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.
The Paramount Theatre
Celebrates 100 Years in 2015!
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 is preparing for 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!
Announcing the 2015-2016 Student Matinee Season!
By The Nobelity Project
Tuesday, October 13, 2015 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.
Pre-show workshops will be highly encouraged and will be offered free of charge. The pre-show workshop is when we will generate and select the questions to ask the students in Kenya.
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
Room on the Broom
By Tall Stories Theatre Co. London, England
Musical based on the book
By Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for Pre K – 3rd Grade
The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy
wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and wand. A helpful dog, bird, and frog
find the witch’s lost things and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this
broomstick is not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a
hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be
room on the broom for everyone? Join us on this wild adventure!
This musical adaptation will celebrate friendship, the fall season, and the
wonderful world that author Julia Donaldson has created.
TEKS Connections: Language
Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Theatre, Music)
Peter and the Wolf
by Lionheart Youth Theatre – World Premiere
Featuring Austin’s own MOTHER FALCON!
Stateside at the Paramount
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for 3rd – 8th Grade
The world premiere of Lionheart
Youth Theatre’s adaptation of Peter and the Wolf. Join us for this modern
adaptation of the original tale, with captivating, large-scale puppetry set to
a new musical score written and performed by Mother Falcon, one of Austin’s
most talked about bands recently
described by NPR Music as “sweepingly majestic.”
An adaptation written and directed by celebrated puppeteer, Caroline Reck
of Glass Half Full Theatre.
A new take on a classic tale that is
uniquely Austin – not to be missed!
TEKS Connections: Language
Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts (Music, Puppetry, Theatre)
Doktor Kaboom LIVE WIRE!
The Electricity Tour
Co-commissioned with the John F. Kennedy Center for the
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for 4th – 8th Grade
Doktor Kaboom explores the
fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into
its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century, mankind first harnessed
the power of electricity, the world changed, and the journey still continues.
Topics covered include: Tesla,
Edison, Faraday, lightning bolts, currents, voltage, conductive and
non-conductive media, electrical arcs, light emission, sparks, resistance,
magnetic fields, electric generators, mechanical energy to electrical energy,
electromagnetic coils and conductors.
Science, Mathematics, and Engineering
The Improvised Shakespeare Company
Stateside at the Paramount
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for 7th – 12th Grade
Based on one audience suggestion (a
title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co.
creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very
eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring
your students an off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William
Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written! All of the
dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch,
and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going...so are they! The
performance could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely
improvised, so each play is entirely new!
This opportunity is perfect for
theatre and language arts students alike. Do not miss this performance!
Language Arts, History, Fine Arts (Theatre, Improvisation)
Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A
A Kennedy Center Commission
based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for Pre K – 2nd Grade
Elephant Gerald is an elephant:
lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else?) a
piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s
beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and
Piggie are best friends! In We Are in a
Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and
Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney
suspense–facing fundamental questions like, What do you wear to a fancy pool
costume party? Should you share your ice cream? How can two friends play with
one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the
audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped
from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy
Floory” dance all night long!
Language Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Theatre, Music)
Peter Rabbit Tales
by Enchantment Theatre Company
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Best for Pre K – 3rd Grade
In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s
150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre, in collaboration with the
Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories
to life. Using fantastic masks, dance, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and
original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on
Beatrix Potter created an instant
classic with the little blue-coated rabbit that we recognize as both boy and
rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he
first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into children’s hearts. Now
Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to collaborate with the Estate of
Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK to present the authorized theatrical
version of Peter Rabbit Tales!
TEKS Connections: Language
Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre)
More Information About School Shows:
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 Associate, Megan Aldana. 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 Education & Outreach Associate, Megan Aldana at firstname.lastname@example.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 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.
Workshops will be available starting in October 2015.
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.
The price of these workshops is $25 per classroom. Deep discounts are available
for Title 1 schools.
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.