Tuesday, October 26, 2010

FreshBaked Theatre Company of Widner University presents: The Legend of Trouble Dolls!

Children's Theatre at Widener!

"Under the earth Fuego is grumbling and rumbling.
He is angry and when he is angry his blood runs hot!"
In the mountains of Guatemala
the native peoples share an ancient legend with their children. Before
sleeping, the child must tell her doll her trouble and while she sleeps,
the doll will solve the problem. Teresa, a young village girl, has one
very BIG trouble – the fiery volcano god, Fuego, whose rumbles echo
across the mountains. Can her Trouble Dolls help defeat him and rescue
her brother, Paco??

The Legend of the Trouble Dolls is based on the folklore of Guatemala.
Produced by special arrangement with Children's Theatre Plays

Wednesday, November 10th, 9:15 am
Friday, November 12th, 1:00 pm
Running time: 40 minutes

Benefits Bernardine Center Food Pantry!

Widener University
Alumni Auditorium
15th and Chestnut Street,
on the main campus.

FreshBaked Theatre Company

Widener's student ensemble producing inventive theatre for audiences of all ages.

Lisa Eckley Cocchiarale



Upcoming Classes at the Newark Arts Alliance

Cartoon & Comic Art for Teens
October 28 - December 11,
(6 Thursdays, no class 11/25)
7- 8 pm
Ages 12-17
Limited to 8 students.
$58members/$64 non-members
The comics industry has been going strong for almost a century, and cartoons even longer! In this class we'll be starting from the beginning: we'll deal with character design, story writing, page layouts, lettering, inking, as well as a number of other issues that come up in the creation and production of comics. Students will produce their own short comics and collaborate with one another the way the pros do. Supply list will be provided upon enrollment.
Taught by Rebecca Morgan

Intro to Improv: Young Teen Class

October 30 to November 20th
(4 Saturdays)
Ages 13-15
$32 members/$35 non-members
Improv is like skydiving: it looks terrifying, but once you do it, you never get over the thrill! This class is designed to introduce and implement the basic rules of improv. The structure provided by these rules allow us to successfully build scenes through short-form games, creating, accepting, and building on the suggestions of the group or the audience. Improvisational theatre is a wonderful way in which to develop social skills centered on teamwork, focus, creativity, and enthusiasm. The final class will be open to parents who wish to observe their child’s work in an informal performance-geared session.
Taught by Victoria Larson

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Victoria Larsen- has a B.A. in Drama and Humanities from Washington College. She has been acting professionally since graduation, and has appeared for three seasons with the professional cast of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire.

Rebecca Morgan- has a B.A. in fine arts from Haverford College. At Haverford she concentrated in drawing and printmaking, and her thesis project emphasized the influence of comic art and graphic novels on her work. She has studied art at DCAD, the University of Delaware, and the Appel Farm Arts & Music Center, and was the T.A. for four foundation printmaking classes at Haverford last year.

Newark Arts Alliance
"developing community through the arts"

Market East Plaza
276 E. Main St., Suite 102, Newark, DE 19711



Sunday, October 24, 2010

Delaware Nature Society: Homeschool Programs for November and December!

Fall 2010 Homeschool Program Series
Ashland Nature Center

Call Fiona Smith at (302) 239-2334 x134 to register.

Cost for each program is $7 per student.

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Delaware Bay Study

Wed. Nov. 3, 2010

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Investigate the diversity of life in the Delaware Bay Estuary. Study the rich diversity of plant and animal life that depend on the Bay. Use dip nets, seine nets and binoculars to search for wildlife. Arrange organisms in appropriate food-chains, identify them as producers, consumers or decomposers. Explore the incredible Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

* This program meets at the Bombay Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

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Tree Planting at Middle Run

Wed. Nov. 10, 2010

12:30 pm to 2:30 pm

Join us and help plant trees at Middle Run Natural Area in Newark. Learn about native trees, and make a positive contribution to our local environment. Dress for the weather and wear long pants, gloves and sturdy shoes; we will plant rain or shine.

* This program meets at Middle Run Natural Area.

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Geologist’s Overnight

Thurs. Dec. 2 – Fri. Dec. 3, 2010

Thurs. 2:00 pm


Friday 2:30 pm

Join other homeschoolers for a” Geologist’s Overnight”. Programs include Geology of Ashland and Mining and Minerals. Hike the trails at Ashland to discover current examples of weathering, erosion and deposition, and use rock hammers and goggles to collect mineral and rock samples. Evening program is “Winter Astronomy,” and will also include field games, a night hike and a campfire. Sleep in the Ashland Lodge.

Fee for the overnight is $20.00/ student.

One parent should plan to accompany child (at no cost)

For more information contact:

Judy Montgomery



Thursday, October 21, 2010

Literature Club and French Classes for Teens!


*A teen literature club that enables the members to speak freely about literature they relate to.

*Examines all types of literature from popular music lyrics to Charles Dickens.

