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Our GrandKids Arts Education series moves the arts beyond entertainment to provide professionally produced, enriched learning opportunities for students through performances by acclaimed professional companies at The Grand Opera House. Since 1996 the GrandKids program has introduced the arts to nearly 200,000 students from throughout Central Georgia.

All performances last for approximately one hour. Tickets are $7, general admission. To purchase tickets, call Nikki Vincent, GrandKids Coordinator (478) 301-5461 (weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.); or download the ticket order form here.

2016-2017 GrandKids Arts Education Series

Founding Fathers
Founding Fathers

Two show times at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (Approximately one hour in length. Recommended for grades 4-8). Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family, Social Studies.

teachers-guideTheatreworks USA is proud to present We the People, a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and
accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more. Barreling through a variety of musical styles relevant to today’s youth, including rock, rhythm-and-blues, and hip-hop, We the People will instill American pride in audiences of all ages, and perhaps even inspire them to get involved and make a difference.

Two show times at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (Approximately one-hour in length, recommended for grades PreK – 3) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.

When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners – and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Lightening TheifTHE LIGHTNING THIEF – MONDAY, JAN. 9, 2017
Two show times at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (Approximately one hour in length. Recommended for grades 2-6.) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies

Last summer’s Off-Broadway production was nominated for an Outstanding Musical from the Lucille Lortel Awards and for Best Family Show from the Off Broadway Alliance!

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. teachers-guide
Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a war- ring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves.


BlackLagoonLogo Two show times at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. (One hour in length, recommended for grades K -4) Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Musicteachers-guide

An exciting musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee) Follow Hubie’s imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all.




Full tw0-hour performance by the highly acclaimed New York based touring troupe, Aquila Theatre. Appropriate for grades 8 and up.

Aquila Theatre, in its 25th anniversary season, stages Murder on the Nile, by one of the greatest mystery writers in world literature – Agatha Christie. This brilliant new production features a masterful whodunit and Aquila’s clever signature style. Murder on the Nile, Agatha Christie’s own staging of her famous novel, Death on the Nile, is set on a paddle steamer cruising the legendary Nile River in 1940’s Eygpt. The passengers aboard are abuzz when the famous heiress, Kay Ridgeway, and her penniless new husband, Simon Mostyn board the ship. Class, money and reputation are all at stake in one way or another for the passengers and before they know it deceit, theft and murder quickly make waves on the river. Spurned lover Jacqueline De Severac, protective uncle Canon Pennefather, a troubled German Doctor, and a host of colorful and mysterious characters add to the drama and suspense of this classic Agatha Christie mystery. Aquila Theatre brings its innovative touch to this deliciously dangerous murder mystery, with brilliant direction, superb acting, thrilling physicality and stunning designs. Aquila’s Murder on the Nile will be a classic all over again.