Every year, TPAC Education presents a special lineup for performances for youth through its Humanities Outreach in Tennessee (H.O.T.) program. The 2019 - 2020 H.O.T. season consists of 14 shows for PreK - 12 students. Public, private and homeschool groups can reserve tickets now for the upcoming season.

THE '19 - '20 H.O.T. SEASON

Show descriptions courtesy of TPAC Education.

THE CODE
Date: Oct. 1 - 4 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Johnson Theater
Presented By: Green Thumb Theatre
Recommended Grades: 8 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: Moira takes pride in standing up for what she believes, but spearheading a protest brings unexpected consequences when school administrators cancel the spring dance. Moira endures harsh backlash from fellow students, with cruel messages online and at school. Luckily, she has the support of her best friends, Simon and Connor, until Simon reveals romantic feelings that Moira doesn’t return. Feeling hurt and angry, Simon joins the barrage of harsh critics, and Connor is forced to take a hard look at where his loyalties lie. With humor and nuance, Rachel Alberle’s play challenges teens to hold themselves accountable for their words and actions and understand the stakes of misusing social media.

MADAME BUTTERFLY DRESS REHEARSAL
Date: Tuesday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m.
Location: TPAC's Jackson Hall
Presented By: Nashville Opera
Recommended Grades: 9 - 12
Price: $10 per ticket
Description: Japanese geisha Cio-Cio San, Butterfly, abandons her faith and family for the dashing American naval officer, Lieutenant Pinkerton. For more than a century, audiences have been thrilled by Giacomo Puccini's haunting, poignant music and touched by the lovely Butterfly, who sacrifices everything for love.
Special Info: This event is a dress rehearsal. Seating is general admission. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.


George Orwell's 1984

GEORGE ORWELL'S 1984
Date: Oct. 21 - 23 at 10 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Aquila Theater
Recommended Grades: 9 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: The renowned 20th century classic offers innovative and thought-provoking storytelling that suits Aquila’s bold physical style and inventive staging. Written near the end of World War II, 1984 depicts a society controlled by a totalitarian government with surveillance and harsh punishments for nonconformity. Technology is used as a weapon to inundate citizens with propaganda and to monitor their thoughts and actions. Michael Gene Sullivan’s stage adaptation of the cautionary tale is especially relevant as people across the world grapple with issues like freedom of speech, the nature of truth, political power, privacy, and the dangers of being constantly plugged in.
Special Info: Contains mature themes.

HOMER'S THE ODYSSEY
Date: Oct. 24 - 25 at 10 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Aquila Theater
Recommended Grades: 9 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: The epic tale of one man’s struggle to return home remains one of the most treasured pieces of world literature. Well suited to Aquila’s signature style of theatrical storytelling, the classic leaps to the stage as an action-packed sequel to Homer’s The Iliad. After leading the Greeks in a crushing victory over Troy, Odysseus turns his ships towards Ithaca, not imagining that his journey will be as long and treacherous as the 10-year war. This new adaptation captures his encounters with a fantastical array of mythical creatures, monsters, and divine forces, as Odysseus uses his strength, skill, and intellect to persevere and rejoin his family.

WALK ON: THE STORY OF ROSA PARKS
Date: Nov. 18 - 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Mad River Theater Works
Recommended Grades: 3 - 8
Price: $8 per student
Description: On December 1, 1955 in Montgomery, Alabama, a determined activist named Rosa Parks was arrested when she refused to give up her seat for a white person on a city bus. Her courageous action launched the year-long boycott of public transit which served as a catalyst to galvanize the Civil Rights movement. Weaving together original music and drama, the inspirational play traces her story from childhood to the day she decided to “sit down and be counted.” Dispelling myths about Rosa Parks and her protest, the musical portrays a complex woman who trained in civil disobedience and became a respected advocate for equal rights.


Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

A CHRISTMAS CAROL
Date: Nov. 25 - 26 at 10 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Mark Cabus
Recommended Grades: 7 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: In his action-packed staging of Charles Dickens’ classic, Mark Cabus plays 18 different characters in an acting tour de force. He vividly recreates the haunting, compelling, and often humorous novella, acclaimed worldwide for its literary and historic value. The dynamic performance includes audience participation that captures student interest and imagination from start to finish. Though Cabus uses only Dickens’ text, he brings a modernity to the classic at a time of year when students are receptive to embracing—and passing along—the story’s enduring message.

DOKTOR KABOOM AND THE WHEEL OF SCIENCE
Date: Dec. 2 - 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Doktor Kaboom
Recommended Grades: 3 - 8
Price: $8 per student
Description: So much science, so little time! When Doktor Kaboom! has trouble narrowing down science experiments for his show, he brings them all, as well as a giant, spinning wheel labeled with everything from optical illusions and chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft. A dozen fantastic demonstrations are ready to go; what happens next depends on where the wheel stops. With equal parts fact and fun, scientific principles leap from the textbook to the stage in an exciting and often hilarious show that inspires enthusiasm for STEM learning. The good Doktor also emphasizes the importance of respect for one another and the value of education.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL: IN-SCHOOL TOUR
Date: Dec. 2 - 6 & 9 - 13
Location: Available for up to 200 students in school auditoriums or libraries
Presented By: Mark Cabus
Recommended Grades: 7 - 12
Price: $600 flat fee per in-school performance
Description: In his action-packed staging of Charles Dickens’ classic, Mark Cabus plays 18 different characters in an acting tour de force. He vividly recreates the haunting, compelling, and often humorous novella, acclaimed worldwide for its literary and historic value. The dynamic performance includes audience participation that captures student interest and imagination from start to finish. Though Cabus uses only Dickens’ text, he brings a modernity to the classic at a time of year when students are receptive to embracing—and passing along—the story’s enduring message.


