Looking for a fun class field trip? Live performances reinforce classroom learning, ignite creativity and help young people develop a lifelong enthusiasm for the arts. The School Performance Series at SOPAC complements classroom lesson plans by engaging students in entertaining and educational performing arts experiences that support the NJ Core Curriculum Content Standards.

Seating is reserved by school group. When booking, please let us know of any special accommodations or wheelchair accessible requirements so we can make every effort to accommodate the needs of your school group.

To book your school group reservations, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or education@sopacnow.org.

Education programs at SOPAC are supported in part by New Jersey State Council on the Arts, Orange Orphan Society, National Endowment for the Arts, George A. Ohl, Jr. Trust and Frank and Lydia Bergen Foundation.

2022-23 SCHOOL PERFORMANCES

LUX Orchestra

Tuesday, November 22 at 9:30AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades: 3 – 6
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Social Studies

An orchestra like no other! Bold. Dramatic. Visionary. LUX Orchestra Initiative is an explosion of light, sound and music. Founded by conductor and composer Brent Chancellor, LUX, in collaboration with Carnegie Hall’s Link Up and South Orange Performing Arts Center, presents a new vision for Classical music specifically aimed at inspiring young audiences. LUX merges high-energy performance, dynamic lighting, and synchronized projections to introduce students to the orchestra in a uniquely engaging way.

 

A Season of Miracles: Holiday Tales

Monday, December 5 at 10AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades/Ages: K – 5
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies, History

Holiday Tales is a sparkling collection of holiday stories from diverse cultures including Christmas, Kwanzaa and Chanukah. Scenes within the play include O.Henry’s Gift of the Magi, E.T.A. Hoffmann’s The Nutcracker, Ruth Fost’s The Kwanzaa Kite and a Chelm story, The Chanukah Miracle. Crafted and set to music by Tony winner Larry Hochman with the timeless tone of each classic piece, this magical presentation is designed to warm the hearts and perhaps change the perspective of young audiences as they think about the true meaning and spirit of the holiday season.

 

The Math Maniac Show

Thursday, January 12 at 10AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades/Ages: K – 6
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Math

The show that makes math fun! In his fast-paced, up-beat and highly visual demonstrations, The Math Maniac proves that learning math and fun go together naturally. And because the content of this program is 100% supportive of core curriculum in math, whether students are reviewing, previewing or learning the material for the first time, not one minute is wasted, not one learning opportunity is lost! This program will help K-6 students hone their skills in: arithmetic, patterns, place values, word problems, fractions, measurement, geometry, money, operations, word problems and probability.

 

Stone Soup and Other Stories

Friday, March 10 at 10AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades/Ages: PreK – 4
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies, World Languages

Stone Soup and Other Stories supports the literacy movement’s emphasis on the joy of reading and provides a starting point for ongoing enjoyment of folk tales with a collection brought to life through the magic of storytelling. Without a doubt, this familiar brew of story favorites from Africa, India, Eastern Europe and our own United States is filled with music, color, fantasy and fun. Each tale introduces the spirit and customs of different cultures and will delight young audiences. A production of Pushcart Players

 

PANTO USA’s The Jungle Book

Friday, May 5 at 10AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades/Ages: 2 – 5
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Music, Language Arts, Literature, Social Studies

Join young Mowgli as he learns the laws of the jungle with the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo, the lovable bear. In Panto USA’s adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s time-honored adventure, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as he faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger, Shere Khan. This musical version will delight both the young and the young at heart.

 

Bill Blagg’s Magic Science Lab

Tuesday, May 9 at 10AM
Running Time: ~ 60 minutes
Recommended Grades/Ages: 2 – 5
Curriculum Connections: Visual and Performing Arts, Science, Language Arts, Social Studies

Illusionist Bill Blagg’s brand-new Magic Science Lab will have students on the edge of their seats as they discover how science creates magic right before their very eyes! Students will explore how magicians use the “secret” five step process (The Scientific Method) to create their illusions! Together with Bill, they will use the “secret” five steps to make a person magically float in mid-air! As a bonus, Bill teaches a science-based magic trick that students can do at home or in class — how to make a pencil float in the palm of their hand!

To book your school group reservations, please contact Linda Beard at (973) 382-1035 or education@sopacnow.org.