Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Ordway Education Fall On-Sale on Friday, August 29th Starting at 7am!

The annual Ordway Education Fall On-Sale will take place on Friday, August 29, 2014 starting at 7am for weekday matinee performances that are especially designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Ordway welcomes all public, private, charter, and home schools to our school performances. Tickets are $3.50 - $5.00 and we offer bus reimbursement to ALL schools that attend. 

On-sale orders may be placed by : 

Phone: Education Hotline 651.282.3115 
Mail: Ordway Center for Performing Arts
The annual Ordway Education Fall On-Sale will take place on Friday, August 30, 2013, starting at 7 a.m. for weekday matinee performances that are especially designed for students in kindergarten through 12th grades. Ordway welcomes all public, private, charter, and home schools to our school performances. Tickets are only $3.50 - 5.00 and we offer bus reimbursement to ALL schools that attend! - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf
         Attn: Education Sales
         345 Washington Street, Saint Paul, MN  55102
Fax: 651.215.2132

All mailed and faxed orders arriving on or before August 29, 2014 will be processed at the end of the day on August 29, 2014 in the order they are received. 

August 29, 2014 will be your first chance to order tickets to the 2015 Flint Hills International Children's Festival performances and to the Broadway Songbook: Rock & Roll on Broadway performance. 

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2015 Flint Hills International Children's Festival School Performances & Global Arts Workshops

Tickets go on-sale August 30 at 7am by phone!
Join the Ordway for the 2014 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your students, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe and hands-on Global Arts workshops for only $3.50 a ticket!

Make a day of it! After attending a performance, workshop or both, head out into the Festivalgrounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances by Minnesota artists on our outdoor stages, art make-and-take activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more. - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf
Tickets go on-sale August 30 at 7am by phone!
Join the Ordway for the 2014 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your students, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe and hands-on Global Arts workshops for only $3.50 a ticket!

Make a day of it! After attending a performance, workshop or both, head out into the Festivalgrounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances by Minnesota artists on our outdoor stages, art make-and-take activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more. - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf
Tickets go on-sale August 29 at 7am by phone!
Join the Ordway for the 2015 Flint Hills International Children's Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your students, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe and hands-on Global Arts workshops for only $3.50 a ticket!

Make a day of it! After attending a performance, workshop, or both, head out into the Festival grounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances by Minnesota artists on our outdoor stages, art make-and-take activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more!


The Ugly Duckling & the Tortoise and the Hare

May 26 - 29 | Recommended Grades K-6 | 60 minute performances
Music Theater | 1709 Seat Capacity

The Ugly Duckling & the Tortoise and the Hare is  a truly unique theater experience featuring larger-than-life electroluminescent characters that light up the stage. Relive two timeless stories about transformation, acceptance, patience and beauty through puppetry, dance and music.  Lightwire Theater will tell these stories with movement and dazzling puppetry in this fast-paced, visually stunning production for all ages.


Samite 
 
 

May 26 - 29 | Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute performances
Concert Hall | 900 Seat Capacity

The world-renowned musician Samite was born and raised in Uganda, where his grandfather taught him to play the traditional flute.  Today, his smooth vocals accompanied by the kalimba, marimba, litungu, and various flutes mesmerize audiences throughout the world.  Samite is the subject of the documentary, Song of the Refugee, distributed by PBS in 1998. It was while filming this that Samite’s work as a humanitarian began. In 2002, he founded Musicians for World Harmony, an organization dedicated to enabling musicians throughout the world to share their music to promote peace, understanding, and harmony among people.



The Adventures of Robin Hood

May 26 - 29 | Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute performances
Weyerhaeuser Auditorium, Landmark Center | 230 Seat Capacity

He robs the rich and gives to the poor. He sneaks around Sherwood Forest with his band of merry men. And his spiffy green tights are all the rage in medieval fashion! Scotland’s acclaimed theater company Visible Fictions returns with this inventive and humorous adaptation of the folk legend Robin Hood. From our valiant hero and his sidekick Little John, to Friar Tuck and Maid Marian, to the Sheriff of Nottingham hot on their heels, two actors take on multiple roles in a madcap production where nothing is as it appears, all set in the unlikeliest of places – a grocery store! Look out mean, greedy folks–your piggy banks may never be safe again!


 BLEU
 
May 26 - 29 | Recommended Grades PK-2 | 60 minute performances
Drake Room, Ordway Theater | 100 Seat Capacity

Take a journey to the sea with Compagnia TPO from Italy and their unique interactive performance of Bleu!  Students will embark on an immersive theater experience through the Mediterranean Sea.  The story follows a sailoron a magical adventure under the seaamong the stones, sea shells and whispers of ancient legends, wandering through bustling sea ports and finally diving into the deep blue populated by fish, seaweeds, mollusks and mysterious ancient ruins of disappeared civilizations.


2015 Flint Hills International Children's Festival Global Arts Workshops

Engage your students in hands-on Global Arts Workshops during the Flint Hills International Children's Festival. These one-hour workshops are taught by Twin Cities' artists, and cost just $3.50 per student!


