Lucas Miller

Adaptations and Ecosystems
Assembly Performance
Artist: Lucas Miller

Explore a variety of endangered species issues including habitat loss, over-hunting, pollution, and more. Human contributions to the causes and solutions of endangered species issues are addressed with an emphasis on empowerment and optimism.

With a degree in zoology and an electrifying stage presence, Lucas Miller, the “Singing Zoologist”, creates songs and sto-ries that somehow manage to be both outrageously fun and scientifically accurate.

Grades:  2-4
Audience Limit:  250
Connections: Music, Science, Storytelling

 

Life Cycles
Assembly Performance
Artist: Lucas Miller

Learn about the metamorphosis of tadpoles, the migrations of monarch butterflies, the growth of bluebonnets, and more in this dynamic science presentation. Packed with dazzling images, hilarious songs, and, yes, a rapping honeybee, your primary grade students will laugh and move while they learn a wealth of new science terms and witness the growth of living things.

Grades: K-2
Audience Limit: 250
Connections: Music, Science, Storytelling

 

Ocean Ecology
Assembly Performance
Artist: Lucas Miller

This program emphasizes ocean food chains/webs, photosynthesis, and conservation. Recommended for groups of 150-350. Features “I’m a Mako Shark,” “Living in a Wetland,” “We Can Bring Them Back,” and more. This program fulfills a wealth of TEKS and is a great review before the Science STAAR.

Everyone will have so much fun laughing and moving to songs about wetlands, ocean food chains and symbiotic relationships that they won’t even realize how much they’re learning.

Grades:  3-6
Audience Limit:  250
Connections: Music, Science, Storytelling

 

Let’s Do Lunch! Adaptations of Predators and Prey
Assembly Performance
Artist: Lucas Miller

This program focuses on food chains and adaptations that help predators find and catch their prey. It features “The Anaconda La Bamba,” I’m a Cheetah,” “I’m a Mako Shark,” and more.

Grades:  1-5
Audience Limit:  250
Connections: Music, Science

Chris Espinosa

 

There’s a Wild Animal on the Playground
Classroom Residency
Artist: Chris Espinosa

The gates of the local zoo were left open overnight and many of the animals escaped. Elementary students arrived at school to find a wild animal on their playground. Students need to transform the playground into an environment that mimics the animal’s natural habitat until the animals can be safely returned to the zoo. Students will research and discuss wild animals in the zoo. They will use their imaginations and knowledge to create an improvised scene about transforming the playground into a proper animal habitat. They will also begin writing the body for an expository rough draft.

Grades: K-3
Residency Length: 3 days, 45 minute sessions
Connections: Science, Literary Arts, Theatre, Storytelling

 

Buzz-a-Bee
Classroom Residency
Artist: Chris Espinosa & Sharon Dubois

In this residency program, students learn about the importance of bees and the environment as they write dialogue, music lyrics, and dance choreography for a one-act play. The end product is a three scene play approximately 5 minutes in length, which is ready for performance! This program is a true cross-curricular project utilizing skills and concepts in writing, speech, dance/movement, music, communication, creativity, science, ecology, and performance. Chris and Sharon are credentialed teaching artists who will guide and facilitate the work with your students and can be done 100% virtually, or in person. 

Grades: 4
Residency Length: 5 Days
Session Length: 45 minutes
Connections: Literary Arts, Science, Music, Theatre

Paul Watson

Scottish Bagpipes
Assembly Performance
Artist: Paul Watson

Students discover the connections between sound, science, and music while exploring Scottish heritage through the history of regalia and bagpipes. The artist shares with students the structure and science of the bagpipe and demonstrates a variety of bagpipes, both small and large.

Paul Watson, a former Pipe Major in The Texas Highland Pipes and Drums of Lubbock, brings to life his rich Scottish heritage through the unique sounds of the amazing bagpipes.

Grades:  4-6
Audience Limit:  250
Connections: Music, Science, Cultural Competency

Storybook Theatre

The New Little Red Riding Hood
Assembly Performance
Artist: Storybook Theatre

This is a fractured fairy tale that emphasizes the importance of character traits as well as acknowledges the need for environmental awareness. Wanda Wolf, Granny Red, puppets, songs, lots of interaction, and more make this story a crowd pleaser for all ages!

