YES, or Youth Entertainment Series, is an educational program for area public and private schools, home schools, and educational organizations that is offered free of admission! The focus of YES is to teach kids through the magic of theatre by exposing them to high quality performance on The Orpheum stage. YES also offers FREE study guides to all performances so teachers can incorporate the core values and the concepts presented in the shows into their school curriculum. Just click on the TEACHERS button to have access to these resources!
Looking to have your school or educational organization attend a YES performance? We would love to have you. You MUST make a reservation to attend, so call us at 309/342.2299 or visit our reservation form and to get signed up!
Geared towards grades 2-3
Wednesday, September 11 at 10am & 1pm
Never before have so many live arts been presented on one stage. Artists using hands, brushes and other objects, create visual art pieces making lines and shapes on giant canvas' while the audience is intrigued to guess what each painting will become. All the while, live musicians perform popular musical styles from pop to country, dancers incorporate creative dance moves, and actors use their street theatre roots to present the ancient art of life size puppetry. ARTRAGEOUS will definitely have you and your students on your feet dancing, singing, and clapping along!
Wednesday, October 2 @ 10am & 1pm
Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita's cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Dia de los Muertos. SUGAR SKULL! is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Dia de los Muertos. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is the perfect fall entertainment for your students!
Geared towards grade 4-5
Wednesday, February 5 @ 10am & 1pm
The Jungle is jumpin' with a jazzy beat in THE JUNGLE BOOK. Based on the classic story by Rudyard Kipling, Mowgli has grown up in the jungles of India and now must return to the Man World guided by Bagheera, the panther, and Baloo, the bear. They encounter the beauty and danger of the jungle along with a host of colorful characters including Kaa the snake, the elephants led by Colonel Hahti, King Louie and his monkey servants, and the ferocious tiger, Shere Kahn. Through the journey, Mowgli learns the importance of loyalty, friendship, and responcibility.
Geared towards grade K-1