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Bama Fanfare

The Arts Council is proud to present the 2016-2017 Bama Fanfare Season.  Bama Fanfare is a series of colorful and dynamic productions which include music, dance and theatre for grades K - 6, all taking place in the historic Bama Theatre.  These professional groups are known for quality performances which are both entertaining and educational.  Study guides are available upon request prior to each show.

Connect students to Bama Fanfare with these easy steps:

  • Read policies (below)
  • Calculate the total number of tickets needed,  including teachers and preferred time.
  • Secure approval from your administrator or principal and arrange buses/transportation.
  • Call or email Sharron Rudowski, Education Director, with the name of your preferred program and time.
    Mail payment.

Policies

Deadlines and Payments:  Ticket are $5 per child and teachers are admitted free. Full payment is expected no later than 10 days prior to performance. Reservations are considered binding. Full refunds will be given only in the event that 1) the school must cancel due to the weather, or  2) Bama Fanfare must cancel the performance. For reservations contact Sharron Rudowski, Director of Educational Programs, at 345-9801, or by email at education@tuscarts.org. Make checks payable to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.  

Send payment along with a copy of your invoice to:  
The Arts Council
Attn:  Director of Educational Programs
P.O. Box 1117, Tuscaloosa,  AL  35403

Bama Fanfare Performances 2016-2017

All showtimes are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.


Alice in WonderlandNov. 2, 2016: “Alice In Wonderland”

Watch a video: www.youtube.com/watch?v=h_RpRVfXqGU

Visit the website: http://puppetworld.com/giant-puppets/arts-in-education/

 

Study Guide: Click here to download
Type: Giant Puppet Show
Appropriate for Grades Pre K-5   
1 hour in length
Presented by Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre
Original Story by Lewis Carroll
Music by Pegg Callahan / Lyrics and Script by Jerry Bickel / Puppets by Holli Rubin

Synopsis: When Alice escapes her boredom of this world to venture into a dream of another, madcap high jinks and outlandish adventures are the order of the day. Lavishly costumed characters and giant puppets whirl, dance and sing on their journey through Lewis Carroll’s land of fantasy. The heroine learns it takes self-reliance and quick thinking to tame the comic nonsense of the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat, and Wonderland’s other unpredictable residents.

DID YOU KNOW? Bits ‘N Pieces Theatre’s giant body puppets perform in original puppet musicals with singing, dancing and lively dialogue. There are 11 giant productions in the Bits ‘N Pieces touring repertoire. Each season a different show tours theatres throughout the United States. Since 1987, the giant puppets have traveled abroad for 17 international appearances

 

Dec. 9, 2016: “Nutcracker Ballet Act I”

Visit thNutcracker e website: https://www.facebook.com/tuscaloosa.communitydancers






Type: Ballet
Appropriate for Grades K-12   
1 hour in length
Presented by Tuscaloosa Community Dancers
Original Story by E.T.A. Hoffman / Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky

Synopsis: Clara is presented with a nutcracker at her family’s annual Christmas party by her mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer. Later that evening after the party, the nutcracker fights the mouse king with Clara’s help and transforms back into his human form. The nutcracker, revealed as the prince he is, takes Clara through the woods to the Land of Sweets where a grand celebration ensues. The festivities end, and Clara is found back at home, although evidence shows her she was not merely dreaming. The music of Tchaikovsky combined with the sparkle, costumes and incredible talent of local dancers make this a production not to be missed.

 

Feb. 1, 2017: “Laura Ingalls Wilder”

Laura Ingalls WilderWatch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HgHizF2ikd8
Visit the website: http://artspower.org/shows/laura-ingalls-wilder




Study Guide: Click here to download
Type: Musical
Appropriate for grades: 2 - 6
1 hour in length
Presented by ArtsPower
Adapted by Greg Gunning / Music and Orchestrations by Richard DeRosa / Lyrics by Greg Gunning

Synopsis: Laura and her family travel across America in search of a place they can call home. Facing obstacles such as scarlet fever and eviction from their land, their pioneering spirit and family bonds are tested but never broken. This uplifting story of one of America’s most beloved authors comes to life in ArtsPower’s popular musical.

 

Feb. 15, 2017: “Mayhem Poets: Slam in the Schools”

The Mayhem PoetsWatch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tFSWjM0UHwU

Visit the website: http://www.mayhempoets.com

 

 

 

Type: Spoken Word
Appropriate for grades: 6-12
1 hour in length
Presented by Mayhem Poets

Synopsis: "Let's go see a poetry show." That is a sentence rarely proclaimed and usually responded to with cringes and excuses. The Mayhem Poets are on a mission to change that. Having been dubbed "an amazing ride" by the New York Times, this mind boggling performance has been described as "The Simpsons meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert". These theatre-trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiences forever changed.

The Mayhem Poet's unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on The Today Show and Eyewitness News, after winning 1st place and a grant for 100K in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006. Since then they've been touring internationally from legendary venues like Lincoln Center, the Apollo Theatre, and Broadway's New Victory Theatre; to hundreds of universities, locals schools of all grades,

 

Fanfare Caravans

Fanfare Caravnas are colorful and dynamic productions for grades K-2, taking place at your school. These professional productions are are both entertaining and educational. Study guides are available upon request prior to each show.

Connect students to Fanfare Caravans with these easy steps:

  • Limited to 300 students
  • Secure approval from your administrator or principal.
  • Call or email Sharron Rudowski, Education Director, with the name of your preferred program and time.
  • Mail payment.

Policies

Fanfare Caravans are performances which take place within the school for the student body (Grades Pre K-2, limit 300 students) and usually involve audience participation. Caravan performances are $850 per show, and showtimes are 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Full refunds will be given only in the event that 1) the school must cancel due to the weather, or 2) The Arts Council must cancel the performance. For reservations contact Sharron Rudowski, Director of Educational Programs, at 345-9801, or by email at education@tuscarts.org. Make checks payable to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Send payment along with a copy of your invoice to: Sharron Rudowski, The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 1117, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35403  

Fanfare Carvan Performances 2016-2017

All showtimes are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

Oct. 19-20, 2016: “The Little Engine That Could”


VisiThe Little Engine That Couldt the website: http://www.bct123.org/the-little-engine-that-could

Type: Play
Appropriate for grades: Pre-K-2
1 hour in length
Book By:  Jean Pierce
Directed By:  Heidi Woodward
Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre

 

Synopsis: Jean Pierce brings the "The Little Engine that Could" to the stage in a delightful adaptation of the classic children's book.  This is the story of a little engine who overcame her fears to accomplish something no one believed she could do.  Filled with wonderful music written by the talented Jay Tummenello, this play is sure to speak to all children of all ages.

March 21-22, 2017: “Wake Up Brother Bear”

Wake Up Brother BearVisit the website: http://www.bct123.org/wakeup-brotherbear

Type: Play
Appropriate for grades: Pre-K-2
1 hour in length
Directed by: Autumn Brown
Presented by Birmingham Children's Theatre

 

 

Synopsis: Watch as Brother & Sister Bear experience a full year of glorious Seasons.  Together we see a waterfall melt, chase an elusive fish, and skate on an icy pond. Children are continually part of the action with a bag of props that help create magical moments.

 

 

For reservations for Bama Fanfare or Fanfare Caravans contact:

Sharron Rudowski
Director of Educational Programs, at
(205) 345-9801
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