*Discussions will revolve around the many issues facing teens today.

1-2 pm, in the board room


Jenni Stern
610-446-3082 extension 216

This club is free and no registration is required.
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French classes
beginners & more advanced students
"The Circling Teen Club"

For more information contact
Emma Medina


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

What About Homeschooler Portfolios? ~ A FREE Presentation at Open Connections!

Tuesday, October 26
7pm - 9pm


This workshop is designed for parents who would like guidance in designing a process for organizing a portfolio, which is required for year-end evaluation for registered homeschoolers. Our goal is to help each family identify a portfolio process that best fits their own temperament, routines and capabilities.

To register and for more information,
Barbara at (610) 459-3366.

Open Connections, an educational resource center and learning community for young people and their families.

Open Connections
1616 Delchester Road
Newtown Square, PA 19073



Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Free Student Dress Rehearsals offered by Opera Delaware!

La Traviata
By Giuseppe Verdi
La Traviata is Verdi’s most romantic work and the third most frequently performed opera in the world. This heart‐wrenching story follows a young Parisian courtesan as she falls into a love that she is eventually forced torenounce, thanks to her lover’s disapproving father. Vocal fireworks will be supplied by soprano Colleen Daly as Violetta in her main‐stage OperaDelaware debut. Sung in Italian with English Supertitles

Bring your students to a complete main‐stage performance of Verdi’s beloved masterpiece with full orchestra and chorus, led by nationally known artists, and complemented by top quality production elements!

Grades 6‐12, best suited for students ages 12 and older though we
leave it to your discretion. Also available are discussion questions/study
materials for your use in the classroom.

The Grand
818 North Market Street

Friday, November 5th ‐ 2010

7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
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The Merry Widow
By Franz Lehar
Hanna Glawari is one seriously wealthy widow and the entire embassy of her small, struggling country wants to keep her money within its borders. At a ball celebrating the Grand Duke’s birthday, they introduce her to a countryman they hope will be her future husband... But is that what she has in mind? Of course not – and that is where the fun begins! Sung in English with Easy‐to‐Read Supertitles
Bring your students to a complete main‐stage performance of Lehar’s beloved masterpiece with full orchestra and chorus, led by nationally known artists, and complemented by top quality production elements.
Suggested grades 6‐12, best suited for students ages 12 and older though we
leave it to your discretion. Also available are discussion questions/study
materials for use in the classroom.

The Grand
818 North Market Street

Friday, April 29th ‐ 2011
7:30 pm – 10:15 pm
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Sponsored, in part, by a grant from the
Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency
dedicated to nurturing and supporting the arts in
Delaware, in partnership with the National
Endowment for the Arts.

Learn More about Opera and Humanities
FREE lecture one hour before the production sponsored, in part, by the Delaware Humanities Forum. These lectures help students make connections with their curriculum, their communities and more importantly themselves. These stimulating discussions help your students connect to the opera in personal ways and show them how opera has become a part of our identities, our traditions, our history and our cultures.

For more information:
302‐658‐8063 ext. 3261


Monday, October 11, 2010

Philadelphia Museum of Art; Homeschool Classes

Homeschoool Museum Classes


Philadelphia Museum of Art

Homeschool Museum Classes are designed to serve small homeschool co-op groups or individual homeschool families. Each class takes place in the Museum’s permanent galleries and is designed as an interactive lesson that encourages students to examine objects and ideas through a variety of activities including discussions, drawing and writing in the galleries. Preschool age group class will have a book read to them in the galleries, look at original works of art that relate to the book, and make an art project to take home.

Student Fees:

$8 per class (Museum Members)

$10 per class (Non-Members)

Reduced Rate if you sign up for 4 classes or more,

$ 7 per class (Museum Members) $9 per class (Non-Members)

Chaperones Fee:

$4 per class (Museum Members)

$5 per class (Non-Members)

$1 off each class when signing up for 4 or more classes

*As there can be no more than 30 participants (including chaperones) in each class, parents who wish to accompany their child must sign up in advance.


