Part of BFA’s mission is to provide arts enrichment and education to K-12 students in Southern California. This is accomplished through BFA’s education programs that tour and that are presented at Teatro Carmen Zapata for school children. BFA has received DCA support in the past for its educational programs and plays for young people. These plays are designed to introduce students of all backgrounds to classic theater from the Hispanic world, as well as to foster discussion about issues of importance and interests to a young audience. BFA’s next Touring Program season begins in the fall of 2011 and continues throughout the academic year until June 2012. To better control production costs, each play has a dedicated day of the week on which is presented. The planned plays are as follows:
Eating Your Colors– This is a new educational show for children grades 3-8, tackling the growing problem of childhood obesity, an especially urgent issue among Latino children. The show promotes healthful eating, encourages physical activity and touches on solutions to problems faced by children today. This interactive, bilingual program features singing, dancing, and comedy.
Introduction to the Classics –This is a 55-minute compilation of four plays from the Spanish Golden Age Comedy of Errors. The scenes were chosen for their diversity, their comedy, their show of sword play, and geared to young audiences to promote a deep comprehension of the works, as well as the idea that the classics can be entertaining and are not feared. Woven together by narration, the plays featured are The Phantom Lady (La Dama Duende) by Pedro Calderón de la Barca; Fenisa’s Hook (El Anzuelo de Fenisa) by Lope de Vega; Misfourtunes of a Household (Los Empeños de una Casa) by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz; and the Suspicious Truth (La Verdad Sospechosa) by Juan Ruiz de Alarcón.
Three Cultures, One Spirit– This show is performed in association with the Tierra Blanca Dance Company. It showcases the essence and beauty of Mexican Folklore, and the influences that contributed to its development. The pre-Colombian native influence, the European influence and the African element blend to produce rich dances and rites of passage celebrations. This show and the musical instruments used are explained to the young audiences.