School Time at the Z!
Each year, The Z provides performances, workshops, and in school residencies by nationally-recognized artists to more than 36,000 school children and teachers. The programs occur during regular school hours and support the curriculum by providing engaging learning experiences that enhance students' knowledge, creativity, and learning skills, as well as expand their understanding and appreciation of the world of the performing arts.
The Z's approach to arts education is both unique and highly effective. The Z provides a diversity of programs that deepen, strengthen and develop children's curiosity and creativity - opening a world of possibilities.
Our SchoolTime Series features some of the world's most respected and famed theatrical, dance and musical companies – incredible shows performed by artists celebrated throughout the world!
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In-Class Literacy-Based Residency
Working in tandem with the teacher, a renowned professional artist visits the classroom and guides
students in a discussion of the literary work or historical subject, providing insight and interpretation of the content and exploring key elements. With great performances presented as part of our LITERACYPROJECT, the visiting artist will guide your students in a discussion, preparing them to enjoy and fully benefit from the performance. Request More Information
For select performances The Z offers in-school workshops conducted by some of the most talented and creative artists of dance, theatre and music in the world. Designed to enrich and deepen your students' experience with the arts, these workshops also excite and engage students, provide greater insight, understanding and interpretation of the content matter, and enhance the theatre experience. Request More Information
Professional Development Opportunites for Teachers
The Z offers professional development workshops that provide teachers with performing arts-based skills to teach core curriculum. These high quality, in-depth workshops help teachers learn how to integrate the arts into the classroom.
Pre and Post-Performance Discussions
Many of our performances are enhanced with interactive, informal discussions between the audience and special guests, performing artists and their companies. Discussions include an exploration of the themes, the art form, and opportunities for questions and answers.
The Z recognizes that budgets are under great strain, therefore listed below are resources that may be useful when looking for assistance in funding tickets, transportation, and costs for our Educational Programs.
- LOCAL CULTURAL COUNCIL Field Trip Grant (formerly the PASS Grant)
The postmark deadline is October 15.
Applications are available here.
Please note: grants from LCCs are reimbursementbased.
The applicant must purchase tickets in advance, and if approved for a grant, then submit paperwork to the LCC for reimbursement. The LCC Field Trip Grant funds field trips to attend
a performance at The Z for children, grades Pre-Kindergarten through 12, by subsidizing the
cost of admission. Applicants may be parents, teachers, administrators, PTA/PTOs, neighborhood centers or civic organizations. Public, private, and parochial schools are all eligible for LCC Field Trip Grants. *Not all towns fund the Field Trip Grant. Check with your local cultural council.
- BIG YELLOW SCHOOL BUS: $200 grants awarded to meet the transportation costs of field trips. Rolling Applications on a first received, first funded basis. www.masculturalcouncil.org
- TARGET Field Trip Grants: Application cycle opens onAugust 1, 2012 for field trips taking place from January 1, 2013 to December 31, 2013. www.target.com
- YOUR SCHOOL'S PARENT GROUP
Additional funding sources may be available. We will post grant opportunities on our website as they become available.
For more information call 508 997 5664
Teacher Curriculum Guides are available to make each of our performances as meaningful as possible. These guides are helpful in preparing students for an enjoyable and educational theatre experience. Included you'll find discussion topics, resource materials, and classroom activities that extend the impact of the performance and promote learning across the curriculum.
Download our 2012/2013 Curriculum Guides:
Alexander & the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day | Click Here
Charlotte’s Web | Click Here
Christmas Carol | Click Here
Click, Clack, Moo | Click Here
Guess How Much I Love You | Click Here
Martha Speaks | Click Here
MatheMagic | Click Here
Mayans: The New Immigrants |
Midsummer Night’s Dream | Click Here
Pride & Prejudice |
Secret Life of Bees | Click Here
Skippy Jon Jones | Click Here
Toying with Science |
We the People |
Directions to The Z
684 Purchase Street, Downtown New Bedford From Points North: Take Route 24 South to exit 12 (Route 140 South). Continue on Route 140 to exit 2E (Route 195 East) and follow as stated below.
From Points East or West: Take Route 195 to exit 15 (Route 18/Downtown). Move to the center lane and at the second set of lights take a right (onto Union Street). Proceed up Union Street and take a left at the fourth set of lights (South Sixth
Street). Follow South Sixth Street and take your first left onto
Spring Street. Continue down Spring Street until you reach the
intersection of Spring Street and Purchase Street. When space
is available pull up alongside the Zeiterion to disembark.
