From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler (2-6): This enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages! Thursday, December 7, 2017 (NOTE: From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler can be supplemented with a Visual Art study of the works at the Delaware Art Museum.)
Delaware Shakespeare Festival (9-12): Bullying/Peer Pressure program — This program will feature several scenes from Shakespeare that show elements of bullying (Malvolio and Fest from Twelfth Night, Lady Macbeth and Macbeth from Macbeth, Helena and Hermia from A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Lord Capulet and Juliet from Romeo and Juliet, etc.). The program could be interspersed with student-written monologues from the prep workshops in which students write about their experience with similar situations to those faced by Shakespeare Characters in the scenes presented.
TAHIRA (K-5): TAHIRA performs stories of hope and humor, triumph and tragedy drawn from TAHIRA’s diverse repertoire of original works and those based on the West African Oral Tradition. In this program, TAHIRA opens with an introduction of the call and response style of singing. “Call and response” is a requested or spontaneous verbal and non-verbal interaction between the performer and the audience. The major theme in this program is the role of stories and storytellers in the recording of historical events.
The Twin Poets (5-12): The Twin Poets have won many awards for their work including the Village Award from the Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and their Families (2006), Bank of America’s Local Heroes Award (2006), Citizens of the Year from Omega Psi Phi Fraternity (2006), Christi Award for Community Service through the Arts (2005), Mentors of the Year from the City of Wilmington (1998), The Mayors Award for Service to Children (1997), and Outstanding Young Wilmingtonian Award for Community Service (1997). The Twin Poets have also been featured on the Peabody Award-winning HBO program Def Poetry, BET’s Lyric Café, and NPR’s Poetic License, and they are the subject of a Hearts and Minds Films documentary called Why I Write. They have toured nationally and internationally, most recently with the Poetically Incorrect Tour. As the Poets Laureate for Delaware, the Twin Poets plan to be strong advocates for poetry throughout the state by:
- Incorporating poetry/spoken word and creative writing programming into schools, libraries and community centers.
- Introducing poetry as a tool for transformation within youth detention centers and adult correctional facilities.
- Utilizing the poetic art form to strengthen the healing and support process for veterans, especially those suffering from PTSD.
- Taking poetry/spoken word and creative writing into communities of need to assist with addressing gun violence.