Student Matinee Performance Series

Let Our Stages Be Your Classroom

General Facts
Student Matinee Performances are Tuesday-Friday mornings at 10:00 a.m. (unless otherwise noted).

Groups of 10 or more $9.50 per person (1 FREE chaperone per 20 student tickets).

Deposit required with reservation. Deposit payment due within 10 days of initially making your reservation.

Balance due six weeks before performance. All plays, locations, dates and times
are subject to change.

For more information contact ArtReach Booking at 214-219-2049
or e-mail to artreachbooking@swbell.net.



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After your class views a show at the Rosewood Center for Family Arts, a professional theater artist conducts a workshop using hands-on activities to emphasize important themes and concepts from the play. Learn more

 

Study Guides

As part of our mission to integrate the arts into classroom academics, the Behind the Curtain Resource Guides are intended to provide helpful information for teachers and students to use before and after attending our performances. The activities presented in these guides are suggested to stimulate lively responses and multi-sensory explorations of concepts in order to use the theatrical events as a vehicle for cross-cultural and language arts learning. Educators are encouraged to use our suggestions as springboards to lead your students into meaningful, dynamic learning; extending the dramatic experience of the plays. Study Guides are provided in Adobe® Acrobat® PDF format.

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Study Guides for shows are typically available within three weeks of a show's opening. Check back frequently, however, as some guides may become available sooner.

2016 - 2017 Season

Show

SEUSSICAL™
Music by Stephen Flaherty
Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens
Book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty
Co-Conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, and Eric Idle
Based on the works of Dr. Seuss

October 5 - October 26, 2016
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Kindergarten and up

"Oh, the thinks you can think" when Dr. Seuss' best-loved characters collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! The Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Gertrude McFuzz, Mayzie LaBird, JoJo, and others are your guides in this fantastical, magical exploration of family and friendship through the Jungle of Nool, Circus McGurkus, and the tiny world of Whoville! Discover what it takes for Horton to withstand ridicule and danger to save the day in this cornucopia of adventure that truly offers something for everyone!

Show Themes: Rhymes, Drama, Language Arts, Music, Dance, Social Studies, Theater, Perseverance, Loyalty

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT
DRACULA: THE VAMPIRE PLAY
By Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston
From Bram Stoker's novel

October 19 - October 27, 2016
Grade 6 and up

Satisfy your cravings for thrill and terror with the original vampire story! Fans of shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and The Vampire Diaries will want to see how the mania began back when Count Dracula moved to England in his mad quest for fresh blood and a bride. Chilling adventure lurks in the fog… just in time for Halloween!

Show Themes: Good vs. Evil, Science vs. Superstition, Intellectual Effort, Friendship, Theater, Classic Literature, Melodrama

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KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'
THE NUTCRACKER
Music by Peter Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Adapted for the stage by B. Wolf

November 18 - December 16, 2016
10:00AM and 11:30AM shows
Pre-K and up

No holiday season is complete without Tchaikovsky's THE NUTCRACKER! This unique and acclaimed puppet interpretation brings the classic story to life with innovative passion and artistry. According to The Dallas Morning News, this NUTCRACKER "...out-Fantasia's Walt Disney's classic film." DFW audiences love holiday traditions, and that is why 2016 marks 20 years of this most requested title. It's a perfect introduction to classical music, so make a date to bring your children!

Show Themes: Classical Music, Puppetry, Fantasy, Holiday, Theater

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A CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS
by Charles M. Schulz
Based on the television special by Bill Melendez
and Lee Mendelson
Stage Adaptation by Eric Schaeffer
By Special Arrangement with Arthur Whitelaw and Ruby Persson

November 17 - December 15, 2016;
Selected 12:30PM shows also available;
November 30 at 10AM Sensory-Friendly performance
Kindergarten and up

Christmas time is here, and we're fortunate that it brings Charlie Brown, Linus, Lucy, Snoopy, and the rest of the Peanuts gang to DCT! Charles Schulz's classic animated television special comes to life as you've never seen before. The young and the young at heart will be tapping their toes and oohing and ahhing as the live combo band surrounds the audience in a magical, memorable holiday spectacle.  Make sure you're front and center as Charlie Brown and his friends discover the real meaning of Christmas!

Show Themes: Friendship, Acceptance, Empathy, Theater, Holiday Spirit

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DCT'S NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
JOHN STEPTOE'S
MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE
Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

December 13 - December 16, 2016 (City Performance Hall) at 10AM; December 15 and 16, 2016 (City Performance Hall) at 12:30PM shows also available
Kindergarten and up

The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.

Show Themes:  Good vs. Evil, Coming of Age, Nature, Animals, Inner Beauty, Family

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JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK
by Allison Gregory
based on the books Junie B. Jones Is Not a Crook and Junie B. Jones Loves Handsome Warren by Barbara Park

January 25 - March 3, 2017
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Kindergarten and up

The world's funniest kid is back! Junie B. Jones is ecstatic about her new black furry mittens that Grampa Frank Miller bought for her - until someone steals them! Those rotten thieves. When she finds a cool pen on the school floor, her own sense of right and wrong is tested. Junie B. stars in this comical tale that promises a good laugh… and a great life lesson.

Show Themes: Tolerance, Acceptance, Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, Character, Education, Theater

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TEEN SCENE PLAYERS PRESENT
EAT (It's Not About Food)
By Linda Daugherty

February 14 - February 16, 2017
Grade 6 and up

EAT (It's Not About Food) dramatizes and decodes the baffling world of eating disorders in boys and girls through a series of scenes ranging from realistic to satirical to humorous. Candidly exploring causes and warning signs, playwright Linda Daugherty takes a hard look at how society and the media influence self-identity. In EAT (It's Not About Food), we see individual stories of young people struggling with this epidemic, and all too often tragic problem. Follow the difficult journey of 14-year-old Amy, whose struggle to recover from an eating disorder leads to hospitalization, affecting her family and friends. Join us and experts from the Dallas community in a post-show discussion about ways to help our young people deal with these very real challenges.

