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LessonPLAN (Performing Live Arts Now) Education Series brings students to the Tower Theatre and performers into schools. Inspire your student’s creativity and enhance your teaching tools by attending one of the LessonPLAN education performances, or host one of our performances at your school for an in-school assembly!

"The students were thoroughly engaged in the performance, and loved the interaction that kept them involved.  We were so glad to be a part of this WONDERFUL experience!!" - 4th grade teacher, Cascades Academy.

 

JAMES O’NEIL AS CLARENCE DARROW

JAMES O’NEIL AS CLARENCE DARROW

January 10, 2020

Madras PAC – 10 am
Recommended for grades 7-12 

Leading member of the American Civil Liberties Union, and a prominent defender of high-profile clients in the most famous trials of the early 20th century (teenage thrill-killers Leopold and Loeb; science teacher John T. Scopes in the Scopes "Monkey" Trial), Darrow's eloquence and fierce arguments earned him the reputation as the greatest criminal defense attorney and most important civil libertarian in America.

Curriculum Connections: History - Civil Rights and Government - Performing Arts


MARTHA REDBONE’S “BONE HILL”

MARTHA REDBONE’S “BONE HILL”

January 17, 2020

Friday, January 17, 2020
Tower Theatre – SOLD OUT
Recommended for all ages 

An interdisciplinary theater performance inspired by Martha’s family lineage in the Appalachian Mountains - a story spanning four generations of women in a Cherokee family, and one woman’s return to her homeland on Black Mountain and the coalmines of Harlan County, KY. Hear about the family’s connection to the land – the simplicity and sacredness of that connection and the ruptures that threaten to extinguish it.

Curriculum Connections: History - Culture - Performing Arts


Funded in part by the New England Foundation for the Arts’ National Theater Project, with lead funding from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Also made possible through support from WESTAF, The NEA, and Oregon Arts Commission.


WE THE PEOPLE

WE THE PEOPLE

March 03, 2020

Eastmont School – 10:00 am
Recommended for grades 4-8 

A musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts - Music - History - Social Studies - American Government


CALL OF THE WILD

CALL OF THE WILD

March 18, 2020

Tower Theatre -  10:00 am - SOLD OUT
Recommended for grades 4-12

Jack London’s classic tale comes to life on stage. This multi-media adventure mixes performance and storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie.

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts - Language Arts - Science - History - Social and Emotional Development


YAMATO

YAMATO

April 13, 2020

Tower Theatre – SOLD OUT
Recommended for all ages 

In the village of Asuka, a place with more than a thousand years of history, they think of the sound of the drums – made of animal skin and ancient trees, some more than 400 years old – as a pulse or heartbeat (Shin-on), the center of life and the source of power within the human body. What one feels when surrounded by the sound of Wadaiko, is what the Japanese call “Tamashy”, translated as soul, spirit, and psyche – the basic elements of life. It is something which is invisible and intangible but whose existence is certainly felt.

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - History - Culture


GARRY KRINSKY: TOYING WITH SCIENCE

GARRY KRINSKY: TOYING WITH SCIENCE

April 23, 2020

Location – Crook County High School - SOLD OUT 

“Toying with Science” is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program. Commissioned and developed with the Museum of Science in Boston, this performance explores among other things, the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums and simple machines. Combining circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement, Garry and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who explore our world.

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - Science - Math


RODNEY MARSALIS PHILADELPHIA BIG BRASS

RODNEY MARSALIS PHILADELPHIA BIG BRASS

April 24, 2020

Three Rivers School - SOLD OUT
Recommended for all ages

An internationally acclaimed brass ensemble that always reflects the diverse makeup of men and women in the American culture. RMPBB is dedicated to the notion that music is a gift to be enjoyed by everyone. The group is especially dedicated to reaching out to the world's youth and inspiring them to reach for their dreams.

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - Music


VILLALOBOS BROTHERS

VILLALOBOS BROTHERS

May 05, 2020

Tower Theatre – SOLD OUT
Recommended for all ages 

The Villalobos Brothers have been acclaimed as one of today’s leading Contemporary Mexican ensembles. Their original compositions and arrangements masterfully fuse and celebrate the richness of Mexican folk music with the intricate harmonies of jazz and classical music.

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - Music - Culture


PORTLAND JAZZ CONCERT ENSEMBLE’S “FROM MAXVILLE TO VANPORT”

PORTLAND JAZZ CONCERT ENSEMBLE’S “FROM MAXVILLE TO VANPORT”

May 07, 2020

Tower Theatre – 10:00 am
Recommended for ages 7-12 

A multi-media concert of songs and video that tell the story of two little-known Oregon towns and the diverse residents that made them unique. These multicultural communities housed work forces with significant African American and immigrant populations at a time when many Oregonians were openly hostile to them. The program tells their stories of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness in the face of remarkable adversity; stories that deserve to be better understood by all Oregonians.

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - History - Culture - Language Arts


TODD OLIVER & HIS TALKING DOG IRVING

TODD OLIVER & HIS TALKING DOG IRVING

May 19, 2020

Elk Meadow Elementary – 10:00 am
Recommended for all ages

Have you ever met a REAL talking dog?! Get ready, because when comedian and ventriloquist Todd Oliver takes the stage you’ll meet his funny companion – Irving. Todd Oliver’s humor is situational and contemporary, resulting in  clean, universal fun that makes children and teachers feel good and leaves you wondering, “How do those funny dogs talk?” 

Curriculum Connections: Performing Live Arts - Language Arts


 

PRICING:
Costs are $5.00 per student for a Tower Theatre matinee, or $2.50 per student for an in-school assembly. 

PAYMENTS:
Payments for LessonPLAN education performances may be made by cash, check, credit card, or school district purchase order. 

For reservations, or to find out more information, contact:
Dani Wyeth
Education Manager
(541) 323-9155 ext.2
daniw@towertheatre.org