Spectra Field Trips

TUSCALOOSA CHILDREN’S THEATRE
WEBSITE: www.tuscaloosachildrenstheatre.org
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: Shelly Jones at 205-345-4360
FEE: $2.50 per student
LOCATION: Bama Theatre

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella: School shows are: September 28-30, at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm 

Frozen Jr.: School shows are: November 30-December 2, at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm

Matilda Jr.: School shows are: April 26- April, 2023, at 9:00 am and 12:00 pm 

THEATRE TUSCALOOSA
WEBSITE: www.theatretusc.com
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-391-2277
FEE: $3 per student; one $3 teacher/chaperone per 10 students; $10 per additional chaperone
LOCATION: Bean-Brown Theatre at Shelton State

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANCE: Free study guide provided to teachers prior to trip including historical context, information about the playwright, discussion questions, etc. 

The Great Christmas Cookie Bake-Off!
Book, music, and lyrics by Ric Hop-Flores
DESCRIPTION: In this festive, family-friendly musical, eight young cookie chefs from across the country battle it out for first prize at the Cookie Coliseum. As three celebrity judges eliminate the chefs one by one, tension mounts and rivalry begins to give way to charity, family, and forgiveness. Meanwhile, the chefs learn what really makes for a winning Christmas recipe.
GRADES: K-12
SCHOOL SHOW DATE & TIME: October 26, 2022, at 9:00 a.m.

Best of Enemies
By Mark St. Germain
Based on The Best of Enemies by Osha Gray Davidson
DESCRIPTION: In 1971, arch-enemies Ann Atwater and C.P. Ellis find themselves face-to-face on a committee formed to desegregate the schools of Durham, North Carolina. Seemingly a recipe for disaster, their mutual prejudices about one another are soon shattered as each begins to understand the plight of the other. Based on an inspiring true story, this drama shows how a new beginning can lead the worst of enemies to become the best of friends.
GRADES: High School Only
SCHOOL SHOW DATE & TIME: February 22, 2023 at 9:00 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA COMMUNITY DANCERS “NUTCRACKER” BALLET (ACT I ONLY)
WEBSITE: www.tuscaloosadancers.com
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-345-9801 or education@tuscarts.org
fee: tba
LOCATION: Bama Theatre
Clara, Godfather Drosselmeyer, the Mouse King, and the Nutcracker are all characters in this Christmas classic. The music of Tchaikovsky combined with the sparkle, costumes and incredible talent of local dancers make this a production not to be missed. 1 hour in length. GRADES: K-12 DATE & TIME: Dec. 9 at 9:30 a.m.

TUSCALOOSA PUBLIC ART INITIATIVE: “MONSTER TAKEOVER”
WEBSITE: www.monstermakeover.com for locations
INSTAGRAM: @PublicArtTuscaloosa or #publicarttuscaloosa
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: Not required
fee: Free
LOCATION: Government Plaza, Downtown Businesses, and Riverwalk
Founded to encourage creativity in local elementary students through visual art, Monster Makeover has been expanded to Monster Takeover with small scale bronze sculptures displayed throughout downtown Tuscaloosa. Based on student drawings of playful monsters and creatures and an artist’s interpretation, the sculptures are strategically placed for a scavenger hunt experience.
GRADES: K-12
DATE & TIME: Daylight hours year round

TUSCALOOSA SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA 
WEBSITE: www.tsoonline.org 
RESERVATIONS CONTACT:  tso@tsoonline.org or 205-752-5515. 

ANNUAL YOUNG PERSON’S CONCERTS 
Join the TSO for our free Annual Young Person’s Concert featuring the Alabama premiere of Give Me Space composed by TSO Principal Tubist, Kenyon Wilson. Immerse your students in the sonic sounds of outer space and learn more about the inner workings of the orchestra during this interactive symphonic experience.  Free science and music education guides are available at www.tsoonline.org. Concert running time is 45 minutes with no intermission. 
GRADES: 3-5 DATE & TIME: March 27, 2023 at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. FEE: No fee LOCATION: Moody Music Building, The University of Alabama.

TSO TEACHES: MEET THE MAESTRO 
Attend a final dress rehearsal of the Tuscaloosa Symphony Orchestra, explore the concert hall and participate in a talk with TSO Maestro, Adam Flatt. 
GRADES: 6-12 DATE & TIME: September 26, 2022; December 12, 2022; January 30, 2023; and May 1, 2023 from 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. FEE: No fee LOCATION: Moody Music Building, The University of Alabama.

