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School Matinees

Each year, nearly 15,000 K-12 students from all over Central Texas attended a Student Matinee at the historic Paramount Theatre. The matinees not only expose students to world-class theatrical performances but also introduce them to a vital piece of Austin’s cultural heritage. Students also receive study guides that align the play’s themes, characters, and production to the TEKS standards in a range of subjects.

When you bring your students to the Paramount Theatre for a field trip you are not only introducing them to world class live performances, you are also exposing them to TEXAS HISTORY. The Paramount Theatre celebrated its 100th anniversary in October 2015 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Performances will take place at the Paramount & Stateside at the Paramount Theatres!


2016/2017 Matinee Schedule

Super Scientific Circus

September 26-27
Best for Pre K – 4th Grade

Building Hope

October 4-5
For 6th Grade Only

The Man Who Planted Trees

October 24-28
Best for 2nd – 8th Grade

Petra and the Wolf

December 12-16
Best for 2nd – 8th Grade

Call of the Wild

January 9-13
Best for 4th – 12th Grade

The Ugly Duckling

February 13-14
Best for PreK – 4th Grade

American Revolution

March 6-7
Best for 4th – 12th Grade

Love That Dog

April 10-11
Best for 2nd – 8th Grade


2016/2017 Matinee Event Descriptions

Super Scientific Circus

Paramount Theatre
Monday, September 26th, 2016 at 10 AM
Tuesday, September 27th, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre K – 4th Grade

Back by popular demand! The Super Scientific Circus starring Mr. Fish and Trent the Mime, proves that science can be fun and funny. Alternately assisted and foiled by the comedic antics of Trent the Mime, Mr. Fish uses amazing circus skills involving boomerangs, bubbles, beach balls, bull whips, and magic to introduce the principles of friction, inertia, centripetal force, aerodynamics, sonic booms, air pressure, and ultraviolet light.

TEKS Connections: Science and Performing Arts

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Building Hope

By the Nobelity Project

Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 10 AM

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 at 10 AM

*This is a two-hour presentation

6th Grade Only

Please join us for this truly special event celebrating the value of education for every child across the globe.

This presentation will begin with a screening of the award-winning documentary Building Hope. Nobelity Project founders and filmmakers Turk & Christy Pipkin will follow the film with a Q&A and a live stream, Skype call, with students in Kenya. Austin 6th graders will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time and experience global bridge-building for themselves as we explore the importance of education for all.

More about the film: Through challenges and triumphs, Building Hope chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High, the first high school for this remote African community, and the connection between a thousand people in the U.S. and an African community working to create a better future for their children.

The Nobelity Project, founded by Turk and Christy Pipkin, is a non-profit organization seeking solutions to global problems through education and action. Advocating for basic rights of children everywhere, they have a special focus on enabling rural Kenyan communities to fill the gaps in educational infrastructure so their children can see a brighter future. http://www.nobelity.org

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Global Studies, Philanthropy, Film & Fine Arts

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The Man Who Planted Trees

Celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the National Parks Service with The Man Who Planted Trees and the Paramount Theatre!

Stateside at the Paramount
Monday, October 24, 2016 at Noon
Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 10 AM & Noon
Wednesday, October 26, 2016 at 10 AM & Noon
Thursday, October 27, 2016 at 10 AM & Noon
Friday, October 28, 2016 at 10 AM

Best for 2nd – 8th Grade

Hear the wind, feel the rain, smell the lavender and laugh with Dog. In this ecologically inspired tale, a French shepherd sets out to plant a forest and transform a barren wasteland acorn by acorn. Their uplifting and unforgettable story shows us the difference one man (and his dog!) can make to the world. Based on the book by Jean Giono.

Over its nine years of touring, The Man Who Planted Trees has become a favorite of audiences and schools around the world. “It is very, very rare to find something that appeals as effortlessly to children and adults as this magical show. —Scotsman

TEKS Connections: Science, Social Studies, Language Arts, Performing Arts, Environmental Studies, SEL

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Petra and the Wolf: A Texas-Based Adaptation of Peter & the Wolf

by Lionheart Youth Theatre
Featuring Austin’s own MOTHER FALCON!

Stateside at the Paramount
Monday, December 12, 2016 at Noon
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Wednesday, December 14, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 10 AM
Friday, December 16, 2016 at 10 AM

Best for 2nd – 8th Grade

After a successful run during our 2015-2016 season, the world premiere of Austin-based Lionheart Youth Theatre’s, Petra & the Wolf: A Texas-Based Adaptation of Peter & the Wolf, returns to the Stateside Theatre. This production unites the music of Universal Recording Artist Mother Falcon with the critically acclaimed puppetry of Glass Half Full Theatre. This new work inspired by the Prokofiev classic introduces young audiences to the journey of the fearless Petra. Her adventures are a showcase of female bravery and leave audiences walking away with a new sense of compassion and empathy. The show is a stunning piece of visual storytelling featuring magnificent puppetry set to a live score written and performed by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible.”

