Count Basie Theatre

Outreach Program


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!

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! 
Interested in attending a bus-in school show? Click here for a reservation form
*You will receive an email confirmation within one week of receipt of your reservation. In the event that you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Samantha Giustiniani.
All seats are available at a first-come, first-served basis. Due to overwhelming popularity we unfortunately cannot hold seats without receipt of a reservation form. 
Wednesday Nov 18 • 10:30AM - get your tickets now!
(Nov 17 • 10:30AM performance is currently sold out)
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 
Feb 22 • 10:30AM
A combination of science, art, theatricality and a little bit of magic, world-renowned bubble artist and scientist Fan Yang's Mega Bubble Show will dazzle you with spectacle while conducting experiments right before your eyes. A show that is great for our younger audiences – teachers, chaperones and adults too will be amazed by this interactive, educational and theatrical performance.  

 A performance experience connecting science, theatre and technology, and culture from Vietnam, this show will be a culturally enriching experience for all students 
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  
Apr 18 • 11AM
The Signature Project is multi-faceted. Its core is a huge 76 ft x 36 ft mural layered with hidden secrets. A live performance brings the mural to life, with artist Patrick Dunning ingeniously weaving stories and images in the great tradition of Irish artists. A unique, exhilarating tapestry blending art and technology, the live performance of The Signature Project also offers the opportunity for the audience to join over 300,000 people whose signatures already comprise the fabric of this monumental art work.
*This performance will feature the debut of a project done in conjunction with Count Basie Theatre and Red Bank Primary School!

 A performance experience connecting visual art, music, theatre and technology, the Signature Project brings a culturally enriching experience to all students 

Interested in attending a bus-in school show? Click here for a reservation form
Receive a FREE student seat for every 20 full-priced tickets 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

The Annual Basie Awards
Sponsored in part by: 
The 11th Annual Basie Awards will be presented on
Wednesday May 18, 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 

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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