The Paramount Theater announces the 2017-18 Arts Education season, which includes twenty-two live performances from October 2017 through May 2018, offered for local youth and educators. The Paramount Theater has proudly served the Central Virginia community with the Arts Education Program since 2004. On average, the Arts Education Program serves approximately 15,000 students and teachers each season, and provides additional financial assistance to thousands of participating students who receive free and reduced meals at their school. Each performance season is aligned with the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) objectives and is coupled with study guides available on The Arts Education season webpage.
This season's performances include: Pilobolus; Monkey Baa Theatre Company's The Unknown Soldier; Enchantment Theatre Company's My Father's Dragon; Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook; The Opulence of Integrity; Lionheart Youth Theatre with Glass Half Full Theatre and Mother Falcon's Petra and the Wolf; Childsplay's Go, Dog. Go!; Mad River Theater Works' Freedom Riders; Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™; and Tall Stories' The Gruffalo.
The Paramount Theater is pleased to announce Dominion Energy as a sponsor for the 2017-18 Arts Education Season. The Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation provided $10,000 in funding to support the program.
"We are excited for the upcoming season and delighted to help ensure all students have equal access to the exceptional live performances offered by The Paramount Theater through the Arts Education Program," said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. "All students should have the opportunity to experience live theater, and we're proud of this effort to foster a lifetime of appreciation for the performing arts."
In addition to these Arts Education presentations, select titles will also be available to the public, including
Pilobolus on Thursday, October 12 at 8:00PM; Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00PM; The Opulence of Integrity on Thursday, January 18 (time TBA); Go, Dog. Go! on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00PM; Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ on Sunday, March 25 at 4:00PM; and The Gruffalo on Sunday, May 13 at 4:00PM. Tickets for Pilobolus are on sale now and can be purchased online at www.theparamount.net or in person at the Box Office, 434-979-1333. Tickets for all other public performances will go on sale this Fall.
During the 2016-17 season, The Paramount Theater welcomed 16,000 students and teachers from around Central Virginia as well as professional artists from all over North America. In total, The Paramount assisted 4,000 students with financial assistance beyond the subsidized ticket price of $7.50. Since 2004, the Theater's Arts Education Program has served over 158,000 students from throughout Central Virginia.
Registration for performances during the 2017-18 season for schools and educators is now open and can be completed online at Press. Questions can be directed to The Paramount Theater's Box Office at 434.979.1333.
*Thursday, October 12, 2017
Internationally acclaimed and world renowned, Pilobolus presents a multimedia performance that uses the human body as a graphic and expressive medium.
*Includes public performance on Thursday, October 12 at 8:00PM
MONKEY BAA THEATER COMPANY
THE UNKNOWN SOLDIER
Monday, November 13, 2017
Marking 100 years since America entered WWI, The Unknown Soldier tells two stories a century apart, from the battlefields of WWI to the home front in modern day Australia. Monkey Baa is Australia's leading professional theater company for young audiences.
ENCHANTMENT THEATRE COMPANY
MY FATHER'S DRAGON
Friday, November 17, 2017
A beloved Newbery Honor book comes to life in this charming tale about a resourceful boy named Elmer as he sets off on a daring adventure to rescue a baby dragon held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island.
MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA
GUESS HOW MUCH I LOVE YOU &
I LOVE MY LITTLE STORYBOOK
*Wednesday, December 6, 2017 and
Thursday, December 7, 2017
An eager bunny lies on the grass and opens his book. Within moments, the story he is reading comes alive in fascinating detail and is an endearing celebration of the joy of reading.
*Includes public performance on Wednesday, December 6 at 6:00PM
THE OPULENCE OF INTEGRITY
A Movement Odyssey Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Muhammad Ali
*Friday, January 19, 2018
The Opulence of Integrity, a theatrical, multimedia ensemble work, illustrates the public life and inner searching of the American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century.
*Includes public performance on Thursday, January 18, Time TBA
LIONHEART YOUTH THEATRE
with Glass Half Full Theatre and Mother Falcon
PETRA AND THE WOLF
Friday, February 16, 2018
Inspired from the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, Petra's adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion.
GO, DOG. GO!
*Wednesday, February 21, 2018
Celebrating and exploring the words and pictures within P.D. Eastman's classic book, Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!
*Includes public performance on Wednesday, February 21 at 6:00PM
MAD RIVER THEATER WORKS
Thursday, February 22, 2018 and Friday, February 23, 2018
With original songs and live music, Freedom Riders explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights Movement.
ERTH'S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™
*Monday, March 26, 2018
Sixty-five million years in the making, 'Erth's DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ guides audiences on a breathtaking journey that begins in pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like insects, mammals, and dinosaurs.
*Includes public performance on Sunday, March 25 at 4:00PM
THE GRUFFALO LIVE ON STAGE
*Monday, May 14
Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there's no such thing as a Gruffalo - is there?
*Includes public performance on Sunday, May 13 at 4:00PM