Theatre of Youth has always been dedicated to providing enriching experiences for the youth of WNY.  While our plays are certainly entertaining, we pride ourselves on performing shows that have underlying themes and messages that are important for all children.  Whether it be highlighting the impact of bullying; demonstrating empathy, awareness, and sharing; questioning ethical dilemmas like plagiarism; or dealing as we will this year with acceptance, diversity, and self-identity; Theatre of Youth provides a safe, responsible, alternative space to explore and practice the fundamental tools of Common Core.  Not only that, we all don’t even realize the great things we are learning because we are having so much fun while we do it! 

2018-19 Season information to book your next school trip!

TOY CONNECTS TO THE CLASSROOM

BOCES Arts in Education CoSer

TOY is a recognized program in the BOCES Arts in Education CoSer.  This means your trip to TOY is reimbursable up to your District’s BOCES aid ratio the following year.  In other words, you might grow your fieldtrip budget!  Contact your principal – or have your principal contact your school’s Business Office – to learn how to take advantage of this perk.

ARTS IN EDUCATION BUDGETS

Does your District have an arts in education budget?  If so, a field trip to TOY would qualify!  Again, have your principal connect with your district’s business office to check on this possibility. 

NEXT GENERATION STANDARDS

Every TOY show has curriculum crossovers that touch on ELA common core standards and character education.  But that’s not all; a trip to TOY extends the classroom and provides context and examples to reflect on History, Science, and more!

Easy, Affordable, Flexible: Book your Field Trip Today!

Getting your group to a TOY performance is as simple as choosing your play, your date and then contacting the box office at:

(716) 884-4400 ext.304 or Email

For a faster process, please have as much of the following information ready when booking:

  • School name, address and phone number
  • Contact person who will be on the trip, along with their cell phone number and email address
  • Show title and preferred date
  • Grade level attending
  • Approximate number of students
  • Approximate number of adults 
  • Will you need any accommodation for wheelchairs or impairments, etc.?

 

 

 

PRICE

Our full-scale main stage productions offer a professional theatre experience to your students at an affordable rate of $8 per ticket. As a bonus for every 20 students attending, you will receive one complimentary seat out of the total attendance.

PAYMENT

Groups of less than 25 must pay in full upon booking. For larger groups, invoices will be mailed to the contact person several months prior to their chosen performance. Payment due dates will be stated on the invoice with large payments divided into a deposit and final payment. The non-refundable deposit is required by the stated date in order to secure your reservation.

Payments can be made by check, money order or credit card. To pay by credit card please call (716) 884-4400 ext.304. We will not accept cash for school performances. Your reservation attendance may not be decreased after the deposit due date and no refunds will be given after payment is received. Complete payments must be received prior to attending the performance. Payments should be submitted in the form of a single check, credit card payment or money order. Additional tickets may be purchased based on availability.

EXTENDING THE EXPERIENCE

TALK-BACK WITH THE CAST  Stay seated after the performance for an essential moment of learning - our actors will lead a fun and interactive conversation to give your students the fullest understanding of the play.

WORKBOOK - Workbooks will be provided to take back to the classrooms for additional learning about themes of the play. 

2018-2019 SCHOOL TIME PERFORMANCES 

Book by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann. Music by John Gregor.  Lyrics by John Gregor, Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann.  Based on the book PINKALICIOUS by Elizabeth Kann & Victoria Kann.  Presented through special arrangement with, and all authorized performance materials are supplied by, Theatrical Rights Worldwide (TRW), 1180 Avenue of the Americas, Suite 640, New York, NY 10036, www.theatricalrights.com.

This delightful musical will once again paint Buffalo a brilliant shade of pink! Pinkalicious can't stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor's office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe - a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicamentOh, just a friendly reminder…a pink dress code is in effect!  

