventure!
Solve it Cyrus and the Aftermath of a Math Class's website to learn more.
How to Survive Middle School
A Robert Post Production
An absorbing, authentic, and fun program to help students ride a roller-coaster time in their young lives – brought to you by an acclaimed performer and comic genius who started out absolutely hating school.
There’s no simple formula for helping middle school students navigate this stretch of their lives. But Robert Post, a performer who captivates audiences nationwide with his hilarious one-man variety show, has created a new program that brings middle-school kids and their deeply felt concerns right to center stage. “How to Survive Middle School” starts with an hour-long show that blends fun and entertainment with honest talk about social and emotional issues – and then follows up with lesson plans and activities that teachers can use to help students handle these issues with greater confidence and control.
The real power of this program – and what has most impressed educators familiar with it – is the way it gives voice to the students. Interspersed with Post’s entertaining skits are short videos in which middle-school kids speak candidly about the pressures and worries they face. Teachers speak candidly as well, underscoring how deeply they care about their students. The final video features high-school students looking back and talking about how they “survived” their middle-school years, and reassuring the younger students that they, too, will survive.
Download the study guide material here.
Visit Robert Post's website to learn more.
Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun
"Lucy, Lucy, eats stinky food that puts us all in a big, bad mood!” How can Ralph be so mean, Lucy wonders? Lucy is one of a kind, and Ralph loves to point that out. Lucy’s defining moment comes when Ralph truly needs her help. Because she knows what she stands for, Lucy has the courage to make the right choice. This tasty new musical, based on the award-winning book by Maria Dismondy, empowers children, when faced with bullying, to always do the right thing and to be proud of themselves.
Visit Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun's website to learn more.