theatre performances

Young Audiences of Houston offers diverse arts-in-education performance programming for PK-12 students in an assembly setting. These innovative and culturally diverse programs introduce students to the arts through a balance of demonstration and student interaction through the highest quality artistry. Each performance program is aligned with the Texas state curricula and offers curriculum ties, classroom activities and discussion ideas, extension activities, program goals, objectives, vocabulary words, and teacher resources. All performances are 45 minutes.

Below you'll find information about:

  • Performances: For a student assembly, performances introduce students to an art form or culture through a balance of demonstration and student interaction.

For more information please call 713.520.9264 or email us at scheduling@yahouston.org.​

 

 

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Jackie Robinson Steals Home

PERFORMANCE

A.D. Players

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It's 1947 at Yankee Stadium in New York where the New York Yankees are playing the Brooklyn Dodgers and the newest member of the Dodgers team is the first African American to play major league baseball: Jackie Robinson. While playing this historic game, Jackie recalls flashbacks and struggles from his life. In the game, he is attempting to steal home, but in his life, he is attempting to pave the way for people of all color to play America's pastime and participate freely and equally in all aspects of American life. Celebrate this historic 75th anniversary year of Jackie playing his 1st game in MLB.

Single Performance

$875

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-5

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The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe 

PERFORMANCE

A.D. Players

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An old house in rural England becomes the home base for four children who wander into an incredible country through an old wardrobe and help the country return to summer. In Narnia, there are duels, chases, and narrow escapes--and ultimately, the triumph of good over evil. This story of love, courage, faith, and sacrifice is a true celebration of life! Students can join in on their adventure in this theatrical adaptation which engages the imagination and encourages students to read this entire fantastical series of books by one of the most produced writers for young audiences. 

Available December 2022

Single Performance

$800

Back to Back Performance 

$1,050

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-5

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First Day, Nueva Escuela

PERFORMANCE

Brave Little Company

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First Day, Nueva Escuela is the story of a girl who overcomes her fear of starting class at a new school (and of reading) by writing herself into the stories. Tía Elena wants to make sure Xiomara is ready for her first day at a new school, but no matter what story she suggests they read, Xiomara always finds a reason not to like it. And now there’s just one day left before school starts!  

 

A performance of First Day, Nueva Escuela is a great way to welcome students back from summer break! Reluctant readers and English language learners will be inspired to get into books. An original work from Brave Little Company, First Day, Nueva Escuela draws inspiration from summer reading list favorites such as The Interrupting Chicken, Carmela Full of Wishes, Tía Isa Wants a Car, A Chair for My Mother, or the Mo Willems books. The play is easily understood by speakers of English and Spanish, and its interactive storytelling helps audiences find compassion and empathy for the stories of others.

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$375

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

PK-5

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Wooden O: An Interactive Sensory Adventure

for Ages 3 - 5

PERFORMANCE

Brave Little Company

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Imagine a professional theatre performance created just for children ages 3 - 5. What ingredients would it have? Endless possibility, adventure, mystery, music, a feast for the senses, and a few thrilling surprises!

 

The Wooden O is an empty space where the audience’s imagination helps the actors tell the story. Once kids ages 3-5 step into Brave Little Company’s Wooden O, they’ll be on an imaginative quest to help Robin Goodfellow, a prankster with a little magic up his sleeve. They’ll engage their senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell as they follow Robin’s map to find a mysterious flower. A fully interactive play with live sound effects, Wooden O invites students on an imaginative journey - without leaving the classroom! 

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$285

Back to Back Performance

$295

Participant Limit

60

Grade Levels

Age 3 - K

Ensemble Theatre

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry

PERFORMANCE

The Ensemble Theatre

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Set in Mississippi at the height of the Depression, this is the story of one family’s struggle to maintain their integrity, pride and independence in the face of racism and social injustice. And, too, it is Cassie’s story – Cassie Logan, an independent girl who discovers over the course of an important year why having land of their own is so crucial to the Logan family, even as she learns to draw strength from her own sense of dignity and self-respect. 45 mins performance & 15 mins Q&A

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$900

Back to Back Performance

$1,045

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

6-12

Ensemble Theatre

Uncle Remus’ Br’er Rabbit

PERFORMANCE

The Ensemble Theatre

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A fun-packed combination of African-American folklore and American popular culture, Br’er Rabbit is family entertainment that focuses on the Golden rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” 

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$900

Back to Back Performance

$1,045

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

PK-5

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Mr. Hare Takes Mr. Leopard for a Ride

PERFORMANCE

The Ensemble Theatre

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Mr Hare Takes Mr Leopard For A Ride" is one of the many trickster tales from West African folklore Mr Hare is a frequent figure in the Hausa culture of Niger and Nigeria and is the granddaddy of the American Br'er Rabbit. Nonchalant Mr. Hare decides to teach Mr. Leopard a lesson in being polite, even if he is big. For this pair, brain is bigger than brawn. This performance is based on "Plays from African Folktales" by Carol Korty and is a dramatization of one of the four folk tales from Africa.

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$900

Back to Back Performance

$1,045

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

K-5

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I, Barbara Jordan

PERFORMANCE

The Ensemble Theatre

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I, Barbara Jordan celebrates the remarkable life and career of the eminent Texas orator, legislator, and teacher. Barbara Jordan’s journey is traced from her childhood in Houston’s Fifth Ward neighborhood through her election to the United States’ Congress. I, Barbara Jordan introduces students to the legendary Texas politician who was a model for the power of perseverance.​ 45 mins performance & 15 mins Q&A 

Texas Commission on the Arts Grant Subsidies Available

Single Performance

$900

Back to Back Performance

$1,045

Participant Limit

300

Grade Levels

4-12

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The Aztec Princess 

PERFORMANCE

Express Children's Theatre 

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Experience Aztec Princess, a Bilingual Classic Mexican fable told by a time-traveling Princess. Join the Aztec Princess as she tells two classic fables about Making Good Choices and Stranger Danger, while teaching English and Spanish vocabulary along the way. Fun for all ages and sparkling with educational values and social/emotional skills!

Single Performance

$375

Back to Back Performance

$600

Participant Limit

75

Grade Levels

K-5

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Goldilocks and the 3 Plays

PERFORMANCE

iAct Houston

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Teaches the 3 essential parts of a story (Beginning, Middle and End) and explores characterization. The central character “Tiffany” pretends to be Goldilocks. The Big Bad Wolf and The Troll in the familiar stories about the 3 bears, 3 pigs and 3 Billy Goats. She struggles to tell these stories with the reluctant help of 3 Boys who resist, question and eventually embody the trios of characters. The final act is a new story where the 3 Boys must play 3 characters picked by the audience members… the catch for that story is that only the girls in the audience may pick the Boys characters.

Single Performance

$675

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-6

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Rabbit Tales

PERFORMANCE

iAct Houston

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This production tells four stories about Rabbits: Peter Cottontail, Brer Rabbit, Peter Rabbit and the Velveteen Rabbit. Each tale is performed back to back. Audience members are encouraged to help our bunnies escape farmers, make decisions and few will be brought onstage to help play characters. Each story has a Rabbit that makes a discovery. Peter Cottontail realizes that anything can happen onstage and uses his imagination to rule the day. Brer Rabbit has to use wits and smarts to escape becoming Brother Fox’s Rabbit Stew. Peter makes bad choices and recalls his Mother’s lessons to find his way home. Velvet wrestles with where he belongs until love helps him to become a real rabbit.

Single Performance

$675

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

PK-2