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Pre-K Programs

Weathervane Playhouse is excited to announce a new partnership with Story Time with Hassan! This program has been around for over two decades serving students in the Cleveland area. We are excited to bring this program to Akron. 

 

Story time with Hassan believes every child has a story worth telling

“We are committed to making the Arts accessible to all children!  We do not see deficits and challenges as limits, but new opportunities to show how our brand of Arts Programming can reach those who have been termed unreachable.” - Hassan B. Rogers, Director/Founder of Programming, Story Time with Hassan.

ABOUT HASSAN ROGERS

After working in the East Cleveland Special Education Early Childhood Program, Hassan joined Karamu’s Drama Theater for Youth Project, enjoying success as an actor, writer and director, and in 1993, the DTY Project garnered the Anne Flag Award for Excellence in Theater Arts Education. 

Over the last two decades, Story Time with Hassan has played to more than 250,000 people. 

Hassan is a proud recipient of the R. Joyce Whitley award for new playwrights, winning the award for his autobiographical work, Mrs. Roger’s Back Porch.  Hassan has shared folktales in over eleven school districts in Ohio and Georgia.  Whether it’s vocal performances on the internationally syndicated radio show, Your Story Hour, or sharing the stage with The Ohio Chamber Orchestra, Hassan has enjoyed local and national exposure as a performing artist. 

WHAT IS STORY TIME?

Story Time with Hassan is theater through participation that meets Early Learning Development and State Standards.  It engages students, from toddlers to school age, in life sciences, gross motor skills, counting and memorization to rhythm and movement, just to name a few learning experiences.

Through Story Time with Hassan, the audience becomes an actual facet of the story.  With one sweep of his hand all the hundreds of little feet suddenly become one of the many migrating herds along the Serengeti or in a river in Alaska, with a bear, as they catch salmon leaping upstream.  As a result, students find themselves involved in cooperative learning and fantastical expedition in geography.  Hassan is a modern-day griot

The Story Time with Hassan experience can be a valuable curriculum supplement for meeting children’s English Language Art needs.

Hassan is a disarming storyteller, clear, sonorous, and dramatic.” – Donald Rosenberg, Fine Arts critic, Plain Dealer.

“The students in my classroom were mesmerized, so was I!   If I could only bring in one, resource specialist, it would be Story Time with Hassan.   We look forward to his visit every week.” – Shaundallah Carter, Teacher, in the East Cleveland School district. 

“Exciting, entertaining, enriching, when Hassan performs, the students and teachers are in the palm of his hand.” – Mrs. Eileen Hickerson, retired teacher, Oberlin, OH.

“I’ve been client of Story Time with Hassan since 2008.  Hassan’s ability to engage with the young learner is like nothing I’ve ever seen.  If you have a chance to book him, Do It!” - Robin Hicks, Owner/Operator, Heights Room to Grow, Cleveland Heights, OH. 

“If you only have budget for one special, and you want the biggest bang for your buck, call Hassan – His folktales and performance is worth it!” – Gloria Chambers, CEOGC.

“I’ve marveled at Hassan’s way with children for more than a decade.  He somehow manages to build students cognitive awareness, large motor skills, socialization and creativity all in one, fun, high-energy session.  Amazing!” – Marketi Robinson, East End Settlement House, Cleveland, OH.

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Story Time Residencies (minimum of 4 classes)
 
Toddler to Pre-K Programs – 30 minutes 
Cost per class: $75.00 
 
Kindergarten- Grade 5 Programs- 45 minutes 
Cost per class: $85.00
 
Story Time General Assembly Performances ( 1 day, 1 performance) 
On-site cost per group: $400.00 (includes 45 minute performance and 15 minute tour– 1 hour of Weathervane Playhouse)
Off-site cost per group: $350.00 (includes 45 minute-1 hour performance) 
 
Create your own Story Time Program! 
Want something different? Let us create a program that fits your needs! 

School Day Performances

Partner with us to bring words from the page to the stage for your students.

Weathervane Playhouse is dedicated to the belief that young people should have the opportunity to participate in theater both as audience members and as artists. Through school day performance program we use live performances to awaken, enliven and challenge the minds of students with issues both interesting and relevant to our time.

Don't miss out on this opportunity to enhance your students' educational experience


School Day Performances include:

  • A study guide to prepare for the performance and enhance your theatre experience
  • Reduced price tickets ($7.00 per student/teacher)
  • An optional post-performance talk-back with actors, director, and technical staff
     

For more information or to book school day performance tickets, contact Keith Campbell, Director of Audience Development at kcampbell@weathervaneplayhouse.com or call 330-836-2626

MAKE THE STORY COME ALIVE!

Wednesday, September 19 at 10 a.m.

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is recommended for high school students.

Tuesday, November 20 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, November 27 at 10 a.m.

Monday, December 3 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, December 18 at 10 a.m.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is recommended for all students.

Tuesday, March 12 at 10 a.m.

Dreamgirls is recommended for middle and high school students.

Thursday, April 4 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, April 10 at 10 a.m.

Tuesday, April 16 at 10 a.m.

The Diary of Anne Frank is recommended for middle and high school students.

 

  • To reserve your group tickets, call our box office at 330-836-2626
  • For more information about our Matinee Performances, CLICK HERE to download our flyer 

 

 

Chanticleer Community Programs

Why Choose a Theatre based Program?
Theatre Can:

Improve Academic Achievement

Help students score better on standardized tests

Improve attendance

Build on verbal and non-verbal communications and enhance reading comprehension

Build self-confidence and self-esteem

For More information about our Chanicleer Community Programs CLICK HERE to download our flyer

 

Interested in a program? Email Education Director, Lauren Sprowls at lsprowls@ weathervaneplayhouse.com or call 330-836-2626 x35

 

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