Colgate Classroom Series

Colgate Classroom Series

Walton Arts Center believes that access to the arts is essential for all children and works to provide every child in Northwest Arkansas with exceptional and ongoing arts experiences.

The Colgate Classroom Series offers live matinee performances in a variety of art forms including dance, theater, puppetry, and world music to school groups. These performances are opportunities for young people to explore world cultures, make connections to important works of literature, or to learn more about art forms through lecture/demonstration format.

Performances are chosen for their ability to enrich class curriculum.

Get more information, like Day of Show procedures and Order Forms, here.


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Jessica Lang Dance

Friday, September 21
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Junior High and up

Founded in 2011, Jessica Lang Dance (JLD) is a New York City based dance company whose mission is to present and perform dance works around the world that immerse global audiences in the beauty of movement and music. As one of the most celebrated choreographers of her generation, Lang, recognized for her contemporary take on ballet-based movement, musicality and use of scenic elements, choreographs and teaches throughout the world.

Performance Guide (PDF)

 

Arkansas Learning Standards:  Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

Arkansas History Through The Arts: Historic Cane Hill

Monday, October 8 and Tuesday, October 9
9:30am & 11:30am in Starr Theater

Best For: Upper Elementary and Middle School

Historic Cane Hill, the earliest settlement in Washington County Arkansas, was an educational center on the frontier. Home to the state’s first public school, library, and Sunday school, Cane Hill was also the site of one of Arkansas' first institutions of higher learning. Local favorites, Still on the Hill, offer original songs that document the community’s history and bring to life the people and concerns of early Arkansans.

Performance Guide (PDF)

 Still On The Hill

Arkansas Learning Standards: Geography: 9.5.2. G.10.5.2: G.2. AH.7-8.2; G.2.AH.7-8.3. Economics: E.4.AH.7-8.2. History: H.7.AH.7-8.3, H.7.AH.7-8.4, H.7.AH.7-8.9, H.7.AH.7-8.10. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1, CN.11.MA.3, CN.11.MA.4, CN.11.MA.5.

Written in Water: Ragamala Dance

Monday, October 15
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Middle School and up

Although the South Indian dance form of Bharatanatyam (ba-rat-NAT-yam) is ancient, the art form continues to evolve to express myths, legends and themes from traditional Hindu texts. The movement performed to live music includes spectacular footwork and a vocabulary of sign language based on hand gestures as well as eyes and face muscles. Ragamala Dance creates contemporary intercultural performances based on this impressive heritage. Written in Water explores the search for meaning and understanding of the self through a fusion of South Asian music traditions, scenic projections and singular movement.

Performance Guide (PDF)

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR1.7.1; CR1.5.3, CR1.6.3, R.7.5.1, R.7.6.1; R.7.7.1; R.7.8.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.8.5.3, R.8.6.3, R.8.7.3, R.8.8.3.

Peter Pan: A Trike Theatre Production

SOLD OUT

October 29-November 2 & November 5-9
9:30am & 11:30am in Starr Theater

Best For: Upper Elementary

Peter Pan, who comes to hear the stories Mrs. Darling tells each night, has lost his shadow. Tinker Bell, his fairy friend, helps him search, but it’s Wendy Darling that re-attaches his shadow in trade for a kiss. Join Trike Theatre on a fantastic flight of adventure in this retelling of the classic tale of growing up.

Performance Guide (PDF)

 Peter Pan

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1;, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3;, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.6; P.6.TA.1; R.7.TA.4.

And Then...

Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8
9:30 & 11:30am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Lower Elementary

And Then… is a charming performance for young children featuring contemporary dance in a playhouse environment of simple shapes and vivid pops of color. Children will enjoy the imagination of the dancers, their interaction with each other and the audience and the show’s sense of curiosity, exploration and surprise. And Then… celebrates how children play with and maneuver around each other, how they adapt when the world stops them in their tracks, and reminds us when the unexpected happens sometimes we simply go with it.

 

AndThen…OchSen…Teaser! from Rasmus West on Vimeo.

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL.3.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.5.K.1, P.5.1.1, P.5.2.1, P.5.3.1; P.6.K.1, P.6.1.1, P.6.2.1, P.6.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5.

