An innovative way for students to engage with the Massachusetts curriculum standards. Each performance has been curated to partner with the learning happening in Greater New Bedford classrooms. In this way, visiting the theater is an extension of the classroom and another resource for our local educators!

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Schooltime

 Events

Wednesday
Dec
08
10:00 am
Wed
10:00 am
Dec
8
Schooltime
 presents

A Christmas Carol

Morning Performance

‘Tis the season for merriment and fun! Catch the holiday spirit with this classic story of a man whose cold heart is warmed after a Christmas Eve encounter with the supernatural.  

Ebenezer Scrooge greets every Christmas with his usual attitude of “bah, humbug!” To him, the holiday is simply a waste of a work day, and he resents having to pay his loyal employee, Bob Cratchit, for having the day off.  As for the poor in the streets, Scrooge feels they should all disappear and “decrease the surplus population!”

Scrooge is then visited on Christmas Eve by his former business partner, the long-deceased Jacob Marley. The Specter is forever burdened with chains in the afterlife for having been so cruel while alive, and Marley warns Scrooge that he will suffer the same fate unless he changes his ways. He then explains that on this Christmas Eve, Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, representing Christmases past, present, and future, who will show him the error of his ways and, ultimately, the result of having such a cold heart.

A Christmas Carol uses song, humor and suspense to bring one of our most legendary holiday tales to life.

Two showings! Attend either the 10AM or the 12:30PM performance. Recommended for grades 1 - 8.

Please note: this is a Schooltime show, not a mainstage performance.

Wednesday
Dec
08
12:30 pm
Wed
12:30 pm
Dec
8
Schooltime
 presents

A Christmas Carol

Afternoon Performance

‘Tis the season for merriment and fun!  Catch the holiday spirit with this classic story of a man whose cold heart is warmed after a Christmas Eve encounter with the supernatural.  

Ebenezer Scrooge greets every Christmas with his usual attitude of “bah, humbug!”  To him, the holiday is simply a waste of a work day, and he resents having to pay his loyal employee, Bob Cratchit, for having the day off.  As for the poor in the streets, Scrooge feels they should all disappear and “decrease the surplus population!”

Scrooge is then visited on Christmas Eve by his former business partner, the long-deceased Jacob Marley. The Specter is forever burdened with chains in the afterlife for having been so cruel while alive, and Marley warns Scrooge that he will suffer the same fate unless he changes his ways. He then explains that on this Christmas Eve, Scrooge will be visited by three spirits, representing Christmases past, present, and future, who will show him the error of his ways and, ultimately, the result of having such a cold heart.

A Christmas Carol uses song, humor and suspense to bring one of our most legendary holiday tales to life.

Two showings! Attend either the 10AM or the 12:30PM performance. Recommended for grades 1 - 8.

Please note: this is a Schooltime show, not a mainstage performance.

Tuesday
Feb
01
10:00 am
Tue
10:00 am
Feb
1
Schooltime
 presents

Black Boy

A Literature to Life Original

Black Boy is a powerful account of one young man’s journey from innocence to experience as a black youth living in the Jim Crow South. It is both the unashamed confession of a proud non-conformist and a profound indictment—a poignant and disturbing record of social injustice and human suffering.

Having premiered at the Kennedy Center, this Literature to Life original was one of the first titles on our roster to tour to communities nationally. A tour de force, the actor plays upwards of fifteen characters from Richard Wright’s past.

Based on the novel Black Boy by Richard Wright, Copyright ©1945.

Suggested for elementary / middle / high school, college, and community audiences.

Monday
Feb
14
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
Feb
14
Schooltime
 presents

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Morning Performance

Harriet Tubman was a great American who freed herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. She faced many challenges over the course of her lifetime; nevertheless she was determined to change the world with her courage.

