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 closed

Applicants will be notified of the grant committee’s decision by October 3, 2016. ‚Äč

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.

 

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.

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Ballet Memphis

Historic Orpheum Theatre

Run time: Approximately 2 hours

All ages

 

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

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
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.

Download the study guide

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 • SOLD OUT

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
Friday, February 24, 2017 • 10am

 

Lightwire Theater and Corbian Visual Arts and Dance bring new life to classic tale, Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling." 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. 

Download the study guide

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
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.

Download the study guide

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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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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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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