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Dallas Children's Theater

Curtains Up on Reading: Westward Expansion – Space

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During School Day
4th, 5th, 6th


CURTAINS UP ON READING RESIDENCY A Multi-Sensory Unit of Study Using space as a sensory link, Curtains Up residency artists excite students to investigate the Westward Expansion movements of the nineteenth century. Students journey westward with Lewis and Clark and experience life in a covered wagon. This unit also introduces students to several American Indian tribes and explores tribal concepts of space and land ownership. Students will act out stories from the literature and storytelling of this exciting period in American history. DCT has developed and perfected this creative curriculum and creative teaching style over several years.

Students Will

  • Work with a professional theater artist to actively learn curriculum through this innovative multi-sensory approach.
  • Act out stories and literature of the time of the Westward Expansion to take ownership of classroom lessons and be excited about learning.
  • The American West by Christine Hatt ISBN # 0-237-51867-8


Dates: August 2013- May 2014
Times: 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.
Duration: Minimum 5 class meetings of approx 45 minutes
School Fee: $50 per class visit ($250 for 5 visits)
Minimum Attendance: 10
Maximum Attendance: 30
Bilingual: No
Technical Needs: Artists work in a classroom often with desks cleared to the side. If possible, a stage is a great meeting location.
Other Information: Residencies should be booked at least one month in advance.

Scheduling / Booking

Instructions: To book weekday matinees go to or email [email protected] or [email protected] or call 214-978-0120 - For weekend performances or additional information call Dallas Children's Theater box office at (214) 978-0110 To book residencies or after school programs call 214-978-0110.
Deadline: Residencies are booked as far in advance as possible - At least one month’s lead time is necessary.
Cancellation Policy: Cancellation Policy: For shows: no refunds once tickets are reserved, deposit paid, or Voucher # issued. In the case of inclement weather Dallas Children's Theater does not cancel performances unless DISD has closed. For After School or During School programs- In cases of inclement weather, DCT will make every attempt to reschedule a make-up class, but if the class cannot be rescheduled the school will be expected to pay for the full program.
After School Policy: After School Policy: The school provides: a physical space large and quiet enough to allow the group to work comfortably and without interruption; at least one staff member on site during the drama class session; distribution of enrollment forms; and a contact person.

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