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At-Home Activities for Students and Families to Stay Connected to City Center

Whether you're a teacher looking to enrich and integrate your students' curriculum with the performing arts or a parent trying to fill an hour of the day creatively, City Center Education is here to keep children engaged even while at home.

On this page, you will find a selection of dance and musical theater educational resources that can be used as springboards to lead and support K-12 learners with meaningful and dynamic activities that promote critical thinking and engagement around productions like the Flamenco Festival, Evita, and Brigadoon, to name a few. Filled with a variety of activities, our study guides include historical, thematic, and contextual background for each production, creative and artistic insights, glossaries, student activities, resources for further exploration, and more.

Each resource also includes a short video companion. Many of these titles are available as full-length productions on streaming media services such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. These films can be used to further supplement learning at the supervising adult's discretion.

We hope you and your family find City Center’s educational resources helpful to your teaching and learning experience. We’re all in this together.

Flamenco Festival: Performance Video and Study Guide

Watching a performance can be a powerful learning experience. Enjoy a vibrant 45-minute Lynne and Richard Pasculano Student Matinee performance from the 2017 Flamenco Festival featuring artists Olga Pericet, Patricia Guerrero, and Jesús Carmona, energized by an audience full of students and educators, in the video below. Please also use the accompanying Flamenco Festival Study Guide as a resource to enhance and expand learning about this art form.

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More Study Guides and Video Clips

 
A Chorus Line
In a passionate tribute to dance and musical theater, A Chorus Line chronicles the joy, despair, and triumph of Broadway dancers and the often overlooked members of the ensemble. As they audition for a new Broadway show, each dancer divulges personal stories about challenges and aspirations. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 12+
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Call Me Madam
Inspired by the real-life figure of Perle Mesta, a Washington socialite turned Ambassador, Call Me Madam centers on Sally Adams, a well-meaning but ill-informed ambassador to the fictional country of Lichtenburg. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Evita
Set in 1940s Argentina, Evita follows Argentina’s first lady Eva Perón's meteoric rise to becoming the most powerful woman in Latin America and wife of military leader-turned president Juan Perón. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 12+
 
High Button Shoes
High Button Shoes follows the misadventures of two charismatic conmen—Harrison Floy and Mr. Pontdue—who bamboozle the Longstreet family, inciting a chase from New Brunswick, down the Jersey Shore, to Atlantic City. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Rodgers & Hart’s I Married an Angel
Rodgers & Hart's I Married an Angel is a light-hearted love story that weds balletic grace with drawing-room comedic charm. Count Willy Palaffi, a jaded banker, swears off love claiming that the only bride for him would have to come from the heavens. But when Willy weds Angel, an actual celestial being, they soon realize that having everything they wanted is not as they imagined. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Love Life
Considered by some to be the first concept musical, Kurt Weill and Alan Jay Lerner’s Love Life depicts more than a century and a half of American history through the eyes of a family who never ages. Navigating a rapidly changing world, the Cooper family grows from their simple post-revolutionary farm to a life in bustling post-World War II America. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Mack & Mabel
Mack & Mabel tells the story of one of silent film’s first great pioneers, Mack Sennett, and his muse, the comedienne Mabel Normand. Mack makes Mabel a star and love blossoms. But Mack’s insatiable drive to succeed and Mabel’s vulnerability—the key to her audience appeal—turn their love affair into a high wire act with no net. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 14+
 
Big River
Inspired by Mark Twain’s classic novel, Big River follows Huckleberry Finn, a rebellious teenager, and Jim, an escaped slave, as they journey along the Mississippi River in the search for freedom. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon
Set in the Scottish Highlands, Lerner & Loewe’s Brigadoon tells the story of two New York tourists who stumble into an idyllic town that appears for only one day every century. When romance between the visitors and two women in the village ensues, the arrival of the newcomers jeopardizes the very existence of the mystical village of Brigadoon. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Grand Hotel, The Musical
Grand Hotel, The Musical is set in 1928 and tells the intersecting stories of guests at an extravagant Berlin hotel. Over the course of a tumultuous weekend, we meet a faded ballerina, a Baron who moonlights as a burglar, a dying bookkeeper, a businessman facing certain ruin, and a young secretary all too eager to become an American film star.Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Hey, Look Me Over!
Created by Encores! series Artistic Director Jack Viertel and Music Director Rob Berman, Hey, Look Me Over!, takes shape as a musical review, spotlighting lesser-known shows from Broadway’s past. Representing a passionate Encores! subscriber, the “Man in Chair,” guides audiences through his favorite selections of musical theater classics that hadn’t yet made their way to City Center’s stage. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Me and My Girl
Set in the 1930’s, Me and My Girl tells the story of Bill Snibson, an average cockney man whose world turns upside down when he learns that he’s the long-lost heir to the Earl of Hareford. As familial forces attempt to assimilate him to aristocratic life, Bill hopes to claim his fortune while preserving his love with fellow cockney, Sally. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 10+
 
Ballet Flamenco
In Shadows, Sara Baras combines her devotion to the dances of her native Spain with her unwavering commitment to innovation. Baras reexamines and reinvigorates her trademark flamenco style La Farruca—a quick-footed, dramatic dance traditionally performed only by men. Study Guide
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Recommended for ages 5+

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