Our drama begins as Harriet’s friend, Sarah Bradford, author of Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, is persuading a publisher to print her book. The publisher is not enthusiastic until he begins to read through the stories of Harriet’s life. As our story unfolds, we learn of Harriet’s early years in slavery, her escape to freedom, and her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman was undoubtedly one of its most famous conductors. During the Civil War, Harriet became a spy for the Union Army and later she served as a nurse and a scout. The North won the war, bringing emancipation to the slaves, but that did not end Harriet’s struggle for freedom. Turning her attention to women’s suffrage, she continued fighting for everyone who suffered inequality.

Monday
Feb
14
12:30 pm
Mon
12:30 pm
Feb
14
Schooltime
 presents

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Afternoon Performance

Harriet Tubman was a great American who freed herself and hundreds of others from the bonds of slavery. She faced many challenges over the course of her lifetime; nevertheless she was determined to change the world with her courage.

Our drama begins as Harriet’s friend, Sarah Bradford, author of Scenes in the Life of Harriet Tubman, is persuading a publisher to print her book. The publisher is not enthusiastic until he begins to read through the stories of Harriet’s life. As our story unfolds, we learn of Harriet’s early years in slavery, her escape to freedom, and her time as a conductor on the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad was a lifeline for slaves escaping to freedom, and Harriet Tubman was undoubtedly one of its most famous conductors. During the Civil War, Harriet became a spy for the Union Army and later she served as a nurse and a scout. The North won the war, bringing emancipation to the slaves, but that did not end Harriet’s struggle for freedom. Turning her attention to women’s suffrage, she continued fighting for everyone who suffered inequality.

Tuesday
Mar
08
10:00 am
Tue
10:00 am
Mar
8
Schooltime
 presents

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Morning Performance

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist's curiosity can lead her to solve any problem.

A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

Tuesday
Mar
08
12:30 pm
Tue
12:30 pm
Mar
8
Schooltime
 presents

Rosie Revere, Engineer

Afternoon Performance

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist's curiosity can lead her to solve any problem.

A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

Friday
Mar
18
10:00 am
Fri
10:00 am
Mar
18
Schooltime
 presents

Schoolhouse Rock Live

Academic subjects will never seem boring again!

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! explodes onto the stage updated for a whole new generation with imaginative image projections and a rock’n’roll feel. The live performance centers around Tom, a nervous young man on his first day of being a schoolteacher, who turns on the television to calm himself down and is visited by three aspects of his personality who remind him how learning can be fun.

Childsplay brings the classic Saturday morning cartoons to life with SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE! Originally aired on the ABC television network from 1973-1985, then revived in the 90s and 00s, Schoolhouse Rock was a collection of clever, animated shorts that taught academic topics including grammar, mathematics, civics and science.

After Childsplay’s incredible national tour of the production in 2014-2015, the pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stages across North America once more!

Friday
Mar
25
10:00 am
Fri
10:00 am
Mar
25
Schooltime
 presents

Step Afrika!

Step Afrika!’s signature performance shares the step tradition of audience participation and closes with a complex, polyrhythmic percussive symphony that brings audiences to their feet. Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Under Mr. Williams’ leadership, stepping has evolved into one of America’s cultural exports, touring more than 60 countries across the globe, and the Company now ranks as one of the top ten African-American dance companies in the United States.

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding.

Step Afrika! promotes stepping as an educational tool for young people, focusing on teamwork, academic achievement and cross-cultural understanding. The Company reaches tens of thousands of Americans each year through a 50-city tour of colleges and theaters and performs globally as Washington, DC’s one and only Cultural Ambassador.

Step Afrika! has earned Mayor’s Arts Awards for Outstanding Contribution to Arts Education, Innovation in the Arts, Excellence in an Artistic Discipline and headlined President Barack Obama’s Black History Month Reception at The White House. The Company is featured prominently at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African-American History & Culture with the world’s first stepping interactive exhibit.

Monday
Mar
28
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
Mar
28
Schooltime
 presents

The Adventures of Harold and the Purple Crayon

One evening, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight. So begins Harold and the Purple Crayon, the first of seven delightful picture books by Crockett Johnson, following the zany adventures of an inventive young boy.

