Student Matinees

School Matinees
 

2021–2022 Digital and In-Person Field Trips

This school year, we are offering free on-demand digital field trips starting on October 1st. Live in-person student matinees return in January!

Our digital field trip experiences include:

  • Free, on-demand streaming access for all schools in Central Texas; available for viewing over several weeks or the entire semester
  • TEKS connections
  • Suggested chapter breaks so you can fit the video content into a schedule that works for your classroom
  • Digital student Discovery Guides designed for each “field trip” filled with interactive and educational activities
  • A virtual tour of the Paramount Theatre. Students and teachers will experience the Paramount like never before, getting up close to the ornate proscenium, our backstage autograph wall, the film booth, and more.

Our in-person student matinees include:

  • Seating at the historic Paramount Theatre, observing strict COVID-19 health and safety measures
  • $9 ticket per student for non Title-One schools, $5 ticket per student for Title-One schools. One free adult ticket for every 10 students.
  • TEKS connections
  • An engaging optional pre-show workshop for an affordable price. Our teaching artists will come to your school/organization and prepare students for the content of the show
  • Students and teachers will take home Discovery Guides designed for each field trip filled with interactive and educational activities
  • A virtual tour of the Paramount Theatre. Students and teachers will experience the Paramount like never before, getting up close to the ornate proscenium, our backstage autograph wall, the film booth, and more.

DIGITAL FIELD TRIPS


 

 

Jacked!

From Metro Theater Company, St. Louis, MO
Best for K–6th Grade
Available asynchronously October 1–31, 2021

Show run time: 41 minutes

It’s Jack and the Beanstalk with a modern-day twist. In this reimagined world, Jack and his mother struggle to live happily ever after. After climbing the beanstalk and stealing the giant’s goose, Jack flees home and discovers the goose’s golden eggs have a mysterious, intoxicating power that turns his world upside down. Can Jack turn things around to save his village? Written by Idris Goodwin, Jacked! fuses storytelling and poetry, visual art, and animation with nonstop hip-hop and break-beat music. This is a fresh, energetic and timely play that encourages a gentle dialogue for children about substance abuse and its effects on our communities.

TEKS Connections: Fine Arts, ELA, Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Economics

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Building Hope

From The Nobelity Project, Austin, TX
Best for 6th Grade
Available asynchronously October 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Documentary run time: 38 minutes

We’re bringing back Building Hope for the seventh year in a row, its second as a digital field trip experience. Building Hope is a documentary from the Nobelity Project that chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High, the first high school for a 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. To accompany the documentary, students will have access to a Q&A conversation between Austin middle schoolers and students in Kenya. Participants will experience global bridge-building as we explore the importance of education for all.

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

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Citizens at Last

From ET Films and Mo-ti Productions, Austin, TX
Best for 7th–12th Grade
Available asynchronously October 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Documentary run time: 57 minutes

Citizens at Last is a documentary film that tells the story of the grit, persistence, and tactical smarts of the Texas women—white, Black and Latina—who organized, demonstrated, and won the vote for women. Citizens at Last follows the early days of organizing, explores the strategic role Texas suffragists played in the national movement, and exposes the pro-Jim Crow policies of the anti-suffragists who stood in their way. To accompany the documentary, students will have access to a Q&A conversation with the team that created it.

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Government, Film

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Citizens at Last® is a registered trademark of Ellen C. Temple, used with permission.
 


 

When I Rise

From The Briscoe Center for American History at the University of Texas at Austin and Alpheus Media, Austin, TX
Best for 9th–12th Grade
Available asynchronously October 1, 2021 – May 31, 2022

Documentary run time: 73 minutes

In this documentary a gifted Black music student at the University of Texas is thrust into a civil-rights storm that changes her life forever. Barbara Smith Conrad is cast in an opera to co-star with a white male classmate, fueling a racist backlash from members of the Texas legislature. When Barbara is expelled from the cast, the incident escalates to national news, prompting unexpected support from a pop superstar. This small-town girl, whose voice and spirit stem from her roots in East Texas, emerges as an internationally celebrated mezzo-soprano and headlines on stages around the world. When I Rise is a testament to finding forgiveness within oneself.

Includes access to the documentary film When I Rise and a pre-recorded question and answer panel discussion, featuring director Mat Hames, producer Dr. Don Carleton, Executive Director of the Dolph Briscoe Center for American History at UT Austin, Eva Goins Simmons, Member of The Precursors (the first Black undergraduate students to attend UT Austin), Icy Simpson-Monroe, Opera singer featured in When I Rise, and moderator Dr. Dwonna Goldstone, Director of the African American Studies Program at Texas State University.

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts

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IN-PERSON STUDENT MATINEES


 

Lightwire Theater presents Dino-Light
 

Dino-Light

From Lightwire Theater, New Orleans, LA
Best for K–5th Grade
Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10am and 12pm
Tuesday, January 11, 2022 at 10am and 12pm
The Paramount Theatre

Show run time: 60 minutes

Lightwire Theater returns to the Paramount bringing their incredible electroluminescent puppetry. In this original storyline, a famous scientist with magic powers brings a friendly dinosaur to life. When the dinosaur wanders away from home, he discovers a wonderful world full of creatures that light up the darkness and help him find the true meaning of love. This glow-in-the-dark adventure is visually amazing and has been praised for its cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance by audiences all over the world.

TEKS Connections: Fine Arts, Social-Emotional Learning, STEM, Technology Applications

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Bill Blaggs Magic In Motion
 

Bill Blagg’s Magic In Motion

Best for 3rd–5th Grade
Monday, February 28, 2022 at 10am and 12pm
The Paramount Theatre

Show run time: 60 minutes

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!

TEKS Connections: STEM, Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts

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Thirst for Power Based on the book by Michael E Webber
 

Thirst for Power

From Dr. Michael E. Webber, DISCO, and Alpheus Media
Best for 7th–12th Grade
Monday, March 7, 2022 (AM Event Start Time TBD)
The Paramount Theatre

Event run time: 1 hour, 45 minutes

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 water and energy — from ancient Roman aqueducts in Europe to modern America’s vast hydroelectric infrastructure. 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.

After the documentary screening, audiences will participate in an in-person question and answer panel discussion, featuring director Mat Hames, author Dr. Michael E. Webber with The University of Texas at Austin and ENGIE, film producer Juan Garcia from Disco Learning Media, and others.

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

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Dog Man The Musical
 

Dog Man: The Musical

From TheatreWorksUSA, New York, NY
Best for 1st–5th Grade
Monday, March 28, 2022 at 10am and 12pm
Tuesday, March 29 2022 at 10am and 12pm
The Paramount Theatre

Show run time: 45 minutes

Dog Man: The Musical is a hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants. With the head of a dog and the body of a policeman, Dog Man loves to fight crime and chew on the furniture. But while trying his best to be a good boy, can he save the city from Flippy the cyborg fish and his army of Beasty Buildings? Can he catch Petey, the world’s most evil cat, who has cloned himself to exact revenge on the doggy do-gooder? Find out in this epic musical adventure featuring the hilarity and heart of Dav Pilkey’s beloved characters.

TEKS Connections: Social-Emotional Learning, Fine Arts, ELA

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