Penn State College of Arts and Architecture
Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

School-Time Matinees

Join us for the 2019–2020 season of the Center for the Performing Arts School-Time Matinee series—a laboratory of live theatre!

We encourage you to integrate the arts into your classroom, particularly as related to the performance you and your students are attending. For questions about the performance or suggestions for ways to incorporate it into your curriculum, feel free to contact Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu. However, because we know your classroom time is precious, we have provided teaching materials and pointed out subject area connections that follow the Pennsylvania Standards Aligned System/Academic Standards, the Pennsylvania Department of Education and Learning Standards for Early Childhood, Next Generation Science State Standards, and the Common Core State Standards. Feel free to adapt these materials to suit your teaching needs.

From the menu, you’ll find reservation details and field trip funding ideas, including a busing subsidy sponsored, in part, by the Honey and Bill Jaffe Endowment for Audience Endowment. For those wishing to extend their stay at Penn State after the matinee, we provide suggestions for other must-do activities under plan your day. For teachers of our younger audiences, as you exit the theatre you will be given a pack of ask me stickers for you to distribute to students to wear home. The stickers prompt parents to ask their children about their day in the theatre.

We’re excited to tell you about this season’s schedule of School-Time Matinees, covering subjects such as history, literature, world cultures, and science. Sugar Skull! is being presented on September 30 during National Hispanic Heritage month. Your students will follow the adventures of a young girl as she learns about the importance of her family’s culture and heritage as they celebrate Day of the Dead.

The wildly popular Magic Tree House books come to life on stage, introducing your students to William Shakespeare through the unconventional idiom of hip-hop, which could be considered today’s iambic pentameter. Free copies of Mary Pope Osborne's Stage Fright on a Summer Night will be distributed to every student from a Title I classroom attending Showtime with Shakespeare on November 4. Please indicate how many copies you need when making your reservations.

Stomping us a path into Black History Month, Step Afrika! on January 31 presents a joyous celebration of African-American culture through the uniquely American art form of stepping. Using the body as a percussion instrument, Step Afrika! teaches the history of African-American life through rhythm and movement.

Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure on February 20 showcases a panoply of prehistoric aquatic creatures, giving emphasis to the S.T.E.M. concepts of life science, natural history, paleontology, problem solving, and more.

On April 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra will perform Jazz for Young People, a concert specifically designed to promote learning about the jazz concepts of rhythm and improvisation, as well as the history of the first years of this home-grown art form. For as many as five schools committing to attending the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis School-Time Matinee on April 2, Jazz at Lincoln Center teaching artists will perform at your school a history-based music program Let Freedom Swing for grades 4–8 in the months leading up to your Eisenhower Auditorium visit. Details of this program are available by contacting Medora Ebersole at mde13@psu.edu.

Night Train 57 on April 7 features artists Dan Zanes, Claudia Eliaza, and Yuriana Sobrino in an intergalactic space flight designed to appeal to all students, including those with neuro-sensitivities. This comic folk opera emphasizes the power of friendship and community, featuring sing-along music and gentle fun for all patrons. For information about the special accommodations being made for all people visiting the venue that day, go to inclusion.

By bringing your students to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. We’re glad you’re choosing to explore our site! Thank you, and please let us know what you think! Email your comments or questions or phone me at 814-863-8205.

We look forward to seeing you and your students in our audience!

Signature of Amy Dupain Vashaw

Amy Dupain Vashaw
audience and program development director