“To say the kids were excited by your show is an understatement. They were ecstatic! Your combination of magic and a strong positive message is what children need to hear. On behalf of Smyrna Elementary I want to thank you for another great assembly.”
Teacher, Smyrna Elementary, Smyrna, DE
Q: How long have you been presenting school assemblies and library shows?
A: Over thirty years, thousands of schools, thousands of shows, millions of kids. From the very first program, our focus has been presenting important messages with entertaining, captivating delivery of humor, fun & magic.
Q: Do you offer VIRTUAL SHOWS?
A: Yes we do! Live from our assembly program studio just south of Atlanta, GA. The shows are live and interacitve. I see the kids while the kids see me!
Q: What are your program fees?
A: Our fees vary with the number of programs scheduled (We love to give volume discounts) and travel expenses, so it would be impossible to list a “one price fits all’ price list online. Please contact us online or call 1-800-732-7469. Keep in mind, we travel nationwide to schools of all budgets. We don’t want budget challenges to be an obstacle to giving your students a great experience. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
Q: What makes Dixon Programs different from other school assemblies?
Successful assembly programs need two things: great message and great delivery. Our programs are message driven. The magic, comedy and audience participation are the vehicles to illustrate the message, give it excitement and put the kids on the edges of their seats (or on the edges of their “criss-cross applesauces”) Our programs are VERY fun for the kids (and teachers, too) but the message is the driver of the show, not the fun.
Two approaches that do NOT work:
Great message plus lousy delivery. You’ve seen it. The presenter is an absolute expert at fill-in-the-blank. Yet the delivery is dry, boring and with little to no audience management. Ugh.
Entertaining delivery plus lousy or no message. Several years back I was chatting with a principal (now retired) who had hosted our show five years in a row. He told me a story of a magician he brought in for an assembly years before.
“He came in with a reading assembly. He’d do a trick and then say ‘If you want to do that, you have to read.’ No linking of the trick with the message. And that was the sum total of his ‘message’. Nothing. This pattern went on for 40 minutes. The next year, against my better judgment, I let him return with his math assembly. He did the exact same tricks! At end of every trick he said, ‘If you want to do that, you have to be good at math.’ Never again!”
This RIGHT combination of message and entertainment accomplishes three very important goals:
First, it makes a very serious message fun to discuss without losing any of the message’s impact. By presenting this message in a fun, interactive way and still teaching the important lessons, all students benefit.
Second, the combination of message and entertainment makes the message easier to understand and remember. Most messages just enter the mind through the ears. The messages in our programs enter the minds of your students through their ears, eyes, their own voices and audience participation. The programs are a fun, highly visual experience. And don’t worry about not having enough space for this program — we are experts at bringing a VERY BIG SHOW to even the smallest schools.
Third, only an entertaining program will keep your kids interested and focused. How many times have you experienced the horror of an assembly presenter that can’t control the kids? It’s the worst, isn’t it? That won’t happen with our assembly programs. We are the experts at creating assemblies that emphasize audience control and regularly receive comments like this:
“Definitely schedule it! A teacher of 20+ years said it was the best assembly she ever saw. Great combination of fun with an in important message!”
Counselor, Kratzer Elementary, Allentown, PA
“In my 30 years, this is one of the most effective assemblies I have ever witnessed. The message was VERY clear. This is one program that should be done yearly!”
Principal, Trevorton Elementary, Trevorton, PA
Forgive us for bragging, but we do good work. ☺ There are schools that have had our programs return for 7, 8, 9, 10 and even
11 12 years in a row! We’d love to earn your business and bring one of our programs to your school.
Q: Where do you travel to present your programs?
A: Short answer: nationwide.
Longer answer: We have presented our programs in Georgia (our headquarters), Alabama, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, California, New York, Minnesota, Texas, Michigan, Arizona, West Virginia, etc. etc. … in big schools and small schools, in city schools, in rural schools, you get the idea, we’ve been north, south, east, west, and everywhere in between.
Q: What do you need for your program? We don’t even have a stage!
A: The only thing we need is …the students! And as far as a stage goes, 95% of our programs are presented in a multipurpose-gymacafetorium with the students seated on the floor, criss-cross applesauce. In addition to all the necessary props, we usually travel with our own sound system.
Q: Do you have background clearances?
A: In 2007 Chris Dixon and his wife became foster adoptive parents. Since then they have adopted six wonderful boys, the oldest born in 2007, the youngest in 2015. Understandably with that process comes a battery of background checks, so, yes, clearance are important to us, and by extension of that, all of our presenters.
Dixon Programs perform nationwide and is one of the most popular programs in Georgia. Dixon Programs travel nationwide including performing over 250 events a year in Georgia, South Carolina, Florida, Alabama, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Maryland. Dixon Programs travels nationwide and can be frequently seen in and around Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, Savannah, Athens, Sandy Springs, Roswell, Johns Creek, Warner Robins, Albany, Alpharetta, Marietta, Valdosta, Smyrna, Brookhaven, Dunwoody, Peachtree Corners, Mableton, Gainesville, Milton, Newnan, Rome, Martinez, Peachtree City, Pittsburgh, and more.