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Curtains Up on Reading: Underground Railroad and the Civil War – Sound and Silence

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During School Day
4th, 5th, 6th


CURTAINS UP ON READING RESIDENCY: A Multi-Sensory Unit of Study. Students begin this unit with a journey on the Underground Railroad. Using sound, silence and spirituals, students experience the hardships of this difficult journey. Students can also study about famous abolitionists of the period. A Curtains Up Residency artist can help classes conduct an in-depth study of the life of a Confederate or Union Soldier. Literature and actual letters from the period allow students to achieve a fuller understanding of the Civil War. DCT has developed and perfected this creative curriculum and unique teaching style over several years.

Students Will

  • Work with a professional theater artist to explore the Underground Railroad and Civil War.
  • Actively learn curriculum through this innovative multi-sensory approach and take ownership of classroom lessons.
  • Pink and Say by Patricia Polacco ISBN # 0-399-22671-0


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 meetings).
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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