Dear Educator,
The Sierra Madre Playhouse invites you to participate in a free student matinee of the Civil War-themed play Battledrum by Doug Cooney. This is the first announcement of this opportunity. We will reserve a spot for you and your class if you respond by October 15.

School-day morning performances are scheduled for Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays:
March 25, 26, 27 and April 2, 3, 4, 8, 9, 10 and other dates by special arrangement

This riveting play focuses on three Union army drummer boys: a recent war orphan, a runaway slave, and a more “experienced” drummer – who bond while growing up amidst the trials of the Civil War. This play with music ends with a thrilling drumline performed on replica Civil War drums built for the original production. Battledrum tells its story from the perspective of youth the age of your students.
2014 marks the third year of the Civil War sesquicentennial. This experience addresses Common Core standards and 21st Century Critical Thinking Skills. Content-specific American History standards are met for 5th, 8th and 11th grades. Cynthia Beale, a PUSD Master Teacher, has created a document outlining how this program meets the new standards. It is available upon request. Free study guides will be available to all participating teachers.

SMP is a 99 seat theater. (Seating is therefore limited for each show.) Students will have a close and intimate relationship to the action on stage.

Each performance day will include:
20-minute preparatory workshop
Post-show discussion led by a historian
Meet and Greet with actors and director after the play

In addition to the performance, we are offering the following in-school opportunities:
Meet the Playwright Engagement: The author of Battledrum, Doug Cooney, an accomplished teaching artist, is available for playwriting workshops and discussions.
Hands-On Workshop: Ameenah Kaplan, an actress, musician, and teaching artist, is choreographing the drumming in the play and can provide drumming workshops.

TO RESERVE A SPACE FOR YOUR CLASSROOM: Please return the Reservation Information Form on the reverse to or by fax to 213.417.2229 by October 15, 2013. Questions? Email or call 323.208.1363.