For the 2022/23 academic school year, the Providence Performing Arts Center is back to presenting live performances for our ARTS Showcase. In addition, because our virtual showcases were so popular and able to reach so many students, we will also be offering most of the performances as virtual options as well. The virtual offering of specified performances will be offered one month following the live performance and will be available for viewing for a three-week period. Our performance season this year runs November 2022 through May of 2023.

ARTS Showcase performances at PPAC feature both New England and nationally acclaimed touring artists.  The artists are selected by a PPAC committee based on artistic quality, cultural diversity, educational value, and the positive message of the performances.  Schools must register online to be part of our live viewing audience and (limited to a 2200 seating capacity).  Once schools register, they will receive a confirmation email letting them know if their group has been confirmed for seats. We also reimburse for busing costs for students attending our performances; you must submit these invoices to within 60 days of the performance that the school attended, and we will send a check to cover the transportation cost.

Prior to each performance, the contact teacher receives a study guide to share with colleagues and to help in the development of curriculum activities.  Following each performance, students and teachers are asked to submit an electronic “report card,” grading the performance they attended and offering additional feedback. This “report card” is sent out electronically through a digital link to the teacher that is registering students to attend. It is our hope that the contact teacher shares this digital link with all teachers attending with students from their school, so that we can get accurate data for future and current funders and so that we can continue to serve teachers and students with the best content possible.

Viewing and attending PPAC ARTS Showcase performances is FREE; these performances are not available to the public.  This program is an outreach program offered to Rhode Island School grades Kindergarten through 8th grade. YOU MUST BE REGISTERED TO PARTICIPATE BOTH IN PERSON AND VIRTUALLY. Teachers/schools who are interested in attending in person or virtually viewing PPAC ARTS Showcase performances with their students can complete a registration form from our website or request registration materials from Betsy Rinaldi at (Please specify the PPAC ARTS Showcase performance you are interested in registering for when reaching out.)


*Please note The Magic Flute and Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs will not be available for virtual viewing during the 2022/23 season.


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All The Way Live!

Thursday, November 3, 2022 at 9:45am

What’s it take to be ALL THE WAY LIVE? World-renowned hip-hop artists Baye Harrell and Paige Hernandez have created an interactive boom box that's powered by you! Using the engineering design process, the audience will journey through the different stations of this boom box's radio. The boom box will give you all you need to know about hip-hop, working together, and how to be your best self. "Creativity", "Respect", and "Cooperation" are just a few of the stations that are explored. In this interactive show with original music by Nicktha1da, the audience is empowered through rhyme, dance, beat box and more as they journey through self-discovery.

“When you learn, you always thrive. We can turn it up…ALL THE WAY LIVE”!! 

This performance is best for Grades K - 5. 

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Storytelling, Music, Emotional Development, Engineering, and Dance.

This show runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.


REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Thursday, October 20, 2022



FUNDA FEST: A Celebration of Black Storytelling

Wednesday, February 8, 2023 at 9:45am



Funda is a Zulu word, spoken by the people in South Africa. Long before there were books, the elders and griots and jaliyas - the storytellers - were the keepers of the culture; they passed on stories and songs so the community would learn its history and values. Rhode Island Black Storytellers will provide a program of stories and music celebrating the oral art and traditions of Black people of the African diaspora. FUNDA FEST will include African and Afro-Latino drummers and storytellers who share tales from Africa, Cape Verde, and the Americas, making cultural connections of African-descended people around the globe, and the stories we share. 

This performance is best for Grades 3 - 8.

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music, Storytelling, History, Social Studies, World Geography, and Multi-Cultural Studies.


This show runs approximately 55 minutes with no intermission.




REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, January 25, 2023



The Magic Flute

Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 9:45am


In 2023, Salt Marsh Opera will present a lively, brand-new production of the beloved fairytale opera, THE MAGIC FLUTE by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. THE MAGIC FLUTE is a magical production, filled with characters and situations that are both believable and unbelievable. It's bursting with traditional fairytale elements - fantastical instruments, wicked queens versus a noble wizard, ordeals by fire and water - and its enchantment will charm students, keeping them on the edge of their seats.

This performance is best for Grades K - 5.

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Music, Social Studies, and Multi-Cultural Studies.

This show runs approximately 60 minutes with no intermission.





REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, February 15, 2023



Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors

Wednesday, April 5, 2023 – 9:45am



Andy Kelly’s Jazz Ambassadors will be highlighting the history of jazz, from its birth in New Orleans in the early 1900s to today, covering many of the greats, including Louis Armstrong, George Gershwin, Tommy Dorsey, and Herbie Hancock, among others. The band will loosely follow a chronological progression of jazz through the years, demonstrating and entertaining with each stylistic variation. Jazz is a uniquely American artform that is constantly evolving; this performance will help students connect the music of those bygone times to the jazz of today, as well as how to appreciate and understand this important, influential genre of music.

This performance is best for Grades K - 8.

Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Music, History, Social Studies, Visual Arts, and Performance.

Runtime: Approximately 50 minutes







REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 22, 2023



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

Friday, May 5, 2023 at 9:45am




Providence Ballet Theatre’s production transforms the traditional fairy tale of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS into a journey to discover the nature of true beauty, loyalty, and companionship. Left alone in the forest, Snow White discovers love and true friendship. This work features a collaboration between choreographer and Artistic Director Eva Marie Pacheco and composer Tony Lustig, with the talents of local professional dancers of Providence Ballet Theatre and members of PBT's Jr. Company to create an all-new artistic experience for all ages. Beneath the visual treat of the ballet itself, this version of SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS has an underlying theme, "let us not judge by outward appearances, the external beauty when not combined with inner goodness will eventually fade, and evil will be exposed." 

This performance is best for Grades 3 - 8.

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Music, Self-Expression, and Dance.

This show runs approximately 50 minutes with no intermission.





REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 21, 2023