Community Arts Services Initiative (C.A.S.I.)

CASI programs serve a broad community audience of several hundred adults and nearly 1,000 school children each season.

Finding Gabriela DC Youth Poetry Contest

The Finding Gabriela DC Youth Poetry Contest is a signature CASI project, established in 2010 in honor of Gabriela Mistral, Chilean poet and first Latin-American to win a Nobel Prize (1945).  Convening young local poets between 12 and 23 and accepting submissions in both Spanish and English, the Contest takes place each April (National Poetry Month). Between 2010 and 2016 the contest attracted well over 500 young poets and over 1000 poems!

For more information about the Finding Gabriela DC Youth Poetry Contest, click here or contact Renae Erichsen-Teal at dcpoetrycontest@gmail.com

Information regarding entry and submission deadlines is now online! Submissions accepted January 23rd to April 7th 2017

By writing poetry for the In Series’ [Poetry] Contest, my immigrant students have been able to find a voice that many of them did not know they possessed.  A voice to express their anxieties, their fears, their frustrations, their hopes, and their dreams. When my students share their poems with the class, they realize the value of education, of staying in school, the value of struggling and fighting for their dreams.  The impact of writing poetry has been very powerful for all my students, especially with disenfranchised students who are considering giving up on their education. Students at risk of not successfully completely their GED cite their participation in the poetry contest as a reason for staying in school.”

Josué TorresSocial Studies and Language Arts Teacher - The Next Step Public Charter School

“…Hincho mi corazón para que entre como cascada ardiente el universo…”
“…I open my heart so the Universe can enter it like a cataract of fire…”

Gabriela MistralFirst Latin American awarded a Nobel Prize (Literature, 1945)

Family Opera Programs

2016-2017 Season Presents:

Goyesquitas

Take your kids to Spain for the holidays!  On the wings of beloved song and traditional dances, this special family edition of Goyescas invites music lovers of all ages to enjoy the culture, sights and sounds of Spain.

Performances
Sat 12/10 at 2:30pm; Sat 12/17 at 2:30pm; Sun 12/18 at 2:30pm

Tickets
General: $25  Senior: $23  Student: $15. Group (8+) 10% discount.

Venue
GALA Hispanic Theatre
3333 14th Street NW, Washington DC
Columbia Heights Metro (Green & Yellow Line), Secure parking in Giant lot

Cri-Cri: El Grillito Cantor

Goyesquitas

Zarzuelita Latina

Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood

Mozart’s Bastian & Bastianna

School Shows

Bring music right to your classroom! CASI offers theatrically designed musical programs that mirror our unique main stage productions and offer plenty of interactive participation to school audiences grades 2 – 12.

To have CASI visit your school call Brian J. Shaw at 202-204-7765 or email brian@inseries.org

Current productions in repertory:

Zarzuelita Latina!: Music from Spain & Latin America:

Discover the traditional Spanish musical, or Zarzuela! Popular in early 20th century Cuba and Latin America, Zarzuela combines music, dance, and theatre. Discover the art form while learning about Spanish and Latino geography, history, music, and dance.  Students even have opportunities to join in onstage in this interactive, bilingual program.

Length of Event: 45-50′
Grades: 1st, 2nd,3rd, 4th


Mozart’s Bastian & Bastianna, a Magical Fairy Tale:

Written when he was 12, Mozart’s fairy-tale opera is full of love, magic, and sheep.  It tells the charming tale of a shepherdess and her former sweetheart who seek the help of a local magician to bring them back together.

Length of Event: 45-50′
Grades: 2nd,3rd, 4th


Duke Ellington’s Neighborhood: 

The perfect student’s introduction to opera and theatre. An interactive journey through Duke Ellington’s DC—from U Street and the Howard Theatre to Anacostia.  Come groove along with Duke’s jazz with live jazz trio. Join amazing performers as they discover how a local hero influenced the Harlem Renaissance, helped shape the cultural history of Washington D.C., and became an international star.

Length of Event: 45-50′
Grades: 2nd,3rd, 4th


Cri-Cri: El Grillito Cantor (Cri-Cri: The Little Singing Cricket): 

Cri-Cri is the Mexican Muppet, an iconic radio program popular all over Latin America in the1960s-70’s! Learn about the age of radio, and join three gifted performers who, with the audience’s help, dance, play and sing along to these classic songs in Spanish and in English.

Length of Event: 45-50′
Grades: PreK-K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd

Senior Home Performances & Discounts

The In Series offers special group rates and individual discount tickets to members of senior communities in the DC Metro area.  We also work with individual communities to bring small opera and American song cabarets directly to their residents. To learn more about bringing opera to your community or to sign up for our discount program, contact Christian Rohde at christian@inseries.org or 202-204-7763.  

Director’s Salon for Fidelio

Director’s Salon Series

Audiences are invited to these free conversations with the directors, designers and select performers of the season’s major productions, which include short demo performances and an open rehearsal. Launched in 2011 by former In Series Board member Shannon Mouton, the panel-performance-and-reception format promotes community engagement and understanding of the creative process.

Director’s Salon Schedule 2016-17

Who’s The Boss? 8/29/2016
Goyescas 11/21/2016
Don Pasquale 2/28/2017
Oberon 5/24/2017

Artist & Audience Dialogues

Our popular artists-and-audience dialogues are offered before or after a performance of each major season production. Performers and directors assemble on stage to take questions from and dialogue with audience.

Artist & Audience Dialogue Schedule 2016-17

Who’s The Boss? 9/17/2016
Goyescas 12/11/2016
A Simple Melody: Irving Berlin 1/8/2017
Don Pasquale 3/19/2017
Oberon  6/11/2017

Audience Talkback for Goyescas

For additional information about CASI please call Brian J. Shaw at 202-204-7765 or email brian@inseries.org