Bringing theatre into your classroom is a wonderful way to bolster your students’ imaginations, problem-solving skills, social emotional skills, and enjoyment of reading. We look forward to supporting you in the wonderful work you do!

This school year, we are offering:

  • Interactive In-Class Performances
  • Assembly Performances
  • Workshops
  • FREE Reader’s Theatre scripts
  • FREE Teaching Chats

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For our in-class, interactive performances, our touring artist will join your individual classroom to perform a play with your students based on Kobi Yamada’s inspiring picture book, Maybe. These experiences include a copy of the book and a curriculum guide to deepen the discussion of the work.

The assembly performances are meant to be shared in larger groups. Our touring artists will come to your school, library, or community center and perform plays based on Kobi Yamada’s heartening Trying, Kelly Starling Lyons’ joyful Tiara’s Hat Parade, or Celia C. Pérez’s intriguing Strange Birds. These experiences include three copies of the book and a curriculum guide to deepen the discussion of the work.

Together with a Book-It teaching artist, your class will use active theatre and writing techniques to create a world premiere script of the fictionalized story of your classroom in this thrilling StoryMakers workshop. Afterward, each class will receive a digital copy of the script they created and, at the end of the year, a digital compendium of all scripts from all participating classrooms across Washington state!

Reader’s Theatre scripts are a fantastic way to encourage group reading, oral interpretation, public speaking, and creativity! We have short scripts based on folktales from around the world and original works written for a wide variety of reading skills and interests. 5-15 minutes in length, all our scripts are written by local playwrights or playwrights with ties to Seattle. Click here to access the Reader’s Theatre script library.

Join Book-It’s Arts Education team each month for a FREE, 60-minute Teaching Chat that will focus on a different title or program. Drop in anytime during the scheduled hour to chat with Book-It’s Arts Education team about our in-classroom and assembly touring productions, workshops, arts education curriculum—or any questions you have about our school-year programming and how to incorporate it into your classroom.


2022-2023 Arts Education Season

June 1: Orders are open!
Use the link below to fill out an order form today, but no money will be collected at this time.

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Interactive In-Class Performance
MAYBE
By Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Gabriella Barouch
Adapted by Gillian Jorgensen & Jordi Montes
Directed by Zenaida Smith
Performed in English
Tour Dates: October 10, 2022 – December 9, 2022
Grades: K-5; up to 30 people


Assembly Performance
TRYING
By Kobi Yamada, Illustrated by Elise Hurst
Adapted by Gillian Jorgensen & Jordi Montes
Directed by Zenaida Smith
Performed in English
Tour Dates: October 10, 2022 – December 9, 2022
Grades: K-8; up to 500 people


Assembly Performance
TIARA’S HAT PARADE
By Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrated by Nicole Tadgell
Adapted by Shermona Mitchell
Directed by Jasmine Lomax
Performed in English
Tour Dates: January 30, 2023 – April 7, 2023
Grades: PK-5; up to 500 people


Assembly Performance
STRANGE BIRDS: A FIELD GUIDE TO RUFFLING FEATHERS
By Celia C. Pérez, Jacket Art by Shannon Wright
Adapted by Sien Méndez
Directed by Marquicia Dominguez
Performed in English
Tour Dates: April 24, 2023 – June 9, 2023
Grades: K-8; up to 500 people


Workshops
STORYMAKERS
Available: January 10, 2023 – June 30, 2023
Grades: 3-8
Taught in English or Spanish


FREE READER’S THEATRE SCRIPTS
5-15 minutes in length; original work and adaptations of folklore
All scripts are written by local playwrights or playwrights with ties to Seattle.

