Mission IS Possible: What Goes Up, Must Come Down

A Spider Name Apollo

 Through the dramatic performing arts, the audience is lead on a musical adventure, the journey of a spider name Apollo. In connection to literature, written and illustrated by Apollo’s Fire, participants explore the adventures of artists at the opera. This book comes to life with processional musicians, singers, actors, and dancers. Through interactive aspects, participants engage alongside the performers to help lead Apollo on his musical journey through the opera. 

Big Top Physics

Big Top Physics is a workshop that will engage students in exploring the physics of performing extraordinary physical feats.  Students will learn about the types of forces affecting motion, including gravitational force, tension force, frictional force, applied force, inertia, and center of mass.  These concepts will be taught by a combination of performance/demonstration and active participation.

Shakespeare: The Musical

In Andrea McCormick’s Shakespeare: The Musical residency, students will take a play from Shakespeare and incorporate it with music and dance. Students will be encouraged to analyze selections from the script, find the rhythmic patterns in the writing, and work them into song as either a melody or rap, with movement or dance. As an added reinforcement of comprehension, students will be asked to rewrite selections from the script in current English to create a new, abridged musical version of the play.

Langston Hughes: Dream Keeper, Poem Maker

This assembly program shows the range of Hughes’ styles and themes through poetry, song, and movement. The students will perform the poems, helping the students discover their own dreams, how those dreams can be deferred and how, ultimately, they can be fulfilled. The principal texts are from “The Dream Keeper” and other poems, illustrated by Brian Pickney. Additional texts include poems by Gwendolyn Brooks, Sam Allen, and Eloise Greenfield, as well as song lyrics by Sam Cook and Curtis Mayfield.

A writing workshop includes two to three writing prompts based upon Langston’s poems “Dream,” “Poem,” and “Motto.” The workshop can be offered as a stand-alone workshop, or a post-assembly workshop.