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Bama Fanfare

The Arts Council is proud to present the 2014 - 2015 Bama Fanfare Season.  Bama Fanfare is a series of colorful and dynamic productions which include music, dance and theatre for grades K - 6, all taking place in the historic Bama Theatre.  These professional groups are known for quality performances which are both entertaining and educational.  Study guides are available upon request prior to each show.

Connect students to Bama Fanfare with these easy steps:

  • Read policies (below)
  • Calculate the total number of tickets needed,  including teachers and preferred time.
  • Secure approval from your administrator or principal and arrange buses/transportation.
  • Call or email Sharron Rudowski, Education Director, with the name of your preferred program and time.
    Mail payment.

Policies

Deadlines and Payments:  Ticket are $5 per child, and showtimes are 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Groups that are pre-paid will receive priority seating. A 10% discount will apply to Fanfare (Bama Theatre performances) payments received 30 days prior to the performance date. The discount does not apply to Carvan performances. Seating assignments will be based on the date that payment was received for the performance and available seating space. Reservations are considered binding. Full refunds will be given only in the event that 1) the school must cancel due to the weather, or  2) Bama Fanfare must cancel the performance. For reservations contact Sharron Rudowski, Director of Educational Programs, at 758-5195, Ext. 4, or by email at education@tuscarts.org. Make checks payable to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa.  

Send payment along with a copy of your invoice to:  
The Arts Council
Attn:  Director of Educational Programs
P.O. Box 1117, Tuscaloosa,  AL  35403

Bama Fanfare Performances

Junie B. JonesJunie B. Jones

November 13, 2014 at 9:30 am & 12:30 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades K - 5     1 hour
TheatreWorks USA
Junie B. Jones is a musical based on the book series by Barbara Park. Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament and other various 1st grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.”

 

NutcrackerNutcracker Ballet

December 4 & 5, 2014 at 9:30 am & 12:30 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades K - 12     1 hour
Tuscaloosa Community Dancers
Clara is presented with a nutcracker at her family’s annual Christmas party by her mysterious godfather Drosselmeyer. Later that evening after the party, the nutcracker fights the mouse king with Clara’s help and transforms back into his human form. The nutcracker, revealed as the prince he is, takes Clara through the woods to the Land of Sweets where a grand celebration ensues. The festivities end, and Clara is found back at home, although evidence shows her she was not merely dreaming. The music of Tchaikovsky combined with the sparkle, costumes and incredible talent of local dancers make this a production not to be missed. 

Freedom TrainFreedom Train

January 30, 2015 at 9:30 am & 12:30 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades 3 - 9     1 hour
TheatreWorks USA
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue and music of the period. Harriet Tubman was born a slave, but when she was 25, she made her perilous escape from a Maryland plantation, leaving her family behind. Pursued by dogs and relentless slave catchers, she followed an escape route laid out by Quakers -- secret hiding places in churches, barns, cellars and homes. The escape route that Tubman followed soon became known as the Underground Railroad, and she quickly became one of its most celebrated conductors. Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’” and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit -- a universal story for all.

Fanfare Caravans

Fanfare Caravnas are colorful and dynamic productions for grades K - 2, taking place at your school.  These professional productions are are both entertaining and educational.  Study guides are available upon request prior to each show.

Connect students to Fanfare Caravans with these easy steps:

  • Limited to 300 students
  • Secure approval from your administrator or principal.
  • Call or email Sharron Rudowski, Education Director, with the name of your preferred program and time.
  • Mail payment.

Policies

Fanfare Caravans are performances which take place within the school for the student body (Grades Pre K - 2, limit 300 students) and usually involve audience participation. Caravan performances are $750 per show, and showtimes are 9 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Full refunds will be given only in the event that 1) the school must cancel due to the weather, or 2) The Arts Council must cancel the performance. For reservations contact Sharron Rudowski, Director of Educational Programs, at 345-9801, or by email at education@tuscarts.org. Make checks payable to the Arts Council of Tuscaloosa. Send payment along with a copy of your invoice to: Sharron Rudowski, The Arts Council of Tuscaloosa, P.O. Box 1117, Tuscaloosa, AL, 35403  

Fanfare Carvan Performances

RumpelstiltskinRumpelstiltskin

October 23 & 24, 2014 at 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades PreK - 1st or ages 2 - 6    
1 hour
Birmingham Children’s Theatre
When a young girl is commanded by the King to spin straw into gold, she doesn’t know what to do until a little man comes by and offers to spin the straw for very little in return. But what happens when his cost becomes too high? Join us for this classic tale about a young girl, a handsome king, a taxing promise and a little man with a magical name.


Queen of HeartsQueen of Hearts & the Terrible Tarts

March 11 & 12, 2015 at 9 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.
Appropriate for Grades PreK - 1st  or ages 2-6    
1 hour
Birmingham Children’s Theatre
When a young girl is commanded by the King to spin straw into gold, she doesn’t know what to do until a little man comes by and offers to spin the straw for very little in return. But what happens when his cost becomes too high? Join us for this classic tale about a young girl, a handsome king, a taxing promise and a little man with a magical name.

For reservations for Bama Fanfare or Fanfare Caravans contact:

Sharron Rudowski
Director of Educational Programs, at
(205) 345-9801
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