Theater for Young Audiences: In the Garden of the Selfish Giant

Our much-loved Theater for Young Audiences program will relaunch as a touring production in the fall of 2021 for school and community groups throughout the San Gabriel Valley and beyond. Check out the FAQs below for more information about booking a performance for your school or group!
In the Garden of the Selfish Giant is the perfect vehicle for Social Emotional Learning and a sweet treat for adults and big kids alike. A limited number of public performances will also be held at our historic Playhouse. Tickets to those public performances and other 2021 Season offerings will be available soon (tickets for You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown are available now).



FAQs for Educators

How is this different from other assemblies?
Prior to the performance, you will receive a standards-based study guide with SEL-focused activities for Theater, Language Arts, and Social Studies lessons. (Teaching Artists are available for bookings if you prefer they deliver content.) And on assembly day, our multi-cultural, all-female cast will follow their performance with a 15-minute, post-show Q &A session.
Is it right for my students?
Fourth through eighth graders are our target audience for this production. Younger kids may not understand or may be unsettled by more mature themes, and older kids simply may not connect to the material.
What's it about?
Inspired by Oscar Wilde's short story, "The Selfish Giant," this poignant play is the story of eleven-year-old Maggie and her mother, Susan, who have come to Susan's childhood home to be with Maggie's cantankerous grandmother in her final days. Through friendships with her grandmother's hospice worker and an imaginative nine-year-old neighbor, Maggie learns the importance of forgiveness, friendship, and understanding among generations.
How long is it?
The performance lasts about 45 minutes and is followed by a 15 minute Q&A session. We require access to the performance space at least 90 minutes before curtain and 60 minutes afterward to clear our materials and equipment. If multiple performances are planned, we'll need 30 minutes in between to reset.
How do I sign up?
Registration will be available on our website mid-April.
What if we don't have a "real" theater at our school?
No worries! We'll bring everything we need, no matter what your space is like.
Is it expensive?
Thanks to grants and generous donations, we are able to keep prices low. The cost for one performance is $795. Additional same-day performances at your school can be added at the discounted rate of $400.
What about COVID?
We will of course abide by any protocols required at the time of performances!


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