Yao Yao

YAO YAO
Date: Feb. 3 - 7
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: BRUSH Theatre
Recommended Grades: PreK - 2
Price: $8 per student
Description: Yao is a mischievous little girl who loves to play with her dad. Sadly, every morning Daddy has to dress up in his suit, pick up his briefcase, and go to work. One day, Yao grabs his overcoat as he leaves and accidentally pulls a thread that unravels, leading her on a surprising adventure. Yao dances, jumps, swims, and spins her way on a fantastical journey to the end of the thread. Young children see themselves in this playful blend of reality and make-believe which incorporates shadow play, dress-up, and hide-and-seek games. The musicians on stage join the fast-paced action, while interactive screen projections animate the unlimited boundaries of childhood imagination.
Special Info: A sensory-friendly performance is available on Feb. 5.

FISK JUBILEE SINGERS
Date: Wednesday, Feb. 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: War Memorial Auditorium
Presented By: Fisk
Recommended Grades: 5 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: The original Fisk Jubilee Singers® introduced “slave songs” to the world in 1871 and were instrumental in preserving the unique American musical tradition known today as Negro spirituals. They have been performing at their Fisk University home and on international tour ever since, earning a National Medal of Arts in 2008, America’s highest honor for artists and patrons of the arts. Under the direction of Dr. Paul T. Kwami, this world-renowned a cappella choral ensemble brings its storied heritage and contemporary vitality to TPAC. For its annual offering on the Season for Young People, this year’s performance is specifically designed for middle and high school students.

72 STEPS
Date: Feb. 18 - 21 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Nashville Ballet
Recommended Grades: 8 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: Commissioned by the League of Women Voters of Nashville, 72 Steps takes an empowering look at the struggle to pass the 19th Amendment while highlighting Tennessee’s vital role in granting women the right to vote. Depicting a fight that spanned over 72 years, choreographer Gina Patterson draws parallels between past and present. Through the lens of the suffrage movement, she explores basic human rights, civic responsibility, and the continuing battle for a more equitable society. The language of ballet brings an evocative physical symbolism to this story of persistence and protest. Dancers grapple with barriers and move in and out of costume elements that illuminate the era’s male and female perspectives. A companion piece, New Beginnings, by choreographer Christopher Stuart, explores the strength and sisterhood of female dancers, illustrating the evolution of movement and freedom in traditional ballet roles.

THE DIARY OF ANNE FRANK
Date: Feb. 24 - 28 at 10 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: National Players
Recommended Grades: 5 - 8
Price: $8 per student
Description: The performance begins in a contemporary classroom as students encounter the powerful words of 13-year-old Anne Frank. The audience is soon transported to Amsterdam in 1941, as Anne and her family go into hiding from the Nazis. The fear of discovery is ever present, but Anne finds solace writing in her diary, capturing the daily lives of the secret annex’s inhabitants. She examines everything from the horrors of war to the excitement of first love with insight, determination, and idealism. The multicultural cast of the National Players brings the true story of this incredible young girl to the stage in hopes of inspiring the next generation to stand up for justice rather than sit back in apathy. Adaptation by Wendy Kesselman from the play by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett.


Diary of a Wombat

DIARY OF A WOMBAT
Date: March 2 - 6 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: Monkey Baa Theatre Company
Recommended Grades: K - 3
Price: $8 per student
Description: This imaginative play captures the artistry and humor of the award-winning Australian picture book written by Jackie French and illustrated by Bruce Whatley. Mothball, a mischievous wombat, is tired of eating grass every night. Searching for a new source of food, the marsupial stumbles upon the perfect human neighbors and immediately proceeds to create chaos in their lives. In between a busy schedule of scratching, sleeping, and eating, Mothball discovers that with a little persistence, people are easily trained! Creative puppetry combines with sound effects and a live cello to delight young children who are introduced to STEM principles, including gardening, wildlife observation, and interaction with the natural world.

SHAKESPEARE IN JAZZ: ALL THE WORLD'S A SONG
Date: March 10 - 12 at 10:30 a.m.
Location: TPAC's Polk Theater
Presented By: The Daniel Kelly Quartet featuring Frederick Johnson
Recommended Grades: 5 - 12
Price: $8 per student
Description: Award-winning composer and pianist, Daniel Kelly, brilliantly reinterprets texts from the works of William Shakespeare with a quartet of powerhouse jazz musicians, including acclaimed vocalist and jazz improviser, Frederick Johnson. Within a relaxed concert format, students interact with the band as they share innovative new songs adapted from HamletMacbethA Midsummer Night’s Dream, and other plays. “Reading Shakespeare, I sense that he was playing with the language, the same way jazz musicians play with melodies, harmonies and rhythms when they improvise,” says Kelly, whose unique approach provides for young people engaging insights into the bard’s genius.

RIGOLETTO DRESS REHEARSAL
Date: Tuesday, April 7 at 7 p.m.
Location: TPAC's Jackson Hall
Presented By: Nashville Opera
Recommended Grades: 9 - 12
Price: $10 per ticket
Description: Giuseppe Verdi’s gritty opera tells the electrifying story of Rigoletto, the jester in the court of the philandering and immoral Duke of Mantua. Though Rigoletto strives to protect his daughter Gilda from the evils of the world, their lives take a tragic turn when his mockery goes too far and leads to a fateful curse.
Special Info: This event is a dress rehearsal. Seating is general admission. Sung in Italian with English supertitles.

TPAC Education offers free H.O.T. guidebooks to enhance your students' understanding of each performance. Teachers can incorporate the guidebooks into their lesson plans.

For more info on TPAC's H.O.T. Season and other educational offerings, call 615-687-4288 or visit tpac.org/education.