READER’S THEATRE SCRIPTS


PRICING:

PRICING:

In-Class Performances (up to 30 audience members):
—DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE IF BOOKED BEFORE December 9—
(No payment due at time of booking)

  • $325 $275 (for travel up to one hour away from Book-It)
  • $375 $325 (for travel between 1-2 hours away from Book-It)
  • No bookings available for travel over 2 hours
  • All prices include one copy of the book and an arts education curriculum guide

 

Assembly Performances (up to 500 audience members):
—DISCOUNTS AVAILABLE IF BOOKED BEFORE December 9—
(No payment due at time of booking)

  • $1350 $1000 (for travel up to one hour away from Book-It)
  • $1750 $1300 (if travel between 1-2 hours away from Book-It)
  • $900 $675 (same location; second show, same day, no tearing down of set)
  • No bookings available for travel over 2 hours
  • All prices include three copies of the book and an arts education curriculum guide

 

Workshops (one classroom; up to 30 participants):

  • $225
  • $275 (for travel between 1-2 hours away from Book-It)
  • No bookings available for travel over 2 hours
  • Workshops include copy of script generated during class and a compendium of scripts built by all classes throughout the season

Reader’s Theatre Scripts: available at no cost to all schools.

All programming available at no cost to Title 1 schools; fully-funded by Book-It’s School Assistance Fund (while funds remain available)
. If your school does not qualify for Title 1 funding, but is in financial need, please contact education@book-it.org for options.


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Book-It’s Arts Education program is a rostered organization through The Creative Advantage.

Book-It grants permission for the following scripts to be used by readers, teachers, and librarians in classrooms or educational settings. If you would like to use a script outside of these settings, please contact Book-It Repertory Theatre at education@book-it.org to inquire about usage and associated fees. There are no fees when these scripts are used solely in classrooms or educational settings during a typical school day.

Book-It Arts Education is guided and inspired by the work of many educators and artists. We are committed to anti-racism, representation, inclusivity, and equity in our script library, as we are in all of our arts education programming. This means our ever-growing selection of scripts by and about all of the people in our world, is intentionally chosen to represent and celebrate artists and readers of all races, genders, and abilities, as we, in partnership as artists and readers, imagine, enact, and reflect on the human experience.

Each script was written by a local playwright: Book-It believes in highlighting and promoting the work of artists who live in and impact the communities around them. Our playwrights remember what it was like to be a young person and the connection they felt when a story spoke to them.

Every script can be read by a wide range of readers: the grades listed, along with content information, are for general guidance. Book-It aims to include a variety of content to interest readers, with the intention that students are inspired to stretch their skills and gain more confidence in reading out loud.

Book-It recommends that students who may need extra help with text have an opportunity to run their lines with a safe reading partner, a trusted adult, or audio guide as they navigate meaning and character. Scripts are in a dyslexia-friendly font: if further formatting changes would support the readers in your classroom, please contact education@book-it.org and let us know!

We will add more scripts as more are published—please check back often!


Amelia Earhart Forever by Annika Bennett
Off on a fictionalized adventure, Amelia Earhart and Plane hit a storm in the Bermuda Triangle and are pulled onto a mysterious island.
Number of roles: 4 (similar number of lines of varying line lengths; some paragraphs)
Number of pages: 8 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 4-12
Content: pioneering women, explorers, superstition, personification, relationships, adventure

Read AMELIA EARHART FOREVER

The Catch of the Century by Andrew Lee Creech
While camping, three friends encounter a huge, talking catfish. Then they eat s’mores.
Number of roles: 4 (similar number of lines; no long paragraphs)
Number of pages: 5 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 2-8
Content: friendship, adventure, anthropomorphism, outdoors

Read THE CATCH OF THE CENTURY

El Cuenco Verde by Sien Méndez
A Puerto Rican family—living across the United States and in Puerto Rico—gathers together on a video call to make arroz con gandules.
Number of roles: 6 (varying lengths of lines; no long paragraphs)
Number of pages: 9 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 1-6
Content: familial relationships, technology, folklore, cooking

Read EL CUENCO VERDE

Hycinthus and Apollo by Sien Méndez
A loving and lyrical retelling of the Greek myth of the same name, a story of art, connection, and love.
Number of roles: 6 (varying lengths of lines; no long paragraphs)
Number of pages: 9 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 9-12
Content: generational memory, romantic relationships, mythology, admiration, jealousy, death

