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The Itsy Bitsy Spider | Return to Sender | Auntie Claus | Secret Soldiers
Hans Christian Andersen | The Teddy Bears’ Picnic | Pete the Cat

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The Itsy Bitsy Spider

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Patience, perseverance, collaboration, hard work, helping others, problem solving

Language: 0 out of 5

Violence and Scariness: 0 out of 5

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5
Children will be given props to use at certain times.
Marigold gets frightened and yells at the sight of a spider puppet.
There are sounds of thunder, rain, and wind.
Leaves are blown throughout the space.
There are sounds of crows approaching.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5
There are times in the story where characters may feel troubled.

Other things to know:
This show is based on the nursery rhyme “The Itsy Bitsy Spider.”
There is no intermission.
This show is designed for children ages 0-5.
The show is immersive and interactive (children are encouraged to help the characters complete their tasks).
The show will start in the lobby and move through our building to the Copeland Studio Theatre.

Return to Sender

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Empathy, diversity, friendship, overcoming adversity, family, home, belonging, hope, sacrifice

Language: 1 out of 5
The following words are used: “dummy,” “hell bent,” “voodoo altar,” and “sleazy.”
Characters are referred to as “illegal aliens.”

Violence and Scariness: 5 out of 5
In one scene, smuggler points a gun at Mari, then pushes her Mamá violently on stage.
Mamá was kidnapped by traffickers. She describes that she was made into a servant for the gang’s boss and he would hit her. She shares that she has bruises and that it was like living in a nightmare. They also threatened to kill her if she tried to run away. (All of this is an account - it is not actually shown on stage.)
In another scene, characters are grabbed by ICE agents during a raid. Papá is thrown to the floor and hit with a baton.

Sensory Advisories: 3 out of 5
There are loud sounds and lights for police sirens and different vehicles, and a nightmare about a tractor accident.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 4 out of 5
There is a constant threat of the Cruz family being deported and separated throughout the play.
Mamá goes missing and there is fear for what happened to her throughout the play.
Mari is bullied at school.
Tyler has a nightmare about his father’s tractor accident.
Tyler references his grandfather’s death.
Tío Felipe is arrested and spends time in jail.
At one point, the Paquette family can’t find their grandmother.
Tyler and Mari buy back her mother from smugglers.
There is an emotional goodbye when the Cruz family moves.

Other things to know:
This show is based off of the book Return to Sender by Julia Alvarez.
There is no intermission.
Students on field trips to this performance will most likely be in grades 3-8.

Auntie Claus

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Generosity, kindness, hard work, selflessness, collaboration, teamwork, sacrifice, responsibility, family

Language: 0 out of 5

Violence and Scariness: 0 out of 5

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5
The music becomes loud at points in the musical.
There are sound and lighting effects while Sophie is magically transported to the North Pole in a box.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5
Neighbors gossip about the Kringles.
Chris throws a temper tantrum and destroys the decorations in the hotel lobby.
Sophie sneaks into a big box in her Auntie’s apartment and is transported to the North Pole. She doesn’t know how to find her family or way back home.
Sophie volunteers to go to the Land of Bad Boys and Girls down in the mines.

Other things to know:
This musical is based on the book Auntie Claus by Elise Primavera, which is about the holiday, Christmas. There is no intermission.
The show will be enjoyed by all ages.

Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Perseverance, sacrifice, loyalty, bravery, courage, commitment to country, honoring sacrifices of others, decision making

Language: 1 out of 5
The following words are used in the performance: “harlots,” “wretch,” “drunkard,” “lunatic,” “darn,” and “drunken thief.”

Violence and Scariness: 3 out of 5
There are references to violence in warfare, such as soldiers’ limbs being blown off, dead bodies floating in the river, and wounded soldiers.

Sensory Advisories: 4 out of 5
There are sounds of cannons and gunfire.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 3 out of 5
There are several references to warfare, including injuries from war, miming of a wounded soldier being carried on a stretcher, and death.
Wakeman writes a letter to her family, suggesting she may die.
There is pressure for the female soldiers to hide their identity.
The characters experience prejudice in the form of sexism and racism.

Other things to know:
Soldiers order bourbon at a bar.
This performance is based on the true stories of women who secretly served in the Civil War.
There is no intermission.
There is audience participation where the audience will share their opinions and vote as to whether Miss Wakeman’s true identity should be revealed.
Students on field trips to this performance will most likely be in grades 4-8.

Hans Christian Andersen

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Inclusion, finding your voice, belonging, family, friendship, respecting differences

Language: 1 out of 5
“Jerk” and “stupid” are each used once.

Violence and Scariness: 1 out of 5
The story of Shakespeare’s Hamlet is playfully dramatized by the students for a school project, which mentions murder and violence.

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5
The music becomes loud at points in the musical.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 2 out of 5
Christian leaves his parents to attend school faraway, which he is very anxious about.
Christian faces cruelty from his Headmistress (teacher) and classmates. He also experiences classism. Students and the Headmistress have anxiety over passing tests.
Princess Caroline experiences prejudice because she has acute muscular weakness and is in a wheelchair.
Christian gets arrested.
Christian’s father dies and there is a scene at the graveyard after the funeral.

Other things to know:
There is a quick, playful reference to The Little Mermaid being similar to the Texas Chainsaw Massacre.
There is a scene where characters joke about the King being “naked” (in reference to The Emperor’s New Clothes).
This musical is based on the childhood and life of the famous fairy tale author and storyteller, Hans Christian Andersen.
There is no intermission.
Students on field trips to this performance will most likely be in grades 2-8. 

The Teddy Bear's Picnic

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Emotion recognition, sharing, problem solving, teamwork, helping, patience, following directions

Language: 0 out of 5

Violence and Scariness: 0 out of 5

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5
Children will be given props to use at certain times.
Actors portray large, friendly teddy bears.
A bird, bee, butterfly, and firefly visit and sometimes interact with audience members.
Audience members break out into dance with the characters.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5
Buddy Bear surprises Mama Bear. Throughout the show he doesn’t speak, but communicates through pantomime, movement, and facial expressions.
Mama Bear hears sounds. She nervously opens up her picnic basket, which reveals three hiding mice.
Ants destroy Mama Bear’s gifts of honey. She despairs.
Buddy Bear becomes scared of different animal sounds he hears in the forest.

Other things to know:
This show is based on the children’s song “Teddy Bears’ Picnic.”
There is no intermission.
This show is designed for children ages 0-5.
The show is immersive and interactive (children are encouraged to help the characters complete their tasks).
The show will start in the lobby and move through our building to the Copeland Studio Theatre.

Pete the Cat

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Creativity, friendship, family, being brave, learning from mistakes, trying new things, self expression, optimism, perseverance,

Language: 1 out of 5
The word “stupid” is used a few times.

Violence and Scariness: 0 out of 5

Sensory Advisories: 1 out of 5
There is loud, rock music.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5
A cat-catcher captures Pete.
Jimmy copies another student’s work in class and gets in trouble.
In a moment of frustration and despair, Jimmy calls Pete’s bus stupid, which hurts its feelings.
Pete can’t find Olive, a little girl, and worries.

Other things to know:
This musical is based off of the Pete the Cat series by Kimberly and James Dean.
There is no intermission.
This show will be enjoyed by all ages.