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

  • Student admission is $8 each, or $6 each for schools that qualify for Title 1 funds
  • Adult admission is $15 each
  • One complimentary teacher admission will be provided for every ten (10) students. 
  • For Special Education classrooms, one complimentary teacher admission is provided for every five (5) students. 

Grant applications now open

Grants are available for Student Matinee Series field trips at the Orpheum Theatre. Applications for the 2016-2017 Student Matinee Series grants must be completed and submitted by 5pm on September 9, 2016. Applicants will be notified of the grant committee’s decision by October 3, 2016. Please note: Halloran Centre shows are not eligible for grant opportunities.

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Additional grant opportunities and teacher resources can be found here. For more information, call Field Trips and Classes Manager Jennifer Douberly at (901) 529-4242.

Click on a title to navigate directly to more information about it.

 

Celeste • Grades K-8
October 26-28, 2016
Halloran Centre
Brown BearBrown Bear • Grades PreK-3
November 9-10, 2016
Orpheum Theatre
Rhapsody in Black • Grades 8-12
November 15-18, 2016
Halloran Centre
Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters • Grades K-5
November 30 - December 2, 2016
Orpheum Theatre
Ballet Memphis' Nutcracker • All Ages
December 8-9, 2016
Orpheum Theatre
Rock the Presidents • Grades 3-8
February 1-3, 2017
Orpheum Theatre
The Meeting • Grades 6-12
February 1-3, 2017
Halloran Centre
The Ugly Duckling • Grades K-4
February 22-24, 2017
Orpheum Theatre
Six Stories Tall • Grades 3-12
March 29-31, 2017
Orpheum Theatre
Ballet Memphis' The Wizard of Oz • All Ages
April 7, 2017
Orpheum Theatre
Dance Theatre of Harlem • All Ages
April 28, 2017
Orpheum Theatre
 

 

Registrations for all field trips are now open. To learn more about booking a field trip, click here.

celeste_thumb.jpgCeleste

Green Thumb Theatre

Halloran Centre

Run time: Approximately 40 minutes

Grades K-8

 

Wednesday, October 26, 2016  • 10:15am
Thursday, October 27, 2016 • 10:15am
Friday, October 28, 2016 • 10:15am

Celeste is having a hard time at school; she can’t seem to make any friends in her class, so she decides she must be from outer space. Celeste knows there is a whole world of people who are like her up in the stars, so she starts building a spaceship to bring her back to her home planet. That’s when Celeste meets Martin, a new boy at school, who wants to help build the rocket, and the adventure takes a new turn. Celeste explores the world of a young girl with a big imagination and her struggle making social connections. As we see the world through her eyes, and the tremendous color and joy that her inner world presents, we realize that seeing things differently can be a wonderful gift.

Performances of Celeste will be sensory-friendly. Learn more here.

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Curriculum Connections

Fine Arts: Visual Arts, Design, Music, Drama and Dance
Health and Well Being: Physical Education, Character Education, Respect, Teamwork
Science: Physical Science, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Science and Technology

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Mermaid Theatre

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades PreK-3

 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016  • 10am
Thursday, November 10, 2016 • 10am
Thursday, November 10, 2016 • 12pm

First published in 1967, this classic Eric Carle story comes to life onstage with imaginative puppetry and striking scenic effects. "Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See" is joined by the ever popular "The Very Hungry Caterpillar" and the poignant story of a young girl’s unusual quest in "Papa, Please Get the Moon For Me."

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Curriculum Connections

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

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LeLand Gantt

Halloran Centre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades 8-12

 

Tuesday, November 15, 2016 • 10:15am
Wednesday, November 16, 2016  • 10:15am

Friday, November 18, 2016 • 10:15am

Written and performed by LeLand Gantt and developed at NYC's Actors Studio by Estelle Parsons, Rhapsody in Black is a one man show that explores LeLand's personal journey to understand and eventually transcend racism in America. We follow his spellbinding life story -- from an underprivileged childhood in the ghettos of McKeesport, PA to teenage experiments with crime and drugs to scholastic achievement and an acting career that lands adult LeLand in situations where he is virtually the only African-American in the room. How he manages to cope with the various psychological effects of consistently being marked The Other is recounted in remarkable and exquisitely moving detail, guaranteed to leave lasting impressions.

