Arts In Education

SCHOOL YEAR PROGRAMS IN GARRET COUNTY

Each year the Program and the Education Committees of GLAF work with the Garrett County School leaders to bring performances to Garrett County. These performances enhance the Maryland State Fine Arts Curricula.

The arts are integral to helping develop young minds as well as to ensuring future success.

Charm City Junction

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Charm City Junction will be performing a special virtual performance for Garrett County second and third graders in December of 2020.

Students from Rt. 40 school have already submitted some GREAT questions for the band:

  • How can they play so good, and how can they remember how to play it?
  • How can they play so good? I mean like… good good?
  • Do they practice a lot?
  • Why does that guy have a big guitar?
  • How do they not forget the song?
  • What made them start playing?
These students and other students will have all their questions answered along with their special exclusive performance by Charm City Junction!

Ballet Theatre of Maryland – Dance in Motion

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The Ballet Theatre of Maryland will conduct an in school residency for Garrett County Students when state and local health agencies permit.

Ballet Theatre of Maryland’s (BTM’s) Dance in Motion Project is designed to provide 3rd to 4th Graders with a hands on experience through dance where they will explore a  wide range of cultural dance styles and how those styles have impacted the evolution of Classical Ballet since the American Renaissance of Classical Dance.  During a three-day workshop, students will experience the basics of Classical Ballet, Irish Step Dancing, Latino and Flamenco Rhythms, African American Jazz and Blues, and more.  They will also work with BTM’s faculty to create their own choreography in one of these styles which they will perform with BTM’s professional dancers in an assembly called:  A Cultural Journey through Classical Dance. The assembly will be performed on the final day of the project-at least twice for Garrett County schools.

National Players – As You Like It

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National Players will present As You Like for the Northern and Southern Middle and High School students virtually in January of 2021.

As You Like It is one of Shakespeare’s comedies; a female-driven story combining classic elements of romance and hidden identities. Banished from the only home she’s ever known, Rosalind assumes the identity of a man and escapes to the Forest of Arden with her cousin Celia and their fool Touchstone. While there, they run into other exiled folks from the old court, including the dashing and brave Orlando, who won Rosalind’s heart prior to her banishment, but he was too tongue tied to express his love in return. Determined to woo him, Rosalind persuades Orlando in her male disguise to win her heart. For only if Orlando loves her as a man will Rosalind know he truly loves her.

Janet’s Planet

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GLAF will present a virtual performance of Janet’s Planet during the 2020-21 school year.  

Blast Off with Janet’s Planet travels at the “speed of thought,” introducing the wonders of the galaxy to families and young audiences throughout the country. Shown on 144 public television stations nationwide, fans are in for a real treat as they are given a virtual tour around the solar system from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.

The 45-minute interactive presentation engages and challenges students and is designed to inspire STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) potential in elementary school age kids. Lesson plans are designed to integrate with Next Generation Science Standards, based on a curriculum endorsed by NASA and Space Florida. Janet’s Planet meets Common Core Standards.

David Engel’s Pirate School

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GLAF will present a virtual performance of David Engel’s Pirate School during the 2020-21 school year.

Pirate School! is a madcap, swashbuckling solo show created and performed by veteran New York actor David Engel. Set to an original cartoon-inspired musical score, complete with sound effects, Pirate Professor Billy Bones teaches the finer points of lighthearted mischief and offers up zany lessons on how to stand, talk, sing and laugh like a boisterous buccaneer, all while promoting good manners, polite behavior and social courage.

Children have a natural fascination for adventure and the pirates’ life on the high seas. With eye-popping puppetry, eccentric props, and slapstick sword play, Pirate School! is a riotous, interactive variety show suitable for ages 4 and up. Where else can you find a talking skull and the world’s only wearable pirate ship?

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