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 HISTORYThe Paramount Theatre is preparing for its 100th anniversary in October 2015 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

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

Announcing the 2014-2015 Student Matinee Season!


The Adventures of Robin Hood

The Adventures of Robin Hood
by Visible Fictions from Glasgow, Scotland

Monday, October 20, 2014 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM

Best for 3rd – 8th Grade

In a forest somewhere near you, there is a band of brothers seeking to rid the land of evil and return hope to the poorly treated. Just when you thought you knew this famous tale, two actors from Scotland will tell the story of Robin Hood like you’ve never heard or seen it before. Your first clue that something is different is that they don’t appear to actually be in Sherwood Forest, but an odd place with boxes and shopping carts. But don’t worry. This production will take you on an amazing journey where you’ll find yourself among a band of merry thieves trying to outsmart the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Plus, you’ll learn a new thing or two about Robin’s story.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, History 

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Schoolhouse Rock Live

Schoolhouse Rock, Live!
by Childsplay from Tempe, AZ 

Monday, November 24, 2014 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM
Tuesday, November 25, 2014 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM

Best for Kinder – 6th Grade

A pop culture phenomenon returns to the musical stage! Academic subjects will never seem boring again when presented through megahits like “Conjunction Junction,” “Just a Bill,” “Interplanet Janet” or “Three is a Magic
Number.” Schoolhouse Rock explodes onto the Paramount stage with songs you know and love updated for a whole new generation! Let’s rock the Schoolhouse!

TEKS Connections: History, Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Government


Flat Stanley

The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley
from Dallas Children's Theatre, Dallas, TX 

Tuesday, January 20, 2015 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM

Best for Kinder – 5th Grade

You know this guy! Stanley Lambchop is just like everyone else, but one night he makes a wish… and it comes true! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley - the ultimate exchange student—scours the globe to do something the world has never seen before, and learns that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

This show not only celebrates literacy and writing, but teaches young people about traveling the world and seeing what lies beyond their front doors!

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Language Arts 

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Stella Queen of the Snow

STELLA Queen of the Snow
by the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia, Canada

Monday, March 9, 2015 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM
Tuesday, March 10, 2015 @ 10 AM & 12:15 PM

Best for Pre-K – 3rd Grade

STELLA, QUEEN OF THE SNOW tells the story of Stella and her little brother Sam, as they spend the day playing in the snow. The forest, snowballs, snow angels and the mysterious white stuff itself provide fuel for Sam’s questions and Stella’s answers as they discover the world of winter together. First published in 2000, the book remains a favorite with worldwide fans. This production features whimsical puppets, striking scenic effects and evocative original music.

Mermaid Theatre has performed on the Paramount stage with productions such as: The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites, Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, and Guess How Much I Love You.  Don’t miss their newest creation!

TEKS Connections: Science, Social & Emotional Learning 

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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 Megan Aldana at 512-472-2901 EXT 259 or maldana@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, Megan Aldana at maldana@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 available 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 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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