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Katie Couric’s The Brand-New Kid
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences on Tour
Tuesday, February 19, 10 a.m. & 12:30 p.m.
Grades K-3

Brand New Kid A heartwarming new musical based on a book by one of America’s favorite television personalities…

New teachers…new books…new faces! It’s the very first day of second grade, and Lazlo S. Gasky is the new kid in school. He’s your typical seven-year-old boy, but because he doesn’t look or speak quite like the others,
the teasing and taunting begin. When Ellie McSnelly realizes how tough
Lazlo has it, she risks being ridiculed herself to spend an afternoon with
him. After playing soccer, eating strudel, and making new friends, the
two teach their classmates a valuable lesson – one that’s not in their schoolbooks – about the need to give others a chance. Adapted from
Katie Couric’s popular children’s book, this uplifting new musical proves
that being yourself is the best way to be.

Photo Credit: Scott Suchman

Program Length 60 minutes
Teaching materials available

Study Guide - Click to download

Illinois Learning Standards
Social/Emotional Learning
English/Language Arts
Fine Arts

Teacher Survey - Click to fill out Teacher Survey online.

Next Class Acts Performance




Sangamon Auditorium ~ University of Illinois Springfield ~ Tickets 217.206.6160 or 800.207.6960