Arkansas History Through The Arts: Scott Joplin: The King of Ragtime’s Sesquicentennial Celebration

Thursday, November 15
10am in Faulkner Performing Arts Center at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Best For: Middle School and up

Celebrate the 150th birthday of Texarkana native Scott Joplin, the King of Ragtime, in a concert by the Peacherine Ragtime Society Orchestra. Hailed by The Washington Post as "the premier American ragtime ensemble,” PRSO is one of America’s few professional ensembles dedicated to the preservation and performance of America’s first popular music. The group recreates the sounds of early 20th century concert stages, dance halls and theaters performed off the original musical scores.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Arkansas History: CG.6.AH.7-8.1; H.7.AH.7-8.1; H.7.AH.7-8.8; H.7.AH.7-8.9; Era4.4.AH.9-12.1; Era4.4.AH.9-12.5; Era5.5.AH.9-12.1; Era5.5.AH.9-12.4; Era6.6.AH.9-12.2. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1, CN.11.MA.3, CN.11.MA.4, CN.11.MA.5.

Hot Club of San Francisco: Cinema Vivant

Friday, January 11
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Middle School and up

Reviving the lost entertainment of the early 20th century, Hot Club of San Francisco presents Cinema Vivant, vintage silent films accompanied by live music. The band’s signature style of gypsy swing is a style of jazz music begun by the gypsy guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in and around Paris in the 1930s. Students will discover There it Is (1928), a surrealist short film that combines live action with stop-motion object animation. The film was named to the 2004 National Film Registry by the Librarian of Congress.

Hot Club

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.5.1, SL.6.1, SL.7.1, SL.8.1; W.9-10.9, W.11-12.9; SL.9-10.D, SL.11-12.D; SL.9-10.2, SL.11-12.2; DE.1.DL.4; DE.1.DL.6; DE.1.DL.11. Fine Arts Standards Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1.

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites

Monday, January 14 and Tuesday, January 15
9:30am & 11:30am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Lower Elementary

Based on three storybooks by Eric Carle, The Very Hungry Caterpillar and other Eric Carle Favourites uses puppetry to recreate his well-loved characters and memorable settings. The triple-bill includes the stories of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis; the Little Cloud’s fanciful travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. Theater performances adapted from books are a foundation for literacy skills. Performed by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.

Performance Guide (PDF)

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.1, RL.1.1, RL.2.1, RL.3.1; RL.K.2, RL.1.2, RL.2.2, RL.3.2; RL.k.3, RL.1.3, RL.2.3, Rl.3.3; RL.K.5, RL.1.5, RL.2.5, RL.3.5; RL.k.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.k.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.

Go Dog Go: A Trike Theatre Production

January 14 and 15
10:00am & Noon in Starr Theater
January 16 – January 28
9:30am & 11:30am in Starr Theater

Best For: Lower Elementary

P.D. Eastman’s classic children’s book comes to life on stage in an exploration of movement, color and space. The dogs delve into life with gusto. They snorkel. They howl at the moon. They ride a ferris wheel in a rollicking free-for-all of chicanine-ery. Young readers will love the musical world of doggy fun performed by Trike Theatre.

Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.5, SL.1.5, SL.2.5, SL.3.5. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.5.K.1, P.5.1.1, P.5.2.1, P.5.3.1; P.6.K.1, P.6.1.1, P.6.2.1, P.6.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1. Fine Arts Standards Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.6; P.6.TA.1; R.7.TA.4.

Dorrance Dance

Wednesday, February 13
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Upper Elementary and up

MacArthur Fellow Michelle Dorrance has changed the world’s conversation about tap dance with her innovative choreography and rhythm tap style. A leader in a historically male dominated field, Dorrance has renewed interest in this quintessential American art form. Focused on musicality and improvisation, contemporary tap dance is part of the jazz tradition continuum. Dorrance Dancers heat up the stage with a collective spirit and exuberant fun!

Performance Guide (PDF)

 

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5

Air Play by Acrobuffos

SOLD OUT

Wednesday, March 6
9:30am & 11:30am in Baum Walker Hall
Thursday, March 7
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Elementary

Circus and science collide in an homage to the power of air. Flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, giant kites floating over the audience, and the biggest snow globe you’ve ever seen will make you gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. Air Play is a contemporary circus-style journey through a surreal land of air revealing the uncommon beauty of ordinary objects.

Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.K.3, P.6.1.3, P.6.2.3, P.6.3.3, P.6.4.3, P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.6.1, R.7.7.1, R.7.8.1; R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1, R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; CN.10.5.1, CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; CN.11.3.2 CN.11.4.2, CN.11.5.1, CN.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1; CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Dance: R.1.DAP.1, R.1.DAP.2, R.1.DAP.3; R.2.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.1; CN.5.DAP.3; CN.5.DAP.5.

