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Cultural Arts For Education (CAFE) - Belle Glade Campus

The Dolly Hand Cultural Arts Center is here to enhance your classroom curriculum during this time of COVID-19 by offering performing arts experiences for your students in a safe & accessible manner.  Please submit reservation requests for ALL performances by Nov. 2, 2020.  

Teachers:  Please complete a survey after you have viewed/attended a performance and scan it back to the DHCAC. Your responses are very important to us - thank you!

To make reservations or for more information, contact Debbie at 561-993-1160 
or email to

** All dates and performances subject to change.

 The following programs will be available to teachers at no cost and with the exception of David Gonzalez, there is no capacity limit for the virtual programming. Call the theatre to make reservations.

David Gonzalez: The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures and Nina Nails It   
Available:  Oct. 26 - Nov. 6 only!
Grades: 1-5      Capacity Limited to the first 500 students!

A riveting production featuring two stories about empowering the voices of young people. In the first story, The Boy Who Could Sing Pictures, adapted from Seymour Leichman’s book, we meet Luca, son of Bustelo-the-jester, who discovers that when he sings for people, spectacular pictures appear in the sky that reflect the truth of the world and people around him.  The adventure follows Luca through a summer-long tour of surprises and wonders and reaches a climax with the command for a royal performance and a fateful encounter with the evil ministers who fear that Luca's songs may reveal too much. In the second story, Nina Nails It, based on a Persian tale, a savvy girl teaches a wizard where his true heart resides. The performance features the music of Heitor Villa-Lobos and Astor Piazzolla, along with original compositions and arrangements by Daniel Kelly.

*Teachers will receive access, via a password protected link, to the full-length performance filmed at the McCallum Theater in Palm Desert, California. A study guide will be included and a live Q&A with Dr. David Gonzalez may be requested to occur after watching the performance.

Standards:  LAFS, MU, TH




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Available:  Oct. 1 - Dec. 31 
Grades: K-5       

Drumstruck presents exhilarating traditional African beats, a multi-talented world-class cast and uncontainable, explosive energy! It has been hailed “STOMP meets The Lion King” by critics at the Edinburgh Fringe.  The workshops create a sense of Africa that is undeniably genuine and heartfelt. South African music and culture are interwoven with West African rhythms to give them a truly unique flavour and sound.They will take your students on a journey through South Africa through drums, gumboot dancing, Zulu dancing and song.

African Drumming:  Learn the basics of African hand drumming, rhythms, techniques, interrelationship of drum parts as well as the cultural context of drum rhythms and their origins. 

Choral Singing:  Get immersed in the melodic South African tradition of choral singing including division of parts, pitch relativity, arrangement and extemporization.

African Dance 1:  Traditional Dance - Tumelo teaches the traditional dances from the Tswana tribe that borrows inspiration from animals and is a showy, exuberant dance. 

African Dance 2:  Modern Dance - The tribal movements were modernized when men from rural villages went to work in the mines around Johannesburg and created the Gumboots dance, a unique dance that is the precursor to step dance where "gumboots" are incorporated into the dance. 

Standards:  DA, MU, SS, TH

Drumsticks Trailer




Every performance video features:

  1. A full-length performance of the musical on video
  2. Grade-specific Study Buddy educational guides that provide a full complement of literacy-building and visual arts activities for your students
  3. Fun song and dance instructional videos
  4. Interviews with the author of the book and the musical’s set designer
  5. Our own Student Gallery page where your students can post their artwork and videos


Chicken Dance the Musical is ArtsPower’s popular, 55-minute musical based on the multi award-winning book by Tammi Sauer with illustrations by the 2015 Caldecott Award winning artist Dan Santat. Chicken Dance portrays the story of Marge and Lola, two friendly and determined chickens, who set out to win the Barnyard Talent Show and its first prize: two tickets to see the famous rooster Elvis Poultry in concert. The only problem is Marge and Lola can’t figure out their act for the talent show. Mac the Duck, the barnyard bully, is also entered in the show and continually reminds his chicken friends that they have no chance of winning the contest. Elsie, the barnyard’s sweetest and very shy cow, decides that she, too, will compete in the show. Chicken Dance celebrates the power of perseverance to overcome insurmountable odds – and the local bully – in Marge and Lola’s long-shot attempt to win the talent show.

