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Ogdensburg Command Performances

Youtheatre: Class Acts 2018-2019 Season

A broad spectrum of artistic excellence in live, professional children’s theater this season with six performances, a total of nineteen matinees, in four venues: Ogdensburg Free Academy,  Gouverneur Senior High School, Massena Senior High School, Salmon River Central School (Franklin County)

This unique experience is available to all students in grades PreK through 12 from every school district in St. Lawrence County plus students from communities in surrounding counties. Each show’s audience is targeted for a different age group.  

Youtheatre performances meet New York State Learning Standards for English, Social Studies, and the Arts (theater, dance, and music).  To enable students to fully appreciate the performances, teachers are encouraged to incorporate the provided study guides into their curriculum.  Although the productions are educational, the performers create entertainment that challenges the intellect, touches the heart, and provides an enriching, memorable experience.  Educational research indicates that students of all ages perform better when the Performing Arts are a regular part of their lives.  First graders read earlier and SAT scores can increase by as much as 100 points for high school students!  Ogdensburg Command Performances Youtheatre: Class Acts develops leadership skills, sensitivity, self-esteem, and unselfishness in our children as they prepare to shape the world.

A Lifelong Love of Theatre Begins Here!

The Shows are:

New Rep Theatre’s production of Animal Farm:

October 16 (OFA), 17 (Salmon River) & 18 (Gouverneur) for grades 9-12

The animals of Mr. Jones’ farm believe they could build themselves a utopia if only they could get rid of the humans in charge.  When their dreams become reality, life isn’t as easy as they thought when old problems take a new form.  Originally writer=n as a critique of Stalinism, George Orwell’s acclaimed 1945 novel finds new life in this contemporary stage adaptation.  Exploring themes of power, politics, and propaganda, this frightening fairytale feels ripped from the headlines.

TheatreWorksUSA’s production of Dragons Love Tacos & Other Stories:

October 22 (OFA), 23 (Gouverneur) & 24 (Salmon River) for grades PreK-3

A musical revue of beloved children’s books:  Ride the range with Cowgirl Kat and Cocoa by Erica Silverman.  Meet Mercy, an exuberant pig who loves to drive, in Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo.  Embrace a young girl’s self-discovery as she embraces her creative spirit in The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, and dragons may be fun but don’t give them tacos or they’ll never leave as experienced in Adam Rubin’s Dragons Love Tacos.

TheatreWorksUSA’s production of We the People:

November 14 (OFA) & 16 (Massena) for grades 4-8

American government textbooks come to life via the original boy band, “The Founding Fathers” in this hip musical revue which sets civic lessons to a rockin’ beat.  Students will have a blast learning about democracy, elections, and the three branches of government, constitutional amendments, and diplomacy.

Virginia Rep Theatre’s production of Patchwork:  The Little House Life of Laura Ingalls Wilder:

February 5 (OFA), 6 (Gouverneur) & 7 (Salmon River) for grades 4-8

Born in 1867, Laura traveled across America’s rolling plains in the back of a covered wagon with her beloved family – strong and caring Pa, her heroic sister Mary, warm-hearted Ma.  Join the Ingalls as they face the hardships and the triumphs of the wondrous new land as they crossed the wild and often perilous frontier with only their faith and love of family to sustain them.  Their outdoor adventure and pioneer spirit are reflected in the patchwork quilts they created that still exist today.

Aquila Theatre’s production of Frankenstein:

March 25 (OFA) for grades 9-12

Mary Shelley’s timeless classic is bold and thrilling while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of 1818.  Years ahead of its time, the first true science fiction novel…a living, breathing, gruesome outcome of scientific discover still poses a myriad of critical ethical questions.

Virginia Rep Theatre’s production of Stuart Little:

April 24 (OFA) & 25 (Massena) for grades PreK-3

From the loving heart of E.B. White comes a merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination.  Funny, tender, and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic.

Packets of information were distributed to school districts the first week of September.  Teachers are urged to make reservations for their students right away through their OCP liaison…please do not call the venues.  Shows fill up quickly…Don’t be left out!  For more information call 315-393-2625, email or visit our website

The Youtheatre: Class Acts Season is made possible through the generosity of the Northern New York Community Foundation, the Sweetgrass Foundation and with public funds from the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.

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