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. During the COVID-19 Pandemic, we remain dedicated to serving students of all ages.

While there is nothing quite like the live experience, we wanted to find a way for you to share great quality theater for young audiences with your students. For the remainder of the 2021 school year, The Colgate Classroom Series will offer streaming performances adapted for asynchronous learning. We will return to all live theatre in January 2022.

Registration begins soon. Download a registration form here.

For questions regarding streaming performances for schools, contact us at 479-571-2743 or schools@waltonartscenter.org.


The 2021-2022 Classroom Series is supported by:

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Puppets in Paper

Virtual
August 23-November 20, 2021

Best For: Lower Elementary+

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s innovative performance-based emotional learning series Puppets in Paper takes you and “Pip,” a paper bag puppet, through colorful worlds and emotional experiences.
This production is a series of 21 bite-sized videos that you can play at your own pace. Half of the videos show the puppet Pip as they explore their emotions, and the other half invites children to play along with their very own Pip.
Pip was created to be gender neutral and all performances are non-verbal, supported by soft coloring for children on the spectrum.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts – Visual Art K-8: CR.3; PR.5; PR.6; RE.7; RE.8; RE.9; CN.10; CN.11. Theatre K-8: CR.3.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1 and 2; RE.8.1 and 2; RE.9.1; CN.10.1; CN11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10 and 11. English Language Arts: SL.1.1 ad 2.2; SL.1.2; SL.2.2; SL.1.3; SL.2.3; SL.1.5; SL.2.5.

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Doodle POP

Virtual
September 13-26, 2021

Best For: Lower Elementary

A mischievous duo starts to doodle… and ends up creating a whole imaginative world! They invite us along on their sea adventure with a tiny little turtle. What will happen as we follow their vivid drawings into this beautiful watery world, and will they return the turtle to the sea safely? This touching and playful non-verbal show uses live musicians who perform the accompanying score and sound effects, stunning interactive animation projections and live whiteboard drawings, and an abundance of theatrical imagination.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts – Visual Art K-8: PR.5; PR.6; RE.7; RE.8; RE.9; CN.10; CN.11. Theatre K-8: CR.3.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1 and 2; RE.8.1 and 2; RE.9.1; CN.10.1; CN11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10 and 11. English Language Arts: SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1, SL.1.2, SL.2.2; SL.3.2, SL.1.3; SL.2.3; SL.3.3.; SL.1.5; SL.2.5, SL.3.5, RL.3.1-6.

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The Bookbinder

Virtual
October 18-November 7, 2021

Best For: Upper Elementary+

"They say you can get lost in a good book. But it’s worse to get lost in a bad one...”
And so begins the magically intriguing journey of The Bookbinder, created by the inventive artists of New Zealand’s award-winning Trick of the Light Theatre. This one-person show, written by Ralph McCubbin Howell and directed by Hannah Smith, pays homage to old-world fairy tale traditions with touches of darkness, mystery, and high-stakes daring as an apprentice bookbinder gets rather too engaged in his work. Trick of the Light Theatre employs puppetry, shadow play, music and paper art, all bound together in a mayhem-filled fable for curious children and adventurous adults. This virtual performance is a 55-minute recorded video.

Arkansas Learning Standards
English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.1 to 6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9; RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.4.4; SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL.3.5, SL.4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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Under the Tangle

Virtual
November 1-21, 2021

Best For: Upper Elementary-Middle School

Under the Tangle tells the story of a young orphaned girl lost in a mysterious wooded labyrinth. Throughout her journey, she twists along the maze finding numerous clues and meeting many unusual characters; a flock of whispering black birds, daunting labyrinth guards, and The Queen of the Lost who lives in the forbidding tower. It is an adventurous tale filled with obstacles, relationships, and discoveries, which strengthen the heroine’s sense of self, helping her to discover her path throughout the tangled and brambling maze.

