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Let's Improvise! Theater Games with the Predicament Players

Viola Spolin created theater games while teaching immigrant children at Hull House in 1930s Chicago. Her work transformed the field of arts education and launched the improvisational theater movement. Her son Paul Sills founded The Second City using her innovative techniques. “LET’S IMPROVISE” involves students in the creative power of play using Spolin theater games, coached by Spolin’s granddaughter, Aretha Sills. The merry band of players will inspire students with the creative power of play.

Aesop's Fables

This breezy two-character musical by Cy Young features timeless tales of The Tortoise and the Hare, The Boy Who Cried Wolf, and The Fox and the Crow, framed by the story of how Aesop learned his true calling.

A Songwriting Lesson from Irving Berlin

Dan Belzer portrays America’s favorite songwriter who shares his life story along with his nine rules for writing a hit song, illustrated by such classics as White Christmas, Blue Skies, and God Bless America.

John and Juan

"John and Juan" is a lively romp through the history of the Golden State.  John, a native Californian,  learns from the immigrant Juan about the State's Hispanic heritage, including early Spanish explorers, the original settlers of El Pueblo de Los Angeles, and  Father Junipero Serra, the Chumash indians, and the missions along El Camino Real...and John shares with Juan the excitement of the Gold Rush. 

Native Beginnings

Storyteller, David Guerra embraces the audience with three distinct Native American stories from the Pueblo, Lakota Plains, and Iroquois cultures.  Children are invited to particpate in these traditional tales featuring such lively characters as the Coyote, Grandmother Spider and the Flying Head.

Shizzy's Story

When Jason, one of Principal Tagaki's students, name calls Amir for being Muslim, she uses the incident as an opportunity to share her story of being sent to a Japanese Internment Camp during World War II, and to teach the students an important lesson about racism and what it is to be an American. Based on the real life story of an LAUSD Principal.

Voyage of Odysseus

Greek King Odysseus (Joshua Feinman) bids farewell to his wife Penelope and his son Telemachus and invites students in the audience to take a journey with him into the world of myth.

The Whole World's A'Talkin'

A storyteller brings a magical compass to transport the audience all over the world, revealing stories of from India, Korea and Ghana.

Yankee Doodle Poetry

David Prather uses his Yankee ingenuity to bring life to such American icons as Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, Francis Scott Key and Paul Revere.  No dry history lesson-Lady Libertyis a kind of French Mrs. Doubtfire - the show engages students while covering an array of language and social science standards.