Gallagher Bluedorn’s various educational programs broaden youth’s understanding and participation in the arts among communities throughout Iowa and serves the Center’s mission, to inspire. The Kaleidoscope Series creates a deeper understanding of classroom subjects, serving as a supplementary tool in teaching core curriculum. In many cases the performances create an entry point for discussion of challenging material.
The Kaleidoscope Series strives to provide youth multiple opportunities to experience a wide range of the performing arts, to serve underserved rural communities of Eastern Iowa, and to accommodate over 35,000 students each year. The 2016-2017 season will have reached over 500,000 youth since opening its doors in 2000.
Request your tickets for the 2016-2017 season beginning at 7:30am Wednesday, April 20. Visit our FAQ section for requesting tickets.
At the start of the summer of 1947, television was brand new, the sound barrier had not been broken, and baseball was a white man's game. By the time the fall arrived, all that had changed. It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America's pastime.
At the start of the summer of 1947, television was brand new, the sound barrier had not been broken, and baseball was a white man's game. By the time the fall arrived, all that had changed. President Truman addressed the nation for the first time on TV, Chuck Yeager flew faster than any man ever had, and Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play major league baseball. It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen as the first ballplayer to break the color barrier in the sport known as America's pastime.
The Montreal-based circus company Les 7 doigts de la main is known for creating "circus at a human scale," placing the extraordinary element of circus in ordinary contexts, putting into focus identifiable characters with dramatic arcs leading to their moments of physical exploits.
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro's pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, travel through a mystical jungle and across a deep river to be presented to the king. Along the way, the two girls encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar joins a whimsical menagerie drawn from the pages of Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See? Celebrating its fiftieth anniversary, the story was written and illustrated by Carle and Bill Martin, Jr., and has served to introduce generations of toddlers to the delights of identifying colours and objects.
Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte.
"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss's best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, this adaptation especially for young audiences features thirteen actors and enhanced production values.
Some families have dogs, others are 'cat people.' But the Primm family has quite an unusual pet. When they move to New York City, they find, of all things, a crocodile living in their upstairs bathroom!
The prince of Denmark returns home from school to find his family life in ruins- his father dead, his mother remarried, and his uncle (now step-father) ruling the country. When his father's ghost appears with dire announcements, Hamlet struggles to redefine his life and find his way forward.
Director of Education and Outreach
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