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 is 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.

Presenting the 2015-2016 Student Matinee Series:

 

Cat in the Hat  •  October 27-30, 2015
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: K-5th
Nearly Lear  •  November 3-6, 2015
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: 7th-12th
ArcAttack  •  November 10-13
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: All Grades
Infinitus  •  November 17-20, 2015
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: All Grades
Nutcracker  •  December 3-4, 2015
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: All Grades
Moon Mouse  •  February 2-5, 2016
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: K-3rd
Self-Made Man  •  February 2-4 and 9-12, 2016
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: 4th and up
Doktor Kaboom!: Live Wire  •  February 16-19, 2016
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: 4th-8th
Contra-Tiempo  •  February 16-19, 2016
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: All Grades
Moby Dick  •  February 23-26, 2016
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: 5th and up
Elephant and Piggie  •  March 1-4, 2016
Historic Orpheum Theatre   •  Grades: K-2nd
Goodnight Moon/The Runaway Bunny  •  April 5-8, 2016
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: K-3rd
EGG  •  April 13-15, 2016
Halloran Centre  •  Grades: K-3rd
Cinderella  •  April 15, 2016
Historic Orpheum Theatre  •  Grades: All Grades

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catinthehat_thumb.jpgCat in the Hat

Childsplay

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: K-5th

 

 

Tuesday, October 27, 2015 • 10:30am
Wednesday, October 28, 2015 • 10:30am
Thursday, October 29, 2015 • 10am
Friday, October 30, 2015 • 10:30am

From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears at their door, Sally and her brother know that the Cat in the Hat is the most mischievous cat they will ever meet. Suddenly, their rainy afternoon is transformed by the Cat and his antics. Will their house ever be the same? Can the kids clean up before mom comes home? With some tricks (and a fish) and Thing Two and Thing One, with the Cat in The Hat, the fun's never done!

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama, and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Mathematics: Numbers and Operations, Problem Solving, Sequencing, Geometry

Download the study guide!

 

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Susanna Hamnett

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: 7th-12th

 

 

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 • 10:15am
Thursday, November 5, 2015 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Friday, November 6, 2015 • 10:15am

What if the great and tragic story of King Lear were to be told by the King's closet companion - his own fool? This is Nearly Lear. Seen through the eyes of the Lear's devoted clown, Norris (who, in good Shakespearean tradition, is actually Noreen disguised as a boy), the story is not only poignant and tragic, but also mischievous, tender and achingly funny. Nearly Lear confounds expectations of what a Shakespeare play 'should' be and uses exuberant storytelling, music and film, as well as Shakespeare's magnificent text to take its audience firmly into the heart of this great story.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History
Technology: Modification, Usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and Methods of organization

Download the study guide!

 

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Geodesic Management

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: All Grades

 

 

Tuesday, November 10, 2015 • 10:30am
Wednesday, November 11, 2015• 10:30am
Thursday, November 12, 2015 • 10am
Friday, November 13, 2015 • 10:30am

ArcAttack is a unique performance spanning the worlds of rock music and science. Two custom engineered, hand built Tesla Coils throw out electrical arcs up to twelve feet long, each one acting as an instrument with a sound reminiscent of the early days of the synthesizer and accompanied by a high tech robotic drum kit. Part rock concert, part science experiment, the creators of ArcAttack unveil the science behind the spectacle. Combining their love of music with science the group invites the audience to explore concepts such as electricity, voltage and current, magnetism, robotics, and lightning through a show that’s both entertaining, interactive and informative.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History
Mathematics: Number and Operations, Problem Solving, Sequencing, Geometry
Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology
Technology: Modification, Usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and Methods of organization

Download the study guide!

 

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Infinitus Music

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: All Grades

 

 

Wednesday, November 18, 2015 • 10:15am
Thursday, November 19, 2015 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Friday, November 20, 2015 • 10:15am

Infinitus is a critically acclaimed, beatboxing string trio known for their unique sound and upbeat performance style. With a repertoire featuring classical standards and original jazz and hip-hop arrangements and compositions, Infinitus is quickly becoming one of North America’s premier chamber groups.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Mathematics: Numbers and Operations, Problem Solving, Sequencing, Geometry
Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology
Technology: Modification, Usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and Methods of organization

Download the study guide!

 

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Ballet Memphis

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: All ages

 

 

Thursday, December 3, 2015 • 9:45 am
Friday, December 4, 2015 • 9:45 am

More than 100 professional dancers, children, musicians and vocalists make this holiday tradition extraordinary experience for all. With magical sets that change before your eyes, snowflakes that trickle from the sky, and dances that envelope Clara and her Nutcracker Prince in the Kingdom of Sweets the Nutcracker remains a favorite year after year.

 

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Lightwire Theatre

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: K-3rd

 

 

Wednesday, February 3, 2016 • 10:30am
Thursday, February 4, 2016 • 10am
Friday, February 5, 2016 • 10:30am & 6:30 pm

Marvin the mouse wants to be popular. Constantly bullied and picked on by the "cool" rats, he is labeled as a loser and a geek. To get away from the continuous badgering, he retreats into his science books and a world of cosmic fantasy. He longs to have adventures, to be the hero. Join Marvin on the space adventure of a lifetime; a trip to the surface of the moon on his homemade rocket, where he meets a strange cast of misfit creatures, learns of infinite peril, and beholds awesome beauty. Will Marvin make his dreams come true and finally recieve the glory and acceptance he craves?