Show Themes: Body Images, Healthy Eating, Family and Friends, Mental Health, Overcoming Challenges

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KATHY BURKS THEATRE OF PUPPETRY ARTS'
JACK AND THE BEANSTALK
Adaptation, Original Songs & Lyrics by B. Wolf

March 7 - March 31, 2017
10:00AM and 11:30AM shows
Pre-K and up

With great music and unexpected humor, Kathy Burks' troupe brings to life the age-old fairy tale of a young hero's extraordinary climb up a magical beanstalk to seek his fortune and save his family from ruin. Along the way, Jack encounters help from the Man in the Moon, a talking hen, a kindly servant, and a few other surprising characters. When he comes face to face with a fiendish giant, Jack must use his wits to escape the colossal villain's castle in the clouds. Fee, Fi, Fo, Fum!

Show Themes: Taking Care of Your Family, Value of Goods, Bravery, Courage, Overcoming Adversity, Music, Theater, Puppetry

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TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY
by Pat Mora
Adapted for the stage by
José Cruz González

March 28 - April 6, 2017
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Grade 2 and up

An inspiring true tale of how reading and stories help us all escape. This beautiful bilingual play follows the life of young Tomás and his family, who are migrant workers who move constantly to find new work picking farmers' crops. But one summer, Tomás visits a local public library and soon discovers worlds filled with dinosaurs and tigers - and a great new friend in the "Library Lady." While helping Tomás improve his English by reading many new and exciting stories, the librarian fosters his newfound interest in learning and teaches him the importance of a good education.

Show Themes: Hispanic and Latin American Culture, Tradition, Kindness, Compassion, Reading for Pleasure, Friendship

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BLUE
By Annie Cusick Wood

April 19 - May 5, 2017
Selected 12:30PM shows also available
Pre-K and up

An all-new show that is perfect for short attention spans and the wee ones! This is a simple story of what happens one day when color comes into your life. Pale Blue and Inky Blue are happy in… well, their blueness.  When a red sock enters the picture, Pale and Inky AND the audience are surprised by their reaction. If you liked BALLOONACY, you'll love this gentle play that introduces the idea of acceptance and difference in an age-appropriate and soft-hearted theatrical experience. BLUE is filled with lots of fun, humor and whimsy, and at the end of the show, you will be too!

Show Themes: Friendship, Dealing with Change, Acceptance, Colors, Routine

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ROALD DAHL'S
JAMES AND THE GIANT PEACH
Adapted by David Wood

May 3 - May 26, 2017
Selected 10:30AM and 12:30PM shows also available
Kindergarten and up

Young James Henry Trotter's resilience is tested when he is sent off to live with his mean aunts, Spiker and Sponge, after a chain of unfortunate incidents. Life is no fun at all there until he accidentally spills some tiny green things on a tree, and … voilà, a giant peach! When James and his new oversized friends - Grasshopper, Centipede, Ladybug, Earthworm, and Spider - snip the stem of the peach, the quest for happiness and great adventure lands them in New York City and at the center of attention. Of its premiere one reporter wrote, "Move heaven and earth to see this wonderful adaptation!"

Show Themes: Abandonment, Overcoming Fear, Good vs. Evil, Friendship, Justice, Overcoming Difficulty, Theater

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DCT'S NATIONAL TOURING PRODUCTION
JOHN STEPTOE'S
MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE
Adapted for the stage by Karen Abbott
Music and Lyrics by S-Ankh Rasa

July 5 - July 7, 2017 (Rosewood Center for Family Arts)
10:00AM and 1:30PM shows
Kindergarten and up

The beautiful Zimbabwe-based Cinderella tale returns! An African villager named Mufaro has two daughters whom everyone agrees are beautiful. But, they have their differences. Manyara possesses a bad temper and is self-centered (but never in front of Mufaro); Nyasha is kind and considerate to people and to animals. When Mufaro learns that the King is in the process of meeting all of the most worthy and beautiful women in order to choose a wife, he decides that both of his daughters should go. Celebrate goodness, generosity, and love with traditional dancing, rhythmic drumming, and glorious African song. Based on the 1988 Caldecott Honor Award book.

Show Themes:  Good vs. Evil, Coming of Age, Nature, Animals, Inner Beauty, Family

Check back later for study guide.

 

For more information contact Nancy Schaeffer, Director of Education at 214-978-0110,
or e-mail to nancy.schaeffer@dct.org.

* Dates subject to change without notice.

IMAGE CREDITS:
SEUSSICAL™ - Artwork © Dr. Seuss. Used by permission of Licensor. 
CHARLIE BROWN - Peanuts © 2015 Peanuts Worldwide LLC. All Rights Reserved. 
JUNIE B. JONES IS NOT A CROOK - Illustration used by permission.
TOMÁS AND THE LIBRARY LADY - Illustrations by Raul Colón, copyright © 1997 by Raul Colón; from Tomás and the Library Lady by Pat Mora. Used by permission of Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random House Children's Books, a division of Penguin Random House LLC. All rights reserved.
MUFARO'S BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTERS: AN AFRICAN TALE - Artwork from Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale Copyright © 1987 by John Steptoe. Use licensed by the estate of John Steptoe.
All other images © 2016 Dallas Children's Theater

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