For grades: K - 8
Requirements for live visit: Performances require approximately 30 sq. ft. of open space or a theatre stage.
Fees for live visit: '99 - '00 school year: $650; travel fees may apply for those outside of a 50 mile radius of Philadelphia.
Funding: Philadelphia inner city schools may be eligible for additional fee reduction through the The PTC Grant Program. Call for guidelines.
One of our best assemblies - message very strong, actors very professional. --- Ruth Holtz, Science Teacher, Milton Hershey School
The Caravan's 1999 - 2000 season opens with Coyote Mischief Tales, an adaptation of Native American folktales by Philip blue owl Hooser. Originally created for the Coterie Theatre in Kansas City, Missouri, Coyote Mischief Tales has been produced at the Discovery Theatre of the Smithsonian Institution, and is certain to delight audiences in the Delaware Valley as well. Throughout the holiday season student and family audiences will be taken on a journey with knights, damsels, and the like in Drucie McDaniel's new adaptation of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales. In February and March, I Have A Dream tours to schools, museums and theatres in celebration of Black History Month and equality as depicted through the eyes of Phillis Wheatley, Crispus Attucks, George Washington Carver, and Madam C.J. Walker. To complete this year's travels, the Caravan will revive The New Kid, formerly The New Canadian Kid, about a young boy struggling to make friends and establish his identity in a new school and a new country.
The Philadelphia Theatre Caravan, now entering its fourteenth professional touring season, has been, as one teacher commented, "a vessel of hope and inspiration to young people." Founded in 1985 by the Annenberg Center of the University of Pennsylvania and the Germantown Theatre Guild to bring high quality, challenging theatre directly to school-age audiences. The company continues to produce theatre for young audiences that is educational, enriching, and entertaining, and is available to all children regardless of economic, cultural, or geographic boundaries. The Caravan transforms a typical community space - a gym, a cafeteria, a church basement into a performance space within reach of student audiences. Since its inception, the Caravan has traveled from coast to coast - Vermont to California - reaching the heart of inner cities, the remotest of rural areas, and points in between, and presenting close to 3,000 performances and workshops for an estimated 1.5 million children in schools, libraries, museums, performing arts centers, churches and synagogues, and national and international children' s theatre festivals.