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Mathematics: Number and Operations, Problem Solving, Sequencing, Geometry
Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology
Technology: Modification, Usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and Methods of organization

 

Self_Made_Man_Thumb.jpgSelf Made Man: The Frederick Douglass Story

Darius Wallace in collaboration with the Orpheum Theatre

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: 4th and up

 

 

Tuesday, February 2, 2016 • 10:15am
Wednesday, February 3, 2016 • 10:15am
Thursday, February 4, 2016 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Tuesday, February 9, 2016 • 10:15am
Wednesday, February 10, 2016 • 10:15am
Thursday, February 11, 2016 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Friday, February 12, 2016 • 10:15am

Self Made Man: The Frederick Douglas Story takes the audience on a journey through Douglass' life, dramatizing the heartbreak, humor, outrage and charisma that were embodied by the life of this slave-turned Abolitionist leader. Accomplished actor Phil Darius Wallace portrays 14 characters that influenced Douglass’ life, reconstructing the complexity and radiance of Douglass’ spirit on his path to becoming the leader who inspired President Lincoln and countless others. Wallace captures Douglass’ unique and profound essence, brings this “Self Made Man” alive like never before.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama, and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History

Download the study guide!

 

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Doktor Kaboom!

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: 4th-8th

 

 

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 • 10:15am
Wednesday, February 17, 2016 • 10:15am
Thursday, February 18, 2016 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Friday, February 19, 2016 • 10:15am

Doktor Kaboom! performs original interactive science comedy shows for audiences of all ages. Kaboom! Creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. In this performance, Doktor Kaboom! will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Mathematics: Number and Operations, Problem Solving, Sequencing, Geometry
Science:
Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology
Technology: Modification, Usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and Methods of organization

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Urban Latin Dance Theatre

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: All Grades

 

 

Thursday, February 18, 2016 • 10am
Friday, February 19, 2016 • 10:30am

Contra-Tiempo is a bold and multi-lingual Los Angeles based dance company, dedicated to transforming the world through dance. In their newest evening-length work, Augua Furiosa, Contra-Tiempo challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez, harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality, and the performers’ own personal narratives.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Tennessee Arts Commission.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History

 

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Theater Triebwerk

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: 5th and up

 

 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 • 10:15am
Thursday, February 25, 2016 • 10:15 & 11:45am
Friday, February 26, 2016 • 10:15am

Set sail for a whale of a tale with young sailor Ishmael, first mate Starbuck, and Captain Ahab as they voyage across the seven seas in search of the legendary white whale Moby Dick! Herman Melville's epic saga is brought to life by three gifted actors, their ever-switching hats, and a variety of musical instruments that create excitement and suspense throughout the story. See how a double bass and cello personify everything from the creaking of the oars to the moaning of the hull, to the elusive whale himself!

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama, and Dance
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History

Download the study guide!

Elephant-and-Piggie-thumb.jpgElephant and Piggie

Kennedy Center

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: K-2nd

 

 

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 • 10:30am
Thursday, March 3, 2016 • 10am
Friday, March 4, 2016 • 10:30am

Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! And in We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama, and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening

 

goodnightrunaway_thumb.jpgGoodnight Moon/The Runaway Bunny

Mermaid Theatre

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: K-3rd

 

 

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 • 10:30am
Thursday, April 7, 2016 • 10am
Friday, April 8, 2016 • 10:30am

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia presents this innovative double-bill adaptation of Margaret Wise Brown and Clement Hurd's beloved bedtime classics, Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny. Both tales feature endearing rabbit characters, and the soothing rhythms of bunny banter and dream-like imagery never fail to inspire young audience members with a reassuring sense of security and peace. Whimsical puppetry and evocative original music will bring a new sense of appreciation to these stories that have delighted for several generations.

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History

Download the study guide!

 

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Cahoots NI

Halloran Centre for Performing Arts & Education

Grades: K-3rd

 

 

Thursday, April 14, 2016 • 10:15am
Friday, April 15, 2016 • 10:15am

Set sail for a whale of a tale with young sailor Ishmael, first mate Starbuck, and Captain Ahab as they voyage across the seven seas in search of the legendary white whale Moby Dick! Herman Melville's epic saga is brought to life by three gifted actors, their ever-switching hats, and a variety of musical instruments that create excitement and suspense throughout the story. See how a double bass and cello personify everything from the creaking of the oars to the moaning of the hull, to the elusive whale himself!

Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama, and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Language Arts: English, Reading, Writing, Foreign Language and Listening
Social Sciences: Civics, Economics, Geography, US and World History
Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology
Technology: Modification, usage and knowledge of 21st century tools, and methods of organization

Ballet_Cinderella_Thumb.jpgCinderella

Ballet Memphis

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Grades: All ages

 

 

Friday, April 15 2016 • 9:45am

First staged in 2009, Steven McMahon’s Cinderella is one of Ballet Memphis' most popular shows. Set to the classic score by Sergei Prokofiev on a stage populated by lavish sets from the London City Ballet, Cinderella is a must-see experience for the entire family – and is about more than magical pumpkins and sewing mice.

 

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