The Paramount Theatre

Student Matinees

School Matinees

Student Matinees

Each year, more than 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, they also introduce them to a vital piece of Austin’s cultural heritage – the Paramount Theatre celebrated its 100th anniversary in October 2015 and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. To enhance the experience and extend learning beyond the performance, students receive study guides that align the show’s themes, characters, and production to the TEKS standards in a range of subjects. Reserve your field trip to the theatre today!


2019 Fall Schedule

Thirst for Power – the Documentary Experience
Best for 6th–12th Grade
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 / 10AM (2-hour event)
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 / 10AM (2-hour event)
Paramount Theatre
 
Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion!
Best for 3rd–6th Grade
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Paramount Theatre
 
The Snowy Day and Other Stories
From Childsplay, Tempe, AZ
Best for PreK–3rd Grade
Monday, Dec 2, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Paramount Theatre
 

New opportunity for fall 2019! We are excited to partner with The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance to present their touring production of The Hero Twins: Blood Race.

This is a special opportunity to bring a touring production to your cafeteria/gymnasium to perform for your entire school! No buses needed!

The Hero Twins: Blood Race
An Epic Tale of Resilience, Discovery, and Liberation By Ramón Esquivel
From The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance
Best for 3rd–6th Grade (but all grade levels can enjoy)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Oct 15–Nov 21, 2019 / 8:15AM
At your school
 

2020 Spring Schedule

Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare
From New Jersey Performing Arts Center in association with George Street Playhouse
Best for 1st–5th Grade
Monday, Jan 13, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM
Paramount Theatre
 
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)
From The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Best for PreK–3rd Grade
Monday, Mar 2, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2010 / 10AM & 12PM
Paramount Theatre
 
Building Hope – the Documentary Experience
From The Nobelity Project, Austin, TX
Best for 6th–8th Grade
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020 / 10AM (2-hour event)
Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020 / 10AM (2-hour event)
Paramount Theatre
 

FOR AISD HIGH SCHOOLS ONLY:
Liner Notes: Music of the Movement

Tuesday, Feb 11. 2020 – Wednesday, Feb 12, 2020
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Student Matinees for Elementary School


Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion!

Best for 3rd–6th Grade
Monday, Nov 4, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Nov 5, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM

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Bill Blagg’s Magic in Motion melds the fascination of magic with the wonders of physical science to create an unbelievable educational experience! In this highly visual, interactive show, students will be on the edge of their seats as they explore how science creates magic right before their very eyes! Their jaws will drop in amazement as ordinary objects come to life, while others defy gravity with a simple clap of the hands and so much more! Students will learn first-hand how to create illusions using core scientific principles such as force, energy, friction, motion and more. Together with Bill they will apply these principles in a variety of magical experiments that will bend the laws of science and create the impossible. Magic in Motion is a magic filled, educational experience that is designed to inspire students to investigate how physical science can create magic while also playing an important role in their daily lives!

Sponsored by: Hendrink Automotive Group

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TEKS Connections: Science, Performing Arts

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The Snowy Day and Other Stories

From Childsplay, Tempe, AZ
Best for PreK–3rd Grade
Monday, Dec 2, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Dec 3, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM

Paramount Theatre

Follow Peter and his friends through winter, spring, summer and fall as they romp and play, start snow ball fights and make snow angels, journey in space and under the sea, and more, all in this imaginative musical play. Using innovative shadow puppetry, The Snowy Day and Other Stories by Ezra Jack Keats, celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of childhood and the challenges of growing up. Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of the collected stories: “Whistle for Willie”, “Goggles!”, “A Letter to Amy”, and “The Snowy Day.” A classic since its publication in 1962 and winner of the Caldecott Medal, “The Snowy Day” was one of the first picture books for young people to feature an African American protagonist and is still beloved today.

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

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Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare

From New Jersey Performing Arts Center in association with George Street Playhouse
Best for 1st–5th Grade
Monday, Jan 13, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM

Paramount Theatre

A new hip hop musical based on the Magic Tree House adventure, Stage Fright on a Summer Night, by The New York Times best-selling author Mary Pope Osborne. No matter what – the show must go on! That’s what Jack and Annie learn when the Magic Tree House whisks them back to Elizabethan England. There, the daring sibling duo meets William Shakespeare himself—one of the greatest writers of all time! Based on the critically-acclaimed book series by Mary Pope Osborne, this tuneful tale is a hip-hop hit with kids and grown-ups alike. Mary Pope Osborne’s Magic Tree House series has been translated into 33 languages, has sold more than 135 million copies worldwide and is the No. 1 best-selling chapter book series of all time.

SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY FOR TITLE 1 SCHOOLS!

All title 1 schools booking this show will receive FREE copies of Stage Fright on a Summer Night for all students attending! This is a special opportunity, directly from the writer Mary Pope Osbourne and her publisher, Random House Children’s Books.

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

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Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical!)

