Proof of vaccination is no longer required for entry to the Smith Opera House. Masks are no longer required, though we strongly encourage their use particularly by those unvaccinated, including children. The Smith reserves the right to amend this policy as necessary, including at the request of specific artists or presenters.

Virtual ArtSmart


In addition to in-person events at the Smith Opera House, we are excited to provide virtual ArtSmart performing arts experiences to your students during the 2021-2022 school year. 

We hope you agree that performing arts experiences are a great way to engage students and to deepen classroom learning. All of our offerings tie directly to New York State learning standards and come with study guides and supplemental activities that prepare students for the experience and help them unpack it afterwards. 

The Smith thanks Lyons National Bank and FairGame Arts Grants for their support of the ArtSmart program.


“This program was absolutely perfect for our WWII unit.  We showed the play on Monday, which was Pearl Harbor’s anniversary.  It was truly phenomenal. ”

-Stacey Anderson, Elizabeth Cady Stanton School, on Living VoicesWithin the Silence’ (Dec 2020)

Virtual ArtSmart Offerings

If you can’t travel to the Smith Opera House this year,  let ArtSmart come to you! We offer:

  • experiences at every grade level
  • both pre-recorded and live streamed performances to give you more scheduling flexibility
  • workshops, guided pre-show and post-show activities, and/or talkbacks with the artists.
  • most programs may be shared among classrooms, schools, and even school districts

Here are the experiences that will be available in the virtual ArtSmart format during the 2021-2022 school year:

Grades Pre K-3

Mermaid Theater of Nova Scotia presents Rainbow Fish with black light puppetsTHE MERMAID THEATRE OF NOVA SCOTIA

The company that tells classic stories (The Hungry Caterpillar, Goodnight Moon, Runaway Bunny) with inventive puppetry announces a “digital residency” featuring excerpts from their many shows, along with demonstrations. Young children will learn how puppets are able to show emotion and how to express emotions using their hands as puppets.


David Gonzales performs on stageDAVID GONZALEZ 

Critically acclaimed and award-winning artist David Gonzalez combines live music with compelling drama and multimedia. His productions include fairy tales, epic myths and fables, and community voices. Various musical arrangements and residency options available.

David Gonzalez has over Six Titles in Rep, including The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures, Sleeping Beauty, The Frog Bride, Aesop Bops!, Maddog & Me: Bullying and the Power of Kindness, and Cuentos: Tales from the Latino World.

Recordings of excerpts of all titles are available:

Illustration of a man from the Middle Ages pointing at a giant.The Brave Little Tailor

This delightful tale from the Brothers Grimm is about a feisty little tailor who kills seven flies in one blow. Impressed with his own accomplishment, he creates a sash with the words “Seven in One Blow” and, wearing it, sets off to make his fortune. But everyone he meets assumes that he has killed seven knights, not seven flies. Faced with a series of challenges, the tailor rises to meet each one. Using his pluck, courage and intelligence he defeats two evil giants, conquers a rampaging rhinoceros, saves the kingdom from a ferocious dragon, and wins the hand of a Princess too!

With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original music and imaginative scenic effects, Enchantment brings this beloved story to life in its uniquely magical way!

Illustration of a fisherman standing on an embankment with his fishing pole in his handThe Fisherman and the Flounder

In Enchantment’s telling of this classic Grimm fairy tale, a fisherman and his family live in a tiny hut by the sea. One day the fisherman catches a golden flounder who tells him that he’s really an enchanted prince. The flounder begs to be set free and promises to give the fisherman whatever he wishes. The fisherman is amazed and releases the flounder without making a wish. When he tells his wife the story, she asks her husband to return to the flounder and ask for a cottage to replace their tiny hut. The flounder does her bidding and the family is delighted with their new home.

Soon the wife tires of the cottage and asks for a castle. As the story continues her wishes become more and more grandiose as she demands to be king and then emperor. When she finally wishes to be lord of the universe, the fisherman finds a way to restore his family to their true happiness and transform the magic flounder as well.

With expressive masks, life-size puppets, original music, and imaginative scenic effects, Enchantment brings this beloved tale to life in its uniquely magical way!

Purple background features illustration of two men dressed as burglars and running from a stacked tower of farm animalsThe Bremen Town Musicians

A kindly old donkey runs away from the farmer who wants to trade him in. A lazy cat is kicked out of her home because she won’t catch mice. A rooster flies away from the farm where he’s about to be cooked for dinner. When these three down-and-out animals meet on the road, they decide to band together and become musicians. As they make their way to the town of Bremen, they encounter an old lady, her dog and two robbers. Using ingenuity, courage and their unique talents, they scare off the robbers and find a loving family and a happy home. Based on the classic Grimm’s fairy tale, this delightful story about discovering one’s purpose and creating community is as fresh and meaningful today as it was 200 hundred years ago.

A young girl wearing a yellow dress poses in a bayou as a bird flies near her.The Beast in the Bayou

Set in Louisiana with the flavor of an American folk tale, our story transports audiences to a magical world of herons, turtles, alligators and a mysterious Beast. In a little town at the edge of the bayou live a loving father and his two daughters, Grace Elizabeth and Beauty Jane. Beauty loves to explore the swamps and forest but after she has an accident there, she refuses to return. When her father’s livelihood is threatened by the wealthiest man in town, he travels into the forest and accidentally encounters the Beast. To save her father Beauty returns to the bayou and discovers the truth about the Beast. Realizing her true purpose, she bravely protects the creatures that call the bayou home as she stands up to those who want to destroy it.


