The Valentine Theatre
Season 5: Valentine Theatre School Days

The Valentine is pleased to announce their fourth season of Valentine School Days an Educational Outreach Program. School Days replaced the loss of Lourdes University's Theater Vision programming in 2013. School Days will continue the rich tradition of presenting professional touring companies in educational theatre productions geared to school children for field trips during the school week. Contact Laurie Stanton, School Days Education Outreach Coordinator to order tickets, 419-214-4803.

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Season 5 Shows

William Shakespeare’s

Othello A National Player’s Production

Wednesday October 25, 2017 at 10 a.m.

Othello is a celebrated general returning home from the wars, but his dark skin and foreign origin inspire hatred from several people, especially the man he trusts most: Iago. As Iago twists Othello’s love for his wife Desdemona, everyone becomes pawns in Iago’s devious plots.

This classic tale of identity, bigotry, and deceit is examined with contemporary clarity, combining Shakespeare’s language with modern clothing to transform the drama into a powerful story for America today.

Ninety minutes in length. Inquire about workshops immediately following.Recommended: Grades 7-12. Drama, Language Arts and Theatre Arts.

Sterling Swan’s

The Wright Brothers: Those Daring Young Men and their Flying Machines

Monday, November 6, 2017 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

This musical biography for young audiences follows the story of Wilbur and Orville Wright — America’s pioneers of aviation. With courage, ingenuity and determination, they make their dream of flying come true!

One hour in length. Recommended: Grades 2–6. Music, storytelling and history. Musical.

Carlo Collodi’s


Monday, December 4, 2016 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Imagine Geppetto’s surprise when the puppet he carves from a most unusual piece of wood suddenly springs to life. The wooden boy, named Pinocchio, becomes like a son to the kindly old wood carver who provides him with a loving home. But the mischievous, and somewhat ungrateful, Pinocchio has other ideas and sets off on a series of fantastical adventures. Along the way he learns valuable lessons that lead him back home to Geppetto and earn him the thing he most desires – to be a real boy.

One hour in length. Recommended: Grades K–5. Art, Family Ties, Folk Tales, Reading, Self-Esteem. Musical.

Kathleen Huber & Greg Gunning’s

Four Score and Seven Years Ago

Friday, February 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.

The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.

Approximately 55 minutes in length. Recommended: Grades 3–8. Musical.

Toledo Jazz Orchestra

The Colors of Jazz

Friday, February 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

The Colors of Jazz, with members of the Toledo Jazz Orchestra, includes what jazz is, how it differs from other types of music, why jazz is America’s true art form, and how and why music is changing. A musical, layered excursion through time, students will leave with a new appreciation for the art-form we call Jazz. From the churches of the south to the African and European influences brought together through plantations and slavery, students will listen to, learn from and have the opportunity to ask questions of some of northwest Ohio’s and southeast Michigan’s best jazz-men! The Colors of Jazz!

One-hour in length. Recommended: Grades 3– 8. Music, history, storytelling.

Barbara Park’s

Junie B. Jones

Friday, March 9, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Dear first-grade journal,

Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.)

This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It’s got loads of funny songs, and it’s based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.

Whew! I’m glad I can write everything down in my Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal! And you know what? I think I might like first grade after all!

Love, (but not the mushy kind)

One hour in length. Recommended: Grades Pre-K–5. Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family. Musical.

Peter Howard’s

Huck & Tom and The Mighty Mississippi

Friday, March 23, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi introduces the audience to the characters, setting, humor and humanity of Mark Twain’s most famous novels, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Join Huck, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, Missouri as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

One hour in length. Recommended: Grades 2–8. Music, literature based. Musical.

Melinda Long’s

How I Became a Pirate

Tuesday, April 10, 2018 at 10 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.

Shiver me timbers! Jeremy Jacobs’ talent for building sand castles and digging moats has earned him an invitation to join the crew of Braid Beard’s ship. Living the high life at sea, Jeremy trades manners for mayhem as he rolls in stolen treasure, sings sea chanteys and practices pirate talk with all his new pirate friends.

One hour in length. Grades K–5. Language Arts, Reading. Musical.