From The Kennedy Center, Washington, D.C.
Best for PreK–3rd Grade
Monday, Mar 2, 2020 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Mar 3, 2010 / 10AM & 12PM

Paramount Theatre

Whatever you do, don’t let The Pigeon star in his own musical production! Because it’s not easy being The Pigeon– you never get to do ANYTHING! But when the Bus Driver has a crisis that threatens to make her passengers (gasp!) late, maybe that wily bird CAN do something. Starring an innovative mix of actors, puppets, songs, and feathers, Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical) is sure to get everyone’s wings flapping. With a script written by Mo Willems, the creator of the #1 New York Times best-selling, Caldecott-honor award winning Pigeon picture books, along with longtime collaborator and Disney Jr’s Muppet Babies executive producer, Mr. Warburton, and featuring music by Deborah Wicks La Puma, the composer behind Elephant & Piggie’s We Are In A Play! (Paramount’s 2016-2017 season), this comedic musical production is even more fun than staying up late and having a hot dog party!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, SEL, Performing Arts

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Student Matinees for Middle & High School


Thirst for Power – the Documentary Experience

Best for 6th–12th Grade
Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 / 10AM (2-hour event)
Wednesday, Oct 9, 2019 / 10AM (2-hour event)

Paramount Theatre

Water and energy are the two fundamental components of a society, and they are interconnected. Thirst for Power, shot on location across France, California, and Texas, explores the history of civilization’s quest to procure abundant water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. The film explores our dependence on water for energy as well as vulnerabilities in our current systems. Changing the way we think about water and energy can secure the long-term sustainability of both precious resources. The documentary combines anecdotes and personal stories with insights into the latest science of energy and water, and identifies a hopeful path toward wise long-range water-energy decisions and a more reliable and abundant future for humanity. Film screening will be followed by a question and answer session with a representative from Itron, director Mat Hames, and a live video call with host and author Dr. Michael E. Webber where students will be able to ask questions and connect!

Itron, Inc. enables utilities and cities to safely, securely and reliably deliver critical infrastructure services to communities in more than 100 countries. Our portfolio of smart networks, software, services, meters and sensors helps our customers better manage electricity, gas and water resources for the people they serve. By working collaboratively with our customers and communities, we help improve the quality of life, ensure the safety and promote the well-being of millions of people around the globe. Through educational partnerships and outreach programs, Itron is dedicated to improving energy-water literacy and inspiring next generation talent to join us in creating a more resourceful world.

Dr. Michael E. Webber is now based in Paris, France where he serves as the Chief Science and Technology Officer at ENGIE, a global energy and infrastructure services company. Webber is also the Josey Centennial Professor in Energy Resources and Professor of Mechanical Engineering, at The University of Texas at Austin where he trains the next generation of energy leaders. His first book, Thirst for Power: Energy, Water and Human Survival, which addresses the connection between earth’s most valuable resources and offers a hopeful approach toward a sustainable future, is now a documentary!

Mat Hames is an Emmy winning director, writer and producer, known for his two PBS Independent Lens documentaries What Was Ours (2017) and When I Rise (2010) and for his documentary series for Rooster Teeth, RTDocs. His films have screened at SXSW, HotDocs, and on SundanceTV. When I Rise (2010) was nominated for an IDA Award in the category of Best Music Documentary. Hames co-directed Fighting Goliath narrated and produced by Robert Redford which aired nationally on SundanceTV and PBS. His directorial debut was Last Best Hope, a film about the Belgian Resistance and escape lines during WWII, for which he was knighted by Belgian King Albert II. He is a co-founder of Austin, Texas based non-fiction production company Alpheus Media.

This event is powered by: Itron

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

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Building Hope – the Documentary Experience

From The Nobelity Project, Austin, TX
Best for 6th–8th Grade
Tuesday, Apr 7, 2020 / 10AM (2-hour event)

Wednesday, Apr 8, 2020 / 10AM (2-hour event)

Paramount Theatre

This special event is now in its fifth year! Building Hope is a two-hour presentation celebrating the value of education for every child across the globe. The presentation will feature a screening of the award-winning documentary Building Hope from the Nobelity Project. 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. Project founders and filmmakers Turk and Christy Pipkin will follow the film with a Q&A and a live video call with students in Kenya. Austin middle schoolers 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.

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

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Touring Show


The Hero Twins: Blood Race

An Epic Tale of Resilience, Discovery, and Liberation By Ramón Esquivel
From The University of Texas at Austin Department of Theatre and Dance
Best for 3rd–6th Grade (but all grade levels can enjoy)
Tuesdays & Thursdays, Oct 15–Nov 21, 2019 / 8:15AM

At your school

The Hero Twins: Blood Race is a brand new, original story is inspired by the politics and culture of classic Mayan society.

The orders of the ruling and working classes have forever been decided by a competitive race through the underworld. For as long as this Blood Race has been run, the ruling class has remained victorious. Moth’s twin brother Cricket ran the Blood Race on behalf of the working people and never returned from the underworld. Now, in order to free her brother and liberate her people, Moth must compete in the race herself. To win, Moth needs to beat the odds, overcome deadly obstacles, and defeat the reigning champion, Jaguar. When she learns the truth of the Blood Race and the society built upon it, Moth faces a choice: accept the way things are and have always been, or imagine a way for her society to start anew. We. Free. Us.

This play–full of music, back-flips, and dynamic adventure sequences–is designed to inspire energetic audience engagement. Audience members will be invited to choose sides and cheer enthusiastically during the various competitions that make up the Blood Race, ultimately engaging their hearts and minds.

The cost to bring this show to your school is $1000 for non-title one schools and $750 for title-one schools.

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

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Admission Policies

The cost of admission is only $9.00 per child. One adult per 10 children will be free. Title I schools will receive a discounted admission of only $5.00 per child.

The Hero Twins: Blood Race is $1000 for your entire school. Discounts are available for Title 1 Schools.

With the exception of The Hero Twins: Blood Race, all 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 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 $15 per ticket in advance, or $20 cash; day of show. If you need more adults due to students with special needs, please contact Brian Fahey at bfahey@austintheatre.org. No general public tickets will be sold.

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 bfahey@austintheatre.org or call 512-692-0524 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

Paramount Education 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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