Syracuse Stage is committed to providing students with rich theatre experiences that connect to and reveal what it is to be human.
Research shows that students who participate in or are exposed to the arts show higher academic achievement, stronger self-esteem, and better ability to plan and work toward a future goal. Live performance provides children and young adults with a unique sensory experience that enriches classroom study and promotes creative expression and cultural awareness. Each season, Syracuse Stage engages nearly 21,440 students from all across New York State with a variety of programs.
Written and Directed by Lauren Unbekant
Scenic and Costume Design by Lindsey Vandevier
Original Composition & Sound Design by Emmett Van Slyke
Metamorphan is the story of a young orphan boy named Gregory, whose difficult foster home has made his life at school miserable. Gregory is teased by his classmates and the school bully “Skeet” for his shabby clothes, second hand sneakers and lack of kickball chops. Then one day with a little magic from the school custodian Frank, Gregory awakes to find himself transformed into a super-sports beetle and all bets are off!
Metamorphan is a fast paced comical yet endearing story of how a young boy overcame obstacles, stood up to bullies and made valuable friends.
Performed in striking visual terms, Metamorphan offers an extraordinary opportunity to share a rich theatrical experience with your students. The writer/director, designers, performers, and production crew are students and professionals from the Syracuse University Department of Drama and Syracuse Stage.
Recommended for K through 6th grade audiences.
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The Education Advocacy Board is a group of teachers from the Central New York region who meet four times a year at Syracuse Stage to share their ideas and concerns about current arts education issues. Members work with Education staff at Syracuse Stage to help tailor programming to best fit the educators and students served. This past year topics discussed have included creating more useful study guides, exchanging views on future programming, working towards more effectively engaging young people in the arts, as well as discussing the influence of the Common Core on arts education.
Sara Bambino, North Syracuse High School
Todd Benware, Christian Brothers Academy
Jordan Berger, Jamesville-DeWitt High School
Rhiannon Berry, Liverpool High School
Elizabeth Defurio, Nottingham High School
David Fisselbrand, Auburn High School
Melissa Morgan, Charles W. Baker High School
Matt Phillips, Jamesville-DeWitt High School
Jenifer Sabatino, Cato Meridian Middle School
Lauren Unbekant is the Director of Educational Outreach for Syracuse Stage and adjunct faculty for the Syracuse University Department of Drama.
She has worked extensively as a professional development consultant with organizations such as The Lincoln Center Institute for Aesthetic Education, Harvard's Project Zero, the National Performance Network, and Partners for Arts Education. A Master Teaching Artist with nearly 20 years of experience connecting the artistic process with all kinds of learning, she has developed course work for educators in Critical Thinking Through the Arts.
As a co-founder of the physical theatre company Gams On The Lam and a solo performing artist with MoveInk, she has performed nationally and internationally at such festivals as the Humorologie Festival in Belgium, The International Festival De Pallesos in Barcelona, The International Movement Festival in London, The Festival of International Art in Leon and Puebla, Mexico, and the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen, Colorado. She holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Syracuse University.
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