As a musical theatre teacher and vocal coach, I was very pleased with the organization, convenience, accommodations and production we enjoyed 12/15/15. I've lived in the area 30 years and didn't realize this gem was here! I will definitely be returning...in May in fact!
I have been a kindergarten teacher for 37 years and have been using Arts on Stage performances to enrich our classroom social studies and science programs for over 20 yrs.
Programs such as Thunderbird Native American Indian Dancers and Super Scientific Circus,
Butterfly, the Life Cycle Story have thrilled my little students -- they are usually mesmerized
by the performances and return to school highly motivated to learn more!
Arts on Stage does a wonderful job providing school age children an opportunity to experience live theatre.
Arts on Stage offers great live theater which is both educational and entertaining. My kids love our Arts on Stage field trips!!
Our Pre-K groups have been attending 2-3 performances each year for as long as I can remember--8 years?. We have found that the shows are of the highest quality and enjoyed by all-the children, staff and parents that attend. The price is affordable for our families and I really don't know how Arts on Stage offers this so inexpensively. Most of the shows have downloadable information and resources related to the performance for our Teachers- which they love! We are thrilled that Arts On Stage is now offering performances at the Maryland Hall as this is more local to our Center. Janet Klenkel- Anne Arundel Community College Child Development Center.
As Director of a nationally and state accredited early education program, we are always interested in providing "arts" experiences for our young children. Arts on Stage has offered high quality productions at a reasonably low cost. Many productions have on-line Teacher resources as well- which serve to enhance the experience. We feel so fortunate to have this wonderful resource in our community. I highly recommend this non-profit.
Anne Arundel Community College
Child Development Center
We love to learn by immersion and we Homeschooled our family of 4 kids (ages 23, 19, 14, & 10). Our two oldest are now in college with scholarships and most recently our oldest just got a job at NASA - JPL in Aerospace Engineering and our 2nd is going to Nursing school and is on a acrobatic/gymnastic team that performs all over the country even at NBA halftime shows. As I said we love taking field trips to bring us closer to what we are studying and in my coop I am on the field trip committee. Yesterday we went to see the Peking Acrobats at Goucher College, a Arts on Stage production. 30 people in our group attended with 995 seats in the theatre sold out to predominantly school children with their families and teachers. The show was Amazing and the Peking Acrobats were incredible! Seating and tickets were a breeze and the staff was well organized putting forth the message to Bring Arts back into the School. Prior to the show we printed off the study guide and studied China and the setting for the life of the Acrobats and compared it to our life in America with the similarities and the differences. The 15 page study guide was very comprehensive on the geography, culture, history, political setting and economy of China and even including vocabulary words. I would highly recommend this nonprofit to homeschools and schools and anyone with an interest. Schedule of shows can be found at www.artsonstage.org for a program that will be suitable for your family and for all ages and preferences.
We are a home school family, and my three children and I love field trips to Arts on Stage! We have seen several performances and each one has left us amazed. The venue at Goucher College is very nice. The acting teams are incredible. I am very thankful for an affordable way for my kids to experience high-quality art in music and acting!
I've taken my kids to three or four Arts on Stage LTD shows (ask my 7 year old which ones and when - he remembers every one in detail!) and we have had a wonderful experience. The shows are varied so we can always find ones that appeal to us and are on our level. The performances are superb! The events are always well managed - easy in, easy out. We love them! And will keep going year after year!
I am a retired teacher and a grandmother. Before retiring I found Arts on Stage and took my class and had a fantastic experience. Most of the teachers in my small private school then went as well. The programs cover Literature, History, Math, Science & Cultures. Now that I am retired I am now taking my homeschooled grandchildren. They love going and the programs undergird what is being taught at home and in such a fun way.
Arts on Stage presents many known and unknown children's stories in play format for younger audiences. It introduces kids to multicultural dances and famous historical figures in entertaining and easily accessible ways that allow children to gain a wealth of knowledge that they might otherwise find to difficult to understand or too boring to pay attention to. It is great for homeschooled children as well as traditionally educated students alike. My kids really like see the performances and so do we. We attend one to two shows a month during the school year. I wish they would expand and start offering shows in the summer!
I appreciate the variety of programs available for various age groups of children, and I appreciate that the teachers attend for free.
I am a homeschooling mother who jumped at the chance to open up my child's world to the arts and we couldn't be more pleased. The presentation was wonderful and my son didn't stop smiling. He loved getting to interact with the cast as they drew the audience into helping the characters! This was our first time attending and I know it won't be our last.... we've already made more reservations for this school year and can't wait to share with more of our friends!
I brought a group of 3rd graders to see one their shows and was very pleased with the performance. The show was very informative and engaging. The kids loved every minute of it and learned alot as well. I also appreciated that they included my deaf and hard of hearing students by providing an interpreter and bringing one of them up on stage as a participant.
I am the Director of a preschool and Daycare in Harford County. Our four-year-olds have been attending Arts on Stage programs for many many years. The staff children and parents look forward to this event all year long. All of the shows that we have seen are great. The staff at Arts on Stage does a wonderful job of organizing such a huge show. We look forward to our visit in March of 2013!
My family enjoys and looks forward to the many shows that are offered by Arts on Stage. We have seen some fabulous shows! With an 8 year old and a 4 year old, the shows are timed perfectly, so they are capable of sitting down to watch them, The prices are fantastic! I love that they are totally geared for the kids audience, but I thoroughly enjoy them too! I highly recommend going to these performances!
We like the fact that Arts on Stage uses theatre to educate others about Black history. The story was both entertaining and enlightening. The talented actors made the characters come to life. Their singing motivated the audience and added depth to the story of how the slaves were freed. Our only wish would be that the sets were more detailed and elaborate. Otherwise, the show was delightful.
I ama teacher for students with special needs. The play we saw, "The Hundred Dresses", was really well put together. The kids did seem to enjoy it, but would have liked it more if it had song and dance. We are only allowed to take trips on Wednesdays, and there was not much to choose from on that day.
I am thrilled that there is a program like Arts on Stage available. It makes the theater so much more accessible to the "average" class as well and giving a unique opportunity to so many schools and families. The plays are well rehearsed and draw the audience in, encouraging participation. The staff is helpful and courteous. And the kids not only have a fun visual experience but there are educational materials available to flesh out discussion! Highly recommended!
I have been taking my three year old class to your shows for many years and have found it a wonderful way to introduce live theater to them.We just saw The Wizard of Oz and found it to be one of your very best. Working with Leslie is always a pleasure and she runs a very excellant business. Thank you for all you do for the children to enrich them!
I teach pre-school in a Christian School. I have been taking my three year old class to Arts on Stage programs for over 15 years. It has always been a great experience for my class! The study guides help prepare my class and give me ideas to enrich the program. Everyone involved with the programs have been very helpful and profesional. I recomend arts on Stage to everyone.