Enhance your students classroom learning with SchoolStage, the MAC’s educational performance series for kids in preschool through eighth grade. Complete with study guides, SchoolStage performances can help children and teachers meet Common Core Standards in a fun and entertaining way.

Make a reservation today by calling (630) 942-2220 or emailing grouptix@cod.edu. Tickets are not available online. Individuals, Home School and groups of any size are welcome based on availability.

Attendance at any show, combined with pre- and post-performance activities, connects with one or more of the following standards:

  • Language
  • Reading for Literacy in History/Social Studies
  • Reading for Literature
  • Speaking and Listening
  • Writing

Additionally, in the Common Core Standards for Reading, the definition of the word text can be expanded to include non-printed works such as dance, music, theater and visual arts. A field trip to a live performing arts show offers a different way of perceiving and learning, and is a means to expand the toolbox of knowledge.

This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency.

Study Guides

Detailed study guides are available for many performances, which introduce the material and offer historical/cultural context to aid in understanding what they are seeing.

Monday, Nov. 25, 10a

by Charles Dickens Adapted by William J. Norris Directed by Amelia Barrett Grades: K – 8th Join us for Ebeneezer Scrooge’s chance to redeem himself and his future, with the help of Christmas Past, Present and Future. A timeless story of everyone’s ability to change and to forgive with an appeal for all ages. Produced…

Thursday, Jan. 16, 9:45 & 11:30a

Good Night Moon and the Runaway Bunny Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia by Margaret Wise Brown Grades Pre-K through 2nd Goodnight Moon is a celebration of familiar nighttime rituals, while The Runaway Bunny’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both stories feature endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects, and…

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 9:45a & 11:30a

Ada Twist, Scientist & Friends Theaterworks USA Grades: K – 4th Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity leads her to solve any problem. This fun musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect;…

Monday, March 3, 9:45a & 11:30a

Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks Kennedy Center Presents Grades: 5th – 8th Based on the award-winning book by Jason Reynolds, Look Both Ways presents 10 tales of what happens after the dismissal bell rings. These vignettes explore themes of identity, compassion, fear, and friendship—as told through puppetry, dance, music, projections, audience…

Monday, March 10, 9:45a & 11:30a

Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! The Musical! TheaterWorksUSA Grades: PreK – 2nd It’s not easy being the Pigeon – you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Featuring an innovative mix of…

Monday, April 28, 11a

Black Violin Grades: K – 8th Two-time Grammy-nominated Black Violin is an innovative fusion of classical sounds and hip-hop beats. This groundbreaking duo features Kev Marcus on violin and Wil Baptiste on viola and vocals who combine their classical training and hiphop influences to create a distinctive sound described as “classical boom.” They have boldly…