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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

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mufaro_thumb.jpgMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters

Dallas Children's Theatre

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades K-5

 

Wednesday, November 30, 2016  • 10am
Thursday, December 1, 2016 • 10am
Thursday, December 1, 2016 • 12pm
Friday, December 2, 2016 • 10am

In this African Cinderella story, Mufaro sends his two daughters, Nyasha and Manyara, to meet the king who desires a wife. Along the way, the two girls encounter tests of their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. One daughter proves herself to be selfish and spoiled, while the other proves herself to be beautiful both inside and out. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful and majestic choreography, and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and energy of the African land will burst onto stage in this play based on the Caldecott Award-winning book by John Steptoe.

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Curriculum Connections

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

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Ballet Memphis

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 2 hours

All ages

 

Thursday, December 8, 2016 • 9:45am
Friday, December 9, 2016 • 9:45am

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.

Curriculum Connections

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

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Childsplay

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades 3-8

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 12pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 • 10am

On the heels of the 2016 elections, Childsplay will hit the road with a journey through the history of US Presidents told through original rock, pop, and folk music. This high octane, multi-media-filled musical revue looks at the lives of the 44 people who have held the highest elected office in America. By revealing the humanity behind these larger than life individuals, Rock the Presidents creates a curiosity about our executive leaders and empowers young people with the belief that they too can get involved in civic life. With songs like “The Sons of Washington”, a driving rock anthem honoring Washington’s revolutionary idea of peacefully giving up power, and the jazz-inspired “Who In the World is Millard Fillmore?” celebrating some of the lesser-known Commanders in Chief, Rock the Presidents is sure to entertain and inform audiences of all ages.

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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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Hattiloo Theatre

Halloran Centre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades 6-12

 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017  • 10:15am
Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 10:15am
Thursday, February 2, 2017 • 12:15pm
Friday, February 3, 2017 • 10:15am

An eloquent depiction of a hypothetical meeting between Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, Jr., The Meeting illuminates the ongoing debate between the two most towering figures of the civil rights movement: how to achieve the same goal – equality for their people – through very different means. King’s unflappable commitment to nonviolent civil disobedience is repeatedly challenged by Malcolm’s belief that only provocation and retaliation can fundamentally shake the foundations of America’s racist society. The men’s mutual respect of the other, especially the willingness to martyr themselves for the cause, foreshadows the iconic positions the men hold in American society today.

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Lightwire Theater

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades K-4

 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, February 23, 2017 • 12pm
Friday, February 24, 2017 • 10am

 

Lightwire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts and Dance bring new life to a pair of classic tales, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" and Aesop's fable, "The Tortoise and The Hare." Lined with electroluminescent wire, these well-known characters continue the Corbian tradition as they illuminate the darkened stage and wind their way into audiences’ hearts. 

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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
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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Adventure Stage Chicago

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

Grades 3-12

 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, March 30, 2017 • 10am
Thursday, March 30, 2017 • 12pm
Friday, March 31, 2017 • 10am

Full of whimsy and emotional resonance this performance uses Hispanic folklore as a premise to inspire students to find their inner heroes. Six Stories Tall presents six fast-paced vignettes that incorporate hip-hop music, video game lore, choreography and good old-fashioned storytelling encouraging kids to be superheroes in their own lives and communities.

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, and US and World History

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Wizard_of_Oz_Thumb1.jpgThe Wizard of Oz

Ballet Memphis

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 1 hour, 25 minutes

All Ages


Friday, April 7, 2017 • 9:45am

Red shoes and witches, poppies and munchkins, and all of Dorothy's friends are here for this beloved story. Just as The Commercial Appeal wrote how "McMahon creates an entirely new universe for the great American fairytale" for Wizard of Oz, Artistic Director Dorothy Gunther Pugh sees Steven McMahon as the future of fabulous storytellers in the ballet, "telling stories in a relevant way that still captures the magic and focus of the story."

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dancetheatreofharlem_thumb.jpgDance Theatre of Harlem

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 60 minutes

All Ages

 

 

Friday, April 28, 2017 • 10am
Friday, April 28, 2017 • 12pm

The Company is known for its thrilling performances that successfully challenge preconceived notions. The Dance Theatre of Harlem Company consists of 14 racially diverse dance artists who perform an eclectic, demanding repertoire. From treasured classics, neo-classical works by George Balanchine and resident choreographer Robert Garland, cutting edge contemporary works and works that use the language of ballet to celebrate African American culture, the Company brings new life to the art form of classical ballet. In addition to performances in New York City across the country and abroad, Company activities that carry a message of empowerment through the arts also include engaging community through education activities for audiences and young people.

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Curriculum Connections

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

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