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    Coppélia is a comic ballet based upon two stories by E. T. A. Hoffmann: Der Sandmann (The Sandman) and Die Puppe (The Doll). Dr. Coppélius is an inventor who has made a life-size dancing doll. It is so lifelike that Franz, a village youth, becomes infatuated with it and sets aside his true heart’s desire, Swanhilda. She shows him his folly by d…[Read more]

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    JPAS Theatre Kids! presents Once On This Island. Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a…[Read more]

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    JPAS Theatre Kids! presents Once On This Island. Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a…[Read more]

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    The JPAS Arts Adventure Series provides low cost, full length performances to students K-12 in a “field trip” format. The series is enhanced by a fully researched and illustrated Study Companion which integrates core subjects such as language arts, mathematics and science with the arts, preparing the teacher and student for a more enjoyable cul…[Read more]

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    JPAS Theatre Kids! presents Once On This Island. Adapted from the celebrated Broadway musical, this rousing Calypso-flavored tale follows one small girl who finds love in a world of prejudice. Through almost non-stop song and dance, this full-hearted musical tells the story of Ti Moune, a peasant girl who rescues and falls in love with Daniel, a…[Read more]

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    Adapted from the film of the same, this heartwarming musical features seventeen Irving Berlin songs and a book by David Ives and Paul Blake.

    Veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis have a successful song-and-dance act after World War II. With romance in mind, the two follow a duo of beautiful singing sisters en route to their Christmas show at a…[Read more]

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    Before Peter Pan was a stage play, it was a book. The character Peter Pan first appeared in a novel called The Little White Bird, published in 1902. The novel introduced Peter Pan in one of the chapters, titled Peter Pan in Kensington Gardens. The character of Peter Pan was so popular J.M. Barrie decided to write a play just for this character.…[Read more]

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    The Lessons in this Companion will give students opportunities to reflect on sections from the script of Funny Girl as well as events within their own lives. The real-life Fanny Brice did not conform to the prevailing notion of feminine beauty. Instead, she tenaciously held on to her conviction that being different was not only ok, it was what…[Read more]

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    Alice in Wonderland is a ballet in two acts retelling the classic Lewis Carroll story
    in the form of dance, set to unforgettable music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Enter
    into the majestic setting of the classic tale and see the familiar story come to life in
    an all-new way!
    In 1995, English National Ballet commissioned a score for a full…[Read more]

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    Disney’s The Lion King, Jr is the story of a journey, physical, personal and creative. This Study Companion investigates this journey by providing opportunities for further consideration of the creative processes Disney used to create the film, how the locations in Kenya, Africa influenced both the designs of the settings and the characters in t…[Read more]

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    This Study Companion begins by following the trail of Romeo and Juliet to its original origins. Next, we venture into the basis for West Side Story with an investigation of Puerto Rico and its history and connection to the United States. This is followed by an overview of Hispanic culture in Louisiana that includes recent history.

    Lessons…[Read more]

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    Tuck Everlasting is the story of journeys and locations, physical and personal. This Study Companion investigates these journeys by providing opportunities for further consideration of three adaptations of the story: Natalie Babbitt’s book, the Disney film Tuck Everlasting and the musical created by Chris Miller and Nathan Tysen. During these i…[Read more]

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    Seussical JR. provides wonderful creative opportunities to explore English language arts, science and math in a whole new way. This Study Companion begins with the stories behind the stories—a look at the personal inspirations of Theodor Seuss Geisel. This includes an overview of some of the ideas behind the pantheon of characters that p…[Read more]

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    New Orleans actor-musician Roland “Butch” Caire Jr. stars
    in a one-man musical that takes a Christian approach to the legend of
    Santa Claus, starting with the childhood of St. Nicholas and emphasizing
    that the traditions of Christmas are an outgrowth of Christian love and
    giving. Meet Santa after the show. Production is aimed at children…[Read more]

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    The musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of
    love. In both Victor Hugo’s novel and the musical adapted from the novel, characters
    form opinions about other characters based on appearance. As an example, because
    Quasimodo has a deformity, some characters view him as a monster or evil; the nam…[Read more]

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    This JPAS production was named Best Ballet Presentation of 2015 at the Big Easy Classical Arts Awards. The story of The Nutcracker has been adapted several times. The original story, “Nußknacker und Mausekönig” or “The Nutcracker and the King of Mice,” was written in German by E.T.A. Hoffman. It was published in 1816 in an anthology calle…[Read more]

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    Honk is based on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Ugly Duckling.” Play write Anthony
    Drewe was attracted to the message of acceptance and understanding from the story of
    The Ugly Duckling. He contacted Stiles, with whom he had previously collaborated on
    two projects, to write a musical based around the story. They expanded on the origi…[Read more]

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    May 10, 2018 19:05:27

    Tarzan first swung onto the scene in 1912. Edgar Rice Burroughs initially published Tarzan of the Apes as a series of chapters in several issues of All-Story Magazine. The chapters were so popular they were assembled and published as a book in 1914. Following the publication of the book Tarzan’s popularity grew so much, it led to numerous s…[Read more]

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    This Companion begins with Background. Becoming Mary Poppins P. L.
    Travers, Walt Disney, and the making of a myth explores the literal history
    of Mary Poppins—the life an inspiration of author P.L. Travers. This section
    is followed by a series of arts-integrated lesson plans.
    Mary Poppins Set Design: Curves, Angles and New Orleans G…[Read more]

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    Guys and Dolls JR is a JPAS Theatre Kids! production. The JPAS Theatre Kids! program gives children year-round opportunities to participate in theatre, experience the process of putting on a show, as well as learning basic acting techniques and skills. Enrollment is by auditions which are held prior to each show. Theatre Kids! activities give…[Read more]

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