Arkansas Learning Standards
English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.1 to 6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9; RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.4.4; SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL.3.5, SL.4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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Cirque Mechanics' Birdhouse Factory

Baum Walker Hall
November 18, 2021 at 10am

Best For: Upper Elementary+

Birdhouse Factory is a simple story of daily life in a “widgets” factory circa 1935 as workers are brought together by the most unlikely of events, a bird accidentally injured by the main steam boiler. The accident and caring for the bird, brings the workers closer together and inspires them to break away from the monotony of the assembly-line.
Enter the most unlikely setting for a circus: a factory. One where the workers are acrobats and the machines are circus props. Welcome to the Birdhouse Factory! See a contortionist perform on a turntable powered by unicyclists. Be captivated by the trapeze artist powered by the spins of an acrobat inside a giant wheel. Be stunned as the trampoline wall artist defies the laws of physics. Giggle at the antics of the characters, be impressed by the acro-dancing, and enchanted by the story of laughter, love, flight, and birdhouses.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts Theatre: CR.3.1, PR.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 and 2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7-9, CN.10, CN11. Music: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Dance: RE.7-9, CN10 – 11. Dance Appreciation: RE.7-9, CN.10 – 11. English Language Arts: SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1, RL.3.1 -6, SL.3.1-4, RL.4.1-7, RL.4.9, SL.4.1, SL.4.4.

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Digging Up Arkansas

Starr Theater
January 24-28, 2022 at 9:30am & 11:30am

Best For: Upper Elementary

Digging Up Arkansas is an original play that tells the story of three writers from the Federal Writer’s Project. The writers invite students to think about historic artifacts before President Roosevelt’s scheduled arrival in Arkansas and to explore historical Arkansas moments to discover how Communication, Cooperation, Courage and Culture have shaped our state’s history. Topics investigated include Arkansas’ first people, the Arkansas Post, the Civil War, important women’s roles in Arkansas history, music and the introduction of electricity to rural Arkansas. The play aligns with 3rd through 5th grade Arkansas history curriculum goals. Digging Up Arkansas, presented by Walton Arts Center, written by Northwest Arkansas playwright and educator Mike Thomas and performed by Trike Theatre of Bentonville, engages young people in Arkansas history through drama.

 

Arkansas Learning Standards
Social Studies History: H.12.3.1; H.12.4.1; H.12.3.2; H.12.4.2; H.12.3.3; H.12.4.3; H.12.3.4; H.12.4.4; H.13.3.1; H.13.4.1-4; H.13.3.3; H.13.4.3; H.13.3.4; H.13.3.5; H.13.4.5; H.13.3.6; H.13.4.6; H.12.5.5-7. English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; 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.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

Baum Walker Hall
February 3, 2022 at 10am

Best For: Middle School+

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom tells the inspiring true story of Lynda Blackmon, who celebrated her 15th birthday on the Selma to Montgomery March in 1965. Jailed nine times before the march and badly beaten on Bloody Sunday, Lynda and her neighbors fought alongside Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to secure the right to vote for African Americans. She believed that "a voteless people is a hopeless people" and put her life on the line, non-violently, to prove that anyone can change history no matter how young or powerless they seem. The show features an ensemble of African-American actor-singers who bring the 1960s to life on the stage through the Civil Rights Movement's soul-stirring music.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Social Studies K-8: Civics and Government: C.1.5.4, C.1.6.4; Citizenship: C.2.5.1, C.2.5.2, C.2.5.3, C.2.5.4. Arkansas History - Civics and Government: CG.5.AH.7-8.4; CG.6.AH.7-8.1. History: H.7.AH.7-8.8; H.7.AH.7-8.9. African American History: Illusion of Equality: IE.6.AAH.1 to 4. A Job Unfinished 1970-Present: JU.7.AAH.1 to 3. English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; 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.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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The Adventures of Prince Achmed with INVOKE

Baum Walker Hall
February 17, 2022 at 10am

Best For: Lower Elementary

SENSORY FRIENDLY! This performance includes a screening of The Adventures of Prince Achmed, directed by Lotte Reiniger with new original music performed live by Invoke. The Adventures of Prince Achmed (1926) is the oldest surviving full-length animation telling a story from the collection of Middle Eastern folk tales, One Thousand and One Nights. Following our hero, Prince Achmed, Invoke’s improvisatory score matches the story’s mix of lighthearted and more sinister themes, weaving an epic tale responding to the groundbreaking animation.

