Field Trips/Student Matinee Series

Begun in 2002, the Student Matinee Series brings the best touring children’s theatre companies from around the world to The Orpheum to present shows that are designed with young audiences in mind. The Student Matinee Series has something for every student from early childhood through high school.


The Orpheum Student Matinee Series presented in partnership with:

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Ticket Prices

  • Students: $8.00
  • Chaperones: one free per 15 students, additional adult tickets are $15.00
  • Title One tickets: $6.00

*Note: Title One Schools must submit written proof of eligibility to qualify for the discount rate. For more information, call (901) 529-4242. Don't Fail Me Now!
Rhythmic Circus
Wednesday, March 25, 2015 @ 11am
Thursday, March 26, 2015 @ 10am
Friday, March 27, 2015 @ 11am -- SOLD OUT
Grades: All Ages  Length: 60 minutes


There’s tap dancing and then there’s Rhythmic Circus, the percussive-dance phenomenon that electrifies audiences with its hard-hitting, rapid-fire tap, sidesplitting humor and finger-snapping tunes; performed on everything from sand to folding chairs.  FEET DON’T FAIL ME NOW! Explodes with Heatbox the human beatbox, joined by the swingin’ seven-piece funk band and vocalists to accompany each tap, shuffle, and stomp. The show presents a wildly creative view into the indomitable power of the human spirit.  Guaranteed to be unforgettable, this joyous parade of genre-hopping music and percussive dance will have audiences amazed and dancing to the beat!

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Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Health and Well Being

Suggested Readings: Rhythmic Circus, Feet Don't Fail Me Now, Drumline, Clogging
Theatre Terra
Tuesday, April 7, 2015 @ 10am: SOLD OUT
Thursday, April 9, 2015 @ 10am
Friday, April 10, 2015 @ 11am
Grades: Pre-K - 2nd  Length: 50 minutes

Spot, the most famous and beloved dog in children’s literature comes to Memphis! Follow Spot to his father’s farm, where all the animals have gone missing. Spot and his friend Helen are going to need the audience’s help to find the animals and bring them back to the farm. Spot’s show-stopping tunes and incredible puppetry will enchant viewers and highlight the importance of working together to solve problems.

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Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Health and Well Being, Language Arts, Social Sciences, Science

Suggested Readings: Spot Goes to the Farm, Where's Spot, Spot's Favorite Colors

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Ballet Memphis
Friday, April 17, 2015 @ 9:45am
Grades: All Ages  Length: 2 hours

The dance world's most iconic story of good and evil, performed in its entirety by Ballet Memphis on the Orpheum stage for the first time in 15 years. Staged fresh for a new generation of ballet goers, the famous Tchaikovsky score and our brilliant cast eloquently narrate the tale of the beautiful maiden Odette transformed into a swan by an evil magician, and the price who swears his enduring love for her. Whether this is your first ballet or your all-time favorite, this is your moment to be a part of the dance world's legacy. 

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Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Health and Well Being, Language Arts, Social Sciences