School Shows

Ben Franklin: America’s First Citizen

with Patrick Garner in association with TheatreworksUSA

Grades 1-6

Bring history to life for your students! Patrick Garner leads the way as students have an opportunity to take the stage with one of our founding fathers. Join Benjamin Franklin as he demonstrates how self-discipline, inquiry, public service, and a genuine love of life led to international fame and the gratitude of an entire nation.

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

– Benjamin Franklin

Common Core Content Standards Easily Applied in Your Classroom

  • 2.RI.3: Describe the connection between a series of historical events, scientific ideas or concepts, or steps in technical procedures in a text.
  • 4.RI.3: Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
  • 6.RI.3: Analyze in detail how a key individual, event, or idea is introduced, illustrated, and elaborated in a text (e.g., through examples or anecdotes).

Lesson Plan Idea

In groups, students identify an issue or need at their school, create a unique solution, and present their idea to the class.


Find materials for every show, policies, and more resources here.


Email Chrystie Prokopakis, School and Family Coordinator, or call 707.800.7504.

Event Information

New date:
Monday, February 5, 2017
60 minutes

9:30am performance sold out! 11:30am added!

Use the online application below to request the 11:30am show or be added to the wait list for the 9:30am show.

Set the Stage

Prepare your students for their trip to the theater with these free resource materials.

*Coming soon!

Art Talks

Free Guided Tours of the Sculpture Garden

Please select the desired date and time options for your docent-led tour through our Sculpture Garden to view the work of Bruce Johnson’s “Root 101” exhibit when you place your School Show order.  Tours may accommodate up to 100 people, take approximately 20 minutes, and begin 15 minutes after school shows end. We will confirm your tour reservation based on scheduling and availability. Use our online application, printed order application, or contact Chrystie Prokopakis by email or phone at 707.800.7504.