2012 -2013 Evening Dance Field Trips
THE FINE PRINT
Please read this before requesting tickets!
FIELD TRIP GUIDELINES --
Hi, I'm Pauline. For many years, I've put together homeschool-group outings to see the daytime Dance Celebration series of performances at the Annenberg on the University of Pennsylvania campus. This year, I'm including some of the evening performances. I'm inviting families from the Paul Klocke studio to join our group. Details about the series in general is below, details about the individual performances are below that, directions, alternate dates, and other logistical details are below that. Please email me if you have any questions.
(I am also offering a few additional trips for students who are available during the day: For the full daytime Dance Celebration line-up, which is less expensive than the evening performances, see here. For Philly Shakespeare (daytime), see here. )
Click here for a video overview of the Dance Celebration performances.
To order tickets: Please first read this page, especially the info to the left. Then print this order form and get it to me with your check as per the instructions on the form. You may mail it to the address on the form, give it to the office at the Paul Klocke studio, or give it to me in person. (If you give it to the PK office, please also email me to let me know it will be there.)
Deadlines: I will list a deadline for each show as we go along. I'd like to have all orders for a given show by that show's deadline, so we can sit together. (The order form lists all the shows, but you can use the form to order tickets for just one show and decide later about additional shows - just use another form if you want to add a show.)
Which to choose?
Generally speaking, all of these are performances designed for an adult audience; please take that into consideration before deciding whether it's right for your family.
I've offered two ticket options - better seats for more money, seats on the side of the audience for less. The side seats may have a somewhat obstructed view of one side of the stage, but they are not horrible seats and they are considerably cheaper. In general, I suggest trying these seats and seeing how you feel about them.
More About the Companies:
If you have seen one of these companies before, please note that they may present the same performance, a similar one, or something completely different than they did in the past.
Keep in mind that my descriptions are my best guess at what to expect after talking to the Annenberg staff and reading up on the companies, but things can and do change, and what they end up presenting can be quite different than what we were expecting, so you should be open to whatever the company decides to present.
Friday, February 8, 2013, 8pm
The Annenberg says:
(There is no morning Student Discovery school performance for this company.)
Friday, March 1, 2013, 8pm
The Annenberg says:
Parsons Dance - Daytime school performance
Wednesday, February 27, 2013, 10:30am (Note - NOT Friday!)
(This is a morning Student Discovery performance designed for school groups and homeschooled students. This performance will probably not be the same as the evening performance. Instead, the company is likely to present a selection of their most iconic works. See my homeschooling field trip page for details.)
River North Dance Chicago
Friday, April 5, 2013, 8pm
The Annenberg says:
River North Dance Chicago - Daytime school performance
Friday, April 5, 2013, 10:30 am
(This is a morning Student Discovery performance designed for school groups and homeschooled students. This performance may not be the same as the evening performance. Instead, the company may present a selection of dances from varous decades of the 20th century - from Charleston, to Jitterbug, to Hip-Hop. See my homeschooling field trip page for details. Some students who would normally be in school may be off on this day for Spring Break. Join us!)
River North says, about the show they typically perform for school groups:
Dance Theatre of Harlem
Thursday, May 16, 2013, 7:30pm (NOTE - earlier time.)
(This is the Thursday before the Paul Klocke Friday recital day.)
The Annenberg says:
Dance Theatre of Harlem - Daytime school performance
Friday, May 17, 2013, 10:30am
(This is the morning of our Friday recital day.)
• Directions to the Annenberg: Directions are here, parking and public transport info is here. I usually park in the garage at 38th and Walnut; garage parking can run about $12-$18, which isn't cheap, but avoids the risk of a parking ticket. You can buy a pre-paid parking voucher from the theater for $13 - see here for info. I haven't done this, so I'm not sure of the details. If you plan to do this at the theater before the show, please arrive early to allow time. Do not assume the box office will be open after the performance.
Sometimes you can find street parking, especially on 38th street. Allow extra time for this. (I don't know if this area has the new ticket kiosks - if so, they take credit cards. Read the street signs and kiosk instructions carefully so that you don't get a ticket!)
How to Enter the Annenberg Center: From the parking garage - walk along Walnut from 38th street towards 36th. Cross Walnut at 37th and go another half block towards 36th. On your right, you will see an entance area with poster cases. Walk through this entrance area and go up the staircase ahead of you. The main entrance to the theater is at the top of the staircase on the right.
• Nearby the Annenberg: The theater is on the Penn campus and it's generally a bustling area even at night. There are a number of shops along 38th Street.
• Show Day Tips: The show starts promptly. If you are late, you may have to wait until an appropriate break in the performance to be seated, which may mean you will miss a significant chunk of the show. Leave plenty of time to use the facilities if needed and find your seat. Tickets for the daytime performances will be left under your name at the Will Call window; you can pick them up before the show. Again, allow time for this.
• Young Children: The evening shows are not a good choice for young children. The morning shows are; see my homeschooling field trip page for details.
• SNOW NOTE: In case of bad weather, including a serious snowstorm, the show will usually go on regardless. Contact me or the theater to verify. Please use your own judgment in deciding to attend. Take this into account when purchasing tickets, as I generally will not be able to refund your money if the show goes on and you cannot attend.
• Alternate Dates: Most of the companies are doing several shows. I have chosen one, in most cases the Friday show, for our group. However, if the dates we have chosen for our group do not work for you, I may be able to get tickets for another date at our discounted rate. Obviously, you will not be there on the same day as the group. If you are serious about choosing another date, please check the theater's web site for dates, then email me to discuss your needs.
• Alternate Seating options: I have chosen two seating areas for our group; better seats at a higher price, or a cheaper price for less ideal seats. If you don't mind not sitting with our group, a broader range of seating area/price options may be available. If you choose another area of the theater you will not be seated with our group. Prices: Center Orchestra Front - 41, Center Orchestra Rear - 33, Balcony - 26, Pit - 26, Outer Orchestra - 15, Rear Balcony - 15. If you are serious about wanting to choose a different seating area, please take a look at the seating chart for the Zellerbach Theater, then email me to discuss your needs.