Blue Apple Outreach

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Creating joyful, community-driven learning through accessible, quality arts experiences, and encouraging imaginative pathways to social & academic growth.

Find out more about our programs — from proven favorites to new initiatives — that meet the evolving needs of students, educators, and community partners.

Heather Burns — Outreach Director

For programming questions and partnership discussions,
email or call 502-589-0084 ext. 315.

Aletia Robey — Assistant Business Manager

For scheduling and pricing,
email or call 502-589-0084 ext. 305.

Outreach@CommonwealthTheatre.org

Commonwealth Theatre Center was formed by the merger of Blue Apple Players and Walden Theatre in 2015 and builds on a shared heritage of excellence and innovation in comprehensive theatre education. 

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Spotlight

Spotlight on Virtual Tours

Spotlight:

Nation In Crisis

“Civil Rights history is always being created. It’s from our past—and in our present,” says writer/director Keith McGill. “I wrote Nation in Crisis ​to bring history forward so students can learn about it and learn from it - and learn how not to repeat it.”

Grades 4–12

Spotlight:

Audio Immersive

Commonwealth Theatre Center presents a world premiere audio immersive play written by playwright Denmo Ibrahim and inspired by conversations in the Louisville community through Blue Apple Outreach’s Connecting Cultures curriculum.

Grades K–5

Virtual Real-Time Programs (Synchronous)

= Designates 5x5 or TAG offering through the Fund for the Arts

Nation in Crisis – Performance

“Civil Rights history is always being created. It’s from our past—and in our present,” says writer/director Keith McGill. “I wrote Nation in Crisis ​to bring history forward so students can learn about it and learn from it - and learn how not to repeat it.”

Grades 4–12
$200 per classroom
Includes video with live discussion, Teacher Guide and Enrichment Tool

Written and directed by Keith McGill, performed by Jacqui Blue

Blue Apple Outreach presents an interactive show that transports students to pivotal moments of the Civil Rights Era. From Little Rock to Montgomery and Martin Luther King, Jr., to a Tuskegee Airman, voices of real people from varying perspectives are brought to life, allowing audiences to encounter the facts and events through a personal lens.

This one-hour program blends pre-recorded videos with live, interactive discussions. Students participate in real-time with two professional teaching artists  An accessible program that empowers students to see the human side of history, think deeply about the content, and form their own framework. Students have the opportunity to dig deep and recognize their own commonalities with the past, present and future.

In addition to the live virtual workshop, teachers will also receive access to a comprehensive Teacher Guide and Enrichment Tool, newly updated with additional features including embedded videos. 

Nation In Crisis – Virtual Residency

Grades 4–12
$200/hr. per classroom (7 hrs.)

In this 7 session residency, 2 Teaching Artists lead interactive sessions including the presentation of one video segment of Nation in Crisis performance, facilitated discussion, and interactive theatre games/exercises focused on content themes.

Discover Drama – Virtual Workshop or Residency

Grades PreK–12
Price varies by program. Call for info.

  • $250 per workshop hour
  • $200 per hour residency hour

Students participate in character- and story-driven theatre exercises in fun, energetic workshops that introduce foundational acting techniques. The program may be expanded into a multi-session residency to suit specific grade levels and curricula, including an optional culminating performance. This program can be adapted to suit any age and many different disciplines. Also, a great option for an in-school club. 

Resiliency – Virtual Residency

Grades 4–12
$200/hr. per classroom* (10+ hrs.)

An in depth residency designed to build confidence, enhance emotional literacy, and introduce the concept of resilience as the natural counterbalance to the negative health outcomes associated with ACE's (adverse childhood experiences). Students will use multiple art forms to explore the meaning of resilience as well as practical steps that they can use to better cope with stress as they become more resilient. A minimum of 12 hours per classroom and teacher participation is strictly required. 

*Virtual, real-time residencies will be hosted online by 2 Teaching Artists and are priced at $200 per hour per classroom. Once we return to in-person visitation, we'll resume our standard 3 Teaching Artists and the price will return to $250 per hour per classroom.

 

Pre-Recorded Programs (Asynchronous)

= Designates 5x5 or TAG offering through the Fund for the Arts

Audio Immersive (In development this year!)

