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Recognized as one of the few working theatres of its kind, Shea’ s Performing Arts Center is an award winning National Historic site. Designed by architects C.W. and George L. Rapp, Shea’ s Buffalo Theatre boasts an interior designed by Tiffany Studios featuring a Neo-Spanish Baroque design, modeled after a European opera house. It originally opened in 1926 as a movie house under the direction of Mr. Michael Shea. Since then, the theatre continues to be maintained and restored to its original grandeur.

Shea’ s mission is to restore and maintain Shea’ s Buffalo Theatre for present and future generations to enjoy as a working historic theatre providing a wide variety of live performing arts experiences for our patrons and innovative and effective educational experiences fostering an appreciation of live theatre by area youth.

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Shea's Reader's Theatre Residency

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Shea's Reader's Theatre program is a great way to help boost fluency and comprehension in your readers. Through collaboration with the Teaching Artist and Classroom Teacher, this one-week residency will introduce students in grades 3-7 to the art of Reader's Theatre. Throughout the week students will learn about pronunciation, projection, character and stage presence, while increasing their vocabulary and knowledge of the subject matter. Students will participate in theatre games and exercises in order to enhance their performance skills and build confidence. The program can be done in connection with fables, stories, myths, folktales or as a part of your curriculum needs.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.

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Shea' s On School Time Series

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Shea's On School Time Experience combines our in-class workshops with a live performance at Shea's. A teaching artist from Shea's will go into the classroom to perform pre-performance workshops that help students prepare for their trip to Shea's and the performance they are scheduled to see. Immediately following the performance the teaching artist will conduct a post-show discussion with the class. Workshops are tailored to the production the school will be attending.

Pricing varies per residency. Please call the APL office for details, (716) 881-0917.
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