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  • Operation Backstage!

    Are you wanting to introduce your 3rd grade students to the back-stage magic that brings a story to life? Playtime Poppy Children’s Theatre invites 3rd graders to participate in Operation Backstage! throughout the season. Join us!

    Operation Backstage! A tour behind the scenes

    Aligned with 3rd Grade Literacy Standards, Operation Backstage! is a field trip designed to explore how key details in a story are realized on stage through the technical theatre:  set design, costumes, make-up, lighting, sound and directing. Children interact with Playtime Poppy crew members to explore a specific theme from each production. At interactive stations, children are encouraged to ask questions, make connections to other areas of learning, visualize, and demonstrate understanding through creative expression.

    This experience supports 3rd Grade Iowa Core Standards for English Language Arts:

    Key Ideas and Details

    IA.1.Employ the full range of research-based comprehension strategies, including making connections, determining importance, questioning, visualizing, making inferences, summarizing, and monitoring for comprehension.

    Speaking and Listening

    Determine the main ideas and supporting details of a text read aloud or information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. (SL.3.2)

    If you are interested in receiving more information about Playtime Poppy’s Operation Backstage!, please email us at education@playtimepoppy.org.

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    There is still one more chance to see Playtime Poppy this spring! Come to Washington High School for today’s 2 p.m. performance of “Jack and the Beanstalk.”

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    Volunteers, cast, and audience members all had a great time at our 5 p.m. show. Join us at 7:30 tonight, or tomorrow at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. for “Jack and the Beanstalk” at Washington High School.

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    Playtime Poppy Children's Theatre

    Jack and the Beanstalk opens at Washington High School Thursday at 5:00!

    Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Remember to bring your Poppy Passports!!

    Tickets are $5 (ages 1-99) and are available 45 minutes prior to each performance. Auditorium doors open 30 minutes prior to performance. Playtime Poppy performances are typically one hour in length.

    Supported by our season sponsor, Cedar Rapids Bank & Trust, and our media sponsor, 104-5 KDAT!Thursday, April 18 at 5:00pm
    Friday, April 19 at 5:00pm* and 7:30pm
    Saturday, April 20 at 11:00am* and 2:00pm
    *American Sign Language interpretation with Kelley Panosh

    Thank you to Cooper Shields and Sheryl Geuder Payton for the beautiful photos!

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