UA SCHOOL OF MUSIC 
WEBSITE: www.music.ua.edu 
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-348-6741 or Dr. Jane Weigel at jweigel@ua.edu LOCATION: Moody Music Building on the UA Campus 

Option 1: UA large ensembles (orchestra, band, choir) will allow your student group to attend University ensemble dress rehearsals on campus. Your students will gain an appreciation for many types of music and preparation of concerts. Must pre-arrange attendance. Days/times vary. FEE: No cost 

Option 2: UA School of Music faculty staff, and/or music students (classical or jazz) share information about their career with short musical demonstrations in a 45-60 minute presentation on campus or at your site. Days/times vary. FEE: No cost Option 3: On campus: Private music lessons for all ages and abilities, group classes, ensembles, Music Enrichment classes for ages infant-5Y(with parent/caregiver).  Cost varies. www.cms.music.ua.edu   

MOUNDVILLE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PARK 
WEBSITE: www.moundville.ua.edu 
CONTACT: 205-348-8732 FEE: Varies per tour 
LOCATION: 632 Mound State Parkway, Moundville 
The 320-acre Moundville Archaeological Park features the Jones Archaeological Museum; preserves 26 prehistoric, Mississippian-era Indian Mounds; and presents the Moundville Native American Heritage Days. 
GRADES: All ages DATE & TIME: Various, Reservations required 

ALABAMA MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY  
WEBSITE: www.almnh.museums.ua.edu 
CONTACT: 205-348-7550 
FEE: Varies per tour 
LOCATION: 427 6th Ave. on the UA Campus 
Field trips to the Alabama Museum of Natural History are tailored to fit the needs of your group. Call to schedule a tour. 
GRADES: All ages DATE & TIME: Various, Reservations required 

MOUNDVILLE NATIVE AMERICAN FESTIVAL 
WEBSITE: www.moundville.ua.edu 
CONTACT: 205-348-8732 
FEE: $10 for students and seniors, $12 for adults; Group rates of $8 per student available with preregistration; Bus drivers and 1 teacher per 15 students receives free admission LOCATION: Moundville Archaeological Park, 632 Mound State Parkway, Moundville Native American performers, demonstrators ,and living history teachers come to teach and celebrate Native American culture. Stomp dancing, social dancing, hoop dancing, and Native American music and storytelling will be performed! Learn about weapons and how to throw an atlatl. Learn about pottery firing, textiles, bead work, and many other crafts. Face painting and make-and-take crafts provided. Crafts and food vendors on site. GRADES: 3rd grade and up DATES: October 12-15, 2022 TIMES: Wed-Thurs 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.; Fri-Sat: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

KENTUCK ART CENTER 
WEBSITE: www.kentuck.org 
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-758-1257 or email mbell@kentuck.org. 
FEE: Varies for in-person field trips; $6/student for Civil Rights virtual field trip
LOCATION: 503 Main Ave., Northport 
The nationally recognized Kentuck Art Center is now offering an in-classroom field trip that is based around its 2020 February-March exhibition “Good Trouble: Civil Rights Past and Present.” This in-classroom experience includes multiple lesson plans, recorded artist talks, and supplies for two themed arts activities. Kentuck Art Center also offers the Artist in the Schools program to third grade students in Tuscaloosa City & County Schools on the Friday morning before the Kentuck Festival of the Arts in October. After-school and summer art programs are also offered. For information about these programs and current in person offerings, please email Mary Bell at mbell@kentuck.org.

CHILDREN’S HANDS-ON MUSEUM 
WEBSITE: www.chomonline.org
RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-349-4235 
FEE: Charged 
CHOM offers a wide variety of educational opportunities and programs for students, preschool through 8th grade. Hands-on exhibits, activities, and resources expand the school curriculum and enrich cultural and social education. New this year are weekly Phonics and S.T.E.A.M. programs for general visitors.  Each visit is unique and participatory. All field trips are aligned with Alabama Department of Education Curriculum Standards. With teacher input, the museum staff will gear the visit toward specific class objectives. CHOM makes available a limited number of field trips for delivery to the classroom. 
GRADES: Pre-K-8. DATE & TIME: Various 

THE ART GARAGE STUDIO VISIT
WEBSITE: www.ladyelines.square.site RESERVATIONS CONTACT: 205-523-5506 or education@tuscarts.org
FEE: $8 per child for canvas project; $6 per child for paper project; $50 nonrefundable deposit to book and hold date
NUMBERS: Minimum 10 children; Maximum 20 children
Schools may visit the Art Garage. We can center a painting project around a schoolwide theme or a holiday. We will provide an instructor and all art supplies needed. We are limited on the number of children the Art Garage can hold at one time. Each project would last about 45 minutes. 
GRADES: PreK-5. DATE & TIME: Various
See “Classroom” section for larger group options.