Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series 2017-2018
Welcome to the 2017-2018 Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series! Ignite your students’ imagination with these exciting show offerings: Othello; Miss Nelson is Missing; Nugget and Fang; Freedom Riders; Opera 101; Clementine; Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi and How I Became a Pirate.
The Clemens Center is proud to be a partner with area educators in providing arts experiences that enrich the lives of young people. Over the years, our audience has grown to include not only regional public and private schools, but also home-schools, pre-schools, individual families and the general public. Since 1979, the Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series has touched the lives of more than half a million young people with curriculum-related programs. For many of them, this is their first introduction to the Clemens Center and to the magic of live theatre.
This season, younger students will search for a missing teacher in Miss Nelson is Missing, learn the true meaning of friendship with Nugget and Fang, delight in the antics of Clementine and set sail on the high seas with How I Became a Pirate. Upper elementary students will travel back in time to 1961, as Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to effect change and how non-violent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation and then hurtle down a majestic river with some of Mark Twain’s most famous characters in Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi. Music lovers of all ages will celebrate Music in Our Schools Month, when Tri-Cities Opera introduces this unique musical style with Opera 101. National Players rounds out our season with a show especially geared for older students, bringing to life one of William Shakespeare’s greatest tragedies – Othello.
These programs are made possible in part, through contributions made to the Clemens Center’s Endowment Fund in memory of Mary Tripp Marks and her concern for the cultural enrichment of children.
Exposure to live theater can ignite a child’s imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.
Filled with background information and student activities, these curriculum-based guides will enhance your students’ performance experience. Study Guides will be available on-line approximately one month prior to each performance.