Education & Community Engagement

alley character education series IMPACT

The Alley is proud to have offered Greater Houston area elementary schools five tours of three Oskar productions since Oskar moved to Houston in 2013. Since the first shows, we’ve shared the important lessons of like empathy, accepting others, and perseverance to more than 150,000 students where they live on in the classroom, on the playground and beyond.

past alley theatre oskar tours 

Oskar and the Big Bully Battle!

By Prince Gomolvilas
For Grades K-5

About the Show!

Ten-year-old Oskar loves his new shoes! They belong in a museum of GRRRReatness! Or at least they did until Frank stepped on them. If apologies had happened then and there, this playground mishap would not have escalated into a wild adventure illustrating the roles of victim, bully, bystander, and upstander.

This comic assembly was developed by award-winning theatre artists to help students understand the multiple perspectives involved in an escalating incident of bullying. Oskar and the Big Bully Battle! received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from Houston schools during previous tours.

Oskar and the Big Bully Battle: PART 2!

By Prince Gomolvilas and Matt Ackels
For Grades K-5  

About the Show!

When a very thorny incident shocks the schoolyard, everyone is stumped and confused. But never fear, Oskar to the rescue! He quickly dons his detective hat. In this wacky adventure about the bullying cycle, Oskar learns that everyday comments can start a dangerous chain reaction that stops the whole school in its tracks.

Whether on its own or a follow-up to last year’s Oskar and the Big Bully Battle:PART 2! encourages students to stand up for victims, while also teaching them how to express empathy for bullies—helping everybody on the playground to happily move forward together.

Oskar and the Curiously Colorful Clash!

By Prince Gomolvilas and Matt Ackels
For Grades K-5  

About the Show!

Ten-year-old Oskar loves his orange hat! He’s had it all his life, and all his friends have one too. But when Billy moves to town, Oskar is shocked and confused. Billy wears a blue hat. This is not the way things are supposed to be in Orange Hat, Texas. Oskar will stop at nothing to bring order to his perfectly orange and unassorted hometown.

This comic assembly was developed by award-winning theatre artists to help students understand and embrace diversity in every sense of the word. OSKAR has received an overwhelming amount of positive feedback from Houston schools. One teacher and school parent commented:

“I went up to my son’s class while they were waiting in line to leave and said, ‘So what did you guys think?’.  They responded, ‘That was so cool!’ Then my son says, ‘Mom, you got that part of what they're talking about is racism right?’. Before I can respond a cute little girl says, ‘It is about racism . . . partly . . . and they do it in a really neat way . . . in a nice way.’"

Oskar AND THE LAST STRAW!

By Prince Gomolvilas 
For Grades K-5

About the Show!

Too much homework. Too many extracurricular activities, and social events. What's a kid to do? As his backpack gets fuller and voices from the outside world get louder, Oskar can’t help but feel like he can’t handle it—any of it! He just doesn't know how to deal with stress, to take back control, to be...resilient?

In this play, Oskar learns that he can bounce back, that he’s awesome…awesomely resilient! Through his journey, students come to understand that they too are good enough, and that they have the ability within themselves to bounce back.

Oskar Versus thingamabob!

By Prince Gomolvilas and Matt Ackels
For Grades K-5

About the Show!

An urgent and delightful new play from the creators of the acclaimed Oskar series! After ten-year-old Oskar successfully faces and defeats a real-lifeThingamabob, he continues to be troubled by bad dreams—about the same real-life Thingamabob he thought was long gone. How will Oskar find peace in his sleep? How will he deal with the fear, anger, and sadness that have become a part of his waking hours? How will he tap into his innate superpowers of resilience and grit? Oskar Versus Thingamabob uses high energy, laughter, and joy to teach audiences how to bounce back after a crisis and to move forward to a brighter future.

 

ALLEY RE-SOURCED – A DIGITAL RESOURCE FOR YOUR CLASSROOM

Explore Alley Theatre productions with Alley Re-Sourced — our groundbreaking digital dramaturgy platform. Click HERE to view more information about Alley Re-Sourced.

For Alley Shows for Kids, teachers will find sequencing maps of the plays, worksheets and activities for grades K-5, and other links for teaching lessons from the plays in the classroom. Teachers will also find Stage Craft pages full of videos explaining the shows and how they were created.

To view the Alley Re-Sourced site for Oskar Versus Thingamabob, click HERE! 

 

 

short History of Oskar

 

 

"From kindergarten through 5th grade, the kids were enthralled with the story. The performance of everyone involved was top-notch. Oskar was by far our top performance in the 3 years that I have set up our programs. "

PTA President at Stephens Elementary