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Pentangle Arts Education Season Presents "My Heart in a Suitcase"

Feb 25, 2016 03:35PM ● By Kirsten Gehlbach
Pentangle Arts Council continues the 2015—2016 Arts in Education season with a unique performance of My Heart in a Suitcase on March 16 at 10am at the Woodstock Town Hall Theatre.

This season students learned about the Migrant Justice movement with music and stories from the Villalobos Brothers and explored the history and technique of hip-hop and dance with Rennie Harris RHAW, explains Serena Nelson, assistant director of Pentangle Arts Council.

On March 16, students can engage in one girl’s powerful coming-of-age story in My Heart in a Suitcase. Later in the season, students will follow Percy Jackson’s journey of self-discovery in The Lightning Thief and travel through centuries of Syrian music with Malek Jandali.

My Heart in a Suitcase

Wednesday, March 16, 2016 10am, Woodstock Town Hall Theatre 

Performance: 55 minutes

Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, History, Literature, and Values

Recommended for Grades 4–8

Click here to download the Study Guide.

ArtsPower National Touring Theatre’s production of My Heart in a Suitcase is based on the autobiography written by Kindertransport survivor Anne Lehmann Fox. During World War II in 1938 and 1939, 10,000 Jewish children living in Nazi-occupied Germany, Poland, Czechoslovakia, and Austria were permitted to leave their homes—but without their mothers and fathers—via the Kindertransport in order to find safe haven in England just prior to the outbreak of World War II. This is the story of Anne Lehmann Fox who left on Kindertransport when she was 12 years old.

In 2005, ArtsPower National Touring Theatre decided to produce Ms. Fox’s moving autobiography as a one-hour, professional touring theatre production for youth and family audiences. More than 1,000 performances have been presented in theaters, cultural centers, university auditoriums, and schools for almost one million people throughout 45 states.

“We wanted to create a production that portrays the strength of the human spirit because in order for Anne Lehman Fox to forge a productive and fulfilling life, she had to survive the unthinkable tragedy of leaving her parents, who were eventually captured and killed in concentration camps, when she was only 12 years old,” said Mark Blackman, the founding co-director of ArtsPower.

All Arts in Education programs are $5.00 per person. Early group reservations are encouraged to ensure seating availability and access to study guides for ideas to connect the programs to classroom curriculum. For more information about the 2015–2016 Arts in Education Season, or to register students, download the brochure and order form below:


 AIE ORDER FORM 2015-2016

For information, contact [email protected] or (802) 457-3981.

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