Ford Center School Series

Bring your class!
Contact the Ben Strassman, School Outreach Coordinator for more information at or call 662-915-6502.

Tickets to all shows are $5.00 per student.

November 16, 2017
9:30 a.m. (limited availability)
12:00 p.m.

Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE guides your family on a breathtaking tour that begins in pre-historic Australia. You’ll observe, meet and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like dinosaurs and other creatures presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways

that will forever connect them to their world. Brought to life by a team of skilled performers and puppeteers, and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE’s puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t! Because you won’t want to miss a minute of this fun, unique, entertaining and educational live show created by Erth Visual & Physical of Sydney, Australia. While it may indeed have been 65 million years in the making, we think you’ll agree, it’s well worth the wait.

Dinosaur Zoo Live Website            Dinosaur Zoo FUN FACTS worksheet            Dinosaur Zoo Study Guide 2014


Mr. Popper’s Penguins
December 13, 2017
9:30 a.m. (limited availability)
12:00 p.m.

Based on the book by Richard & Florence Atwater
Adapted for the stage by Pins & Needles Productions
Music by Luke Bateman, Lyrics by Richy Hughes

Painter and decorator by day, Mr Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out!

With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, 60 minute action-packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s award-winning book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is appropriate for grades K and up!

Mr. Popper’s Penguins Study Guide             Mr. Popper’s Penguins Website


Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi
April 10, 2018
9:30 a.m. (SOLD OUT)
12:00 p.m.

Book by Peter Howard Music and Lyrics by Ron Barnett
The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this footstompin’ musical based on the novels of Mark Twain. Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, MO as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.

Recommended for Grades 2 – 8
Art, Family Ties, History, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Science, Multi-Cultural, Music, Reading, Character Development

Huck and Tom Study Guide               Huck & Tom Virginia Rep on Tour Website