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Performing Arts, SEL

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Call of the Wild

Written and Directed by Jason Tremblay
Performed by Noel Gaulin

Stateside at the Paramount
Monday, January 9, 2017 at Noon
Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at 10 AM & Noon
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 at 10 AM & Noon
Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 10 AM & Noon
Friday, January 13, 2017 at 10 AM

Best for 4th – 12th Grade

Jack London’s Classic Tale Live on Stage!
This multi-media adventure mixes classic story telling with projected illustrations and original music to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent cross-bred offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush, Buck fights to survive and becomes the most famous dog in the whole history of the northland. This Austin-based company, Theatre Heroes, is making their Stateside at the Paramount debut with this compelling one-man production.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Theatre, Music)

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The Ugly Duckling

Paramount Theatre
Monday, February 13, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, February 14, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre K – 4th Grade

Lightwire Theater (Dino Light) returns to the Paramount stage with The Ugly Duckling. In an age when technology seems to provide many distractions, Lightwire Theater brings the classic tale, The Ugly Duckling to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Hans Christian Andersen’s The Ugly Duckling is a wonderful story celebrating differences and transformation while Aesop’s fable. This amazing ‘glow in the dark’ adventure was last seen in 2012 when it had its world premiere on the Stateside stage.

Don’t miss this incredible show celebrating the art of storytelling alongside the magic of “glow in the dark” technology!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, SEL, Performing Arts, Technology

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American Revolution

Paramount Theatre
Monday, March 6, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, March 7, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for 4th – 12th Grade

Do not miss this spectacular event!

History in 50 minutes—seven actors, two feet off the ground, share 21 square feet of space and recreate the entire American fight for independence from Lexington to Yorktown. Using only the actors’ bodies, voices and (pantomimed) cannons, the show evokes an epic time period in American history. Combining tongue-in-cheek humor with a dash of derring-do. The American Revolution displays the company’s rowdy brand of bare-boned and imaginative physical theater. Ideal for Social Studies and Performing Arts classrooms alike!

TEKS Connections: US History and Performing Arts

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Love That Dog

Paramount Theatre
Monday, April 10, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for 2nd – 8th Grade

Come celebrate National Poetry Month with Love That Dog at the Paramount!

Jack hates poetry. Only girls write it and every time he tries to, his brain feels empty. But his teacher, Ms. Stretchberry, won’t stop giving her class poetry assignments – and Jack can’t avoid them. But then something amazing happens. The more he writes, the more he learns he does have something to say.

With a fresh and deceptively simple style, acclaimed author Sharon Creech tells a story with enormous heart. Written as a series of free-verse poems from Jack’s point of
view, Love That Dog by Dutch Theatre company Theatergroep Kwatta, shows how one boy finds his own voice with the help of a teacher, a writer, a pencil, some yellow paper, and of course, a dog.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, SEL, Performing Arts

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More Information About School Shows:

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The cost of admission is only $8.00 per child. One adult per 10 children will receive free admittance. Title I schools will receive a discounted admission of only $4.00 per child.

All performances will be presented at the Paramount or Stateside at the Paramount Theatres. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To accommodate as many children as possible, there is a limit for adults attending the shows. Only one adult per every ten students. Any additional adults will be charged $14 per ticket. If you need more adults due to students with special needs, please contact Education & Outreach Director, Jennifer Luck. No general public tickets will be sold; therefore, all adult tickets must be purchased before the day of the performance.

The performances begin promptly at the indicated time and will last approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Arrival time should be no more than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Each school must make its own transportation arrangements after receiving a confirmation e-mail from the Paramount Theatre. There is no free parking available for private cars on the day of the performances.

Payment in the form of one check per school should be mailed to the Paramount Theatre once you receive your confirmation e-mail and accompanied invoice. Alternately, you may provide a credit card number to charge the balance. Full payments are due ONE MONTH before your performance date. If we have not heard from you one month before the performance, your tickets will be released and given to a school on our waitlist. If you need more time to pay for your school’s tickets we are happy to work with you, but there are NO CANCELLATIONS PAST YOUR ONE MONTH DUE DATE. These include decreases in numbers or complete cancellations of reservations. (including additional adult tickets) Your school will still be responsible for the amount due since we will not have adequate time to rebook your tickets and those seats will go unused. Thank you for your understanding.

If there are any obstacles that prevent your students from seeing this production, please contact Jessica Evans at jevans@austintheatre.org or call (512) 472-2901 ext 259 to discuss special arrangements.

Pre-show Workshops:

The Paramount Theatre’s Education & Outreach department also offers in classroom, pre-show workshops facilitated by professional teaching artists. Our teaching artists will come to your school and engage students in drama and movement based activities to prepare them to see the play and explore its themes and curricular connections.

The price of these workshops is $25 per classroom. Deep discounts are available for Title 1 schools.

Workshops will be available in the Fall of 2016. Please let us know you are interested in a pre-show workshop when you register and we will contact you in the fall to schedule those sessions.

Discovery Guides:

In addition to seeing the play, every student and teacher attending our productions will receive a free Discovery Guide to extend learning beyond seeing the play.

These guides are crafted specifically to connect the play to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). They also provide enrichment materials that offer lesson plans and suggest possible curricular connections through which educators can create fully integrated units in English, science, math, and social studies.

Click here for an example of one of our study guides.

Thank You For Your Support:

Paramount Student Matinees bring more than 15,000 children from across Central Texas each year for a fun learning experience in Austin’s most historic Theatre. The cost of admission does not cover the full cost of our high quality children’s programming. Without the support of individual donors, none of our school shows would be possible.

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