Prince Achmed

 

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts Theatre: CR.3.1, PR.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 and 2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7-9, CN.10, CN11. Music: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Visual Art: RE.7-9, Cn.10, CN.11. English Language Arts: SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1, RL.3.1 -6, SL.3.1-4, RL.4.1-7, RL.4.9, SL.4.1, SL.4.4.

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Secrets of Space

Baum Walker Hall
February 23-24, 2022 at 9:30am & 11:30am

Best For: Upper Elementary-Middle School

Suni and Mae are dreamers. As young girls, they dreamt about journeying far beyond our solar system, singing among the stars and discovering all that was unknown to them: the secrets of space.
Using magical illusions and a state-of-the-art digital LED wall, the sisters and the audience embark on an interactive journey across the galaxy. The wonders of outer space are explored with dazzling imagery and key ideas and inventions in science, technology, and engineering.

Brought to you by Cahoots NI, Secrets of Space has been developed with leading space industry experts and features curriculum connections for elementary school audiences in STEAM learning.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Science - Earth’s Systems 2-ESS1-1; Forces and Interactions 3-PS2-2; Structure, Function and Information Processing 4-PS4-2; Energy 4-PS3-2; Earth’s Systems: 5-ESS2-1 and 5-ESS3-1; Space systems: 5-PS2-1 and 5-ESS1-1; Earth’s Systems 6-ESS2-4. Social Studies - History: H.12.3.3; H.12.3.4; H.12.4.4. English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.2, RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; 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.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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Circa Sacre

Baum Walker Hall
March 4, 2022 at 10am

Best For: Middle School+

In the first ever circus setting of Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, critically acclaimed contemporary circus company Circa tightly weaves together world-class acrobatics and dynamic encounters suffused with dark humor and rich tenderness in Sacre.
Since 2004, Circa has been at the frontier of new circus. They have emerged as one of the world's leading performance companies in this field – creating powerful circus works that challenge, thrill, and delight. Circa develop shows that push the boundaries of circus as an art form, blur the lines between movement, dance, and theater.

Arkansas Learning Standards:
Fine Arts Theatre: CR.3.1, PR.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 and 2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7-9, CN.10, CN11. Music: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Dance: RE.7-9, CN10 – 11. Performance Dance: PR.4, RE.7, RE.8, RE.9, CN.10, CN.11. Dance Appreciation: RE.7-9, CN.10 – 11. English Language Arts: RL.6.7, RL.6.9, SL.6.1, SL.6.2, SL.6.5.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Baum Walker Hall
April 18-19, 2022 at 9:30 & 11:30am

Best For: Lower Elementary

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts Theatre: P.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 RE.8.2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1, CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7 – 9, CN.10, CN 11. Music: PR.4, RE.7 – 9, CN.10, CN.11. Music Appreciation: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Visual Art: RE.7-9. CN.10, CN.11. Language Arts: 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.1.2, SL.2.2, SL.3.2, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4.

