Featured Plays for School Audiences
InterAct Story Theatre is proud to offer a variety of performances tailored to children and young adults of all ages. Please scroll down to check out our featured plays. Also, visit our storytelling and story theatre programs!
Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One
In this dynamic one-woman show, students follow Harriet Tubman on a journey through the Underground Railroad. Following the performance of Harriet Tubman: The Chosen One, students discuss the play with the playwright and actor, Gwendolyn Briley Strand. Gwendolyn has a wealth of knowledge about the life and times of Harriet Tubman. These discussions are a rare opportunity for the students to dialogue with an actor and playwright about a significant time in U.S. History.
AVAILABLE IN THE 2022-23 SCHOOL YEAR
The following productions have been postponed until the 2022-2023 school year due to Covid-19 health and safety considerations
William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream
Star-crossed lovers on the run. The King and Queen of Fairies fighting over their favorite kid. Romance, chaos, intrigue, practical jokes, and a royal wedding complete with a play-within-a play, all in the course of one midsummer night! InterAct Story Theatre takes on a beloved Shakespearean classic with a zippy, madcap one-hour adaption of A Midsummer Night's Dream, performed by four actors. A Midsummer Night's Dream may be booked as a stand-alone assembly program or as part of a Shakespeare residency with InterAct's teaching artists unpacking Shakespeare's themes through drama! Available in the school year 2022-23 for middle and high school audiences.
The Hero of Everything
Who needs a sidekick or a team when you can do everything yourself, and do it just the way it should be? Captain Everything, leader of The Amazing Alliance and Citytown City's favorite superhero, loves saving the day, and can defeat almost any foe single-handed...but no foe is tougher to beat than Captain Everything’s own need to have everything under control even as the world tumbles down in chaos around her. Will Captain Everything learn she doesn’t have to go it alone, and let others help her before it’s too late? Will the Amazing Alliance find a way to come together—even when they’re apart? Or will Citytown City come tumbling down? This action-packed, interactive play for elementary school audiences incorporates live action, multimedia effects, and a ton of active audience participation as Captain Everything and her team grapple with the character education themes of Cooperation, Collaboration, Fairness and Respect, along with important Social and Emotional Learning concepts.
50 minutes with audience interaction, K-6 audiences
Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey’s Tale
Bob the Monkey is the smartest monkey in the land, and they want everyone to know it! Bob the Monkey wants what they want, and they should be able to get it! But why is everyone mad at Bob? Why is everyone so mean? Bob didn’t do anything! In this interactive theatre forum, children follow Bob’s misadventures and help Bob figure out where they went wrong, and where they could try out Caring, Fairness, and Respect to turn things around. Led by InterAct’s Artistic Director Ali Oliver-Krueger, audience members make suggestions about how Bob could do things differently, watch Bob roleplay out their suggestions to see if Bob can make things better by making better choices. Does it work? What happens next? Bobtail Bong Bong: A Monkey's Tale is an interactive play where children explore how we can apply elements Character Education and Social Emotional Learning in the way we treat others… even when we are feeling sad, angry, or misunderstood.
According to Shakespeare
Our educational program for grades 6 through 12 returns as students get a taste of life According to Shakespeare, taking a spin through an array of his most popular plays, focusing on themes that are just as familiar to today's students as they were to Shakespeare's own audiences! According to Shakespeare gives students an opportunity to experience Shakespeare in performance in a way that reading the text or even watching a filmed performance can’t capture. Created with students who might struggle reading Shakespeare in mind, a number of plays that typically appear in classroom curricula are highlighted. According to Shakespeare may be booked as a stand-alone assembly program or as part of a residency with InterAct Story Theatre’s teaching artists unpacking Shakespeare’s themes through drama!
ADD A TALKBACK SESSION AFTER THE SHOW!
One of the best ways to fully appreciate a play is to talk with the actors who bring the play to life. Adding a Talkback session with the actors after a performance gives your students a wonderful opportunity to ask questions, explore the themes and lessons of the play, and learn more about the actor's craft. As part of the talkback, the actors will also demonstrate a little of what happens "behind the scenes", showing students how the set works and how the actors manage the split-second costume and character changes our plays require. An entertaining and educational arts experience!
A typical Talkback is approximately 20 minutes in length.
ADD A FOLLOW-UP CLASSROOM WORKSHOP!
The fun and learning continues with a follow-up classroom workshop. After a performance, students participate in an engaging creative drama workshop with an actor from the play. Students explore the characters and themes of the play, and work together to compose and act out their own original scene extending the story of the play. This exciting workshop connects with curriculum content standards in English/Language Arts and Theatre.
Contact us to schedule your program today!