By Jennifer Luck, Director of Education and Outreach
Registration is almost open for the 2013-2014 Student Matinee Season, but for now we are thrilled to announce the shows being offered to our school audiences for 13-14 school year!
Check back at: http://www.austintheare.org/studentmatinees – Registration will be open very soon!
The great Harry Houdini played the Paramount in 1916 and now the Paramount Theatre is bringing magic (AND SCIENCE!) back to the stage!
For centuries magicians have used scientific principles to make people levitate in mid-air and vanish in the blink of an eye. Illusionist Bill Blagg’s one-of-a-kind educational experience, The Science of Magic takes students on a rare, never-before-seen journey “behind the scenes” of the magic world. Students will discover firsthand how magicians use the Scientific Method to create the impossible!
Premiering at the Paramount in 2012, Bill Blagg returns with even more thrilling examples of how all magic can be explained by science!
Best for 1st Grade and Up!
Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories and practicing English translations. A chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library. Once there, he meets a “library lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching the librarian Spanish, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures.
Based on the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, a child of migrant workers who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system, this inspirational story suggests what reading—and self-respect—can make possible.
Best for Kinder and Up!
Sleeping Beauty Dreams
A US premiere and co-commission between the Kennedy Center and Marionetas de la Esquina from Mexico City.
Mon,December 2nd at 10 AM & Noon
Tues, December 3rd at 10 AM (Spanish Language Performance)
Tues, December 3rd at Noon
Join us for this incredible puppet adaptation of one of our most beloved fairytales! And for the first time – one school performance will be completely in Spanish!
Marionetas de la Esquina, a puppet theater company from Mexico, has been entertaining children and adults alike since 1975. Its Sleeping Beauty Dreams, written by award-winning playwright Amaranta Leyva, reimagines the famous princess as an overprotected daughter looking for a way to break free of her castle walls in order to search for true love…and her true self. A contemporary look at this classic tale, Marionetas de la Esquina’s humorous storytelling and whimsical puppetry awake this sleeping princess as never before.
Best for Pre-K and Up!
PAIGE IN FULL
A hip-hop theatre production exploring issues surrounding bullying, identity, self-esteem, healthy relationships and of course…hip hop!
One day only! – Wednesday, January 15th 10 AM & Noon
Paige in Full is a visual mix-tape that blends poetry, dance, visual arts and live music to tell the tale of a multicultural girl growing up in the 80’s. The production explores how a young woman’s identity is shaped by her ethnicity and popular culture, telling a personal, yet universal, story through the lens of hip-hop. Part comedy, part pain, and part retrospective on growing up, we experience Paige trying desperately to fit in, before finding her voice, accepting herself and becoming one of the most fascinating artists to watch of this generation.
Middle & High School Only!
Michael Rosen’s award-winning book We’re Going On A Bear Hunt is brought vividly and noisily to the stage in director Sally Cookson’s fun-filled adaptation set to Benji Bower’s versatile lively score. Join our intrepid adventurers on their quest to find a bear; as they wade through the gigantic swishy swashy grass, the splishy splashy river and the thick oozy, squelchy mud! Expect catchy songs, interactive scenes and plenty of hands-on adventure – plus a few special surprises!
Best for Pre-K and Up!
Corbian Visual Arts & Dance, in collaboration with Lightwire Theater Presents:
Monday, March 31st at 10 AM & Noon
Lightwire & Corbian return to the Paramount Theatre with their incredible glow in the dark adventure: DiNO-LIGHT!
Where electroluminescent creatures light up the darkness in a heart-rending original tale. Truly unique and visually dazzling, DiNO has been praised for its cutting edge blend of puppetry, technology, and dance audiences all over the world.
“An eye-popping display of storytelling that’s like nothing else you’ve ever seen. Corbian Visual Arts and Dance is a force to be reckoned with” – broadwayworld.com
Best 2nd Grade and up!