Tour

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Each season, RCT offers a wide range of touring shows. These shows are flexibly staged productions complete with costumes, sets and props available to tour to schools, libraries, and art centers.

Androcles and the Lion
by Aurand Harris
Running time: 60 minutes
Recommended for 1st through 6th grade

Androcles and the Lion is an irreverent treatment of Aesop’s fable about a boy who pulls the thorn out of a lion’s paw, to be paid back by having his life spared by the same lion later in his life. This charming version by Aurand Harris is written in the Italian Renaissance commedia
dell’arte style and uses classic commedia masks and Renaissance music. In commedia tradition, a group of strolling players set up their stage and give a performance full of ad-libbing, slapstick and acrobatic fun. Commedia includes stock players–the miserly Pantalone, the bragging captain, the romantic lovers, and the harlequin, who serves as the hero Androcles.

The study guide included with this production includes commedia and Renaissance history as well as a look at the visual and performing arts of the times.

Meets NYS Learning Standards for:
Arts:
Standard #3: Responding to and analyzing works of art.
Standard #4: Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.

Social Studies:
Standard #2: World History

Tales of the People:
Selected Stories of the Iroquois Nation
by Tom Vazanna
Running Time: 45 to 50 minutes
Recommended for Grades 1 to 5. (NYS Curriculum for Grade 4)

Native Americans in New York State, the Iroquois, referred to themselves as “The People” (Haudenosaunee). RCT is proud to present this original production of a collection of stories from the Iroquois tradition that reveal the humor, justice and wisdom of The People. Written by Tom Vazanna and commissioned by RCT, Tales of the People uses modern humor and themes recognizable to children, to tell traditional stories. Iroquois storyteller Charlene Winger-Bearskin consulted on the script to maintain authenticity and values. Tales include the creation story, how the buzzard got his feathers, how the bear lost his tail and others.

NYS Learning Standards-based study guide is included with this production.
Meets NYS Learning Standards for:
Arts:
Standard #3: Responding to and analyzing works of art.
Standard #4: Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.

Social Studies:
Standard #2: History of the U.S. and New York

Stuart Little
by E.B. White
Running Time: 60 minutes
Recommended for children ages 4 and up.

The many adventures–both big and small–of Stuart Little, a pleasantly debonair little character with a shy, engaging manner, are brought vividly to life in this story theatre production. True to E.B. White’s beloved tale, Stuart’s size gives him some trouble now and then–like the time he’s tolled up in a window shade, or when he gets dumped into the garbage scow! The acting ensemble combines delightful scenes that make up the marvelous maneuverings of a mild-mannered mouse trying to survive in a “real people’s world.” NYS Learning Standards-based study guide included with our production.

Meets the NYS Learning Standards for:
Arts:
Standard #3: Responding to and analyzing works of art.
Standard #4: Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.

English Language Arts:
Standard #1: Language for information and understanding.
Standard #2: Language for literary response and expression.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream
by William Shakespeare
Running Time: 60 minutes
Recommended for middle-school ages and up.
Video clip available upon request.

Shakespeare’s beloved play comes to life in this magical production. Taking place in a forest inhabited with fairies, the story unfolds as magic spells lead to mistaken identity. Only Puck can reverse the magic and bring two star-crossed couples together to live happily ever after. A Midsummer Night’s Dream is one of Shakespeare’s lightest comedies, and this production makes the story accessible and understandable to middle- to high-school aged students. You don’t have to be a scholar to love Shakespeare after all!

RCT’s production of Shakespeare’s comedy A Midsummer Night’s Dream is told through six traveling actors of the time, gathered in the woods, who prepare the audience for the play about to unfold. They become the three distinct groups of characters of the play – the upper class of Athens, the workingmen of Athens, and members of the fairy world. They open the show by speaking directly to the audience explaining what is about to happen.

Although edited, the text is completely true to Shakespeare’s plot and verse. You don’t have to be a scholar to love Shakespeare after all!

NYS Learning Standards-based study guide included with this production.

Meets NYS Learning Standards for:
Arts:
Standard #3: Responding to and analyzing works of art.
Standard #4: Understanding the cultural dimensions and contributions of the arts.

English Language Arts:
Standard #1: Language for information and understanding.
Standard #2: Language for literary response and expression.

Social Studies:
Standard #2: World History