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Bemis Company Student Discovery Series


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The Bemis Company Student Discovery Series, now in its 25th season, educates more than 10,000 K-12 students from 13 counties each year. For more information or to register your students, call Gina Kundert today at 920-424-2355 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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The Science of Magic

The Science of Magic

  • Bill Blagg
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Grades: 2-7
  • For centuries magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic, takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use science to create the impossible! Bill’s comedy-filled, action-packed, presentation is highly interactive and makes science fun and exciting! Students will use the Scientific Method to levitate one of their teachers in mid-air and even learn how the science of reflection can make their homework magically disappear! In addition, Bill even performs some of his mind-blowing,grand-scale illusions with a scientific twist! Bill caps the show off with anincredible display of the water cycle by making it snow from his bare hands! Students will watch in amazement as science creates magic right before their very eyes! The Science of Magic is designed to excite, educate, intrigue and promote students to think “outside the box” and spawn their curiosity about how science and the Scientific Method are used by magicians to create the impossible!

  • Antigone


  • Hysterical Productions
  • Thursday, October 11 2018
  • Only 9:30 a.m.
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Rebellious Ancient Greek princess, Antigone, of famed father Oedipus and his mother Jocasta, is pitted against stern and unbending King Creon. When Antigone defies Creon's orders and buries her ‘traitorous’ brother, her act of love and bravery triggers a tragic sequence of events.  Focusing on the revolution of idealistic young adults in societies which dictate their actions and emotions, this Hysterical Productions season explores the struggle to remain true to oneself in the face of adversity; beginning with ANTIGONE, a striking take on Sophocles’ great tragedy.

  • Tomás and the Library Lady

    Tomás and the Library Lady

  • Childsplay
  • Monday, November 5, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Grades: K-5
  • Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories. Before long, Tomás knows all of Papa Grande’s tales by heart.... When a chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library, he meets the “Library Lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures.  By the end of the summer, Tomás has great pride in becoming his family’s new storyteller, the guidance of a colorful mentor, and a lifelong love of reading. A bilingual musical, based on the beloved book about the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. This inspirational production shows how reading and education -- and self esteem-- can make anything possible.

  • Nugget & Fang

    Nugget & Fang

  • Arts Power
  • Wednesday, November 7, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Grades: PreK-3
  • ArtsPower’s under-the-sea musical tells the story of Nugget, a minnow, and Fang, a shark, who get along swimmingly — until Nugget’s first day of minnow school. There, Nugget learns that minnows are supposed to be afraid of sharks! To regain Nugget’s trust, Fang takes desperate and hilarious measures. Nothing goes as planned. Fang is moping in deep waters when he notices that Nugget and his minnow schoolmates are caught up in some big trouble (and one very big net). Holy mackerel! Can Fang save the day and prove he’s a true friend?

  • Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

    Mysteries of Ancient Egypt

  • Virginia Repertory Theatre
  • Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Grades: 2-8
  • Inside a tiny case, two children find an ancient amulet in a neighbor’s attic. Before her disappearance, Gama Harriet had been a famed Egyptologist. But what is the meaning of the hieroglyphs inscribed on the amulet, or the scribbled warnings found in Harriet’s journal? Before they know it, the children are magically transported back to ancient Egypt in 620 BC where they meet Sema-tawy-tefnakht, a scribe to King Psamtik I. With his guidance, our two heroes unravel their mystery while your audience learns fascinating facts about one of the world’s most amazing cultures. They meet princess Shepenwepet, the pharaoh’s daughter, and travel with her on a fateful sea journey to Thebes where, with our contemporary heroes’ help, she must establish a base of power to protect her father’s kingdom. And guess who is waiting for them there. Thrills, dazzling beauty and historic fact combine in this novel melding of child-friendly mystery and accurate cultural exploration.

  • Hamlet


  • Hysterical Productions
  • Thursday, February 21, 2019
  • Only 9:30 a.m.
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Grades: 8-12
  • Treachery, revenge, corruption, and confusion; experience one of the greatest plays ever written in the English language - Shakespeare’s classic, The Tragedy of Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark. Following the sudden death of his father, Prince Hamlet faces off against his suspicious uncle, his unfaithful mother, and a court full of interlopers as he seeks to restore Denmark's crown to its rightful place.   Focusing on on the revolution of idealistic young adults in societies which dictate their actions and emotions, this Hysterical Productions season explores the struggle to remain true to oneself in the face of adversity; beginning with ANTIGONE and continuing with HAMLET.

  • Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

    Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

  • Arts Power
  • Wednesday, March 6, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Grades: 1-4
  • Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels were the perfect team: they laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Now, Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about. ArtsPower’s uniquely funny and forthright musical portrays a feisty young girl who refuses to let her problems get the better of her. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness.

  • The Jungle Book

    The Jungle Book

  • Virginia Repretory Theatre
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Grades: K-5
  • Join young Mowgli as he learns the “Laws” of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart.

  • Pete the Cat

    Pete the Cat

  • TheaterWorksUSA
  • Thursday, April 4, 2019
  • 9:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
  • Run Time: 50 minutes
  • Grades: PreK-3
  • When Pete the Cat gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners - and boy are they square! But for the groovy blue cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up, so the minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking. The whole family, that is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet earth. As the end of second grade approaches, Jimmy has a lot of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat in his life, changing his family and turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Together, they set out on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

  • The Student Discovery Series is part of


    Sponsored by the JEK Foundation, Inc.

     Study Guides

    Amber Brown is Not a Crayon Study Guide

    Bill Blagg: The Science of Magic Study Guide

    Nugget & Fang Study Guide

    Pete the Cat Study Guide

    Tomás and the Library Lady Before Show Study Guide

    Tomás and the Library Lady After Show Study Guide

    Mysteries of Ancient Egypt Study Guide

    The Jungle Book Study Guide


    A Special Thank You to Our Sponsors

    Alberta S. Kimball




    JEK Foundation, Inc.


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