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!
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 am a retired Elementary School Principal now helping to raise a grandson. My 5 year old grandson and I recently saw "The Wizard of Oz" production. It was quite an experience. Our seats were phenomenal and the acting was excellent. The scenery, the props used, the music and the story adaptation was phenomenal.
We are very fortunate to have such an outstanding group within our own area. I have now shared this with our PATH group ( Parents at Home) group and I am certain performances at nearby locations will be seen by even more preschoolers.
We have been taking our students to the show whenever the shows are age appropriate and have been thrilled with each production. The wide variety of topics, the performers , the fee and the venues are excellent. Highy recommend.
My husband and I took our granddaughters to Arts on Stage Ltd's performance of "Cinderella". We all loved it. The music, the actors, the costumes, the stage props were excellent. The staff was efficient and organized. It was a wonderful experience and we will definitely bring our grandkids back for other shows. Good work!
I am a teacher at a private school. Arts on Stage gives excellent productions. Employees are always friendly and professional. They are experts in their particular areas and are always willing to go beyond the call of duty to make sure that our school gets the information needed in a timely fashion to enjoy the production. Thank you Arts on Stage!
Always a great show! My girls, 2 and 4 enjoy the shows...perfect length for this age and staff keep it well organized with all the different schools and kids attending.
I am a pre-school teacher, and I have been attending excellent productions at ARTS ON STAGE for many years. The quality and variety of programs is outstanding. The children, teachers, and parent chaperones all love the shows; they are always entertaining, instructional, inspiring, and professional. We leave the theater excited, and we always spend the time on the school bus, talking about what we learned and what we liked best. After seeing Thunderbird Native American Dancers, our children return to school wanting us to put on our Native American CDs so they can try to perform the dances that they observed! The children and teachers are always inspired!
We are given a fieldtrip budget each year, and we always make sure that we attend several ARTS ON STAGE productions each year because we are selective and we want to make sure that our students are exposed to the best that is available. Even though we must hire a bus and drive for a total of an hour to attend a show, it is well worth the travel and admission. The value of the experience is always priceless.
I have always been impressed with the outstanding organization and hard work of the wonderful women behind ARTS ON STAGE. They do a phenomenal job, and much of the success can be attributed to them.
Colleagues who teach other grades at my school are also always thrilled with the productions that they attend at ARTS ON STAGE. I wish that I had suggestions, but I have always been completely satisfied, and all I can write is, "Keep up the fantastic work and keep the wonderful programs coming!"
I am a Kindergarten teacher in Annapolis. We planned a Lyle, Lyle Crocodile theme around the performance. The students loved it! It was comfortable and the greeters were very helpful.
My daughter and I have been attending Arts on Stage, Ltd performances for the past 7 years. I now bring along my Child Care children with us at least 2 times a year to see shows and they love it. I am always impressed with the actors/actresses performances which keep the childrens' attention. The staff is also friendly and accommodating to us which makes my preschoolers feel they are welcome there. Keep up the fantastic job. We are looking forward to seeing our next performance in the Spring