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The Nutcracker (Hartt)

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Performance time: 90 minutes plus travel time to and from theater.
Offsite Performance
December matinee performance of The Nutcracker excerpts on Friday, December 13, 2019, 10:30am. Millard Auditorium at The University of Hartford. 200 Bloomfield Ave. West Hartford, CT 06112.
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Links to an on-line study guide will include:
A teachers’ packet including materials that focus on developing understanding and skills of observing a ballet and story-telling /
A brief synopsis of the ballet for teachers’ quick reference / Background notes on The Nutcracker /
A list of the main characters in The Nutcracker/
Guidelines for appropriate behavior in the theater /
A map of the countries depicted in various dances in the ballet /
Photographs of scenes from the ballet.
A "letter" template for the students.
Ideas for movement follow-up in the classroom.
Transport to and from Millard Auditorium, University of Hartford, 200 Bloomfield Avenue, West Hartford 06112
I can visit a theater and apply etiquette standards.
I can experience classical ballet and discover how this art form tells a story without words.
I can write a descriptive narrative about the Nutcracker Ballet.
Students will attend one fully-staged excerpted performance of the timeless ballet, The Nutcracker, at the University of Hartford. The production will be danced by students of the Hartt School Community Division. This performance will follow the adventures of Clara from the Victorian Christmas Eve party through a magical journey with her Nutcracker Doll. During intermission the students will engage in a Questions & Answer period. Preparation before attending this performance includes the use of The Hartt School Nutcracker Study Guide. Teachers access this study guide on-line and follow the source material. Following the performance the study guide provides materials for teachers to use in the classroom to explore writing, dance and imaginative activities.
Be sure to book early since ticketing is limited to 386 seats and programs sell out quickly. Busing is the responsibility of each school.

Grade 2

Grade 2: Reading Standards for informational text: Key Ideas and Details #1: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.
Grade 2: Speaking and Listening Standard: Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas #4: Tell a story or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant, descriptive details, speaking audibly in coherent sentences.
Grade 2: Dance: Responding; Anchor Standard #7: perceive and analyze artistic work.a. Find movements in a dance that develop a pattern. b. Demonstrate and describe movements in dances from different genres or cultures.
Grade 2: Dance: Connecting; Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Grade 3

Grade 3 Reading Standards for informational text: Key Ideas and Details: #3. Describe characters in a story (e.g., their traits, 3. motivations, or feelings) and explain how their actions contribute to the sequence of events.
Grade 3 Writing Standards. Text types and purposes: #3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Grade 3: Dance: Responding; Anchor Standard #7: perceive and analyze artistic work.a. Find movements in a dance that develop a pattern. b. Demonstrate and describe movements in dances from different genres or cultures.
Grade 3: Dance: Connecting; Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.

Grade 4

Grade 4: Reading Standards for informational text: Key Ideas and Details: #3. Describe in depth a character, setting, or event in a story or drama, drawing on specific details in the text (e.g., a character’s thoughts, words, or actions).
Grade 4: Writing Standards. Text types and purposes: #3. Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, descriptive details, and clear event sequences.
Grade 4: Dance: Responding; Anchor Standard #7: perceive and analyze artistic work.a. Find movements in a dance that develop a pattern. b. Demonstrate and describe movements in dances from different genres or cultures.
Grade 4: Dance: Connecting; Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.