Ballet Theater Company offers ‘behind the curtain’ program for educators – We-Ha

The West Hartford-based ballet theater company is offering teachers the opportunity to bring their students “Behind the Curtain” from the “Aladdin” production.

Courtesy of Ballet Theater Company


This spring, the Ballet Theater Company (BTC) is offering teachers and educators its “Behind the Curtain” program featuring its ballet “Aladdin.” This program will expose students to the joys of ballet and theater and allow them to explore the realm of possibilities in the performing arts – bringing a little magic and fun to classrooms this year and helping to encourage creative minds. from the future.

BTC’s four-part Behind the Curtain program featuring “Aladdin” includes access to a live performance in addition to additional materials to further integrate the arts into the classroom. For just $50 per class, teachers will have access to the live performance, as well as a set of prepared materials, including the “Aladdin.” Digital storybook, grade-level performing arts workbooks, and grade-level academic activity books that complement ballet.

Courtesy of Ballet Theater Company

BTC’s live performance will air on April 22 at 10 a.m. for classrooms to experience Act I of the ballet. Students will follow Aladdin from the bustling marketplace of his hometown as he embarks on a spellbinding journey through the Cave of Riches, filled with dancing diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and more. Upon returning home, Aladdin spots the princess who sets off a tumultuous journey filled with twists and turns. The “Aladdin” livestream performance is a wonderful pairing with the class materials prepared by BTC and a great way to incorporate the arts into spring lesson plans.

BTC’s outreach administrator developed the materials prepared for Behind the Curtain with guidance from a third- through fourth-grade teacher in the Massachusetts public school system and another professional with an MFA in education, drama, and story. The activity books not only introduce children to the many elements behind putting on a dance performance, but they also incorporate the practice of essential school skills in a unique and engaging way!

In BTC’s digital storybook, students will join Aladdin and the Princess on their mesmerizing adventure as they flip through pages of original artwork by BTC student Sofia Brummitt. Once students have explored the adventurous plot of the ballet, the Performing Arts Activity Book, featuring over 30 pages of worksheets and guided class discussions, can be brought into the classroom. The Performing Arts Activity Book will inspire creativity, problem solving, and self-expression as students gain a deeper understanding of the many layers required to stage a full production.

The “Aladdin” academic activity book incorporates the magic of performance into worksheets that practice essential academic skills and challenge students to think critically about an engaging story. Use contextual clues to decipher the meaning of difficult words and phrases, delve into geometry with the production’s dancing gems, contemplate the impact of settings and habitats on the “Aladdin” storyline, and much more all throughout the pages of these manuals.

Both sets of activity books are broken down by grade level to better serve students in each class. These materials are designed for grades K-5.

The performing arts provide exciting experiences for schoolchildren and inspire the next generation of creative minds to dream, set goals, express themselves, work well with others and so much more! To reserve a spot for the live stream and learn more about the Behind the Curtain program, go to BTC website. Any additional questions can be directed to BTC Outreach Administrator Kyleigh Olivier at [email protected].

BTC is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and is supported in part by the Connecticut Office of the Arts, Greater Hartford Arts Council, Ron and Nancy Compton, Edward C. & Ann T. Roberts Foundation, Ahearn Family Foundation, Ensworth Charitable Trust, The Long Foundation, The Buchalter-Breslow Family, Connecticut Public, Cricket Press, Laurel Graphic Design,, Beam & Barre and Hearst Media Group, Imperial Design & Upholstering, Jane Owen Public Virtus Relationships and Investments.

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