Grades: K - 3

Dates: September 28; October 4 & 5

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  K-3R1-3, K9/KRF2a/K-3W3-4/K-3SL1, 1-2SL2, 1-2SL4/K-3L5

 

An Original Play by Dennis Foon. 

The response last season was so positive, TOY is bringing New Kid back!

At some point, every one of us has been the new kid.  After moving from Homeland to America, Nick and his family are settling into a new way of life. Starting in a new school, Nick’s hopes of making new friends vanish after his classmates make fun of his clothes, lunch, and his confusion about almost everything. Worst of all, Nick doesn’t speak English. With a clever twist, New Kid immediately puts us into Nick’s shoes and explores the issues of moving to a new place and being the outsider. For today’s students, New Kid is a timely story that explores acceptance, inclusion and change.

Grades: 4 - 8

Dates:  October  17, 18, 19, 24, 25, 26

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  4-8R1-3, 6-7, 9/4-8RF3/4-8W3-4/4-8SL1-2, 4/4-8L4-5

 

By Charles M. Schulz. Based on the television special by Bill Melendez and Lee Mendelson. Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer. Special arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson. 

A holiday treat that will delight you and your students!

Your students will enjoy watching this animated classic come to life on the Allendale stage! Charlie Brown is depressed over the overwhelming commercialism of the holidays. Lucy recommends that he direct the Christmas play to feel better. He accepts, but this proves to be a frustrating endeavor.  Can a small, shabby tree awake the meaning of the holidays in the Peanuts gang? Don't miss Charlie Brown and his friends discover the true meaning of the holiday season!

Grades: K - 3

Dates: November 29 & 30; December 5,6,7,12,13,14

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  K-3R1-3, K9/KRF2a/K-3W3-4/K-3SL1, 1-2SL2, 1-2SL4/K-3L5

 

Script by Mark J. Frattaroli.  Based on the book TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbit. 

In this timeless and thought-provoking story based on the beloved children’s classic, we follow 10-year-old Winnie and the Tucks, a peculiar family whom she meets. The Tucks have a secret – long ago, they drank from a forest spring; ever since, no one in the family has aged a bit. Winnie accidentally discovers the Tuck family secret and is left with a choice: will she drink from the same spring and join the Tucks outside the laws of Time? Join TOY for a journey you’ll never forget in this daring and suspenseful story about love, loyality, family and living life to the fullest. 

Grades:  5 - 8

Dates:  January 24, 25, 30, 31; February 1,6,7,8

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  5-8R1-3, 6-7, 9, 5-8RF3, 5-8W3-4, 5-8SL1-2, 4, 5-8L4-5

 

By Greg Banks. Based on the books by Rudyard Kipling. Produced by Special Arrangement with Plays For Young Audiences. 

One of literature's most enduring classics is brought vividly to life! Audiences are transported on this exciting adventure of the precocious Mowgli, raised by caring wolves, befriended by Bagheera, the Panther, and Baloo, the Bear, and threatened by Shere Kahn, the evil tiger.  Mowgli grows up believing he's as fierce a wolf as any of the members of his pack.

When he learns he is actually a human, he must discover how to reconcile these very different identities, and decide whether to remain with the pack, or return to the human world from which he was born. What will he choose? Filled with excitement and humor, this story highlights the struggle of good versus evil, friendship, and loyalty.  

Grades:  3 - 6 

Dates:  March 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  3-6R1-3/ 3-6W3-4/3-6SL1-2, 4/3-6L4-5

 

Special Show To Be Announced Soon! 

Based on a popular book title, audiences will enjoy this final production in our 2018-19 Season!  

If your students enjoyed The True Story of 3 Little Pigs; Elephant & Piggie's We Are A Play and Stellaluna, they'll love this production! 

Grades: K - 3

DatesMay 2, 3, 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 17, 22,  23, 29, 30,  31

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties:  K-3R1-3, K9/KRF2a/K-3W3-4/K-3SL1, 1-2SL2, 1-2SL4/K-3L5