Atlantic’s Students & Educators and Atlantic for Kids programs offer educators the opportunity to engage students both in the theater and in the classroom. The mission of these programs is to create well rounded, socially responsible citizens and to empower students with tools that encourage imagination, creativity, and critical thinking.
FOR PRE-K THROUGH MIDDLE SCHOOL (ATLANTIC FOR KIDS MATINEES)
Atlantic for Kids introduces young audiences to the art of simple storytelling through theater and presents two children’s productions each season.
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2018 | 2019 Season
ROALD DAHL’S JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Words and Music by BENJ PASEK & JUSTIN PAUL
Book by TIMOTHY ALLEN MCDONALD
Directed and Choreographed by MK LAWSON
October 20 – November 11
Linda Gross Theater, 336 West 20th Street
Instead of chopping down the old fruit tree like his Aunties asked, James discovers a magic potion that makes an old peach grow to an enormous size. After finding a door to climb inside, James meets a group of outrageous oversized insects who’ve made the peach their home. James and his newfound friends decide it’s time to leave the Aunties, and we follow them as they roll their peach into the ocean and embark on a fantastic voyage that lands them on top of the Empire State Building.
With music from the Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award-winning team of Pasek and Paul and a book by the writer who brought you Roald Dahl’s Willy Wonka and The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley comes Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, a fantastical musical for the whole family!
Recommended for ages 5+ but welcomes children of all ages!
FOR HIGH SCHOOLS (STUDENTS & EDUCATORS MATINEES)
With this series, the in school workshops begin to delve not only into the themes and deeper discussions about each play, but into Practical Aesthetics – The Atlantic Technique. Practical Aesthetics, an acting technique, offers unique tools for recognizing the truth of any situation, which are relevant to all ages and challenges, whether academic, professional or personal.
With every student matinee, Atlantic offers an extensive toolkit of educational enrichment: An in-school workshop conducted by one of Atlantic’s teaching artists, an in-depth study guide and lesson plans tailored to the production and the specific needs of your class & a post-show discussion with the cast and creative team.
FOR TEACHERS (EDUCATOR NIGHT)
Educator previews allow for teachers, teaching artists, and administrators to see a show and engage in a post-show forum with Atlantic’s education and creative teams. These collegial discussions of the show’s themes and subject matter strengthen educators’ understanding of the Atlantic and inform the study guides utilized during in-school workshops. With this added preview, Atlantic’s productions can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom.
STUDY GUIDE LIBRARY
Each main stage show is accompanied by a comprehensive study guide that is developed by Atlantic’s education team in alignment with the New York Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater. Atlantic’s study guides take you and your students deeper into the story. Each guide provides you with a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to put you in the world of the play before you ever set foot in the theater. Click here to view our Study Guide Archive.