As it turned out, there wasn’t any moon that night nor was there a path to walk on, so Harold simply drew them. And thus his journey began. Resourceful and brave, Harold creates the world he wants to explore, using nothing more than a big purple crayon and his sky’s-the-limit imagination.

Enchantment Theatre’s production will take your school and family audiences on a wild ride as Harold jets to Mars (shooting stars, space ships!), joins a circus (he tames a lion!) and rescues a princess in an enchanted castle. The Harold books have captivated families for more than sixty years, celebrating the imagination of children and the unique way they see the world.

The show combines life-size puppets, pantomime, dance, magic and original music. Enchantment’s production will delight and amaze your audiences, from children starting at Harold’s age, all the way up to grandparents — anyone, in fact, whose heart is young and adventurous.

Recommended for ages 5 and up.

Tuesday
Mar
29
10:00 am
Tue
10:00 am
Mar
29
Schooltime
 presents

Hedy!

The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr

HEDY! The Life & Inventions of Hedy Lamarr explores the life, inventions and person of Hedy Lamarr, Viennese-born Hollywood film star of the 1930s-1950s.

Known as The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, Hedy Lamarr stored away knowledge of munitions while married to Austrian arms dealer, Fritz Mandl. She employed this knowledge to support the US Navy’s war effort during WWII by inventing The Secret Communication System with composer George Antheil, to make torpedoes more accurate. Also referred to as Frequency Hopping or Spread Spectrum Technology, her invention is used today in cell phones, WiFi, CDMA, GPS, Bluetooth and a myriad of other wireless systems.

Wednesday
Mar
30
10:00 am
Wed
10:00 am
Mar
30
Schooltime
 presents

Number the Stars

Morning Performance

A thrilling true-life adventure about doing the right thing to save your friend - even if it puts your own life at stake.

When the Nazis invaded Denmark in the 1940s, Jewish families were generally left alone, unlike other parts of western Europe. But all of that changed suddenly in 1943, and when the call went out to round up Denmark's Jewish families, thousands of non-Jewish Danes worked together to smuggle their Jewish friends and neighbors across the water to neutral Sweden, and safety.

That true series of events forms the basis of NUMBER THE STARS, Lois Lowry's popular book for middle-school readers. Annemarie Johannsen's family lives in Copenhagen, downstairs from her best friend, Ellen Rosen. When the call-up for Ellen's family goes out, Annemarie's family springs into action, spiriting Ellen away to the shore, in preparation for the journey across the sea. But before they get that far, Annemarie will have to step into the fray, and put her own life at risk for the sake of saving her friend.

Wednesday
Mar
30
12:30 pm
Wed
12:30 pm
Mar
30
Schooltime
 presents

Number the Stars

Afternoon Performance

A thrilling true-life adventure about doing the right thing to save your friend - even if it puts your own life at stake.

When the Nazis invaded Denmark in the 1940s, Jewish families were generally left alone, unlike other parts of western Europe. But all of that changed suddenly in 1943, and when the call went out to round up Denmark's Jewish families, thousands of non-Jewish Danes worked together to smuggle their Jewish friends and neighbors across the water to neutral Sweden, and safety.

That true series of events forms the basis of NUMBER THE STARS, Lois Lowry's popular book for middle-school readers. Annemarie Johannsen's family lives in Copenhagen, downstairs from her best friend, Ellen Rosen. When the call-up for Ellen's family goes out, Annemarie's family springs into action, spiriting Ellen away to the shore, in preparation for the journey across the sea. But before they get that far, Annemarie will have to step into the fray, and put her own life at risk for the sake of saving her friend.

Monday
Apr
04
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
Apr
4
Schooltime
 presents

Pout-Pout Fish

Morning Performance

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.

This colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed, and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios, whose work was featured in Broadway's The King And I, On the Town, and Radio City's New York Spectacular. Writing team includes New Victory LabWorks Residency recipients Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus Walsh.

