arts + education

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.​

 

 

The Story of The Lone Star State 

PERFORMANCE

iAct Houston

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This original production by Houston's award-winning children's theater takes a bite out of Texas history. Beginning with the Native Peoples of the Gulf Coast through the adventures of NASA's astronauts, six hundred years of Texas tales are told in an hour (45-minute version by request). Audiences will learn about the folklore of the Karankawa & Caddo tribes, Spanish exploration, Hispanic heritage, and the many cultures and peoples that have shaped our state. Four actors play over 50 different roles, bringing to life such colorful characters as Cabeza De Vaca, Santa Anna, and Sam Houston’s trusted friend Deaf Smith. Students not only experience a fantastic performance - they become part of history. InterActive Theater Company offers a unique style of theater in allowing students to participate in the performance - through volunteering to come on stage, answering questions or offering suggestions to the actors. Teachers and educators will find their Texas history curriculum enhanced by this production that is at once educational and entertaining. So saddle up for the ride of your life - 600 years in 60 minutes...and don't worry, we'll remember the Alamo!!

Single Performance

$675

Back to Back Performance

$950

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-6

T is for Texas

PERFORMANCE

Twanda's Theatre on Wheels

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Boys and girls will pack their bags, boots, and cowboy hats and will travel with Twanda to see lots of things in Texas, from A to Z. The adventure will be filled with music, character puppets, props, and movement too. We will leave pantomiming a happy tune, “The Eyes of Texas are upon you”.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

EC-1

ABIYOYO

PERFORMANCE

Twanda's Theatre on Wheels

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Join Ms. Twanda as we compare and contrast African customs and traditions through this interactive performance. Audiences will dramatize a folktale story about a boy who plays the ukulele, a dad and his magic wand, and a hungry giant named Abiyoyo.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

EC-1

Humpty Dumpty's Rhyme & Rhythm Musical

PERFORMANCE

Twanda's Theatre on Wheels

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Humpty Dumpty and his friends, Little Miss Muffet and Jack and Jill, will take us on a rhyme and rhythm musical adventure. Boys and girls will learn from our nursery rhyme friends the value of compassion and true friendship.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

EC-1

Pick A Story Performance

Mosquitoes, Dr. Seuss, or Little Bear

PERFORMANCE

Twanda's Theatre on Wheels

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Pick from one of these three dramatized story performances!

 

Why Mosquitoes Buzz in People's Ears is a tale about a mosquito, an iguana, and a yam. Boys and girls will investigate, identify, compare, and create movements like animals in the jungle.

Miss T Celebrates Dr. Seuss Day follows the main character that we all want to see - the great Sam I am, the guy who does not like green eggs and ham. Celebrate this story with lots of props and puppets. Participants join in pantomiming, singing, and performing creative movement. 

The Story of Little Bear's Terrible Unbearable Beary Bad Day is a story that explores feelings and emotions. Little Bear woke up in a beary bad mood and was having a terrible day until he met a friend who reminded him of the importance of being kind and compassionate.

Single Performance

$300

Back to Back Performance

$400

Participant Limit

150

Grade Levels

EC-1

You Don't Need Words to Tell a Story

PERFORMANCE

Texas Mime Theatre

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Character, plot, conflict, and setting are Texas Mime’s Theatre’s “silent partners” in this creative program that combines the art of pantomime with a lesson on the elements of stories. Imagination, wit, and surprise mark this engaging program, which presents mime as a highly expressive storytelling medium. Such classic sketches as “The Library,” “The Bakers,” and “Fishing” entertain as they educate. Students might find themselves on stage as members of the “orchestra”!

Single Performance

$415

Back to Back Performance

$500

Participant Limit

350

Grade Levels

K-6

The Adventures of the Real Pecos Bill

PERFORMANCE

Voices from the Past

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This highly interactive and multicultural program presents several tall tales featuring the legendary character Pecos Bill and introduces students to the story of the real-life inspiration behind Pecos Bill, William Shafter, who was a commander of the Buffalo Soldiers in West Texas. Students in the audience get to join in the fun as they help Pecos ride the giant tornado, capture fried-chicken-eating bank robbers, and learn about American military history in the wild Texas West!

Single Performance

$335

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

1-5

“Git” On Board! The Life of Harriet Tubman

PERFORMANCE

Voices from the Past

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Take a musical ride on the Underground Railroad to meet the heroic Harriet Tubman, and learn of her early experiences as a slave. Discover how Tubman led fellow freedom-seeking slaves to hiding places on their way to safety in the North. Hope Shiver interweaves Tubman’s poignant story with spirituals and work songs, allowing students to discover the lyrics of such songs as “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Git on Board,” which often contained hidden messages for slaves preparing to escape to freedom. David Keepman provides musical accompaniment as students chant, clap, cheer, and rejoice in experiencing the famous railroad.

Single Performance

$335

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

K-12

King Rhythm 

PERFORMANCE

Voices from the Past

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Join soprano/storyteller Hope Shiver and percussionist David Keepman on a fantastic ride through African American history via popular musical styles. Selected audience members will join in the fun, donning costumes and pantomime, becoming loveable characters Bluesy, Jazzy, and others. The program features lots of audience participation and is a year-round hit!

Single Performance

$335

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

1-5

Sojourner!

PERFORMANCE

Voices from the Past

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Hope Shiver illustrates through story and song the life of famous abolitionist Sojourner Truth. Her sensitive portrayal, often using Sojourner’s own songs and speeches to bring the story to life, inspires students to learn how laws are made and to explore the plight of slaves in the North while clapping and chanting to the familiar spirituals of the time. Performance topics include the abolitionist movement, the women’s movement, the Civil War, and President Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation.

Single Performance

$335

Back to Back Performance

$450

Participant Limit

200

Grade Levels

5-12

Phone: 713.520.9264

Office: 4550 Post Oak Place, Suite 230, Houston, TX 77027

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