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The Hundred Dresses | Mr. Popper's Penguins | Cinderella 
The Snowy Day and Other Stories | Mockingbird | Dragons Love Tacos

The information we post on this page is continually updated as the show rehearses and prepares for performances. If you would like additional information, don't hesitate to contact us by phone or email.


The Hundred Dresses

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Friendship; Bullying; Generosity; Empathy

Language: 0 out of 5

Violence and Scariness: 1 out of 5
One instance of purposeful tripping (no injuries)
Halloween costumes are worn (no masks)

Sensory Advisories: 0 out of 5
Some scenes take place in a low light level.

Potentially Anxious Moments:  3.5 out of 5
One character is repeatedly singled out for teasing and verbal bullying, particularly in relation to her low income, accent, and having immigrated from a foreign country.

Other things to be aware of:
Most of the classes that attend this show on a field trip will be from grades 3-8.
The book this play is based on is generally recommended for grades 3-5.

Mr. Popper's Penguins

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Determination; Commitment

Language: 1 out of 5
Period language such as “what the dickens“ and “hogwash.”
One use of the word “stupid.”

Violence and Scariness: 0 out of 5

Sensory Advisories: 3 out of 5
A seal barks.
Two instances of crowds cheering.
This show is a musical, and will be accompanied by a live band.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 out of 5
Penguins are shown displaying symptoms of exhaustion.

Other things to be aware of:
There are discussions of money being scarce.
A couple kisses, twice.
This is a fast-paced musical! If your child enjoys singing and dancing, this is one to catch.
The penguins and seal are represented by puppets.
Most of the classes that attend this show on a field trip will be from grades K-5.
The book this play is based on is generally recommended for grades 3-5.

Cinderella

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Kindness; Respect for self and others

Language: 2 of 5
This show is dialogue-driven with period language - it is a Dickensian Cinderella.
The stepsisters use insults like “strumpet,” “guttersnipe,” “wench,” and “jezebel.”

Violence and Scariness: 2 of 5
Some fighting and sparring is shown, in the style of a sword fight.
The sisters (comically) bicker and engage in behavior like ear pulling and stepping on toes. 
The sisters are tricked into dancing with another character in such a way that they step on his toes, elbow him in the stomach, etc. This is cartoonish and not scary.

Sensory Advisory: 2.5 of 5
There are several explosions of light.
There are multiple times people yell and scream.
There is use of fog.
The clock countdown and musical cues can be loud.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 2 of 5
Ella is frequently bullied by her sisters.
There is a suspenseful countdown to midnight.
A sensitive child may be anxious when the sisters dance with Ludwig, stepping on his toes, etc.

Other things to be aware of:
References to alcohol and death are used.
There are two kisses.
The character of the prince is expanded in this version, and the opening of the play focuses on him.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Friendship; Changes; Growing up

Language: 0 of 5
One use of the word “dang.”

Violence and Scariness: 1 of 5
There is a rough-housing snowball fight.
Some older children threaten and knock down a younger child.

Sensory Advisory: 1 of 5
This show incorporates shadow puppetry.
There are sound and light cues for thunder and lightning.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 of 5
One instance of bullying, including suspenseful hiding.
Thunder and lightning.

Other things to be aware of:
Most of the classes that attend this show on a field trip will be from grades Pre-K through 2.

Mockingbird

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Understanding difference; Empathy; Communication; Family and friend relationships; Navigating loss

Language: 3 of 5
Bullying and name-calling language such as “freak,” “nuts,” “crazy,” “goon,” “weirdo,” “dwarf,” “evil,” and “stupid,” as well as uses of the words “hate,” “shut up,” and “poopy.”

Violence and Scariness: 4 of 5
Caitlin hurts her finger and draws blood.
There is an instance of shoving and of stomping on someone’s foot.
Caitlin’s father throws a loud tantrum.
Multiple mentions of a school shooting, and talking about who was shot.
The school shooting is not depicted; only discussed.

Sensory Advisories: 4 of 5
Multiple transitions meant to simulate sensory overload, including sound and lights.
Multiple very noisy crowds.
Several loud tantrums.
A school bell rings several times.
A person screams twice.
Pictures of what these sequences will look like can be found on the show webpage.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 4 of 5
There are discussions around death, including the idea of being left alone by a deceased loved one.
There are discussions of a school shooting and of cremation.
There are multiple tantrums, some directed at specific people.
Characters are bullied for being different.

Other things to be aware of:
Most of the classes that attend this show on a field trip will be from grades 5-8.
The book this show is based on is typically recommended for grades 6-8.
Caitlin and her father do find closure with her brother’s death, and the play ends on a hopeful note for their relationship moving forward.
This play is a very faithful adaptation of Mockingbird by Kathryn Erskine. Reading the novel is a great way to get a sense of the material.

Dragons Love Tacos

Themes for Social and Emotional Learning:
Problem solving; Creativity

Language: 0 of 5

Violence and Scariness: 0 of 5
A boy stomps his foot.
There are 4 dragons, but they are friendly and not threatening.

Sensory Advisories: 2 of 5
Several thunderclaps and lightning flashes.
A doorbell rings several times.
There are loud sounds meant to mimic cartoon hunger and the stomach troubles of dragons.

Potentially Anxious Moments: 1 of 5
A man comes out of a TV. Suspenseful moments about who is behind the door. A home is comically burned down (but then immediately rebuilt). A child has a tantrum.

Other things to be aware of:
Most of the classes that attend this show on a field trip will be from grades PreK through 3.
This show follows the basic plot of the picture book, using movement sequences to bring each moment to life.
This production makes inventive use of dance and circus arts, like juggling.
It will be fast-paced and fun! 
The dragons are not mean or scary.