Unlock your students' Potential: Field Trips at TOY

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! 

But don’t take our word for it.  The American Alliance for Theatre & Education offer the following:

  • Students involved in drama performance coursework or experience outscored non-arts students on the 2005 SAT by an average of 65 points in the verbal component and 34 points in the math component.
  • Drama activities improve reading comprehension, and both verbal and non-verbal communication skills.
  • Drama helps to improve school attendance and reduce high school dropout rates.
  • A 2005 Harris Poll revealed that 93% of the public believes that arts, including theatre, are vital to a well-rounded education.
  • Drama can improve skills and academic performance in children and youth with learning disabilities.

 

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 and address
  • School 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
  • Special needs or wheel chair accommodations

 

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.

 

 

2017-2018 School Time Performances

Bunnicula

Adapted for the stage by Jon Klein. From the book by Deborah and James Howe. Lyrics by Jon Klein/Music by Chris Jeffries. Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences.

Protect your potatoes…Save your spinach…Lock up your leeks!

On a dark and stormy night, the Monroe family brings home a peculiar new pet, an orphaned bunny with mysterious habits and sharp fangs. The rabbit is given the name Bunnicula, and there’s only a short time until strange things start happening in the house. Somehow, all the vegetables are turning white! Is this the work of Bunnicula? Reintroduce this timeless book to your students that has delighted millions of children since 1979 in this silly, only slightly scary romp. Beware the bunny this Halloween in TOY’s Bunnicula!

Grades: 2-5

Dates: September 28, 29

October 5, 6, 11, 12, 13

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core TiesK-2.RL.7, 9, 11; K-2.W.2, K-2.W.8, K-2.W.11; K-2.SL.1-4; K-2.L.4-5; 3-5.RL.1-3, 5-7, 11; 3-5.W.2-4, 8, 11, 3-5.SL.1-5.

 

New Kid

An Original Play by Dennis Foon. A WNY Regional Premiere.

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 the language. 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: 5-8

Dates:  October 18, 19, 20

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties: 3-5.RL.1-3, 5-7, 11; 3-5.W.2-4, 8, 11, 3-5.SL.1-5; 6-8.L.1, 4-6; 6-8.RL.2-3, 9-11; 6-8.SL.1-3; 6-8.W.11.

 

A Charlie Brown Christmas

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 WNY Regional Premiere.

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 true meaning of the holiday’s in the Peanuts gang? Make sure you’re front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of the holiday season!

Grades: K-6

Dates: November 30

December 1, 7, 8, 14, 15

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties: K-2.RL.7, 9, 11; K-2.W.2, K-2.W.8, K-2.W.11; K-2.SL.1-4; K-2.L.4-5; 3-5.RL.1-3, 5-7, 11; 3-5.W.2-4, 8, 11, 3-5.SL.1-5; 6-8.L.1, 4-6; 6-8.RL.2-3, 9-11; 6-8.SL.1-3; 6-8.W.11.

 

The Boy at the Edge of Everything

An original play by Finegan Kruckemeyer. A WNY Regional Premiere.

A sci-fi tale of the 21st Century Family

Hoping to escape his over-scheduled 12-and-a-bit-year-old life, Simon Ives dreams of a place where he can just stop and be. Meanwhile, at the end of the universe, The Boy at the Edge of Everything lives by himself, lonely and bored. Through an unlikely series of events, the two find themselves together, at the edge of the universe. Time travel sets in motion a powerful coming of age story for the 21st-century student. Guest director, Chris Kelly (Robin Hood, Crash, The Shakespeare Stealer) returns to craft this riveting and important play that will speak to each student about finding their own identity in the universe.

Grades: 6-8

Dates: January 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, 31

February 1, 2

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties: 6-8.L.1, 4-6; 6-8.RL.2-3, 9-11; 6-8.SL.1-3; 6-8.W.11.

 

Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook

By Alison Gregory. Produced by special arrangement with Playscripts, Inc.(www.playscripts.com). A WNY Regional Premiere.

Junie B. Jones is back at TOY!

This time, something terrible has happened: Junie B’s favorite mittens are missing. No one put them in the school lost and found box so they must have been stolen! So when Junie B. finds a pen of many colors, she decides that it’s fair to keep the pen. Finders keepers, right? RIGHT?! As always, this comical tale promises a good laugh and a great lesson. Don’t miss your chance to see Junie B. return to the Allendale in Junie B. Jones is Not a Crook.

Grades: 2-5

Dates: March 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties: K-2.RL.7, 9, 11; K-2.W.2, K-2.W.8, K-2.W.11; K-2.SL.1-4; K-2.L.4-5; 3-5.RL.1-3, 5-7, 11; 3-5.W.2-4, 8, 11, 3-5.SL.1-5.

 

Stellaluna

Adapted for the stage by Saskia Janse. Based on the book by Janell Cannon. Music by Guus Ponsioen. Produced by special arrangement with Plays for Young Audiences. A WNY Regional Premiere

Who Am I?

Before she had learned to fly, Stellaluna fell from her mother’s arms. The baby bat landed head first into an occupied bird’s nest. The mother bird allowed Stellaluna to stay but only if she lived like the other birds and ate bugs, did not hang by her feet and slept at night. When Stellaluna finally has the opportunity to show her bird siblings what life as a bat is like, all of them are confused. Will the birds ever accept Stellaluna for who she truly is? Anyone who has ever been asked to be someone they’re not will understand the conflicts—and possibilities—Stellaluna faces.

GradesK-2

DatesMay 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 31

June 1

Time: 10:00 AM

Common Core Ties: K-2.RL.7, 9, 11; K-2.W.2, K-2.W.8, K-2.W.11; K-2.SL.1-4; K-2.L.4-5 .