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Curtains Up on Reading: American Colonization and Early Democracy – Rhythm

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During School Day
4th, 5th, 6th


CURTAINS UP ON READING RESIDENCY: A Multi-Sensory Unit of Study. A DCT Curtains Up Residency incorporates rhythm in a detailed study of America’s struggle for independence. Students explore the rhythm of travel across the Atlantic in search of new life in America. Experiencing different aspects of early Colonial life, students increase their knowledge about the Thirteen Colonies. Students might dramatically re-enact Paul Revere’s Ride, Boston Tea Party, or Bunker Hill. As they examine the origins of US government, students can also design their own classroom constitution. DCT has developed and perfected this residency for many years.

Students Will

  • Work with a professional theater artist to explore the world of the American colonies and actively learn curriculum through this innovative multi-sensory approach..
  • Take ownership of classroom lessons and be excited about learning while they act out stories and literature of the time of the early Colonies
  • Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes ISBN # 0-440-44250-8


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 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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