ARTSReach Performances 2018–19

Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts

Apply for tickets to an ARTSReach Performance!

Review the list of performances below and apply in one of two ways:

If we accommodate your request, you will be asked to send a $1-per-seat deposit.

Seating is limited. Applications are filled on an as-is-available basis and allocated to maintain a balance of local and out-of-area schools, as well as those new to the program. Prior attendance records are also considered. A limited number of bus grants are available to schools showing financial need.


Contact Monica Chapon at 310.506.4766 or

Martial Artists

Chinese Warriors of Peking

With juggling acts, breathtaking acrobatics, weapons handling, and live stage combat, the Chinese Warriors of Peking provides a diverse, culturally enriching experience that's "... an entertaining show for the whole family" (Eastbourne Herald).

Friday, September 28, 2018 

11:45 a.m.
Grades: 3–8

Go, Dog, Go

Childsplay presents

Tomás and the Library Lady

Book, Music, and Lyrics by José Cruz González
Music Arranged and Performed by Adam Jacobson
Adapted from the book Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora

Based on the inspiring true story of Mexican American author and educator Tomás Rivera, this inspirational performance highlights the magic of reading, and what libraries—and education—can make possible.

Monday, October 1, 2018

10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.
Grades: K–4

Ezralow Dance Company

Cirque Mechanics: 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels

Thrills, laughs, and excitement are on full display as Cirque Mechanics' 42FT – A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels transports audiences back to the timeless thrills of the big top circus ring, in what Spectacle Magazine calls "the greatest contribution to the American circus since Cirque du Soleil."

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

11 a.m.
Grades: 5–8


LA Opera presents 

The Magic Dream

Young Pam grew up listening to Mozart's famous opera The Magic Flute with her grandparents, but never understood what was happening in the story. Pam invites us to explore the opera in her creatively re-imagined version, in which she has cast her friends as the colorful characters of The Magic Flute. Together, the group of friends learn that music and your own imagination can take you anywhere.

Friday, January 18, 2019

10 a.m.
Grades: 2–5

Time for Three

Dan Zanes and Claudia Eliaza

Multi-instrumentalist and Grammy Award winner Dan Zanes and Haitian-American jazz vocalist Claudia Eliaza celebrate the children's music of folk icon Lead Belly in a positive, fun, and educational family show. The audience is always encouraged to sing and dance along to the homespun, sophisticated, and artful music in this interactive performance!

Monday, January 28, 2019

10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.
Grades 1–4

Dance in Flight

Pepperdine Student Activites presents

Dance in Flight

Dance in Flight embodies the diversity and essence of Seaver College and the liberal arts tradition. For over 20 years, Dance in Flight has provided a safe environment for emerging student dancers and choreographers to cultivate creativity, physical expression, and teamwork in a professional performing atmosphere. The company members come from a variety of dance backgrounds, interests, and fields of study. United by their passion for the art of movement, they are dedicated to presenting an impressive showcase of student artistry.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

10 a.m. 
Grades: 2–5

Velvet Caravan

Ailey II Lecture/Demonstration

Ailey II is universally renowned for merging the spirit and energy of the country's best young dance talent with the passion and creative vision of today's most outstanding emerging choreographers.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

10 a.m.
Grades: 3–8

Sonia De Los Santos

Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards 

Sure to "incite smiles and foot-tapping" (The Rock Father Blog), Jazzy Ash and the Leaping Lizards utilize a mixture of gypsy jazz, zydeco, swing, blues, and Dixieland to encourage kids and families to celebrate the music of New Orleans as part of the American folk music heritage.

Friday, March 1, 2019

10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.
Grades K–4


Jessica Lang Dance

Creating and performing the work of choreographer Jessica Lang, who has "a gift for conveying emotion with exquisite simplicity" (the Washington Post), Jessica Lang Dance seeks to enrich and inspire global audiences by immersing them in the beauty of movement and music.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

10 a.m. & 11:45 a.m.
Grades: 6–12


Pacifico Dance Company

The Los Angeles-based Pacifico Dance Company has been thrilling audiences for well over a decade with its seamless blend of modern dance, ballet, and native dances of Mexico as part of their mission to foster an understanding, appreciation, and acceptance of ethnic diversity.

Monday, April 15, 2019

10 a.m. 
Grades: 3–8