The Harris L. Kempner Serious Fun Children’s Series
Each season The Grand offers a selection of performances to area students and school groups. Presented on weekdays during the school year, the performances offer a supplement to existing curricula for a nominally-priced ticket. All of The Grand’s children’s programs feature professional touring companies with reputations for high-quality productions.
Comprehensive study guides are available to schools prior to a performance which allows both homeschool and other school teachers to incorporate activities centered around the story into their curricula. Some performances offer a question and answer period with the performers following the show. Schools may choose to prepare these questions in advance as part of the learning experience
In addition, The Grand offers free workshops to those schools that have tickets to performances listed on the Serious Fun Children’s Series. Designed to enhance students’ learning experiences by providing a literary and live performance connection, the workshops are presented in the school classroom. Each workshop can accommodate twenty-four students per 30-minute session. Workshops are limited and are available on a first-come, first served basis. Contact The Grand’s Director of Education, Sarah Piel at (409)770-5066 to reserve workshops.
For School/Group reservations, call (800)821-1894. Serious Fun Children’s Series Performance productions are:
“The Magic School Bus”
Thursday, February 14th (10am)
Presented by Theatreworks USA – When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic interplanetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on the Magic School Bus for a ride in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic. Recommended for grades K-5.
“Three Billy Goats Gruff”
Thursday, April 4th (10am)
Presented by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre – In a Scandinavian mountain pass, a yodeling Norwegian herdsman and his son welcome springtime. They open a gate to let their goats out of the brown winter pasture. Across a river, in the distance is the fresh green food of springtime. The goats must cross a bridge to get there. A bridge with a Troll living underneath it. Recommended for grades K-5.
“Jack and the Beanstalk”
Wednesday, May 1st (10am)
Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones Music by Ron Barnett Produced by Virginia Rep on Tour
This musical adaptation is a rollicking retelling of the classic fairy tale. Join our modern-day young hero as he uses his imagination to become the famous Jack from the book he is reading. As he spins the tale of trading the family cow for three magic beans, we watch the giant beanstalk grow and let our imaginations soar as our hero climbs through the clouds to meet an ill-tempered giant, finds fabulous treasures and more adventures than you can shake a stalk at. Recommended for grades K-5.
The children’s series performances have been designated The Harris L. Kempner Children’s Series in honor of Mr. Kempner’s lifelong commitment to youth, education and The Grand’s programming. They are supported in part by donations to The Grand’s Permanent Fund in his memory. Additional support is provided by the following: Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, The Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston, The Jamail Galveston Foundation, Kathy McGovern, John P. McGovern Foundation, Moody Memorial First United Methodist Church Permanent Endowment Fund, The National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.