Bus Parking: Buses are sent to the ferry parking lot (Whale’s Tooth Parking Lot). It is located on the street that runs parallel to Route 18 (Macarthur Drive into Acushnet Avenue). It is very important that your bus parks at this lot only. In order to dismiss easily and in a timely manner, it is essential that we know where all the buses are located.
Arrival /Dismissal Policies
Please allow yourself plenty of time to get here. If you
are going to be late please call the Zeiterion at
508-997-5664 so that we may try to make adjustments.
As seating can take time, plan to arrive at the theatre
20 minutes before the show.
Buses should stop alongside the north side of the
Zeiterion (Spring Street). Please do not disembark until
met by a Zeiterion staff member. The bus driver and one
teacher will be given corresponding bus numbers used for
dismissal. The Zeiterion does its best to seat large groups
together, however if buses arrive separately, groups may
be broken up.
Once inside, please make final seating arrangements
after you’ve been assigned a section by an usher.
We ask that you be seated first and then make any necessary changes. Following the performance, departure is coordinated from the stage by a Zeiterion staff member. Buses are called by the bus numbers assigned upon arrival. Please note that buses are not always called numerically. Your
patience here is appreciated. Click Here to print out Directions / PDF
Click Here to print out Theatre Behavior/ PDF
Frequently Asked Questions
When should we book?
Our shows are extremely popular.
Please make your request early to avoid disappointment. Once
a performance has been selected and confirmed by The Z,
make sure the date is on your school's master calendar. Our
reservations are on a first-come, first-served basis, and it may
be difficult to reschedule if a conflict develops.
Who do we call with a performance or booking
Call 508-997-5664 Monday-Friday between
9AM and 5PM.
Who/What is the School Representative?
The SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE is responsible for notifying
The Z of any changes to the reservation before and after the
payment deadline. Notice of cancellation must be made 60 days
prior to performance. Cancellations made less than 60 days will
not be refunded.
How long are the performances?
approximately 60 minutes, unless otherwise noted.
How much are tickets?
Performance prices range from $8
to $12 each. See ticket request form for specific prices. With
every 10 tickets purchased, you receive 1 free adult/chaperone
ticket. Additional chaperones and parents are welcome
to attend the performances at the published ticket price.
Professional Development Workshop participants and their
classes may receive discounted tickets to linked performance
(call 508-997-5664 ext 21 for details).
When do we pay?
Invoices are mailed upon receipt of
your request form. Payment (or purchase order) AND any
changes in the number attending are due 60 days prior
to the performance. If you require additional paperwork to
process the payment, please contact The Z staff early in the
reservation process. If neither payment nor a purchase order is
received at least 60 days prior to the performance your seats
may be released to the next school on the waiting list.
What are the cancellation policies?
must be made in writing. If you need to cancel, please write in
large black letters "CANCEL" on the order form and fax it to
508-999-5956. Please call our office, 508-997-5664 to confirm
your fax has been received. Cancellations must be made 60 days
prior to day of show. No refund will be issued if your order is not
cancelled within the 60 day time frame. When you cancel in a
timely manner, we are able to offer classes on the "wait list" the
opportunity to attend. Cancellations by The Z rarely occur, but if
they do, you will receive a full refund.
What happens if the weather is bad on the day
of the performance?
The Z is contractually obligated
to pay artists regardless of weather conditions. If your
school is cancelled due to bad weather, The Z cannot refund
your payment, but with your written request, we will try to
accommodate your group at another performance.
How do I prepare my students for the performance?
Discuss proper behavior and etiquette for viewing a live performance (CLICK HERE). Prepare your students to view the performance
with an introductory lesson and/or with The Z's theatre prep
options. Complimentary study guides are available on our
website for most performances.
How do we arrange for special assistance?
The Z will gladly make the necessary arrangements and
accommodations but can only do so with sufficient notice.
Please notify us at the time of booking if anyone needs special
assistance (wheelchair, hearing-impaired, etc.).
What if the performance I choose is sold out?
If you send in a request for a performance that is already
sold out, you will be notified that your group has been placed
on a waiting list. If seating becomes available, groups will be
contacted in the order in which their request form was received.
At that time, immediate confirmation of your desire to attend,
along with payment in full, is required, or seats will be offered to
the next wait-listed group.