2014/2015 Matinee Series for Students and Families


The Mainstage Matinee Series is open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families.

The Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund provides need-based scholarships to cover the cost of admission for students and schools.

The 2014/2015 Matinee Series reservation form and the Y.E.S. Fund Application will be available on August 1, 2014.

Reservations for all performances in Diana Wortham Theatre's 2014/2015 Matinee Series for students, teachers and families will be accepted beginning August 4, 2014. Call (828) 257-4530 for individual and group sales, or groups may e-mail groupsales@dwtheatre.com if you have any questions.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Matinee Series.

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Click here to read what teachers are saying about the Matinee Series.

The 2014/2015 Matinee Series for Students and Families


Paul Taylor Dance Company

Friday, October 17, 2014

One of the world's most highly respected and sought-after ensembles. Dance maker Paul Taylor is a cultural icon and one of history's most celebrated artists, hailed as part of the pantheon that created American modern dance.


The Lightning Thief

Theatreworks USA
Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school ... again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. The Lightning Thief is a new 60-minute musical adapted from the book, The Lightning Thief, by Rick Riordan.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Warehouse Theatre
Friday, November 14, 2014

Love is splendid—except when it’s ridiculous! Shakespeare’s most beloved comedy examines the complexities of what we do for love. Longtime friends become teen-aged rivals, the king and queen of the fairies make fools of themselves and wreak havoc on the very laws of nature, and a band of tradesmen turned actors finds more than they bargain for in the forest. All for love. Join Puck and the rest of these indelible characters in a fast-paced race to untangle Cupid’s knots...

William Shakespeare's The Tempest

Aquila Theatre Company
Monday, February 2, 2015

Aquila Theatre brings its innovative style and dynamic physical approach to Shakespeare’s famous magical tale of forgiveness and enlightenment. With an ensemble of superb performers and Aquila’s exhilarating execution, this new production of The Tempest is sure to delight.


Laura Ingalls Wilder

Tuesday & Wednesday, February 10 & 11, 2015

Laura Ingalls Wilder’s library of books is a national treasure and has inspired young people to discover their own pioneering spirit and a love for America's heartland. ArtsPower’s musical chronicles the life and times of Laura and her family’s adventures traveling across America in search of the little house they can call home.


Fly Guy and Other Stories

Theatreworks USA
Tuesday & Wednesday, February 17 & 18, 2015

A new musical revue based on favorite children’s books, including: Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl by Tedd Arnold; Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin; Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig by Kate McMullan; Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores by James Howe; Kitten’s First Full Moon by Kevin Henkes; Lilly’s Big Day by Kevin Henkes; and Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch. (Book titles subject to change.)


Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

The American Place Theatre's Literature to Life
Thursday & Friday, February 26 & 27, 2015

This performance is a poignant reenactment of the book, which tells the true story of the author, Harriet Ann Jacobs. Jacobs' narrative shockingly illuminates the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children. The stage adaptation culminates in Jacobs’ powerful and moving experiences during the seven years she spent hiding in The Loophole, a crawl space in her grandmother’s attic. One teacher's response to the production: "We are currently studying the causes and effects of the Civil War so this activity certainly brought to life [what] they have been reading about. When we returned to school, many went to the school library to check out more books, not only on enslavement and the Civil War, but about Harriet Jacobs’ life as well.”


Kyle Abraham / Abraham.In.Motion

Tuesday, March 24, 2015
2013 MacArthur Fellow Kyle Abraham was born into hip hop culture in the late 1970s, offering a cultural counterbalance to his artistic upbringing in classical cello, piano, and the visual arts at the Civic Light Opera Academy and the Creative and Performing Arts High School in Pittsburgh, PA. Abraham melds these disciplines and his diverse personal background into his company, Abraham.In.Motion, a collaboration of sound, human behavior, and all things visual in a personal investigation and exposition through modern dance.


Curious George

Theatreworks USA
Tuesday & Wednesday, April 14 & 15, 2015

Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. George is on a mission to help his friend Chef Pisghetti enter the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in Rome. With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome, meatballs, and the “secret ingredient” to cooking!

Click here for "Backstage Pass" - a great video to share with younger students before the show.


What teachers are saying about the Matinee Series for Students and Families:

-JoAnn McLaughlin,
Smoky Mountain High School
"There is so much to learn in terms of culture and theater etiquette just by attending a live theater performance as opposed to film. I have had students say, 'This is just like a movie only you're really there!' They are often amazed by the skills of the actors, dancers, set, costume, and light designers. It makes them aware of the many arts involved in producing a play. If they like to build things or play with color, they suddenly see that there is a livelihood in the performing arts towards which they could aspire.  The quality of the performances is superb. That alone teaches them what 'quality' is. Every production we have attended has sparked excited and surprising discussion. I wish I could bring students to every show."
-Becky Stone,
Vertias Christian Academy
"Besides offering a wide range of low-cost, entertaining, and engaging live performances that are relevant to the curriculum, the DWT enables teachers to expose to professional theatrical productions students who might not normally have the opportunity to have this enriching arts experience."
-Bill Feste,
Owen Middle School
"As I return to the classroom every year, one of the first things on my 'to do' list is to check the DWT website and see what's offered for student groups for the year.  I make my reservations early.  The DWT provides a great service to educators!"
-John Hall,
Artspace Charter School

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