Grades: PreK-5
Audience Limit: 250
Connections: Science, Storytelling, Theatre, Social/Emotional Learning

Brave Little Company

Wish You Were Here
Classroom Workshop
Artist: Brave Little Company

Use your senses and your imagination to go on an imaginary journey! A mysterious box arrives in your classroom. It contains the sights, smells, sounds, and sensations of a field trip your students can go on without leaving the classroom! This program was designed specifically for students with learning differences and disabilities. It is also a powerful tool for beginning speakers of English, because it engages students with vastly different levels of English fluency. The program is always available in English and Spanish. Schedule permitting, we may be able to offer it in Mandarin, Pashto, Urdu, or Arabic. 

Grades: All
Participation Limit: 1 Classroom
Connections: Science, Theatre, Social/Emotional Learning, Storytelling, Workshops 

 

Wooden O: An Interactive Sensory Adventure
Classroom Performance/Workshop
Artist: Brave Little Company

Imagine a professional theatre performance created just for children ages 3 – 6. What ingredients would it have? Endless possibility, adventure, mystery, music, a feast for the senses, and a few thrilling surprises! The Wooden O is an empty space where the audience’s imagination helps the actors tell the story. Once kids ages 3-5 step into Brave Little Company’s Wooden O, they’ll be on an imaginative quest to help Robin Goodfellow, a prankster with a little magic up his sleeve. They’ll engage their senses of sight, hearing, touch, and smell as they follow Robin’s map to find a mysterious flower. A fully interactive play with live sound effects, Wooden O invites students on an imaginative journey – without leaving the classroom! This play features one performer and one stage manager. It can be performed in English, Spanish, or both. Tech needs are minimal, and our tech rider is available upon request. Performance 

Grades: EC – 1st
Workshop Length: 45 min.
Participant Limit: 20 – 50
Connections: Science, Storytelling, Theatre

Soul Street

 

No Bones About It
Assembly Performance
Artist: Soul Street Dance Company

By tracing the signals from the brain that tell our muscles to stretch and contract, we learn about the science of dance. Combine this with a dance fantasy of how we might move if we had no bones, and you have an energetic program by Soul Street Dance to connect to your health and science curriculum!

By tracing the signals from the brain that tell our muscles to stretch and contract, we learn about the science of dance. Combine this with a dance fantasy of how we might move if we had no bones, and you have an energetic program by Soul Street Dance to connect to your health and science curriculum!

When we see dancers perform amazing leaps and bends we often ask, “how do they do that?” The Soul Street dancers present skeletal features such as hinged joints and ball-and-socket joints, and show the audience ways in which our bodies can accomplish amazing feats by combining bones, muscles, and commands from the brain.

Please Note: Classes should take place on a wooden floor – not cement. Participants should wear loose clothing and sneakers.

Grades:  1-5
Audience Limit:  450
Connections: Science, Dance/Movement

Margaret Clauder



Water Cycle Puppetry: Bringing Science to Life
Classroom Residency
Artist: Margaret Clauder

Even the most engaging visual depictions and verbal descriptions of the water cycle are often not enough for students to truly understand how water changes between states of matter in our daily lives. In this active, hands-on residency, students will construct simple puppets of various designs in order to learn and demonstrate the water cycle through storytelling. Well-known puppeteer Margaret Clauder leads this fast-paced, fun-filled exploration of science and story.

Grades: 3-5
Residency Length: 3-5 days, 60 minutes per session
Participant Limit: 25 per class
Connections: Science, Storytelling, Theatre

 

Weather Wonders with Meteorologist Maggie
Assembly Performance
Artist: Margaret Clauder

A science program about weather, the water cycle, and clouds.  Children will find it fascinating to watch the various magic tricks that demonstrate steam, evaporation, snow, and ice, as they learn about the water cycle, clouds, tornadoes, and electricity.

