2018-2019 Education Performance SERIES
Education Performances are purposefully and carefully chosen to correlate with South Carolina Department of Education Standards, each performance highlights curriculum through the arts.
PRINTS IN CLAY
December 6 – SOLD OUT
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative, Historic Charleston Foundation and Charleston Museum and go back in history with Prints in Clay.
The experience begins with a lecture by local historian Joe McGill, and guided tour of his photographic exhibit of The Slave Dwelling Project on exhibit at the Charleston Gaillard. As the founder of The Slave Dwelling Project, Joe McGill visited more than ninety sites in eighteen states. He brought attention to the sites by spending the night in each of them. It is his mission to preserve the structures and deliver the message, “…that the people who lived in these structures were not a footnote in American history.”
The photography project will include a series of photographs by Dontre Major, a recent graduate of the College of Charleston School of the Arts focusing on his photographic art Black AmeriKKKa. His work takes a look at Black/African Americans in the United States during different periods of time. The photographs portray some of the feelings people during these specific times had, and the struggle they went through just to be seen as equal. These photographs are meant to spark a dialogue about racial inequality. Inspired by the work of Lyle Ashton Harris and Fahamu Pecou, he looks to shed a light on the past, to acknowledge it, and search for a way forward.
From there students will take a tour of the Aiken Rhett House slave quarters courtesy of The Historic Charleston Foundation, which are preserved and have been untouched since 1850; containing original paint, flooring and fixtures.
The finale is the Charleston Museum with a lesson on “Dave Jars”; pottery created by David Drake, an enslaved black potter who proclaimed his ability to read and write by writing poetry on his pottery. Students will have the opportunity to create their own “Prints in Clay”.
This program is possible through the generous support of partners, private donors and sponsors. A generous donation in support of Prints in Clay was made to recognize Dr. Karen Chandler’s support of our Education Program and ongoing initiatives working with students in the Lowcountry.
GAILLARD ON TOUR:
THE POE PROJECT
MIDDLE & HIGH SCHOOL grade
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Storytree Children’s Theatre in The Poe Project. This project is a live performance on Edgar Allan Poe and a follow-up interactive workshop at your school. The Poe Project is a funny and haunting exploration of the works of Edgar Allan Poe (including Tell-Tale Heart, Annabel Lee, The Raven, and Murders at the Rue Morgue). Poe interacts with two of the writer’s fictional characters, Inspector Dupin and the Raven, as he struggles to write, create and ultimately attain every artists’ ambition—a sense of place and purpose.
As Artist-In-Residence, Charlton takes his knowledge of jazz and performing into the classroom. Charlton offers in-school workshops, lectures and lessons, engaging Lowcountry students in the rich history of jazz in Charleston. Charlton is available to work with music teachers, band directors, and classroom teachers to implement lessons. He will plan lessons around the needs of the teacher.
Available workshops, lectures, and lessons can include:
DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY
October 12, 2018 | 10:30AM and 1:00PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents the coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug’s world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books! Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, & A FLY is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside. You might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own!
10:30AM SOLD OUT
ROSIE REVERE, ENGINEER
JANUARY 11, 2019 | 10:30AM and 1:00PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents the Theatreworks USA’s musical production of Rosie Revere, Engineer. Based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer, Iggy Peck, Architect and Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty. Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers: Rosie Revere has big dreams; Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture; and Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. Each of these children finds a way to pursue their dream. They use their very particular talents to reach their potential—despite their own misgivings, each learns to shine!
10:30AM SOLD OUT
ME…JANE: THE DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL
FEBRUARY 4, 2019 | 10:30AM and 12:30PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents ME…JANE: THE DREAMS AND ADVENTURES OF YOUNG JANE GOODALL. Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. As they learned more and more on their expeditions, Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that. In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the young—and young at heart.
10:30AM Performance Sold out
FEBRUARY 20, 2019 | 10:30AM and 1:00PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Buffalo Soldier. Based on the true story of our nation’s longest-surviving Buffalo Soldier and veteran of the Spanish-American War, this dramatic play with music tells the heroic story of the brave soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries, who served our country well with little of the recognition they deserved. Trooper Jones Morgan served in Cuba and was one of the many Buffalo Soldiers at the Battle of San Juan Hill. He was born in 1883 and passed away in Richmond, Virginia in 1993. His story not only encompasses the experiences of the Buffalo Soldiers in battle, but also tells of his battle to make his story (and that of the black soldier in Jim Crow America) known today.
10:30AM Performance Sold out
ALVIN AILEY LECTURE DEMONSTRATION
FEBRUARY 27, 2019 | 11:00AM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents a student lecture-demonstration by Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. The Theater grew from a now-fabled performance in March 1958 at the 92nd Street Y in New York City. Led by Alvin Ailey and a group of young AfricanAmerican modern dancers, that performance changed forever the perception of American dance. In 2008, a U.S. Congressional resolution designated the Company as “a vital American cultural ambassador to the world” that celebrates the uniqueness of the African-American cultural experience and the preservation and enrichment of the American modern dance heritage.
CALL OF THE WILD: ILLUSTRATED EDITION
March 7, 2019 | 10:30AM and 1:00PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Jack London’s classic tale, live on stage. This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of the northland.
MARCH 8, 2019 | 11:00AM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Black Violin, lead by classically trained string players Wil B. (viola) and Kev Marcus (violin), and joined onstage by DJ SPS and drummer Nat Stokes. The band uses their unique blend of classical and hip-hop music to overcome stereotypes while encouraging people of all ages, races, and economic backgrounds to join together to break down cultural barriers. In the past 12 months, the band has performed for over 100,000 students in the US and Europe, and has partnered with Yamaha EDU and NAMM (National Association of Music Manufactures) to continue supporting music education.
11:00AM SOLD OUT
PETE THE CAT
APRIL 12, 2019 | 10:30AM and 12:30PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Pete The Cat. When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.
10:30AM PERFORMANCE- SOLD OUT
THE RAINBOW FISH
APRIL 16, 2019 | 10:30AM and 12:30PM
The Charleston Gaillard Education Initiative presents Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story The Rainbow Fish, as well as two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. The Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. He is admired by the entire underwater world, and the other fish dream of owning one of his magnificent shiny scales. Resentment and isolation ensue when he is unwilling to give any of them away, and he becomes the loneliest fish in the ocean. Following the advice of a clever octopus, he gives each fish one of his scales. The more he shares, the happier he becomes. The idea of depicting the exceptional beauty of the Rainbow Fish with shimmering silver foil came from the author himself. The result was the first picture book of its kind to appear on the market, and The Rainbow Fish took the best seller lists by storm when it was published in 1992. To date more than 30 million copies of the various Rainbow Fish volumes have been sold worldwide, in more than 50 languages. Now celebrating its twenty-fifth year of publication.
10:30AM SOLD OUT