Standards:  DA, LAFS, MU, SC, TH

 Virtual Shows













From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler   
Available:  Sept. 30 - June 30
Grades: 3-6

ArtsPower’s enchanting musical, based on E.L. Konigsburg’s Newbery Medal-winning classic, follows Claudia Kincaid and her brother Jamie up the stone steps of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and right into the middle of an adventure sure to captivate audiences of all ages! 

Standards:  DA, LAFS, MU, TH


Lucy Maud Montgomery’s timeless tale about Anne Shirley, a young orphan from Nova Scotia determined to find a family, has captured the hearts of young and old for more than a century.  The spunky Anne arrives in the Nova Scotia town of Avonlea and discovers Matthew Cuthbert, whom she convinces to be her “kindred spirit.” Though Matthew was expecting a boy from the orphanage to help out around the farm, he is so charmed by Anne and her strong belief in the power of imagination that he decides to take her home to meet his sister, Marilla. Refusing to believe that a girl can be of any help, Marilla agrees to keep Anne on a trial basis only. Anne sets out to win the hearts of the Cuthberts and of the people of Avonlea.

Standards: DA, LAFS, MU, TH




Based on the multi-award-winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower’s musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn’t want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it’s the boys’ soccer ball. Then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.

Standards:  DA, LAFS, MU, SC, TH


We plan to resume live performances in January if the school districts’ policies permit and it is safe to do so. All CDC guidelines and safety protocol will be implemented and followed. Please complete one reservation form per grade for the in-theatre shows.  Reservation requests received after Oct. 2 will be filled based on availability or placed on a waiting list. Only those who have made and received confirmed reservations in advance will be admitted to the performances.

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 their illusions! 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!

Standards:  SC




Fun with Physics is a wacky look at “how things work” with Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall.  This fun-filled production teaches physics concepts through theatrically based experiments and demonstrations.  The show includes states of matter, Sir Isaac Newton and gravity, air resistance and pressure, propulsion, wings and lift, gyroscopic properties, levers, fulcrums, math skills, static electricity, optical illusion and more! Lots of audience interaction with these two legends of the circus, great scenery and awesome lighting and illusions all make this one science lesson that students will remember far into the future!

Standards:  SC 



Are You My Mother?
Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021
9:30 & 11:30 AM * Grades: K-2                          study guide

At long last, Baby Bird emerges from her shell and expects to be greeted by her mother’s song. But her mother is not there. Where is she? Why isn’t she home? With the help of Dog, Cat, and Hen, Baby Bird sets out in search of Mother Bird in this colorful musical adventure based on P.D. Eastman’s whimsical and well-loved picture book.

Standards:  LAFS, TH  


Founded in 1994, Step Afrika! is the world’s first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping—a polyrhythmic, percussive dance form that uses the body as an instrument. Their mission is to preserve, expand and promote an appreciation for stepping through professional performances, and to educate, motivate, and inspire young people in and out of school through arts education programs that emphasize stepping’s core values of teamwork, commitment and discipline. With stepping at the core, as practiced by historically African-American fraternities and sororities, the Company integrates song, storytelling, humor, and audience participation into each performance.

Standards:   DA, LAFS, MU, SS, TH




When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. 

Standards:  HE, LAFS, RL, SC, SP, SS, TH


Ecology is Awesome (A Totally Rockin' Environment Show) focuses on pollution, conservation of natural resources, and the amazing connections that exist in the natural world. It features all new music, new tricks, new explanations, new Garbage Monsters (Garbage Monsters?) Yes. Garbage Monsters! And lots of new funny stuff. It is a whole new show with the same ecological theme but different content! Woohoo! Steve’s shows are always an excellent blend of curriculum-based ecological lessons (with lesson plans) and awesome green themed magic tricks, music, and craziness that students find irresistible.

Standards:  MU, SC, SS



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