SchoolTime

For the past 25 years, the SchoolTime series has welcomed nearly 500,000 youth, teachers, and chaperones.

The very first season of SchoolTime started in January of 1996 during the grand opening year of the Aronoff Center for the Arts. While the Covid-19 pandemic has caused us to re-imagine ways of 'doing,' the Cincinnati Arts Association is committed to ensuring our mission to educate, inspire, and serve through quality arts programs.

SchoolTime performances will go on sale September 15.

SchoolTime On Demand

Commanding Space - The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket

In this true story of dreams, hardships, and self-determination, Annie Easley becomes one of NASA’s first African American human computers.

  • October 11 - November 12, 2021
  • Recommended Grades: 3-8
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Citizen James, Or the Young Man Without a Country

Witness James Baldwin as he decides he must do something to save himself from the violent reality of racist America in 1948.

  • October 18 - November 19, 2021
  • Recommended Grades: 8-12
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The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories

Japanese and Okinawan music, language ,and culture are the heart of this performance, featuring clever animals, puppetry, song, and a whole lot of fun for young audience members.

  • November 1-19, 2021
  • Recommended Grades: PreK-3
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Duke

This performance tells the story of Duke Paoa Kahanamoku, Hawai’i’s first Olympic gold medalist and the grandfather of modern surfing, who is unquestionably one of the most important and beloved figures in Hawai’ian history.

  • November 29 - December 17, 2021

  • Recommended Grades: 3-8

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The In-Between

Inspired by the real-life story of Ahmed Mohamed, The In-Between illustrates the real-life challenges of immigration, income inequality, and fears of violence in our schools.

  • January 13 - February 2, 2022

  • Recommended Grades: 8-12

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets.

  • May 2 - May 13, 2022

  • Recommended Grades: PreK-3

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SchoolTime In Person

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)

 Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping.

  • Tuesday, February 1, 2022
  • Recommended Grades: PreK-3
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Cuentos: Tales from a Latinx World

Cuentos paints a vivid picture of the people and rich cultures of the Spanish-speaking world with colorful tales from the Caribbean, South America, and the Bronx.

  • Wednesday, February 23, 2022
  • Recommended Grades: K-2, 3-6
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Finding North

Finding North brings to life the powerful stories of the strivings, sacrifices, and dreams of John P. Parker, a formerly enslaved man who dedicated his life to helping people escape through the Underground Railroad in southern Ohio.

  • Thursday & Friday, April 7 & 8, 2022
  • Recommended Grades: 4-12
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

The in-person performance of The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites has been cancelled.

A recorded version of this performance will be available for On Demand streaming in Spring 2022.