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School Matinees

Each year, over 15,000 K-12 students from all over Central Texas attend 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 Theatres!

2017/2018 Matinee Schedule

Elementary School

Pinkalicious The Musical

November 6–7
Best for Pre-K–2nd Grade

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

December 4–5
Best for Pre-K–5th Grade

Go, Dog. Go!

April 24–25 – NEW DATES!
Best for Pre-K–2nd Grade


Middle School

Building Hope – Fall Event

October 10
Best for 6th–8th Grade

Building Hope – Spring Event

April 11
Best for 6th–8th Grade

Building Hope

By the Nobelity Project
Austin, TX

Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, October 10, 2017 at 10 AM
Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at 10 AM
(date changed due to updated STAAR testing schedule)

*This is a two-hour presentation

Best for 6th–8th Grade

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

This presentation will feature a screening of the award-winning documentary Building Hope in addition to one of the Nobelity Project’s short films. Nobelity Project founders and filmmakers Turk & Christy Pipkin will follow the films 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 Building Hope: 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.

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


Go, Dog. Go!

By Childsplay
Phoenix, AZ

Paramount Theatre
Tuesday, April 24, 2018 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre-K–2nd Grade

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

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


Previous Events

Pinkalicious The Musical – 10th Anniversary!

By Vital Theatre Company
New York City

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

Best for Pre-K–2nd Grade

Pinkalicious can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Health, SEL, Performing Arts (Theatre, Music)

Mr Popper's Penguins

Mr. Popper’s Penguins

By Casa Manana
Fort Worth, TX

Paramount Theatre
Monday, December 4, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, December 5, 2017 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre-K–5th Grade


Painter and decorator by day, Mr. Popper spends his time dreaming of Antarctic adventures. He is astounded when one day a packing crate arrives on his doorstep and a penguin waddles out! With original songs and performing penguin puppets, this delightful, action packed musical adaptation of Richard and Florence Atwater’s popular book (also made into a Hollywood film starring Jim Carrey) is the perfect treat for ages 4- 10!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Science, SEL, Performing Arts (Theatre, Music)

More Information About School Shows


Admission Policies

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 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 Brian Fahey at No general public tickets will be sold; therefore, all adult tickets must be purchased before the day of the performance.

Payment in the form of one check per school should be mailed to the Paramount Theatre once you receive your confirmation email 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 re-book 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 Brian Fahey at or call (512) 472-2901 ext 524 to discuss special arrangements.

Day of Event Information

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 email from the Paramount Theatre. There is no free parking available for private cars on the day of the performances.

Pre-Show Workshops

The Paramount Theatre’s Education & Outreach department also offers in classroom, pre-show workshops facilitated by a professional teaching artist. Our teaching artists will come to your school and engage classes 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. Please let us know you are interested in a pre-show workshop when you register for a show, and we will contact you two months prior to the field trip date 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 guides.

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