You and Me and the Space Between

Wednesday, March 27 & Thursday, March 28
9:30am & 11:30am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Upper Elementary, Middle School and up

The island of Proud Circle springs a leak and its citizens must find a way to stop their home from disappearing. It takes the creativity of a child to save the island, its people and their culture. Part play and part picture book, You and Me and the Space Between offers a magical story of an adventurous child through captivating storytelling. The paper set is cut, ripped, patched and manipulated live to create the world of play before the audience’s eyes. Terrapin Theatre from Tasmania returns to Walton Arts Center with a tale of environmental change by noted playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer.

Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3. Theatre Appreciation: CR.1.TA.3; CR.2.TA.2; P.4.TA.1; P.4.TA.4; P.4.TA.5; P.4.TA.6; R.7.TA.3; R.7.TA.4; R.8.TA.1; R.8.TA.2; R.9.TA.1; R.9.TA.2; CN.11.TA.4; CN.11.TA.5; CN.11.TA.7.

Underneath A Magical Moon

Monday, April 1 & Tuesday, April 2
9:30am & 11:30am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Upper Elementary

Tonight, there’s magic in the air! Fly with Wendy and her brothers as they create the world of Neverland, where time stands still and the impossible seems possible. In this reimagining of Peter Pan as told by Wendy Darling, everyday objects become extraordinary under the magical moon. This sparkling production, written by Mike Kenny, produced by tutti frutti and York Theatre Royal (England) is scored with live music, songs and a sprinkle of fairy dust.

Performance Guide (PDF)

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL3.5, SL4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.1.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; CR2.3.2, CR.2.4.2, CR.2.5.2; R.7.3.1, R.7.4.1; R.9.3.1, R.9.4.1; R.9.3.3, R.9.4.3; CN.11.3.2, CN.11.4.2; CR.1.5.1; CR.3.5.1; R.7.5.1; R.8.5.1; CN.11.5.3. Fine Arts Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1 CN.11.MA.4.

The Edge Effect: 2019 VoiceJam Contemporary a Cappella Festival

SOLD OUT

Friday, April 5
10am in Baum Walker Hall

Best For: Middle School and up

A cappella singing is among the oldest forms of music and refers to unaccompanied singing. Popular television programs like The Sing-Off and motion pictures like Pitch Perfect have placed contemporary a cappella in the public eye. People respond to vocal arrangements of familiar pop songs that include beat-box “orchestration.” The Edge Effect is a five-man vocal band who sing in a variety of vocal styles influenced by tunes from across the decades.

Arkansas Learning Standards: Fine Arts Standards Vocal Music: P.4.BVMIV.3; P.4.BVMIII.5; P.6.BVMI.3; R.9.BVMIII.1; CN.10.BVMI.1; CN.11.BVMI.2; CN.11.BVMI.3. Music Appreciation: P.4.MA.1; P.5.MA.1; P.6.MA.2; R.7.MA.3; R.9.MA.1. Fine Arts Standards Music: P.6.5.3; CRA.SL.1; R.7.5.3,R.7.6.3, R.7.7.3, R.7.8.3; R.8.6.1; R.8.5.1, R.8.6.1; R.8.7.1, R.8.8.1; R.9.5.1, R.9.6.1, R.9.7.1, R.9.8.1; CN.10.6.1, CN.10.7.1, CN.10.8.1; Cn.11.6.1, CN.11.7.1, CN.11.8.1, CN.11.6.2, CN.11.7.2, CN.11.8.2; P.6.MA.2; R.9.MA.1.

Emily Brown and the Thing

Wednesday-Friday, May 8-10
9:30am & 11:30am in Starr Theater

Best For: Lower Elementary

When Emily Brown and her old grey rabbit Stanley hear a Thing crying outside their window, they set off on adventures to the Dark and Scary Wood, the Whirling Wastes and beyond. But finding the Thing’s cuddly, his bedtime milk and his medicine is not enough to help him sleep—how will anyone get some shut-eye? Based on the book by Cressida Cowell, author of How to Train Your Dragon, and Neal Layton and performed by Tall Stories (London, England).

Arkansas Learning Standards: RL.K.6, RL.1.6, RL.2.6, RL.3.6; RI.K.6, RI.1.6, RI.2.6, RI.3.6; SL.K.1, SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1; SL.K.4, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: P.4.K.1, P.4.1.1, P.4.2.1, P.4.3.1; R.7.K.1, R.7.1.1, R.7.2.1, R.7.3.1; R.8.1.1, R.8.2.1, R.8.3.1; R.9.K.1, R.9.1.1, R.9.2.1, R.9.3.1; R.9.2.3, R.9.3.3; CN.10.K.1, CN.10.1.1, CN.10.2.1, CN.10.3.1.