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Teachers & Students

STUDY GUIDES

We've got all the tools you need to plan comprehensive and engaging lesson plans based on our productions.

Teacher's Instructional Guide

The Teacher's Instructional Guide (TIG) is intended for use by teachers who will bring their school groups to attend performances at Goodspeed Musicals. The TIG provides background historical information, teaching ideas and prompts to facilitate students' knowledge and appreciation of the show’s themes and characters. The TIG activities are influenced by state and national standards associated with the arts, language arts and social studies for high school levels. 

Student Guide to the Theatre

The Student Guide serves as a companion to the Teacher’s Instructional Guide (TIG). It includes a plot and character summary, accessible historical and thematic background information to support the lessons in the TIG, and a behind-the-scenes look at the production. It also includes fun facts, theatre terms, and activities. 

Goodspeed Study Guide Library

Student ticket discounts  

STUDENT RUSH: Starting at 10 a.m. on the day of any evening performance, student rush tickets are only $15 at the Goodspeed Opera House or The Norma Terris Theatre. One per student. Valid school ID (i.e, ID card, letter on school stationery) must be presented when the student picks up their ticket.

KIDS NIGHTS: Introduce your favorite young person to the magic of musical theatre. Each adult who buys a regular-priced ticket for the evening performance on specified dates may purchase a $15 ticket for a child age 5 - 18.

Contact the Box Office at 860.873.8668 or boxoffice@goodspeed.org for more information on these programs.

Musical Minds 

With Goodspeed's new Musical Minds program, a team of world class performers and staff from Goodspeed Musicals can visit your location to give an education presentation. The Musical Minds experience is appropriate for any age level and the program incorporates live dance, music, and acting to improve any group’s understanding and appreciation of musical theatre. The Musical Minds program increases awareness of a precious indigenous American art form while inspiring individuals to realize their dreams.

If your school would like to participate, contact Director of Education Joshua Ritter at 860.873.8664, x745 or jritter@goodspeed.org

Arts Education Collaboration

Since 2006, this program has engaged young and underserved students in the creative process of musical theatre, and by doing so, made the art form accessible to new generations of theatergoers. Each season, the program exposes over 500 elementary, middle, and high school students to a high-quality musical theatre production, and gives them a special “behind-the-scenes” look into the making of a show. Students from English/Language Arts, Fine and Performing Arts, and Visual Arts Departments spend a day at Goodspeed, participate in various workshops, and attend a matinee performance at no cost. Students meet with Goodspeed professionals to learn the many disciplines involved in theatrical production, such as auditioning, music direction, props construction, stage management, painting, costume design, set construction, and technical effects including lighting and sound. The program allows Goodspeed to create an environment for students in which they can interact with all aspects of musical theatre while receiving crucial instruction from professionals in the field. Facilitators for the program include dedicated and talented professionals from Goodspeed’s Artistic, Production/Technical, and Administrative Departments committed to maintaining the integrity of the program and ensuring that the young people receive the very best experience possible. If your school would like to participate, contact Director of Education Joshua Ritter at 860.873.8664, ext. 745 or jritter@goodspeed.org. For information on how to support this program, contact Sara Breen at 860.873.8664, ext. 317 or sbreen@goodspeed.org.

Goodspeed Musicals Arts Education Collaboration

The Arts Education Collaboration is funded in part by:

  • Anonymous (2)
  • Mr. and Mrs. David W. Dangremond
  • Alvin Deutsch
  • Dr. and Mrs. William Gillespie
  • Dr. and Mrs. Ash Gulliver
  • Alva G. Greenberg
  • The Mabel F. Hoffman Charitable Trust
  • Nancy and Jeffrey Hoffman
  • Mr. Robert A. Landino
  • Mr. and Mrs. Larry Lawrence
  • Hila and Saul Rosen
  • SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc.
  • Mr. George W. Whelan
  • Mr. and Mrs. Luke Williams

         

Participating Schools

  • B P Learned Mission, New London
  • Bulkeley High School, Hartford  
  • Commodore Macdonough School, Middletown
  • Covenant Preparatory School, Hartford
  • East Hartford High School, East Hartford
  • FUSE, Hartford
  • Grace Academy, Hartford
  • James Hillhouse High School, New Haven
  • Naylor-CCSU Leadership Academy, Hartford
  • O.H. Platt High School, Meriden
  • Valley Regional High School, Deep River

The Speaker's Bureau
Select members of the Goodspeed Musicals staff are available to speak to area schools, churches, businesses and civic groups on a wide range of topics. For more information, contact Director of Education Joshua Ritter at 860.873.8664 ext. 745 or jritter@goodspeed.org

BP Learned Mission

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