Reserve your space now for 2016-2017 educational matinees at Saint Mary’s University Page Theatre. Don’t delay! Programs sell out quickly, and reservations are taken on a first-come, first-served basis.
To make a reservation, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Put SCHOOL MATINEE in the subject line, and include the following information in the body of your message:
- Name of School
- Contact name, phone number, and email address
- Date, time, and name of the program you wish to attend
- Number of students expected to attend
- Number of chaperones expected
- Grade level or age range of students
- Any needed accessibility services
All seats are $3 per person (students and chaperones) and payment is due upon arrival. No one will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay. Schools are asked to limit chaperones to one adult per 10 students. You will be contacted to confirm your school’s participation. Groups should plan to arrive between 20 and 30 minutes prior to the performance, and will be seated in order of arrival. Most events last 50 to 60 minutes unless noted.
Study guides will be posted on this page as they become available, and will also be emailed to groups attending each performance.
ROCK THE PRESIDENTS
FRIDAY • NOV. 11, 2016 • 10:00 am • LIMITED SPACE REMAINING
Celebrate election week with the perfect curriculum connection! Rock the Presidents is a high octane, multi-media-filled, musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency—from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 44 men who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through rock, pop and folk music.
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 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.
“Childsplay is more than an entertainment experience, it is a valuable teaching tool which can enrich and enhance a student’s educational experience.” –Elementary School Teacher
“Childsplay isn’t just one of the best theater troupes in Arizona, it also is one of the best theaters for young audiences in the country, with top-notch acting and production values.” – Kerry Lengel, Arizona Republic
History: United States History, Presidential History, Historical Media; Fine Arts: Storytelling, Musical Styles; Social Studies: Government, Civics, Ethics, Citizenship
Pre-Performance Guide »
Post-Performance Guide »
Recommended for grades 3 through 8
Dance Repertory Company and Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre & Dance
THE NUTCRACKER (Abridged)
WEDNESDAY • NOV. 30, 2016 • 12:30 pm LIMITED SPACE REMAINING
Enjoy this holiday classic as young Clara dreams of adventures with her heroic Nutcracker. Come fly through the land of toy soldiers, sugar plum fairies, snowflakes, dewdrops, and flowers. Featuring dancers from and produced by the Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts’ Dance Repertory Company and Saint Mary’s Department of Theatre and Dance. New and revisited sets will add color and joy to a one-hour, condensed version of this favorite holiday story.
Recommended for grades 1 and above
A production of Tout a Trac
WEDNESDAY • FEB. 8, 2017 • 10 am • SOLD OUT
Alice refuses to do her schoolwork. She prefers to play and daydream in her father’s study where she stumbles across a strange rabbit that nibbles on books. Wanting to stop him from eating all the books, she follows him into his rabbit hole and discovers Wonderland, a world inhabited by many strange characters: an egg sitting on a wall who is afraid to fall, a philosopher caterpillar, a mad hatter, the queen of a castle of cards who loves to cut off heads—an intriguing universe where the rabbits are always late and where arguments lead to friendship.
Faithful to the unbridled humour and madness of the original tale, this adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s famous book is crammed with surprises which bring the vast range of colorful characters to life. Prepare to be amazed by the ingenious set in which we discover that each book becomes a door to the next adventure. An homage to reading, Alice in Wonderland becomes a window into our imagination.
Company members will offer a Q&A session for students following this performance.
Language Arts: Reading, Storytelling, Literature; Performing Arts: Theatre, puppetry
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Recommended for grades K through 2
I HAVE A DREAM
MONDAY • MARCH 20, 2017 • 10:00 am & 12:30 pm
The impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the “American Century.” Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. I Have a Dream tells this inspirational story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.”
History: United States history; Social Studies: civil rights, government
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Recommended for grades 2 through 12
THURSDAY • APRIL 20, 2017 • 10:00 am
Suitable and appealing for all ages, the annual spring concert by Dance Repertory Company offers a well-rounded dance experience by including a variety of dance styles such as jazz, ballet, hip hop, modern, tap and Irish dance. This audition-based company of middle school through college-aged dancers upholds high artistic standards and a commitment to technique, discipline, and fun. Dance Repertory Company’s annual concert promises delightful choreography performed by an equally delightful company of student dancers. This year’s theme is “Deeply Rooted Dance: Celebrating our Connections.” Just in time for Earth Day, this mixed repertory concert will celebrate our connections to the environment and the community.
Recommended for Grades 3 and up