Read HYCINTHUS AND APOLLO

MAUREEN by Gillian Jorgensen
A group of theatre kids are waiting to be picked up after rehearsal but one of them is missing. Maybe. What was that sound? Did you hear that?
Number of roles: 9 (similar line lengths; no long paragraphs)
Number of pages: 16 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 5-12
Content: theatrical rehearsals, mystery, shadows, shape-shifting, fear

Read MAUREEN

Midsummer Mischief by Annika Bennett
(with a nod to William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream)
King Oberon and Queen Titania leave the magical wood to the fairies and the mortals creep in: a bit of havoc ensues.
Number of roles: 9 (wide range of number of lines; a few paragraphs)
Number of pages: 8 (in 14pt Arial with 1.25 line spacing)
Grade range: 2-8
Content: magic, responsibility, outdoors, trespassing, Shakespeare

Read MIDSUMMER MISCHIEF

 

 

 

Join Book-It’s Arts Education team in conversation each month about our school-year programming. Each session will focus on a specific production, curriculum, or workshop. Drop in any time during the scheduled hour for program information and answers to questions you have about our touring productions, curriculum, and workshops.

Anyone is welcome to attend: classroom teachers, librarians, school administrators, teaching artists, community leaders, parents—we look forward to seeing you on Zoom!


Teaching Chat: Summer Check-in
August 25, 2022; 4:15-5:15pm

We’ll start off this season of Teaching Chats with an overview of our upcoming school year offerings and any questions you have about our programming.

Register for August Chat


Teaching Chat: Season Information/School Assistance Fund Access
September 22, 2022; 4:15-5:15pm

Join us in a discussion about our 2022-2023 school year programming, information about our School Assistance Fund for Title 1 schools, or any questions you have about our touring shows, workshops, or curriculum.

Register for September Chat


Teaching Chat: MAYBE by Kobi Yamada
October 20, 2022; 4:15-5:15pm

This month, we’ll be talking about our in-classroom touring production of Kobi Yamada’s MAYBE, associated curriculum, or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for October Chat


Teaching Chat: TRYING by Kobi Yamada
November 17, 2022; 4:15-5:15pm

Drop in for a chat about our in-classroom touring production of Kobi Yamada’s TRYING, associated curriculum, or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for November Chat


Teaching Chat: Reader’s Theatre
December 8, 2022; 4:15-5:15pm

We look forward to talking with you about our FREE Reader’s Theatre scripts, use in or adaptation for your classroom, or any questions you have about our school-year touring shows and workshops.

Register for December Chat


Teaching Chat: StoryMakers
January 19, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm

Drop in anytime during the scheduled hour to chat with Book-It’s Arts Education team about our in-class, script-devising workshop STORYMAKERS or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for January Chat


Teaching Chat: TIARA’S HAT PARADE by Kelly Starling Lyons
February 16, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm

Join us to talk about our in-classroom touring production of Kelly Starling Lyons’ TIARA’S HAT PARADE, associated curriculum, or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for February Chat


Teaching Chat: Reader’s Theatre
March 16, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm

Learn more about our FREE Reader’s Theatre scripts, use in or adaptation for your classroom, or any questions you have about our school-year touring shows and workshops.

Register for March Chat


Teaching Chat: STRANGE BIRDS by Celia C. Pérez
April 20, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm

This month, we’ll chat about our in-classroom touring production of Celia C. Pérez’s STRANGE BIRDS: A FIELD GUIDE TO RUFFLING FEATHERS, associated curriculum, or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for April Chat


Teaching Chat: StoryMakers
May 18, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm; 4:15-5:15pm

Come chat with us about our in-class, script-devising workshop STORYMAKERS or any questions you have about our school-year programming.

Register for May Chat


Teaching Chat: 2023-2024 Season Information
June 8, 2023; 4:15-5:15pm

Join Book-It’s Arts Education for a look ahead at the touring shows and workshops that we’ll be offering during the 2023-2024 school year.

Register for June Chat