In-School Opportunities

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Lyn Ford

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Bring our touring plays and teaching artists directly into your school or classroom to provide arts experiences or to enrich different areas of your curriculum.

School Opportunities

Touring Plays

Live, professional theatre in your school! Each play is selected for a specific age range, so please read the descriptions thoroughly before making your selection. We are happy to discuss with you which play is best suited for your students. We provide a range of resources to help prepare your students for the show and to connect the experience to your curriculum. These include:

Study guides
• Post-show question-and-answer sessions with the actors if time allows
• Free Class Act! pre- and post-show workshops
• A free educators' preview of the play in our rehearsal hall
• Copies of the play script for preview and use in the classroom (upon request)

All Playhouse touring plays address grade-level appropriate state academic standards in English language arts, fine arts, health and wellness, and arts and humanities.

REQUIREMENTS

Price: Through generous grants, we are able to offer these productions for $500. We have a limited number of subsidies for schools that cannot afford the entire fee.

Performance Space: Our touring productions can perform in almost any large space, from auditoriums and gymnasiums to cafeterias. We require a minimum space of 20 feet wide by 20 feet deep to set up our production (including backstage space) and minimum ceiling height of 9 feet. Please allow one hour of set-up time and one hour of breakdown time in the space.

Audience Size: Because of the informal nature of most school performance spaces and the intimacy of live theatre, we prefer to have audiences no greater than 350 students. 

We are happy to discuss any of these requirements. Please call our Education Department at 513-345-2242.

2016-17 Touring Plays

Registration for the 2016-17 season touring plays is available now online.

Robin Hood
By Greg Banks
Sept. 27 – Oct. 28, 2016, Tuesdays – Fridays
Recommended for grades two to eight

Good and evil take center stage in this tale of a legendary outlaw who robs from the rich to give to the poor. Robin Hood and his merry band of underground heroes rally to support those who cannot fight for themselves. But when they run afoul of the greedy Prince John, the deceptive Sheriff of Nottingham devises an elaborate plot to discover Robin’s hideout and capture him once and for all. Full of swordfights and wordplay, this decidedly modern take on the classic story is a high-powered, action-packed adventure.

Around the World in 80 Days
By Toby Hulse
From the book by Jules Verne
Jan. 24 – Feb. 10, 2017, Tuesdays – Fridays
Recommended for grades three to 12

Join Phileas Fogg in the world’s most amazing race. Via rail, boat and even elephant, Fogg must travel the globe in just 80 days or he will forfeit a fortune. But a snooping detective, a possible human sacrifice and even the will of Mother Nature all conspire against Fogg’s adventure of a lifetime in this exciting adaptation of the Jules Verne classic. Just three actors portray 19 different characters to create a spirited, fast-moving, highly imaginative and hilariously entertaining comedy.

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
Based upon the story by C.S. Lewis
Dramatized by le Clanché du Rand
April 10 – May 19, 2017, Tuesdays – Fridays
Recommended for pre-kindergarten to sixth grade

In Narnia — a land of talking animals, mythical creatures and eternal winter — the White Witch holds power over all. Any who dare dissent are turned instantly into stone. But one day, a little girl named Lucy enters this magical land through an enchanted wardrobe, and her fantastical adventure signals the fulfillment of a prophecy and great change to come. Step through the wardrobe with Lucy, Peter, Susan and Edmund in this tour-de-force, two‐actor adaptation of the beloved and heroic tale of good’s triumph over evil.

The Playhouse Touring Company is made possible by generous support from the Charles H. Dater Foundation, The Sutphin Family Foundation, KeyBank, Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing N.A., Inc., and an Anonymous Donor. 

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Scripps Howard Foundation Class Act! Program (Free Pre- and Post-Show Workshops)

The Scripps Howard Foundation Class Act! Program is a free, single-session workshop (45 minutes to one hour) that uses drama activities to prepare students to see a Playhouse student matinee performance or outreach touring production. We also can work with students after they see a show to help them connect what they have seen to the curriculum. These workshops engage students in a variety of activities that focus on the theme, plot or characters of the show. Activities may include writing, acting or improvising.

These free workshops are made possible by generous support from the Scripps Howard Foundation.

For information on scheduling Scripps Howard Foundation Class Act! workshops, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Workshops in conjunction with our touring plays may also be requested on our online registration form.