Cloudia the cumulonimbus cloud is Meteorologist Maggie’s puppet sidekick.  She will come to life with Margaret’s skillful ventriloquism as the children learn about lightning, cumulonimbus clouds, and tornadoes.  

 Grades:  1-5
Audience Limit:  125
Connections: Science, Storytelling, Theatre

 

Wild About Reading with Masai Maggie
Assembly Performance
Artist: Margaret Clauder

Clad in safari-gear, Margaret performs the popular children’s book, Stand Back Said the Elephant I’m Going to Sneeze. Using her brilliant puppetry and ventriloquism skills, this book will come to life through various animal puppets. Children will learn about endangered species and interesting facts about animals and their habitats all over the world.

Grades: Prek-4
Audience Limit:  125
Connections: Literary Arts, Reading, Science, Theatre, Storytelling


Tom’s Fun Band

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Assembly Performance
Artist: Tom’s Fun Band

Tom of Tom’s Fun Band uses music and comedy to make learning about preserving our natural resources fun and thought-provoking. Participants will learn how to reduce the amount we waste by making small changes every day. Reusing things is fun when participants are challenged to use their imagination! Finally, recycling will be explained and practiced in a musically interactive way.

Grades: K-5
Audience Limit: 250
Connections: Science, Music, Theatre, Storytelling

 

The Science of Sound
Assembly Performance
Artist: Tom’s Fun Band

Who said learning about vibrations, sound waves, air molecules, and frequency isn’t fun? This new and highly interactive performance uses music demonstration to teach the science of sound. Demonstrations of unique sounds will be introduced to students through a performance by the guitar! Students will be encouraged to sing, move, listen, and identify sound characteristics as we explore how sound is produced, how sound moves, and how sound is perceived.

Grades: K-5
Audience Limit:250
Connections: Science, Music


Dru Woods

Animals Adapt
Assembly Performance
Artist: Dru Woods

Folk tales and fractured fairy tales introduce students to specific animals.  During the session, interesting facts are presented about those animals and how they adapt to their environment.  Students work the puppets for the stories and music.

Grades: K-5
Audience Limit: 200
Connections: Science, Storytelling, Theatre

Julio Suarez

Drawn to Flowers
Classroom Workshop
Artist: Julio Suarez

Drawing “what one sees” is the focus of this introduction to botanical illustration. The skills acquired in this workshop can be applied to nature journaling, field sketching, and studying science. Students learn basic drawing techniques in pencil to draw selected flower specimens from direct observation.

Grades: 1-6
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes
Participant Limit: 25-30 per class
Connections: Science, Visual Arts

 

Illustrating Imaginary Fish
Classroom Workshop
Artist: Julio Suarez

Students first study and draw the anatomy of a fish. Line, shape, color, and texture are explored. Students use their imagination in creating colorful “schools of fish” in mixed media.

Grades: 3-8
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes
Participant Limit: 25-30 per class
Connections: Science, Visual Art

 

The Art of Botany: Discovering and Drawing Nature
Classroom Residency
Artist: Julio Suarez

Students learn to draw leaves and flowering plants from direct observation of actual specimens. Basic drawing techniques will be taught using a variety of media.

Grades: 3-8
Residency Length: 2-3 days, 45 minutes per session
Participant Limit: 25-30 per class
Connections: Science, Visual Art

 

The Art of Zoology: Drawing Animals
Classroom Residency
Artist: Julio Suarez

Students draw selected animals using pencil, ink, and mixed media with attention to detail, color, patterns, and texture capturing their anatomy. Teaching artist and former biologist Julio Suarez demonstrates the integration of art and science while capturing the beauty and variety of animals in art.

Grades: 3-8
Residency Length: 2-3 days, 45 minutes per session
Participant Limit: 25-30 per class
Connections: Science, Visual Art

 

Let’s Face it: Facial Proportions
Classroom Workshop
Artist: Julio Suarez

Students learn how to draw the human face in proportion and make connections between math and art.

Grades: 4-8
Workshop Length: 45-60 minutes
Participant Limit: 25-30 per class
Connections: Math, Visual Art, Science