Monday
Apr
04
12:30 pm
Mon
12:30 pm
Apr
4
Schooltime
 presents

Pout-Pout Fish

Afternoon Performance

Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure. When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout.

This colorful adaptation of The New York Times bestseller is co-conceived, directed, and designed by the acclaimed puppeteers of AchesonWalsh Studios, whose work was featured in Broadway's The King And I, On the Town, and Radio City's New York Spectacular. Writing team includes New Victory LabWorks Residency recipients Christopher Anselmo, Jared Corak, Matt Acheson, and Fergus Walsh.

Monday
Apr
11
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
Apr
11
Schooltime
 presents

Pete the Cat

Morning Performance

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.

But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

Monday
Apr
11
12:30 pm
Mon
12:30 pm
Apr
11
Schooltime
 presents

Pete the Cat

Afternoon Performance

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.

But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

Monday
Apr
25
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
Apr
25
Schooltime
 presents

Charlotte's Web

Morning Performance

Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever.  

This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Monday
Apr
25
12:30 pm
Mon
12:30 pm
Apr
25
Schooltime
 presents

Charlotte's Web

Afternoon Performance

Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman. She will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig but also ensures his place on the farm forever.  

This treasured tale, featuring madcap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love and the true meaning of friendship.

Tuesday
Apr
26
10:00 am
Tue
10:00 am
Apr
26
Schooltime
 presents

The Giver

Morning Performance

In a utopian world where pain, uncertainty, and indecision are things of the past and Sameness is the ideal, 12 year-old Jonas has been anointed the new “Receiver of Memory”, the one member of the community who will hold knowledge of the time before Sameness. To receive this knowledge, he’ll have to spend time with “The Giver”, the previous holder of memory, who’ll be Jonas’ guide into the old world, where pain and happiness existed in equal parts.

As Jonas discovers more about the past, he begins to realize how Sameness has killed the essential humanity of his community. That realization leads to a course of action he hopes will break the cycle, even though it will put his life - and that of Gabriel, a baby he’s sworn to protect - in mortal danger.

Tuesday
Apr
26
12:30 pm
Tue
12:30 pm
Apr
26
Schooltime
 presents

The Giver

Afternoon Performance

In a utopian world where pain, uncertainty, and indecision are things of the past and Sameness is the ideal, 12 year-old Jonas has been anointed the new “Receiver of Memory”, the one member of the community who will hold knowledge of the time before Sameness. To receive this knowledge, he’ll have to spend time with “The Giver”, the previous holder of memory, who’ll be Jonas’ guide into the old world, where pain and happiness existed in equal parts.

As Jonas discovers more about the past, he begins to realize how Sameness has killed the essential humanity of his community. That realization leads to a course of action he hopes will break the cycle, even though it will put his life - and that of Gabriel, a baby he’s sworn to protect - in mortal danger.

Monday
May
09
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
May
9
Schooltime
 presents

Secrets of Space

Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls, they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was unknown to them:  the secrets of space.

Using magical illusions and a state-of-the-art digital LED wall, the sisters and the audience embark on an interactive journey across the galaxy. The wonders of outer space are explored with dazzling imagery and key ideas and inventions in science, technology, and engineering.

Brought to you by Cahoots NI, the award-winning team behind Danny Carmo’s Mathematical Mysteries, Secrets of Space has been developed with leading space industry experts and features curriculum connections for elementary school audiences in STEAM learning.

Monday
May
16
10:00 am
Mon
10:00 am
May
16
Schooltime
 presents

Dog Man: The Musical

Schooltime Performance

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants.

Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it's time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and ALL HERO!! How hard could it be?

With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? And will George and Harold finish their show before lunchtime?? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

The show is written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander, who collaborated on the Emmy-winning series Peg + Cat on PBS, TheaterWorksUSA’s Click, Clack, Moo, and the upcoming Clifford The Big Red Dog on PBS and Amazon. Jen Wineman directs and choreographs.

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