Grades K–5
$250/session per classroom 
(accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

Commonwealth Theatre Center presents a world premiere audio immersive play written by playwright Denmo Ibrahim and inspired by conversations in the Louisville community through Blue Apple Outreach’s Connecting Cultures curriculum. The performance begins when students put on their headphones to discover a character - like a friend at their side - and be part of a story, bringing the magic of theatre to the space right in front of them. As the story unfolds, it bridges the listener to experience their world in a new way and uncover meanings they hadn't considered before. The listening experience will be complemented by artwork to introduce multicultural representation.

Fee includes unlimited listens, 3 hard copies of the book, digital book and Lesson Guide/ Enrichment Tool with learning objectives and content focused activities

Movement for Stories

Grades K–3
$250 per classroom
(accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

Pre-recorded videos featuring a professional Teaching Artist guiding students in playing characters and acting out a story. Students will be engaged throughout this literacy-on-its-feet experience as they practice active listening skills with gross motor movement and creative expression. 

Choose from our English & Spanish language selections:

Spanish Workshops

Teaching Artists guide students in playing characters in Spanish language stories that build vocabulary and grammar. Tales are from European and Latin American traditions.


La Cucarachita Martina (The Little Cockroach Martina)

This beloved tale of a beautiful cockroach and her husband the mouse invites participants to play all of the parts and leaves them with an important message about how to respond when things seem sad. Spanish vocabulary includes Clothing, foods, animals, emotions, and diminutives.

La Pintora y Los Duendes (The Painter and the Elves)

When a painter falls asleep before putting away her supplies a group of mischievous elves decide to redecorate the painter's studio. Spanish vocabulary includes parts of the body, colors, and shapes. 

English Workshops


Adventures in the Deep Blue Sea

Set sail for a two part journey! First, take a deep dive into imagination as we embody underwater species, and then surface for an alphabetical treasure hunt with a pirate friend. 

Adventures in Outerspace 

Let your imagination soar as you embark on a two part adventure through our solar system and to worlds beyond! In this interactive storytelling, students will learn the names and order of planets and discover what makes each of them unique.

There's More to the Story:
Creating a Character Monologue

Grades 4–8
$250/session per classroom (accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

Enrich learning with an artistic project inspired by class content. Students learn how to create and perform a monologue through the viewpoint of favorite fictional characters, moments in history or scientific discovery. Videos provide instruction, clear examples, and bonus costuming ideas. Lesson guide and enrichment tool provided.

Art & Selfie-Awareness

Grades 6–12
$250/hr. per classroom 
(accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

An artistic and introspective experience designed for teens and young adults to process creatively during tense times. A series of three videos offers sessions on calming guided meditation, emotional literacy, creativity mapping, “selfie” tableaux acting project and a journey focused visual art project. Lesson guide and enrichment tool provided.

Readiness Adventures

Grades PreK–1
$125/session per classroom 
(accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

Teaching Artists, students, and adults enter the world of pretend to become the characters and act out a story filled with challenges that build school readiness skills.

Choose from the following selections:

Honey Bee Flight

After meeting the queen, a group of young honey bees set out on their adventurous new job: finding pollen and nectar! With the help of an experienced forager bee, the new team learns waggle dance directions and collects treasures to bring home to the hive. 

Construction Site

There’s a lot to do on the construction site: fix a sign, count the bricks, and sort some mixed up materials. Luckily, there’s a new construction crew ready to help: YOU! 

Storytimes

Grades PreK–1
$125/session per classroom 
(accessible throughout the 2020-21 school year)

A lively storytelling program that uses active listening and the tradition of oral storytelling to build comprehension and language development – skills vital to early literacy.

Choose from the following selections:

The Richman and the Shoemaker

The Shoemaker and his family have a joyful home by keeping it full of song, but one neighbor wants to change all that. Teaching the lesson that money can't buy happiness, this is a fable for all. 

The Lion and the Mouse

Inspired by Aesop’s fable. The lion struts his stuff with not a care in the world, until he finds himself in big trouble and only someone very little can help.

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