Count Basie Theatre

Outreach Program

COMMUNITY OUTREACH

Furthering our mission to Challenge, Enrich, Educate and Inspire the Community
 
       
 
 
Bus-in School Field Trip Shows
From pre-school to high school, students from around New Jersey have the opportunity to come to Count Basie Theatre and see culturally enriching and theatrically exciting events that can be integrated to enhance any curriculum area. Over the past year, nearly 5,000 students, teachers and seniors have enjoyed our bus-in performances!
 
2015-2016

Bus-in School Shows! 
Common Core State Standards and arts integration will come full circle with Count Basie Theatre Bus-in Shows! Teacher Study Guides that include information about the history, culture and inspiration of the performances as well as academic connections are given, helping to integrate this performance and experience into the classroom. Companion activities for pre- and post-show discussions will round out the experience of a school bus-in show at Count Basie Theatre!  
 
 
GOLDEN DRAGON ACROBATS
Sept 28 • 10:30AM
Back by popular demand, the Golden Dragon Acrobats present a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented show! Learn the history behind this art form and culture, how to make connections with this performance in your own educational activities and how to aesthetically view this performance. Featuring contemporary music, traditional and mesmerizing acrobatics, theatrical wonder and traditional Chinese culture, Golden Dragon Acrobats will thrill the young and young at art.

Connecting to Common Core State Standards for both English/Language Arts and Mathematics, this performance will integrate seamlessly into your curriculum.
 
 
BLACK VIOLIN
Nov 17 • 10:30AM
Classically trained south Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste an Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylverster, who go by the name Black Violin are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture,“Brandenburg” and “breakdown,” into a single genre-busting act. Black Violin is a groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music. 
 
 Connecting Music to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, this performance will integrate seamlessly into your curriculum 
 
 
DANU
Mar 7 • 10:30AM
Hailing from Counties Waterford, Kerry, Dublin and Donegal, Danú is one of the leading traditional Irish ensembles of today. Their standing room only concerts all over the globe are true events of high-energy performance and a glorious mix of ancient Irish music and new repertoire. 
 
Connecting Music to Common Core State Standards for Mathematics, this performance will integrate seamlessly into your curriculum  
 
 

Click here to download our bus-in Teacher Response Form, Student Response Form and/or the Parent Hand-Out
 
Receive a FREE student seat for every 20 purchased! 
(i.e. If you pay for 39 seats, you will receive 1 additional seat at no charge, if you pay for 40 seats, you will receive 2 additional seats free of charge.)
 
Financial assistance for the Count Basie Theatre Bus-In Program is available.
For tickets or more information, contact Samantha Giustiniani at
732-224-8778 x 130 or sgiustiniani@countbasietheatre.org
 

 
The Annual Basie Awards
Sponsored in part by: 
 

The 10th Annual Basie Awards will be presented on
Wednesday May 20, 2015
  
 

The annual Basie Awards is Count Basie Theatre's assessment and evaluation program, patterned after Broadway's Tony Awards, to honor excellence in Monmouth County high school theatre.
 
The growth we’ve seen in the level of professionalism from each of the 27 participating schools -- from larger attendances at productions to growth in support for theatre departments from parents and administration members -- is testimony to the positive impact the Basie Awards have provided to the community.

We’re confident that the primary motivators for those involved in the awards process are the inherent, intrinsic rewards – and not just the momentary thrill of receiving an accolade or trophy. 
 
Click here for more information about the Basie Awards!
 
 
2014 Basie Award Winner - Outstanding Musical Presentation - Middletown High School South, Evita 
 

 
Central Jersey Youth Chorale: Free Program for Monmouth County Students grades 5-8
 
Classes will be held Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6PM at Count Basie Theatre  

The Central Jersey Youth Chorale program is aligned with the Count Basie Theatre’s goal to provide multiple arts experiences to our community’s children. The program is free to all students, and runs from October through June under the musical direction of Kristopher Zook, a local conductor, composer and vocal music education at Red Bank Regional High School. Rehearsals are held on Mondays and Wednesdays from 5-6PM. There are currently 35 members of the chorale, hailing from nearly a dozen different Monmouth County schools.  Rehearsals are currently being held at Count Basie Theatre.

The choir has performed at Count Basie Theatre and local events in Red Bank, and also at a senior facility.  Most recently, the Central Jersey Youth Chorale made an appearance with the band Foreigner on the Count Basie Theatre stage in February.  Our goal for the remainder of the 2014-15 school year is to add more students from the Asbury Park and Atlantic Highlands districts, and to add an assistant choir teacher who can focus on individual parts and varied talent levels.
 
 
 
The Central Jersey Youth Chorale performing at Red Bank Regional High School - March 2014 
Value of program:

Findings from the 2009 Chorus Impact Study conducted by Chorus America indicate that choral singing has multiple, positive effects on childhood development. The study notes that Choral singing can enhance ones intellectual, emotional, and spiritual development in many ways.

Young choral members will:
- Do better in their school studies, especially in mathematics;
- Exhibit improved memorization skills;
- Develop personal confidence and overcome shyness when speaking in public;
- Have a tendency to be healthier and sick less often;
- Acquire improved abilities to speak and enunciate more clearly
- Have better posture and body alignment
- Learn to breathe properly
- Make lasting friendships
- For stuttering students, eliminate stuttering while singing; 
- For English as a Second Language (ESL) students, learn their new language faster and better
 


In-School Arts Classes
Our Outreach program began as a collaboration with the Red Bank Borough School District in 2005. Today, we serve over 550 students annually with in-school, after-school, and summer performing arts classes in the Primary and Middle schools in Red Bank and the Joseph R. Bolger Middle School in Keansburg.

Our goal as educators is to instill a passion, appreciation and love of the arts. Besides enhancing one’s perspective and interpersonal skills such as communication, cooperation and creative problem solving, arts education is truly a magical elixir that raises one’s self–esteem, self-efficacy and confidence.

Teaching Artist Dorothy Sikora teaches a music class at Red Bank Primary School 
 
 
 
Need Help? Have Questions?
Contact the Education Department
Phone: 732-224-8778 x125
99 Monmouth Street
Red Bank, New Jersey 07701

 

 
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