Led by Danny Lapidus, the award-winning family music band, Hot Peas ‘n Butter, wows thousands of young audiences across the nation every year with their interactive, roots music from around the world.

With eight award-winning albums and numerous music videos (some of which have been featured on Nick Jr. and Nickelodeon TV), Hot Peas ‘n Butter makes new friends everywhere they go!

Lauded for their “hot and mellow multicultural groove” (The Los Angeles Times), Hot Peas ‘n Butter mixes a tasty combination of traditional Latin music, Afro-Caribbean rhythms, Jazz, Bluegrass, Country, and Rock, bringing fans of all ages to their feet. Indeed, “This serving is the kind that will please musical appetites” (New York Times).

Grades 2-5

Text reads: The Magic of Bill Blagg Live! Blagg is photographed on stage partaking in an illusionTHE MAGIC SCIENCE LAB WITH BILL BLAGG

In Making Magic with the Scientific Method students join Bill Blagg inside The Magic Science Lab where they will explore how magicians use science to create the impossible! In this Arts Engagement, students will learn the “secret” 5 step process (The Scientific Method) magicians use to develop the illusions they perform. Together with Bill, they will use the “secret” 5 steps to make a person magically float mid-air, and, as a bonus, Bill teaches a science-based magic trick students can do at home or in class – how to make a pencil float in the palm of their hand.

Doktor Kaboom performs on stage with an apparatus and wearing dark gogglesDOKTOR KABOOM

In It’s Just Rocket ScienceTM Doktor Kaboom, referred to as “part Mr. Wizard and part Mr. Rogers,” uses the excitement of rocketry to present Newton’s Laws of Motion. Each of Newton’s 3 laws are clearly explained, comically explored in multiple over-the-top demonstrations, and followed by a DIY project that students can do as a class, in groups, or individually. 3Laws, 3 lessons, 3 projects! Doktor Kaboom intersperses the lessons with discussions on safety and personal empowerment to bring home the point that “science is for everyone, not just the person who wins the science fair every year.” This Arts Engagement ties directly to new science standards, includes printable materials for worksheets, discussions, and multiple student demos for each section. This is the perfect program for introducing or reviewing the physics of motion.


Grades 4-7

Percussionist Kattam holds one of his instruments on stageKATTAM AND HIS TAM-TAMS

Join percussionist Kattam Laraki-Côté on a West African adventure in Rhythms of West Africa! Discover the culture of West Africa through drumming, singing, and dancing. Experience the language and rhythms of the Krin, Djembe, and Gongoma and learn how these instruments shaped and express regional culture. Are your students ready for the challenges Kattam will share?


Grades 6-12

National Players presents A Raisin in the SunTHE NATIONAL PLAYERS THEATRE WORKSHOPS

National Players can cater the workshop to the age, skill levels, and abilities of the students. Along with these workshops, video footage is available from performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and As You Like It to complement the learning experience. Virtual workshops are scheduled at a mutually convenient time to be held live. 

Recommend class size is 25 or fewer. Workshops last 45 minutes. 

  1. MAKING SHAKESPEARE YOUR OWN: See Shakespeare through new eyes with this engaging class that is a combination of text study, discussion, and performance practice.
  2. TEXT IN CONTEXT: A great complement to students studying A Raisin in the Sun, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, or As You Like It, this workshop provides an inside look at the production process from theatre professionals. Students will discuss the play’s characters and themes, as well as why these classics still matter. Play scripts and video footage from performances of A Midsummer Night’s Dream or As You Like It are included and available to students to study in advance of this workshop.
  3. WORD TO ACTION: PLAYWRITING: Everyone has a story to tell, and writing a play is a great way to share yours. The National Players will guide students through the process of finding their voice and learning what makes plays unique. This class is a great option for beginners exploring the elements of story.
black and white Living Voices logoLIVING VOICES

These interactive, single person historical programs blend video, audio and personal discussion to illuminate some of the most important stories of our shared global history.

This pre-recorded program offers unlimited access so classes can view the program as many times as they need to. An additional fee includes 3 live Q&A sessions with the performer.  Study guide included.

“She made it look so realistic,” “This really showed what Japanese Americans went through,” “The details provided a deeper understanding” -Students of Elizabeth Cady Stanton School on Within the Silence

  1. La Causa: When a crop duster sprays Marta and her Mexican American family, Cesar Chavez’s United Farm Workers Movement fights for improved labor conditions.
  2. Native Vision: In the 1930s and 1940s, Alice struggles to retain her culture and traditions within a hostile environment, as Navajo children are taken from their reservations and placed in government-run boarding schools in an effort to “civilize” Native Americans into mainstream society.
  3. The Right to Dream: A young African American’s coming of age in Mississippi during the 1950s and 1960s provides an inside view of a tumultuous, challenging period in American history.
  4. Within the Silence: A moving, personal view of the Japanese American internment during World War II exposes the dangers of racism and prejudice.
  5. Our Revolution: Many civilians fought to bring “all men are created equal” to life, but those five words resonate even more deeply for an African American soldier in 1776.

Additional “Living Voices” programs available. 

Please get in touch to discuss the virtual ArtSmart possibilities for your classroom, school, or school district. We look forward to hearing from you!

The Smith thanks Lyons National Bank and FairGame Arts Grants for their support of the ArtSmart program.

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