A new school year, a new BTC season!

Sometimes the question arises: "how do you choose each Beyond the Classroom season?" Let me tell you, there are many different moving parts, including: the schedules of national touring companies, when we have open dates in the Wilson Center calendar (programming and events take place here almost every day out of the year in our building!), and the calendars of the various area school districts. I can also tell you that we go after performances that offer the "wow" factor. For many students, this just may be the one and only opportunity for them to experience live art. And we want nothing more than to make that experience memorable!

With that said, here are a few of my top picks for this year's Beyond the Classroom season.

Wait! Wait! I can’t. I just can’t choose only a few. This will have to be part one of a two-part blog for the 2015-2016 Beyond the Classroom titles. (Sorry, marketing department.) (Marketing department's note: It's o.k., Christina. We agree with you. All shows this season are going to be amazing!)

Peter Rabbit Tales | November 9, 2015 | 10am and noon
Enchantment Theatre Company, Philadelphia

What the brochure and website do not tell you is that our Kuttemperoor Grand Hall outside of the Harris Theater will be filled with the world of Beatrix Potter! Photographs of Potter with small creatures and costume sketches will help you celebrate Potter’s 150th Anniversary. Even Emma Thompson thinks you should go! http://www.bbc.com/news/entertainment-arts-29408192

Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny | January 27 & 28, 2016 | 10am and noon
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

If you joined us for last season’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites, you know that words can't adequately express what an experience our classroom audiences are in for. Mermaid Theatre celebrates beautiful puppetry in an extremely child-centered way. Picture books are brought to life in gorgeous, artistic ways. Stunning.

Harriet Tubman & The Underground Railroad | February 12, 2016 | 10am & noon & 5:30pm
Theatre IV presents Virginia Repertory Theatre

Our children need us as adults to share with them positive, powerful women heroes. And it is important that these heroes come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. Yes, this is history coming to life on the Harris stage; but more importantly, the storytelling of such an unbelievable journey is an important inspiration to us all.

Please join us this season, and bring the gift of the arts to your students/sons/daughters/grandchildren/nieces/nephews, etc. The experience just might encourage them to pick up a book, or maybe even uncover an interest in the arts that will last a lifetime!

Christina

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