2015/2016 Matinee Series for Students and Families

15-16 Matinee Series

The Matinee Series is open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families. Click here for the 15/16 Matinee Series order form.

The Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund provides need-based scholarships to cover the cost of admission for students and schools. Click here for the 15/16 Y.E.S. Fund Application.

Reservations for all performances in Diana Wortham Theatre's 2015/2016 Matinee Series for students, teachers and families will be accepted beginning August 3, 2015. Call 828-257-4530 for individual and group sales, or groups may e-mail groupsales@dwtheatre.com if you have any questions.

NEW: Please note that all group reservations for the 2015/2016 Matinee Series will require a deposit.

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

To sign up for our School Show Series e-newsletter, click here.

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

The dates and times below are subject to change. Grade recommendations are listed where available. More information including pricing, study guides and full descriptions will be available on this web page in July when the season is officially announced to the public.

2015/2016 Matinee Series for Students and Families

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What

Skippyjon Jones: Snow What

Theatreworks USA

October 12, 2015
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

October 13, 2015
10:00 a.m.

Recommended for Grades PreK-3



Warehouse Theatre

October 28 & 29, 2015

9:30 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

Recommended for Grades 6 & up


The Lightning Thief
Theatreworks USA
November 12 & 13, 2015
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Recommended for Grades 2-6


MOMIX: Botanica
November 18, 2015
10:00 a.m.


Koresh Dance Company
January 22, 2016
10:00 a.m.


Romeo and Juliet
Aquila Theatre Company
February 8, 2016
10:00 a.m.
(full-length performance)
Recommended for Grades 8 & up


The Musicians of Silence
February 11, 2016
10:00 a.m.

YAMATO The Drummers of Japan
February 19, 2016
10:00 a.m.


The Cashore Marionettes
Simple Gifts
March 4, 2016
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.


Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School

Theatreworks USA
April 14 & 15, 2016
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Recommended for Grades K-5


Henry and Mudge

Theatreworks USA
May 4 & 5, 2016
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.
Recommended for Grades PreK-3

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

"Wonderful, educational performance; this is the way kids need to learn!"
- Buncombe County High School teacher

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