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School Matinees

School Matinees

School 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 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 historic Paramount Theatre at 713 Congress Avenue.


2018–2019 Schedule

Tomás and the Library Lady
From Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona
Best for K – 5th Grade
Monday, Oct 22, 2018 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 / 10AM & 12PM
ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show
From Rockefeller Productions, New York
Best for Pre-K – 2nd Grade
Monday, January 28, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall
From the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Best for K – 5th Grade
Monday, February 25, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY
Gretel! The Musical
From Theatre Heroes, Austin, Texas
Best for 4th – 8th Grade
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM

Building Hope
From The Nobelity Project, Austin, Texas
Best for 6th – 8th Grade
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / 10AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / 10AM
ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

Scroll down to read more details about our shows and register.


Student Matinees for Elementary School

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Tomás and the Library Lady

From Childsplay, Tempe, Arizona
Best for K – 5th Grade
Monday, Oct 22, 2018 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, Oct 23, 2018 / 10AM & 12PM
AT CAPACITY, ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

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. When a chance encounter brings him to the local library, he meets the “Library Lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. Tomás and the Library Lady is a bilingual musical, based on the beloved book about the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. This inspirational production shows how reading and education — and self esteem – can make anything possible.

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

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show collage

The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show

From Rockefeller Productions, New York
Best for Pre-K – 2nd Grade
Monday, January 28, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, January 29, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
AT CAPACITY, ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar has delighted generations of readers since it was first published in 1969 – selling more than 45 million copies worldwide and captivating readers with the colorful, hand-painted tissue collage illustrations. This timeless classic leaps off the page and onto the stage in a new critically acclaimed production. The Very Hungry Caterpillar Show features a menagerie of 75 charming puppets, faithfully adapting four Eric Carle stories: Brown Bear, Brown Bear; 10 Little Rubber Ducks; The Very Lonely Firefly; and of course, the star of the show – The Very Hungry Caterpillar.

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

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Me… Jane: The Dreams & Adventures of Young Jane Goodall

From the Kennedy Center, Washington, DC
Best for K – 5th Grade
Monday, February 25, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Tuesday, February 26, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
AT CAPACITY, ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

Before she was a renowned humanitarian, conservationist, and animal activist, Dr. Jane Goodall was a little girl with a very special toy chimpanzee named Jubilee. Together, Jane and Jubilee went on outdoor adventures and observed all the miracles of nature around them. Jane dreamed of spending the rest of her life living with and helping animals. And one day, she would go on to do just that. In this brand new musical adaptation, join young Jane and her special friend as they learn about the world around them and the importance of protecting all living species. With anecdotes taken directly from Jane Goodall’s autobiography, this adaptation makes this very true story accessible for the very young—and young at heart.

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

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Student Matinees for Elementary & Middle School

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Gretel! The Musical

From Theatre Heroes, Austin, Texas
Best for 4th – 8th Grade
Tuesday, January 8, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM
Wednesday, January 9, 2019 / 10AM & 12PM

Based on the timeless tales of Vasilisa the Beautiful from Russia and the Grimm Brother’s Hansel and Gretel, comes the world premiere of the new musical Gretel! A young motherless child, Gretel, is sent by her wicked stepmother and evil step sister deep into the woods to steal a flaming skull from the great witch Baba Yaga. Along the way, Gretel, discovers her own courage, strength, cleverness and the fact that, despite all obstacles, she is truly a survivor. This adventure story for the whole family has been brought to vibrant life with music by the Paramount’s own Jenn Hartmann Luck and a book begun by Austin playwright, Jason Tremblay before he passed away in April 2017. Theatre Heroes, one of Austin’s most exciting emergent companies, surrounds the story with innovative projected scenic elements, three exceptional Austin-based actors, live music, and features cellist, Nora Karakousoglou, playing live. Celebrated playwright, Suzan Zeder, has joined the creative team to help ensure that this story will live on in the hearts and minds of all who see it.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, SEL, Performing Arts

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Building Hope collage

Building Hope

From The Nobelity Project, Austin, Texas
Best for 6th – 8th Grade
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 / 10AM
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 / 10AM
AT CAPACITY, ACCEPTING WAITLIST RESERVATIONS ONLY

This special event is now in its fourth 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 & 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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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 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

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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