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Backstage Tour

Customized backstage tours will introduce your students to live theater in a world class venue. Go behind the scenes to see how we present touring performances and produce shows from script to stage. Explore dressing and control rooms. "Learn the ropes" and see how scenery moves on our stage. Program a cue on a computerized light board. Put your friends "in the limelight" with our follow spot. View the immense heights and mechanical marvels of a modern theater.

Running Time: 60 minutes

Recommended for Grades: 3 to 6

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts

Tickets: $7 (At least 20 students are required to book a tour)

For more information please contact Kathleen Brennan at 708.534.4046 or at kbrennan@govst.edu 

Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park Tours

Contact: 815.834.4486 or sculpture@govst.edu at least one month in advance of your visit to request a guided tour.

Fees for guided tours: $5 per adult and $3.50 for students

Attire: Please dress appropriately for the season. Be sure to wear comfortable, sturdy, walking shoes as extensive walking on uneven paths is required.

Facilities: GSU buildings are open Saturday, 8 am to 6 pm; on Sunday they're open Noon to 6 pm. Our cafeteria is open Monday through Friday (Monday to Thursday, 8 am to 7:30 pm, and Friday, 8 am to 2:30 pm) The cafeteria is closed on the weekend.

Time Required: We recommend budgeting 2 to 2½ hours for your visit - this will allow bathroom breaks at the beginning and end and a full experience of our unique presentation.

Student Group Specifics:

  • We request one teacher and one chaperone for every 30 students (Grades 4 to 12).
  • "Experiencing the Park," a PowerPoint presentation that introduces students to important concepts dealing with sculpture and 3-Dimensional design is available by pre-arrangement. This presentation, with a question-and-answer period, is approximately 40 minutes long. There is no extra fee for this presentation for school groups.
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