CIRK LA PUTYKA
October 27 • 10:30AM
Physical comedy meets classical music including Mozart, Handel, and Shostakovich, and mixes with contemporary circus acts to create this whirlwind performance by Prague’s Cirk la Putyka. Dancers, actors, mimes, and comedians come together for this performance of multiple art forms and disciplines, in Slapstick Sonata, Cirk la Putyka’s United States world premiere. Described as an “absurd yet poetic theatre piece,” Slapstick Sonata will sure to have students amazed and laughing the whole way through.
|“REFLECTIONS IN BLACK”
LULA WASHINGTON DANCE THEATRE
February 25 • 10:30AM
Bringing awareness to African-American history and culture during our February 2015 Black History Month celebration, Lula introduces students to various dance styles including works or excerpts from their current tour. Ms. Washington trained at the highly respected and legendary school University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), where she received her Master of Fine Arts in Dance. She has since been engaging students in demonstrations and call and response exercises for over thirty years, and through her school has taught dance to over 45,000 inner-city students. Lula Washington Dance Theatre is the perfect interactive performance combining history, culture,
performance and education during Black History Month.
||AFRICAN CHILDREN’S CHOIR
March 31 • 11AM
The African Children’s Choir features children aged 7 to 10 singing a combination of well-known children’s songs as well as traditional and contemporary music. Inspiring audiences around the world through music, the African Children’s Choir bring audiences to their feet through the hope they emanate, the musical talent they share, and the power of their music.
For tickets or more information, contact Samantha Giustiniani at
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.
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 educator 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 the Red Bank Middle School.
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.
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.