Cutbacks, cutbacks, cutbacks. There was a time when art, theatre, music and dance were crucial in your child’s education. When learning or allowing SELF EXPRESSION was as an important part of the teaching/learning process as learning algebra, western history and all of the other topics that they study in school. Coming from a very strong arts background and watching schools cut out these programs one by one saddens me. Thankfully the National Arts Education Public Awareness Campaign is trying to do something about it.
In the meantime there are some GREAT programs that we as parents can get involved in, to expose our kids to the Arts.
For those in and around the NYC area (or if you plan on visiting) the Broadway Theatre League is sponsoring Kids’ Night on Broadway® 2009. When you purchase an adult ticket your 6-18 year old child can go to a GREAT BROADWAY show for FREE. If you remember a few months ago, I had written about a similar program that they offer for adults once a yeat. The great thing about the children’s program is that they are going to continue this on a MONTHLY basis. I believe that you can get these tickets NOW, after that you’ll be able to get them 2 months in advance of future performance dates.
The following shows are participating on March 3 and 4:
Altar Boyz (Off Broadway) – March 4 only
August: Osage County
Avenue Q – March 3 only
Billy Elliot the Musical – KNOB tickets sold out
Chicago – March 3 only
Dear Edwina (Off Broadway)
The Phantom of the Opera
Shrek The Musical
Stomp (Off Broadway)
The 39 Steps
Wicked – KNOB tickets sold out
For those living OUTSIDE OF THE BIG APPLE, there are a few theatres who are offering the same program.
- The Fabulous Fox Theatre
527 N. Grand Blvd.
St. Louis, MO 63103
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 8:00PM
- North Carolina Blumenthal Performing Arts Center
2700 East Independence Blvd.
Charlotte, NC 28205
Tuesday, March 3, 2009 7:30PM
- Ohio Theatre
39 East State Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Thursday, March 26, 2009 8:00PM
- Tennessee Performing Arts Center
505 Deaderick St.
Nashville, TN 37243
Sunday, March 1, 2009 6:30PM
- Hobby Center for the Performing Arts
Houston, TX 77002
Happy Days – A New Musical
Wednesday, May 13, 2009 8:00PM
Tickets go on sale: March 8, 2009
Watch for some OTHER great discounts, like kids eat free at Times Square restaurants, etc in an upcoming post. Please remember it’s SO important to support the arts and expose your children to the good life as well.