Exceptional productions allow you to incorporate the performing arts into your curriculum and build on classroom content in a dynamic and memorable way.  Themes and topics include science, geography and language arts, as well as social and emotional skill building. All performances include supporting activities and/or talkbacks as part of the total LICM theater experience. Educational activities are made available for download prior to each production's opening.

What to expect:

  • Morning or afternoon performance schedule (10 a.m. or noon)
  • Activity packets available for each theater program
  • Museum educator assigned to your class

Fee: $11 per student.  Minimum number of students per class is 10 children; maximum is 25.

All performances are at 10 a.m. and noon unless otherwise noted.

Past School Performances 

Logo for A Christmas Carol theater show.

A Christmas Carol (Premiere)

Kindergarten - Grade 5

Based on the novel by Charles Dickens and adapted by Christopher Parks

Wednesday, December 4 through Friday December 6, 2019
Wednesday, December 11 through Friday December 13, 2019
Wednesday, December 18 through Thursday December 19, 2019

We are pleased to bring a new version of Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” to life through the art of puppetry.   Victorian-costumed holiday revelers welcome audience members to step back in time as they enter the Theater. Playwright and director Christopher Parks, of Experiential Theater Company is working with the performers and creative team from LICM Theater to retell this amazing story of redemption and celebration.  Share in the puppetry magic created to tell this enduring story that has delighted generations.   

Mr. Parks is familiar to LICM audiences from past productions including “Sunjata Kamalenya” (the story of the true African Lion King), “The Adventures of Perseus” (Greek mythology also told through puppetry) and “Journey to Oz”).  Bring your students to celebrate this classic of world literature and the power of family and friends.  Produced with permission of Experiential Theater Company.

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$11 per student

Cast of Elephant and Piggie in costume on stage.

Elephant & Piggie's: We Are in a Play!

Pre-Kindergarten - Grade 2

Script & Lyrics by Mo Willems; Music by Deborah Wicks La Puma

Tuesday, February 11 through Thursday, February 13, 2020
Wednesday, February 26 through Friday, February 28, 2020
Tuesday, March 3 through Thursday, March 5, 2020
Tuesday, March 17 through Friday, March 20, 2020
Tuesday, March 24 through Thursday, March 26, 2020

Back by popular demand!  Enjoy a musical adventure, ripped from the pages of Mo Willems' beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books. Willems’ classic characters Elephant and Piggie storm the stage in a rollicking musical romp filled with plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense perfect for young audiences. Carefully cautious Gerald and spirited playful Piggie share a day where anything is possible in an imaginative exploration of the meaning of friendship. The comedic duo addresses such important questions as:  What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Would you share your ice cream? How can two friends play with one toy? Together with nutty back-up singers, The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. Elephant & Piggie's "We Are in a Play!" is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre. This production is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International (MTI).

This show has sold out in all of its previous runs at LICM.  Book early to secure preferred dates!

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$11 per student

The Mouse on the Move logo which features two gray mice in a red car in front of a large full moon.

Mouse on the Move

Pre-Kindergarten-Grade 1

By Kathryn Chase Bryer and Janet Stanford
Composed by Timothy Guilot

Wednesday, April 1 through Thursday, April 2, 2020
Tuesday, April 21 through Thursday, April 23, 2020

Two adventurous mice are ready to explore the world beyond their little mouse-hole. They decide to go to the moon because they believe it is made entirely of delicious, mouth-watering cheese. The pair learns to be resourceful, creative and brave as they discover a beautiful garden, navigate uncharted waters and travel through space in search of cheese. Created especially for young audience members, this multisensory and fantastically physical experience offers a wonderful introduction to the world of theater. The audience members become active in the storytelling as they use props and their imagination to help the mice.

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$11 per student

Logo for My Butterfly featuring a graphic of a hand above text "My Butterfly" and a monarch butterfly.

My Butterfly

Kindergarten - Grade 4

Tuesday, May 19 through Thursday, May 21, 2020
Wednesday, May 27 through Friday, May 29, 2020
Tuesday, June 2, Wednesday, June 3 and Friday, June 5, 2020
Tuesday, June 9, Wednesday, June 10 and Friday, June 12, 2020

Shai the elf, like all elves, loves to surprise humans with good deeds. But when she accidentally pulls up milkweed, she becomes responsible for a butterfly egg and its needs for a new home! With the help of a feisty fairy and an aphid-eating ladybug, Shai works to protect and nurture her new fluttery caterpillar friend through metamorphosis and onto a high-flying happy ending. This musical/comedy is the latest work from award-winning songwriter Lena Pennino-Smith, the same artist behind such LICM favorites as “Happy as Clams: The Musical” and “The Princess Frog.” With a 90 percent decline in monarch butterfly populations over the last 20 years, this musical encourages audiences of all ages to plant beautiful milkweed: everything our local butterflies need to transform from adorable eggs to soaring sensations! Produced with permission of Songs by Lena.

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BONUS: All classes will receive milkweed seeds to plant their own garden.

$11 per student

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Tip:  All Long Island Children’s Museum school visits may be paid with Nassau County BOCES Arts in Education and Suffolk County BOCES funds.  LICM is also an approved vendor with the New York City Board of Education.

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