ESCONDIDO–The “Center Stage” program at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido doesn’t just offer an entertaining excursion for local students; it is truly an educational and engaging experience for the youngsters who participate.
More than just a performing arts venue, the Center’s mission is also firmly rooted in education. Through its Education department, the Center offers a bevy of enlightening and informative programs for students, teachers and the general public. One program is the “Center Stage” series, which introduces students to live theater through weekday matinee performances that connect to a variety of curriculum areas– history, literature, science and, of course, music and dance.
Each performance is geared toward specific age levels, from kindergarten through high school. All regional school groups are welcome, including home-schooled students.
A standards-based Educators’ Guide is provided to teachers at no charge and includes pre- and post-show activities, historical content, and other resources to explore with their students. All seats are $4.
The next installment of “Center Stage” will be held in the Concert Hall on Tues., Jan. 14. The JazzReach presentation titled “Get Hip!” will feature Metta Quintet. All of JazzReach’s artistic programming is carried out exclusively by the quintet, the organization’s critically acclaimed resident ensemble.
“Get Hip!” is a fun and interactive introduction to jazz that illuminates the art form’s cultural origins and concepts about improvisation and creative self-expression. The show explores the role and responsibility of each individual member of the jazz ensemble and how they must work together to serve and achieve the collective goal of making great music. “Get Hip!” also draws parallels between the ensemble, the bandstand and the community as an effective means by which to promote important social values such as civic responsibility, teamwork, collaboration and cooperation. Recommended for grades 3-5.
It is the generosity of the McBeth Foundation that makes “Center Stage” possible. The foundation donated $50,000 to the Center this season, to be shared between the Education department’s “Center Stage” and “My Story” programs.
Other upcoming Center Stage performances include Tales Alive: African Musical Folk Tales on Feb. 4 (recommended for grades K-5) and In Tlanextli Tlacopan: Aztec Fire Dancers on March 4 (recommended for grades K-12).
The Center will close out the 2013-14 “Center Stage” season with a yet-to-be determined performance relating to California history on April 1.
Typically offered the first Tuesday of every month, “Center Stage” performances are (usually) available at two show times: 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. Advance reservation with payment is required. To reserve seats, call the Center’s Ticket Office at (800) 988-4253. The Ticket Office is open from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Teachers should give the ticket representative their email address in order to receive the Educators’ Guide and any performance notifications.
To learn more about the Education department’s “Center Stage” series and other programs, or to purchase tickets, visit www.artcenter.org/education. Or, contact Education Manager Rebecca Noland at (760) 839-4179 or email@example.com.