Matinee Series for Students and Families


The 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.

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The 17/18 Matinee Series Reservation Form and 17/18 Y.E.S. Fund Application will be available in August 2017.

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Reservations for all performances in Diana Wortham Theatre's 2017/2018 Matinee Series for students, teachers and families will be accepted beginning Thursday, September 7, 2017. Call 828-257-4530 for individual and group sales questions, or groups may e-mail

PLEASE NOTE: All group reservations for the 2017/2018 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.


Sneak Peek: 2017/2018 Matinee Series
for Students and Families

This is a partial list of performances.
Additional performances will be revealed in August 2017.


Flight School The Musical
Vital Theatre

October 10, 2017
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.


Pinkalicious The Musical
Vital Theatre

October 11, 2017
10:00 a.m.


Pete the Cat
Theatreworks USA

October 26 & 27, 2017
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.


Click, Clack, Moo
Theatreworks USA

March 1 & 2, 2018
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.


Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey
Lightwire Theatre

March 28 & 29, 2018
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.


Dragons Love Tacos and Other Stories
Theatreworks USA

April 23 & 24, 2018
10:00 a.m. & 12:00 p.m.

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:

"We want [our students] to connect to the characters and plot on a visceral level that can only be found in live performance. Research tells us that this type of learning not only builds greater knowledge of the story, but creates the space for developing historical empathy and understanding, as well as critical thinking skills.
- Middle School teacher, on bringing his students to see Shakespeare

"The arts bring life to what might have been for a student just another 'ordinary day'..."
-JoAnn McLaughlin, Smoky Mountain High School

"The love of reading I have desperately tried so hard all year to instill in their little hearts is sealed after one of your shows."
-Rena Eller, Pisgah Elementary

"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

Performances are funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the North Carolina Arts Council.

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Aquila Theatre and the Warehouse Theatre are recipients of Shakespeare in American Communities grants through the National Endowment for the Arts, in partnership with Arts Midwest.

Matinee Series Sponsors

John & Darlene McNabb Charitable Foundation

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