Latin American Folkloric Music
May 27, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-6 | 60 minute workshops
Explore the music and instruments of Latin American folkloric music with Ecuadorian educator and performer Leo Lara. Students will learn the text and meaning of traditional songs and rhythms of Latin American countries through interactive demonstrations and instrument try outs!

Heart of the Dance: Fancy Dancing
May 28, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
Work with championship Fancy Dancer Larry Yazzie to learn the basic forms and steps of high energy Fancy Dance. The workshop will end with a traditional round dance in which students can express themselves through their newly created dance steps!

Mexihca Culture & Dance
May 28, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
In this all-abilities dance workshop, students will learn the traditions, history and art of dance of the Mexihca (Aztec) culture with Kalpulli Yaocenoxtli.

Latin Social Dance
May 29, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
Cowles Center instructor, Giselle Mejia, will teach a wide variety of social dances born out of Latin America. Styles include salsa, merengue, bachata, cumbia, and mambo. Students get ready to move, as we will learn the basic steps to
each dance style.

Taiko Drumming
May 29, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 3-8 | 60 minute workshops
Learn the techniques and history of taiko drumming with a taiko performing artist. Students get the opportunity to play on a taiko practice drum with a Mu Performing Arts instructor!

Hip-Hop Dance
May 30, 2014 at 10:00AM & 11:15AM
Recommended Grades 2-8 | 60 minute workshops
Join teaching artist Leah Nelson as she introduces students to the history of hip-hop dance culture through instruction in the fundamentals of popping, locking and breaking. 


2014-2015 Performing Arts Classroom Series

50-60 minute performance | $3.50 Tickets | Recommended for grades K-12
The Performing Arts Classroom series provides students a unique glimpse in to World Music and Dance! These are 50-60 minute weekday matinees that feature world renowned performing artist from around the globe. Performing Arts classrooms take place in the Ordway’s Music Theater.These performances are on-sale now.
Please note: Ticket availability was last updated on 9/13 and is subject to change at any time.


Nachito Herrera and his Cuban Orchestra
Oct. 7-8, 2014 | Recommended Grades 2-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance

Ignacio “Nachito” Herrera stunned Cuban audiences at the age of twelve in performing “Rachmaninoff’s Concerto No. 2” with the Havana Symphony Orchestra. Today Herrera continues to be at the forefront of an exciting renaissance in Cuban music and is known as one of the of the world’s great Cuban pianists. In collaboration with members of the National Symphony Orchestra of Cuba and the Havana Jazz Social club, Herrera et al. will take audience members on a musical voyage across space and time combining western classical music with traditional Cuban rhythms.




Creole Choir of Cuba
Oct. 21, 2014 | Recommended Grades 2-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance



Prepare to be blown away: hear the passionate melodies, wild harmonies and richly textured arrangements of these ten inspiring male and female vocalists. Because
the choir members are descendants of Haitians, they sing much of their music in Creole, a language spoken by almost a million people in Cuba, as well as Spanish. Multiple award winners, this Grammy-nominated choir sings the vital music learned at home from grandparents and blends it with contemporary Cuban and Haitian sounds.






 

Dobet Gnahore
Jan. 12-13, 2015 | Recommended Grades 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Widely considered one of contemporary African music’s most exciting talents, Dobet Gnahoré has astounded audiences with her thrilling stage presence, appealing melodies and powerful singing. Gnahoré’s diverse music composition moves from delicate ballads to upbeat African grooves. From Mandingue melodies to Congolese rumba, from Ivory Coast ziglibiti to Cameroon bikoutsi, from Ghanian High-Life to Zulu choirs, her music is varied and colorful. The sanza, balafon, calebasse and bongos join the guitar, the vocal backup accompanies Dobet’s warm and powerful voice as she sings in a range of African languages including Bété, Fon, Baoule, Lingala, Malinke, Mina and Bambara.







CONTRA-TIEMPO
Feb. 5-6, 2015 | Recommended Grades 2-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Dedicated to transforming the world through dance, the activist dance company CONTRA-TIEMPO takes Latin social dance to new heights by infusing elements of Salsa, Afro-Cuban, and urban dance styles.  Full Still Hungry, the company’s newest work explores our relationship with food, along with its social, historical, and cultural impact through an invigorating blend of high-energy dance, live music, and spoken word.  Choreographed by Ana Maria Alvarez, the performance will include an original score composed by resident composer César Alvarez, live musical performances by a six-piece band of all-star musicians.


Camille A. Brown and Dancers
Feb. 19-20, 2015 | Recommended Grades 4-12
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


A co-presentation with St. Catherine University| O’Shaughnessy Auditorium

Camille A. Brown has sought to defy the boundaries between dance and theatre. The company’s new work depicts the complexities of carving out a positive identity as a Black female in urban American culture. Combining history and musicology with the fantastical approach of imagery this work sheds light on the grand narrative and dialogs about feminism, patriarchy, and how women negotiate themselves within this world. In addition the company will perform an excerpt from MR. Tol E Rance which celebrates African-American humor, examines “the mask” of survival and the “double consciousness” (W.E.B. DuBois) of the black performer throughout history and the stereotypical roles dominating current popular Black culture.



