THE 2021-2022
HARRIS L. KEMPNER
SERIOUS FUN
CHILDREN’S SERIES

The Grand’s 2021-2022 Harris L. Kempner Children’s Series will include 7 productions performed by professional touring companies presented on school days throughout the year.  Many of the performances are based on popular children’s books and include curriculum study guides that follow the TEKS, which allow teachers to incorporate activities centered on the story.

Complimentary workshops are available to classrooms that have reserved tickets for a performance and are designed to enhance student learning experiences by providing a literary and live performance connection.

Tickets:
Adults $10 | Children $6

School Groups*:
$5 (with advance reservations and payment) | $6 at the door
*One complimentary ticket for every 18 Student Tickets purchased).

For tickets, click here or contact the Box Office at tickets@thegrand.com.

Contact The Grand’s Director of Education, Sarah Piel: 409.770.5066 or spiel@thegrand.com to reserve workshops.

For school/group reservations, call 409.765.1894 or 800.821.1894, or email tickets@thegrand.com

At this time, The Grand’s protocol includes wearing masks when attending a performance. As we have done throughout the pandemic, we will continue to monitor the situation and be prepared to modify our approach as conditions warrant. At all times, our decisions will be based on the latest available data and expertise from the Center for Disease Control, Texas Department of Health and our own health and medical experts.

SCHOOLHOUSE ROCK LIVE!

Tuesday, October 19, 2021 | 10 AM

Pop culture phenomenon, Schoolhouse Rock Live! explodes onto the musical stage—now updated for a whole new generation with imaginative visual projections and a rock’n’roll feel. The story follows Tom, a nervous young man on his first day of being a school teacher. He turns on the television to calm himself down and is visited by three aspects of his personality who remind him just how learning can be fun. Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through mega-hits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic Number.”

Grades: 1st–5th
Curriculum Connections: Science, Grammar, Social Studies, Math,
Systems of Government

ERTH’S DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE!

Wednesday, January 19, 2022 | 10 AM

Get ready for the ultimate playdate—65 million years in the making—as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! guides your students on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will astonish and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, the Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live! puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide—but don’t! You won’t want to miss a minute!

Grades: K–5th
Curriculum Connections: Natural History, Paleontology, Life Science, Scientific Method

HARRIET TUBMAN AND THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD

Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones | Music by Ron Barnett 
Thursday, February 3, 2022 | 10 AM

This stirring drama with music is a classic tribute to the great American woman who freed herself and hundreds of her people from the bonds of slavery. As Harriet and her friend Sarah Bradford narrate her adventurous life, we share in the joys, sorrows, and challenges faced by a brave woman who changed the world through her courage. This accurate and deeply moving musical history lesson is inspiring, comical when appropriate, and incredibly heart-warming.

Grades: 3rd–12th
Curriculum Connections: Biography, Language Arts, History, Multi-Cultural, Public Speaking, Reading, Self-Esteem, Character Development

PADDINGTON GETS IN A JAM

Tuesday, March 8, 2022 | 10 AM

Paddington is making his favorite marmalade jam but runs out of sugar, so he goes next door to borrow a cup from his neighbor, Mr. Curry. Mr. Curry, however, is in a panic because he is expecting a visitor. Paddington volunteers to help him with his chores. Unfortunately for Paddington, his good intentions end up leading to chaos. Will Paddington be able to fix everything before Mr. Curry’s visitor arrives?

Grades: Pre-K–3rd
Curriculum Connections: Reading, Writing, Vocabulary, Problem Solving, Creativity, Geography

BITS ‘N PIECES — ALICE IN WONDERLAND

 Thursday, April 28, 2022 | 10 AM

When Alice escapes her boredom of this world to venture into a dream of another, madcap high jinx and outlandish adventures are the orders of the day. The heroine learns it takes self-reliance and quick thinking to tame the comic nonsense of the Queen of Hearts, the Cheshire Cat and Wonderland’s unpredictable residents. Bits ‘N Pieces Puppet Theatre’s giant body puppets whirl, dance and sing though Lewis Carroll’s journey.

Grades: Pre-K–2nd
Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Reading, and Music

THE LITTLE RED HEN

Book, Music and Lyrics by Ford Flannagan

Monday, May 9, 2022 | 10 AM

“Who’ll help me plant the seed?,” asks the plucky red hen as she begins the process that goes into making a loaf of her delicious bread. “Not us,” say the sheep, the cow, the horse, and the pig. They all have better things to do. But “a hen’s gotta do what a hen’s gotta do,” and so our crimson heroine perseveres until her work is done. But the tricks of the conniving fox and the hen’s common sense add adventure and a sound moral lesson to this classic, feel-good, foot-stompin’ country musical.

Grades: K–5th
Curriculum Connections: Folk Tales, Language Arts, Reading, Science, Music, Peer Pressure, Self Esteem, Character Development

SPECIAL THANKS!

Serious Fun performances have been designated The Harris L. Kempner Children’s Series in honor of Mr. Kempner’s lifelong commitment to youth, education and The Grand’s programming.  Support is provided by the following: Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, Dr. Leon Bromberg Charitable Trust Fund, the Ippolito Charitable Foundation of Galveston, Kathrine G. McGovern, John P. McGovern Foundation, Daisy’s Friends, The National Endowment for the Arts and Texas Commission on the Arts.