The Young People’s Theatre is live theater performed by national touring companies geared for specific age groups, open to school children and home-schooled students. Each year this series has provided opportunities for thousands of school age children to attend outstanding performances of an enriching and educational nature.

2019-20 Young People’s Theatre Lineup

Young People’s Theatre is graciously sponsored by Duke Energy

The Little Engine That Could

Thursday, October 17, 2019
Grades PreK – 3
9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

Believing that anything is possible, believing that magic can be found anywhere, and above all believing in oneself are all lessons to be found in this new musical version of the beloved children’s  classic The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle.  The Little Blue Engine, against all odds, finds a way to conquer her fears and demonstrate the extraordinary strength of “I think I can!” Featuring dynamic, Broadway-style musical numbers and colorful, inventive sets and costumes, students will learn valuable lessons on self-reliance.

Curriculum Connections: Values, Literature, Music                                                                                                                                    Little Engine Study Guide

Magic School Bus

Thursday, November 21, 2019
Grades 1 – 5

9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip!  But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series.

Curriculum Connections: Science, Social Studies, Communication and Language Arts                                                                            Magic School Bus Study Guide

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Thursday, January 30, 2020
Grades 3 – 8

9:30 a.m. & 11:30 a.m.
The importance of courage and personal integrity is presented against the backdrop of the American Civil War in a production for young people that exposes the conflicts between patriotism and pacifism.  With the onset of the Civil War, the residents of Gettysburg find their lives being turned upside down. To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.

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Curriculum Connection: Family Relationships, Historical, Language/Communication Skills, Multi-Cultural, Values-Based

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For information and reservations, e-mail: culturalperformances@southflorida.edu