FORT LAUDERDALE – The new season of the Smart Stage Matinee Series begins with a heaping portion of Stone Soup, a hit show for young audiences, families and educators in the Parker Playhouse on Thursday, October 6 at 10 a.m.
The modernized Eastern European folk tale comes to life when a young boy named Josh is thrown into a wacky world complete with singing and dancing soldiers, crazy village people and a woman with mysterious ideas. Before it’s over, Stone Soup serves up a memorable lesson on the importance of sharing and the joy it brings to people’s lives.
Smart Stage Matinees are affordably-priced professional school-day performances “where learning comes to life onstage” for all students in grades Pre-K through 12. Each performance covers themes which reinforce classroom learning and directly connect with core curriculum through literature-based shows, science and math-related productions, dramatizations of historical events, and immersion into the music, dance and traditions of different cultures. The series is also presented at the Broward Center for the Performing Arts, Aventura Arts & Cultural Center and the Miramar Cultural Center/ArtsPark.
In addition to its public performance, for the past seven years Stone Soup has been performed to all second grade classes in Title I schools in free performances through the Student Enrichment in the Arts (SEAS) Reading Residencies Program. The groundbreaking program presented by the Broward Center and the School Board of Broward County will be repeated again this year to enhance reading comprehension for students by reinforcing reading lessons through dramatic adaptations of the works.
Tickets are $6 for individual seats, $5.50 for groups of 10 or more and $3 lap seats for infants 12 months and under. Free study guides for teachers and educators are available which reinforce the lessons and enhance the learning experience for many of the performances at www.browardcenter.org/education or by calling (954) 468-2689.
Tickets are available at (954) 462-0222 or select a seat on-line at www.ParkerPlayhouse.com. Tickets are also available for purchase at the Parker Playhouse box office Tuesday – Saturday from 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Parker Playhouse is located in Holiday Park at 707 N.E. Eighth Street in Fort Lauderdale and is managed and operated by the Broward Center for the Performing Arts.
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