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"The acting was exceptional and seamless and the conversation with the actors afterward was enlightening. It’s always a great learning experience for my students and the productions, even down to the arrival and departure, are always well organized."
Prime Stage Education Field Trip (Student Matinee Series)
Even though the doors to the theater are closed, our board, staff and partners are working to “Bring Literature to Life” in new and exciting formats during the 2020 – 2021 school year. Our goal is to assist educators by bringing you these opportunities and services so that you can get back to the real job of teaching your students!
Prime Online 2020 - 2021: Register Your Class Here!
Einstein, A Stage Portrait
November 14 – 20, 2020
by Willard Simms, Directed by Wayne Brinda
Prime Stage brings to life the wit, personal, and deeply human side of this genius and reluctant celebrity who changed forever the way we look at the universe.
One Christmas Carol
December 12 – 18, 2020
by Douglas H. Baker, Adapted from Charles Dickens, Directed by Shane Valenzi
All of Dickens’ colorful characters spring to life in this one-man performance.
Sojourner's Truth, “I will shake every place I go to”
February 13 – 19, 2021
by Priscilla Kane Hellweg and Rachel Kuhn, Directed by Linda Haston
An inspiring theatrical experience as Sojourner Truth shares her journeys, stories, mind and heart with a passion and truthfulness that still needs to be told.
"Thank you so much for a wonderful performance of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" last week! Our students were very much intrigued by the performance, and it sparked some thoughtful discussion afterwards. We look forward to joining you all at Prime Stage again in the future!"
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Education Program Funding
Our Education Programs are funded in part by:
Performance Cancellation Policy
Prime Stage Theatre maintains a firm policy of not cancelling performances. For this reason, we urge all ticket holders to make every effort to attend. Our policy includes no refunds.
Student matinees - If you are unable to attend a performance due to school delay or cancellation, a representative must call Prime Stage Education Box Office at 412-841-7353 prior to the performance. We will make every effort to arrange another time for you to see that production. There is no guarantee, however, that seats for an alternate performance will be available
If Prime Stage cancels a performance due to inclement weather or circumstances beyond our control, we will offer a refund based on the amount of your purchase within 30 days of our cancelled performance.
FEATURED NATIONAL STANDARDS:
Standards Developed by International Reading Association and National Council of Teachers of English
1. Students read a wide range of literature from many periods in many genres to build an understanding of the many dimensions (e.g., philosophical, ethical, and aesthetic) of human experience.
2. Students apply a wide range of strategies to comprehend, interpret, evaluate, and appreciate texts. They draw on their prior experience, their interactions with other readers and writers, their knowledge of word meaning and of other texts, their word identification strategies, and their understanding of textual features (e.g., sound-letter correspondence, sentence structure, context and graphics).
3. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, and video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
4. Students use a variety of technological and information resources (e.g., libraries, databases, computer networks, and video) to gather and synthesize information and to create and communicate knowledge.
5. Students participate as knowledgeable, reflective, creative, and critical members of a variety of literacy communities.
6. Students use spoken, written, and visual language to accomplish their own purposes (e.g.,for learning, enjoyment, persuasion, and the exchange of information).
NA 5-8.3 Designing by developing environments for improvised and scripted scenes
Students analyze improvised and scripted scenes for technical requirements
NA5-8.7 Analyzing, evaluating, and constructing meanings from improvised and scripted scenes and from theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions
Students articulate and support the meanings constructed from their and others' dramatic Performances Students use articulated criteria to describe, analyze, and constructively evaluate the perceived effectiveness of artistic choices found in dramatic performances
NA 9-12.2 Acting by developing, communicating, and sustaining characters in improvisations and informal or formal productions
Students analyze the physical, emotional, and social dimensions of characters found in dramatic texts from various genres and media
NA 9-12.3 Designing and producing by conceptualizing and realizing artistic interpretations for informal or formal productions
Students analyze a variety of dramatic texts from cultural and historical perspectives to determine production requirements
NA9-12.5 Researching by evaluating and synthesizing cultural and historical information to support artistic choices
Students identify and research cultural, historical, and symbolic clues in dramatic texts, and evaluate the validity and practicality of the information to assist in making artistic choices for informal and formal productions
NA9-12.7 Analyzing, critiquing, and constructing meanings from informal and formal theatre, film, television, and electronic media productions
Students articulate and justify personal aesthetic criteria for critiquing dramatic texts and events that compare perceived artistic intent with the final aesthetic achievement
Students analyze and critique the whole and the parts of dramatic performances, taking into account the context, and constructively suggest alternative artistic choice,
All Prime Stage productions and Resource Guides address the following:
PA Common Core Standards:
Pennsylvania Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking
CC.1.3.9-10.A: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.
CC.1.3.9-10.C: Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.
CC.1.3.9-10.D: Determine the point of view of the text and analyze the impact the point of view has on the meaning of the text.
CC.1.3.9-10.E: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it and manipulate time create an effect.
CC.1.3.9-10.F: Analyze how words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts.
CC.1.3.9-10.G: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.
CC.1.3.9-10.H: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms themes, topics, character types, and/or other text elements from source material in a specific work.
CC.1.3.9-10.K: Read and comprehend literary fiction on grade level, reading independently and proficiently.
CC.1.5.9-10.A: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions on grades level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
CC.1.5.9-10.G: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when speaking based on grade 9-10 level and content.
CC.1.6.11.A: Listen critically and respond to others in small and large group situations. Respond with grade level appropriate questions, ideas, information or opinions.
CC.1.6.11.C: Demonstrate awareness of audience using appropriate volume and clarity in formal speaking presentations.
CC.1.6.11.D: Listen to and acknowledge the contributions of other students well introducing ideas and opinions to enrich the discussion
Magic of Live Theatre
The Importance of Field Trips
"We don’t just want our children to acquire work skills from their education; we also want them to develop into civilized people who appreciate the breadth of human accomplishments. The school field trip is an important tool for meeting this goal. It is particularly important that schools serving disadvantaged students provide culturally enriching field trip experiences”
(Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen, 2014)