Cherish the Ladies
March 18, 2015 | Recommended Grades K-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance

Celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with Cherish the Ladies. With their unique blend of virtuosi instrumental talents, beautiful vocals, captivating arrangements and stunning step dancing, this powerhouse group combines all the facets of Irish traditional culture.  Taking their name from a traditional Irish jig, this all-female powerhouse group takes to the stage on fiddle, flute, whistle, guitar, piano, accordion, and bodhran, in an entertaining experience not to be missed!



 
Diavolo
April 17, 2015 | Recommended Grades 2-8
$3.50 Tickets | 60 minute performance


Leaping, flying and falling, Diavolo utilizes trust and imagination in a surreal architectural playground to create metaphors through dance about life, humanity, and community. Company members use a fusion of many different movement vocabularies including everyday movement, ballet, contemporary, acrobatics, gymnastics, martial arts, and hip-hop to demonstrate teamwork as they maneuver and fly from object to object and into each others’ arms.






2014-2015 Broadway Songbook Series
90 minute performance | $5.00 Tickets | Recommended for grades 6-12
The Broadway Songbook Series gives your students a window into the world of musical theater through the works of some of the most famous songwriters of all time! Each 90-minute performance will be a mix of the composers’ life stories, a glimpse into what made their work extraordinary and a sampling of their work through live vocal performances. Broadway Songbook performances take place in the Ordway’s Musical theater Stage with the audience sitting on stage! - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf
90 minute performance | $5.00 Tickets | Recommended for grades 6-12

The Broadway Songbook Series gives your students a window into the world of musical theater through the works of some of the most famous songwriters of all time! Each 90-minute performance will be a mix of the composers’ life stories, a glimpse into what made their work extraordinary and a sampling of their work through live vocal performances. Broadway Songbook performances take place in the Ordway’s Musical theater Stage with the audience sitting on stage!



Rock & Roll on Broadway
April 20, 2015 | Recommended Grades 6-12
$5.00 Tickets | 90 minute performance

The introduction of Rock & Roll not only influenced pop culture, it changed the modern musical as we know it.  With a shift away from traditional song and dance, this new style of show tackled social issues through contemporary music.  Rock & Roll on Broadway takes the audience on a ride through the decades with songs from iconic musicals such as Hair, The Wiz, Dream Girls, Wicked, Mamma Mia!, Jersey Boys and more.

Tickets go on-sale August 30 at 7am by phone!
Join the Ordway for the 2014 Flint Hills International Children’s Festival. Plan a day of excitement with your students, featuring the best international performing artists from around the globe and hands-on Global Arts workshops for only $3.50 a ticket!

Make a day of it! After attending a performance, workshop or both, head out into the Festivalgrounds in Rice Park and Landmark Plaza to eat lunch and experience FREE live performances by Minnesota artists on our outdoor stages, art make-and-take activities tents, the ARTwalk, and more. - See more at: http://ordwayeducationnews.blogspot.com/2013_08_01_archive.html#sthash.ypnLafMr.dpuf

Argentine Tango Dance Class

Photo: Kira Leichter

Argentine Tango Dance Class

To coincide with the opening of the musical EVITA on August 12, the Ordway invited patrons to come learn the art social dancing at the “Argentine Tango Dance Class” workshop with instructors Rebecca & Bruce Abas from Four Seasons Dance Studio. Over 30 guests gathered in the Drake Room to learn a few steps of Argentine Tango from seasoned instructors with over 10 years of experience teaching partner dance. Participants enjoyed an hour of instruction and practice, and came away with smiles on their faces, saying they felt the class was “a wonderful experience” and “a great add on to the performance!"
The Ordway presents a series of classes and open rehearsals with local and touring artists in contemporary dance, world music and theater throughout the season. Visit our site for more information: http://www.ordway.org/education/masterclasses/.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

2014-2015 School Year


To all teachers and educators,

You have the most important job in the world and we couldn't be more thankful and appreciative of you for it. Here's to an excellent start to the 2014-2015 school year!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Welcome Patrick Stauffer, Education Assistant!


Patrick is a native of Little Elm, Texas, and recently relocated to the Twin Cities. In addition to his position at the Ordway, Patrick is a performing musician and music instructor. He teaches private low-brass lessons throughout the Twin Cities and plays trombone with many different groups and organizations. Before becoming the Education Assistant, Patrick was an intern with the Education department during the 13-14 season. Outside of work, he enjoys a wide range of other activities including cooking and trying new recipes, going on walks with his dog, Ava, and going to live performances whenever possible.


We are very excited to have Patrick join the Education Team! Welcome, Patrick!