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Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella Story

Baum Walker Hall
April 25-26, 2022 at 9:30 & 11:30am

Best For: Upper Elementary

Ten-year-old Belinda is a budding poet and loves to tell stories, but when she’s stuck in the basement preparing for a party upstairs that her stepmother and stepsisters will host, she’ll have to get creative. It’s a story within a story; Belinda lives out her version while also re-enacting the classic tale of Cinderella, using whatever objects are at her disposal: napkins, teapots, and doilies, to name just a few. With these everyday items, a healthy dose of imagination, and a love of poetry passed down by her father, Belinda imagines a bigger world for herself...
When she learns that the party's special guest is (real life) writer Gary Soto, Belinda wants desperately to attend the party and share her own writings with Soto. But to do that, she must learn to stand up for herself and take charge of her life and dreams. This captivating bilingual one-woman performance is a modern spin on the beloved fairy tale and tackles cultural heritage, family, and the power of language.

Arkansas Learning Standards
English Language Arts: RL.3.2, RL.4.1 to 6, RL.4.7, RL.4.9; RL.5.2; RL.3.6, RL.4.6, RL.5.6; RI.3.3, RI.4.3, RI.5.3; W.3.8, W.4.8, W.5.8; SL.3.1, SL.4.1, SL.4.4; SL.5.1; SL.3.4, SL.4.4, SL.5.4; SL.3.5, SL.4.5, SL.5.5; L.3.3, L4.3, L5.3. Social Studies - Chronology, Change Over Time, and Contextualization: H.12.3.3 and 4; H.12.4.3 and 4. Fine Arts Standards Theatre: CR.3.1, CR1.4.1, CR1.5.1; PR.4.1; RE.7.1, RE.7.2; RE.8.1, RE.8.1; RE.8.2, R.9.1; CN.10.1, CN.11.1; CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4; RE.7, 8 and 9; CN.10-11. Music: RE.7, 8 and 9.

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Popovich Comedy Pet Theater

Baum Walker Hall
April 28, 2022 at 10am

Best For: Upper Elementary

The World Famous Popovich Comedy Pet Theater is a family-oriented blend of the unique comedy and juggling skills of Gregory Popovich, and the talents of his furry costars. There are more than 30 pets in the show, each one has been rescued from animal shelters and given a new leash on life! They love to perform their skills and stunts on stage.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts Theatre: CR.3.1, PR.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 and 2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1 and 2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7-9, CN.10, CN11. Music: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Dance: RE.7-9, CN10 – 11. Dance Appreciation: RE.7-9, CN.10 – 11. English Language Arts: SL.1.1, SL.2.1, SL.3.1.

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Leonardo & Sam*
*THE TERRIBLE MONSTER AND THE MOST SCAREDY-CAT KID IN THE WHOLE WORLD, RESPECTIVELY

Baum Walker Hall
May 4, 2022 at 9:30 & 11:30m

Best For: Lower Elementary

Leonardo is a terrible monster. He tries so hard to be scary, but he just…isn’t. Then Leonardo finds Sam, the most scaredy-cat kid in the world. Will Leonardo finally get his chance to scare the tuna salad out of an unsuspecting human? Or will it be the start of an unlikely friendship? The plot thickens when this pair meets Kerry and Frankenthaler, an even scaredier-cat and her monster friend. Kerry and Sam will need to make a big decision: will they be friends or will they be controlled by their fears?
Adapted from the beloved children’s books by Mo Willems, Leonardo & Sam tells the story of a monster who longs to be scary and the big decisions about identity and empathy that we all must make.

Arkansas Learning Standards
Fine Arts Theatre: P.4.1, RE.7.1 and 2, RE.8.1 RE.8.2, RE.9.1, CN.10.1, CN.11.1, CN.11.2. Theatre Appreciation: PR.4, RE.7 – 9, CN.10, CN 11. Music: PR.4, RE.7 – 9, CN.10, CN.11. Music Appreciation: RE.7-9, CN.10, CN.11. Visual Art: RE.7-9. CN.10, CN.11. Language Arts: 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.1.2, SL.2.2, SL.3.2, SL.1.4, SL.2.4, SL.3.4.

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Additional support the 2021-2022 Classroom Series is provided by JB Hunt and Walmart and education grants from the Arkansas Arts Council, Walmart Foundation and Walton Family Foundation.