Expanded School Workshops

The Playhouse is pleased to launch an expanded School Workshops program in the 2016-17 school year to deepen learning through required reading and social studies subjects. Each workshop is led by one of our trained arts educators. They use drama techniques and other arts-related activities to expand on the selected subject or book. The workshops underscore standards in the common core and provide a differentiated learning experience for your students.

We offer three different styles of five-day workshops: Dramatic Interpretation, Experiential and Public Speaking. Workshops run in five sequential days beginning on Monday and culminating on Friday with a presentation or enactment day.

REQUIREMENTS

Price: Through generous grants, we are able to offer these productions for $500. We have a limited number of subsidies for Title I schools.

Capacity: The goal of these workshops is to serve an entire grade level. We can accommodate up to three classrooms receiving simultaneous instruction.

Facility Usage: Enactment and presentation days will be worked out with each school to accommodate scheduling and facility availability. The use of a library, gym or auditorium is preferred for congregating large numbers of students.

This program is offered throughout the school year. We are happy to discuss any of these requirements. Please call our Education Department at 513-345-2242 with questions or for more information.

2016-17 Expanded School Workshops

Registration for the 2016-17 expanded school workshops is available now online.

DRAMATIC INTERPRETATION WORKSHOPS

The goals of the Dramatic Interpretation Workshops are:
• Explore the structure of storytelling.
• Immerse students in different styles of dramatic writing.
• Explore the power of visual storytelling and how to translate descriptive language into a visual image onstage.
• Discuss and analyze the effect that interpretation has on the understanding and connection that an audience has to the material.

Daily Overview:
Day One: What is the story, and how will you tell it?
Day Two: Telling the story visually
Day Three: Writing and curating content
Day Four: Putting it all together
Day Five: Presentation and discussion

Books/subjects from which to choose:
• Greek Mythology/Drama
Bridge to Terabithia
Beowulf

EXPERIENTIAL WORKSHOPS

The goals of the Experiential Workshops are:
• Explore the world of the book to better understand the context of the story/subject.
• Immerse students in different styles of theatre to tell the story/subject.
• Explore the power of visual storytelling.
• Create and embody characters from the world of the story/subject.

Daily Overview:
Day One: Scene work with text from the book or play adaptation
Day Two: Stage combat
Day Three: Scenic design
Day Four: Specialty connected to the book (e.g., dance from the era or costume crafts)
Day Five: Enacement day

Books/subjects from which to choose:
Beowulf
The Outsiders
• U.S. History

PUBLIC SPEAKING WORKSHOPS

The goals of the Public Speaking Workshops are:

• Understand communication methodologies to enable effective conversations.
• Identify key details of the story/text.
• Learn vocal technique for oral presentations.
• Identify real-life connections between the words in the text and their use in performance and everyday life.

Daily Overview:
Day One: Understanding the speech OR Writing and editing your own speech
Day Two: Breaking down text
Day Three: Vocal technique for oral presentations
Day Four: Reading and verbalizing with emotion
Day Five: Presentation of speeches

Subjects from which to choose:
• Great Speeches by Great Speakers
• Speaking Your Own Words

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Extended Residencies

We work with you to create longer residencies that use drama to explore specific areas of your curriculum, from literature, history and science to topical issues, such as conflict resolution or teamwork. Residencies expose students to different areas including writing, acting, design and technology for a rich overview of theatre craft. They can be paired with a backstage tour of the Playhouse and our scenic, properties and costume shops.

These workshops can occur every day for a week or one or two days a week for several weeks. With enough time and resources, residencies can end with a culminating presentation to share with parents or your school.

For information on workshop design, costs and scheduling extended residencies, contact the Education Department at 513-345-2242 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Extended residencies are supported by the Robert and Adele Schiff Family Foundation.

 

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"The programs and storytellers make lasting curriculum connections with our students. This is evident in their ability to write, reflect and transfer what they've learned into other applications beyond their core academics and beyond the productions.

"All classroom teachers were surveyed and asked to assess the success of the year's programming. One thread that ran through each statement was how incredibly valuable the pre/post workshops were and the planning with the Playhouse in the Park's Education Department to the success of each production." – Silverton Paideia Academy

"The pre- and post-show activities make the Playhouse experience more meaningful because they bring the actors to life and give [the students] more understanding about what we were seeing." – Kindergarten teacher

"The pre- and post-show workshops aid the students in understanding and appreciating the performances to a higher level. This prep work is what every good teacher does prior to sharing in class. The workshops are an important part of the show." – Kindergarten through eighth grade principal
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