Upcoming Shows

Paramount Academy for the Arts Student Matinees

Student 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 is preparing for its 100th anniversary in 2015 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

All performances during the Student Matinee Season will be at the Paramount Theatre.

The 2014-2015 Student Matinee Season will be annoucned soon. 

Below are the shows from the 2013-2014 Season!


Paige In Full

The Paramount Theatre

One day only!
Wednesday, January 15, 2014 @ 10 AM & Noon

*Middle & High School Students Only*

A hip-hop theatre production exploring issues surrounding bullying, identity, self-esteem, healthy relationships and of course…hip hop!


Paige in Full is a visual mix-tape that blends poetry, dance, visual arts and live music to tell the tale of a multicultural girl growing up in the 80s. The production explores how a young woman’s identity is shaped by her ethnicity and popular culture, telling a personal, yet universal, story through the lens of hip-hop. Part comedy, part pain, and part retrospective on growing up, we experience Paige trying desperately to fit in, before finding her voice, accepting herself and becoming one of the most fascinating artists to watch of this generation. 

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

The Paramount Theatre

Monday, February 10, 2014 @ 10 AM & Noon 

Best for Pre-K and Up!

Coming to us direct from the UK! Based on the award winning book by Michael Rosen


Michael Rosen's award-winning book We're Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in Director Sally Cookson's fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower's versatile and lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure - plus a few special surprises!


As Seen on America's Got Talent!
Lightwire Theater Presents

The Paramount Theatre

Monday, March 31, 2014 @ 10 AM & Noon 

Best for 2nd Grade through 8th Grade!

Lightwire returns to the Paramount Theatre after making it into the final rounds on "America's Got Talent" with their incredible glow in the dark adventure: DINO-LIGHT!

SOLD OUT!  Wait List Only


Where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DINO has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance...dazzling audiences all over the world.

"An eye-popping display of storytelling that's like nothing else you've ever seen. Lightwire Theater is a force to be reckoned with" - broadwayworld.com


Shows from Fall 2013:

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The Paramount Theatre

Monday, October 21 , 2013 @ 10 AM  & Noon
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 @ 10 AM   & Noon

Best for 1st Grade and Up!

The great Harry Houdini played the Paramount in 1916 and now the Paramount Theatre is bringing magic (AND SCIENCE) back to the stage!

For centuries, magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience The Science of Magic takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use the Scientific Method to create the impossible! Premiering at the Paramount in 2012, Bill Blagg returns with even more thrilling examples of how all magic can be explained by science!

Tomas and the Library Lady

The Paramount Theatre

Monday, November 18, 2013 @ 10 AM & Noon
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 @ 10 AM   & Noon

Best for Kinder and Up!

A bi-lingual play celebrating diversity and literacy! Based on the book of the same name by Pat Mora.

Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories and practicing English translations. A chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library. Once there, he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching the librarian Spanish, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures.  

Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what reading—and self-respect—can make possible.

Sleeping Beauty Dreams

The Paramount Theatre

Monday, December 2. 2013 @ 10 AM & Noon
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 10 AM (Spanish Language Performance)
Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ Noon

Best for Pre-K and Up!

A US premiere and co-commission between the Kennedy Center and Marionetas de la Esquina from Mexico City.

Marionetas de la Esquina, a puppet theater company from Mexico, has been entertaining children and adults alike since 1975. Its Sleeping Beauty Dreams, written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love…and her true self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina's humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awake this sleeping princess as never before. 

*We will have one Spanish language performance on Tuesday, December 3rd @ 10am.

More Information About School Shows:

In addition to seeing the play, a free Discovery Guide will be distributed to every student crafted specifically to connect the play to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). The cost of admission is only $8.00 per child. One adult per 10 children will be free. Title I schools will receive discounted admission of only $4.00 per child.

The performances will be presented at The Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To accommodate as many school 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 Chrissy Shackelford at 512-472-2901 EXT 259 or cshackelford@austintheatre.org. No general public tickets will be sold.

After making your reservation, your group will receive a confirmation e-mail and invoice.

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.

Payment in the form of one check per school should be mailed to The Paramount Theatre once you receive your confirmation e-mail. Alternately, you may provide a credit card number to charge the full 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.  This includes drops in numbers or complete cancellations of reservations. Your school will still be responsible for the amount due since we will not have enough time to refill 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 Education & Outreach Associate Chrissy Shackelford at cshackelford@austintheatre.org or call (512) 472-2901 EXT 259 to discuss special arrangements


The Paramount Theatre’s Education & Outreach department also offers in classroom, pre-show workshops by professional teaching artists. our teaching artists will come to your school and engage your students in drama 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 availble for Title 1 schools.

Workshops will be available starting in October, 2013. 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:  

Every student and teacher attending our productions receives a free Discovery Guide to extend students’ learning beyond simply seeing the play. These guides:

  • Help teachers and students connect the play to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)
  • Provide enrichment materials that offer exercises and lesson plans that suggest possible themes and curricular connections through which teachers can create fully integrated units in English, science, math, and social studies.

Click on the image to the right for an example of one of our study guides.

Thank You For Your Support:

Paramount Student Matinees bring more than 18,000 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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