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November 3rd

10am – 12pm

Ages 3-4 ~ Art Patterns

Ages 5-7 ~ Stories in Art

Ages 8-11 ~ Art and Language Arts

Ages 12-17 ~ Art and Language Arts


December 1st

10am – 12pm

Ages 5-7 ~ Walking Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection

Ages 8-11 ~ Walking Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection

Ages 12-17 ~ Walking Through Time with Museum’s Architecture Collection

January 5th

10am – 12pm

Ages 3-4 ~ Furniture

Ages 5-7 ~ From Realism to Abstraction

Ages 8-11 ~ From Realism to Abstraction & Studio

Ages 12-17 ~ From Realism to Abstraction

February 2nd

10am – 12pm

Ages 5-7 ~ Art and Nature & Studio

Ages 8-11 ~ Art and Nature

Ages 12-17 ~ Art and Nature

March 2nd

10am – 12pm

Ages 3-4 ~ Art of Sculpture

Ages 5-7 ~ Art and Math

Ages 8-11 ~ Art and Math

Ages 12-17 ~ Art and Math

April 6th

10am – 12pm

Ages 5-7 ~ People, Places and Things

Ages 8-11 ~ Painters and Painting & Studio

Ages 12-17 ~ Painters and Painting

May 4th

10am – 12pm

Ages 3-4 ~ Art in Blossom

Ages 5-7 ~ Days of Knights & Studio

Ages 8-11 ~ Days of Knights

Ages 12-17 ~ Art of Renaissance

June 1st

10am – 12pm

Ages 3-4 ~ Knights and Dragons

Ages 5-7 ~ Drawing and Discovery in Galleries

Ages 8-11 ~ Drawing and Discovery in Galleries

Ages 12-17 ~ Drawing and Discovery in Galleries


Janette Wheeler

215 684 7582.

*Registration period ends at 4 pm on the Wednesday of the week preceding the lesson.

To register:

email: hsp@philamuseum.org


Janette Wheeler

215 684 7582



Saturday, October 2, 2010

Educator's Open House at Longwood Gardens

For more information:
Longwood Gardens: 610-388-1000
Route 1, PO Box 501, Kennett Square PA 19348-0501 USA


The Children's Series at the DuPont Theater!

Grades P - 2


MON, OCT. 25
9:30 & Noon

The Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in the entire ocean, but after he is rude to a little blue fish one day, all of the other fish ignore him. He gives away all of his beautiful scales and discovers the value of personal beauty and friendship.
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Grades K - 5

TUE & WED, NOV. 16 & 17
9:30 & Noon

This treasured tale is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, the show explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

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Grades K-6

WED, DEC. 15
9:30am & Noon

Perhaps the best loved holiday story of all time, our adaptation of Dickens' classic is particularly suited to children, and features a magnificent score by Paul Deiss. All the joy, sentiment and meaning are here, without being too scary for young audiences.

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Grades 3-9

TUE, JAN. 18
9:30 & Noon

The thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, is told in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include "Follow the Drinking Gourd," "Steal Away," "Wade in the Water," "Good News, the Chariot's A-comin'," and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit -- a universal story for all.

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Seussical: The Musical!
Grades P-5

9:30 & Noon

THU, FEB. 17 in DOVER* 

10 & Noon

The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics. Dr. Seuss's beloved characters find themselves intertwined in an incredible crazy-quilt adventure, in which the power of imagination and the most miraculous "think" ever save the day!

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Grades P-2

WED & THU, MARCH 16 & 17
9:30am & Noon

Harry HATES baths! After a wonderful day spent playing in the dirt, Harry gets so grubby that he turns into a little black dog with white spots…and returns home to find that his family doesn’t recognize him. Based on the classic book by Gene Zion with illustrations by Margaret Bloy Graham, this show captures both the whimsical humor and touching dedication to family found in Harry’s story.

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Grades K-5


9:30 & Noon

10am & Noon

Dear First Grade Journal, 
This is the bestest musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe) ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade. I think I might like first grade after all!
Love, (but not the mushy kind) 
Junie B.

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Grades K -5 

9:30 & Noon

FRI MAY 6 / 9:30 & Noon

E.B. White's heroic and debonair Stuart Little lives with his new family in New York City. His parents are sure thrilled with him, but everyone is not. Through a series of adventures he eventually gains the love of his big brother, acceptance by the extended Little family and even the grudging tolerance of the family cat.

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Duck for President and Other Story Books
Grades P-4


TUE & WED, MAY 17 & 18

9:30 & Noon
An all-new musical revue featuring mini-musicals based on best-selling children's books (stories subject to change): Duck for President, Fancy Nancy, Babymouse: The Musical, I Have to Go!
Leonard the Terrible Monster, and Pirates Don't Change Diapers.

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Important Info To Know!

1. Easy online reservation form.

2. All shows are $6 each except for SEUSSICAL, which is $7.50. 

3. All shows are about one hour long.

4. All shows are a natural extension of the educational experience and study guides are available through the links under each show.

5. All shows are performed at the DuPont Theatre in Wilmington unless otherwise stated.

*DOVER shows at: Central Middle School, Dover, DE

Organize a Group!
The 2010-2011 Season filled with fun & learning for children in the Tri-State area. Nothing beats the magic of live theatre and each of our shows comes with study guides to help your children learn and grow. Not sure yet about class size or dates? No worries: we'll work with you. There are no fees for email reservations, and no deposit necessary.

Savings Bonus:
Book a Group before June 1st, 2010 and receive 5% off!*
* Cannot be combined with any other ticket discount.
5% will be taken off the final total, if class sizes adjust in the Fall.
Only Valid on groups of 20 or more.


Delaware's Broadway Experience!

M - F 10 AM - 4 PM
1-800-338-0881 / 302-656-4401

M - F 8:30 AM - 4 PM