Count Basie Theatre

Outreach Program

Bus-in School Field Trip Shows

From preschool to high school, New Jersey students have the opportunity to come to Count Basie Theatre for culturally enriching and theatrically exciting events, which can be integrated to enhance any area of the curriculum. Since the introduction of the Bus-In program, more than 10,000 students, teachers and seniors have experienced the joy of a live Count Basie Theatre performance.

Common Core State Standards and arts integration will come full circle with Count Basie Theatre Bus-in Shows!

Teacher study guides are provided, which offer information about the history, culture and inspiration of the performances. Academic connections are also provided, helping integrate the performances and experiences into the classroom. Companion activities for pre- and post-show discussions round out the experience, allowing state common core standards and arts integration to come full circle.


*BUS-IN PERFORMANCES RUN APPROXIMATELY 60 MINUTES


Interested in attending a bus-in school show?

Click here for a reservation form

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


TEACHER RESPONSE FORMSTUDENT RESPONSE FORMPARENT FIELD TRIP LETTER


*Applicants will receive an email confirmation within one week of receipt of your reservation. In the event you do not receive a confirmation, please contact Samantha Giustiniani. 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. Schools receive one free student ticket with every 20 purchased.


Current Bus-In Show List


Brown Bear, Brown Bear & Other
Treasured Stories by Eric Carle

October 21, 2016 • 10:30AM and 12:30PM
Recommended for grades: PK-3

Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, Brown Bear, Brown Bear and other Treasured Stories by Eric Carle brings together old favorites and new friends. Featuring evocative music, stunning visual effects and imaginative puppetry, this hour-long production showcases the imaginative blend of innovative puppetry and striking scenic effects while telling these beloved stories.


Language Arts
Poetry
Character
Art: color, line and form
Life Cycles
Lunar Cycle
Creativity
Collaboration

Yes, Indeed! – Jazz Reach

November 16, 2016 • 10:30AM and 12:30PM
Recommended for grades: 4-8

"Yes Indeed!” is an engaging, interactive program designed to instill a greater appreciation, awareness and understanding of the great American BLUES tradition. With its roots in the work songs, spirituals, hymns, field hollers and chants of 19th century American south, ‘the blues’ is the DNA of all indigenous American music From R&B to Funk to Gospel to Rock to Hip Hop and particularly Jazz.


Creative, Artistic,
and Emotional Expression
Multi-Cultural
History
Northern Migration
Evolution of Music
and Culture
Roots and Heritage
Social Issues
Socio/Emotional
Development

I Have a Dream

February 3, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 2-12

The powerful impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King puts his philosophy of nonviolent protest to work. He gains recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement.


Biography
Language Arts
History
Multi-Cultural
Public Speaking
Collaboration
Self-Esteem
Character Development

Opus Cactus – Momix

March 6, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: 2-12

Momix’s Opus Cactus brings the landscape of the American Southwest to life with illusionistic style, while creating dynamic images of cactuses, slithering lizards and fire dancers. Known internationally for presenting work of exceptional inventiveness and physical beauty, MOMIX is a company of dancer-illusionists amazing audiences with a mix of dance, acrobatics, and physical storytelling.


Creative Expression
Environments
Social Studies
Physics
Choreography
Collaboration
Creativity
Innovation

Golden Dragon Acrobats

April 24, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: K-12

The Golden Dragon Acrobats represent the best of a time honored tradition that began more than twenty-five centuries ago. The Golden Dragons are recognized throughout the United States and abroad as the premiere Chinese acrobatic touring company of today. The Golden Dragon Acrobats are a fast-paced, technically innovative and beautifully presented group, combining award-winning acrobatics, traditional dance, spectacular costumes, ancient and contemporary music and theatrical techniques to present a show of breathtaking skill and spellbinding beauty.


Culture and Heritage
Physics
Physical Education
Choreography
Collaboration
Creativity
Multi-cultural
Roots and Heritage

Mariachi Los Camperos

May 4, 2017 • 10:30AM
Recommended for grades: K-12

Mariachi Los Camperos was founded by mariachi "giant" Natividad “Nati” Cano who played an integral role in the development of mariachi music by expanding the repertoire, and bringing mariachi performance into the concert hall. Cano's seminal contribution to mariachi was marked by institutions like the Smithsonian Museum, whose recording label Smithsonian Folkways released a number of albums recorded by Los Camperos. Join Mariachi Los Camperos for this unforgettable Cinco de Mayo celebration!


Creative, Artistic, and
Emotional Expression
Multi-cultural
History
Evolution of Music
and Culture
Roots and Heritage
Musicianship/Musicality
Collaboration
Innovation
Creativity



The 11th Annual Basie Awards

Sponsored in part by Monmouth Medical Center - Barnabas Health

2014 Basie Award Winner - Outstanding Musical Presentation - Middletown High School South, Evita

The 11th Annual Basie Awards will be presented on Wednesday May 18, 2016

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 theater.

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 theater 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!


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.


Need Help? Have Questions?
Contact the Education Department
Phone: 732-224-8778 x125
Email: sbrennan@countbasietheatre.org
111 Monmouth Street, Red Bank, NJ 07701

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