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Students at a Matinee Series performance. Photo by Hannah Furgiuele.

Matinee Series for Students and Families

The Matinee Series is open to school groups, homeschoolers, community groups, and families.

The Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund provides need-based scholarships to cover the cost of admission for students and schools.

"As I return to the classroom every year, one of the first things on my 'to do' list is to check the DWT website and see what's offered for student groups for the year.  I make my reservations early.  The DWT provides a great service to educators!" -John Hall, Artspace Charter School

The combined 19/20 Matinee Series Reservation + Y.E.S. Application Form will be available August 2019.

Reservations for all Matinee Series performances will be accepted beginning Thursday, September 5, 2019. Call 828-257-4530, Ext. 1 for questions about individual and group sales questions, or groups may e-mail boxoffice@dwtheatre.com.

PLEASE NOTE: All group reservations for the 2019/2020 Matinee Series will require a deposit.

Click here for answers to frequently asked questions about the Matinee Series.


Sneak Peek! 2019/2020 Matinee Series for Students and Families
(Please note that this is a partial list of performances. Additional performances will be revealed at the end of July 2019.)

Warehouse Theatre
Oct. 21 & 22, 2019
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Grades 6–12


"Look like the innocent flower, but be the serpent under it." Lady Macbeth's words to Macbeth exemplify this story of power and ambition. Set in the contemporary deep South, Warehouse Theatre's new production of Macbeth will have audiences asking themselves how they would respond to the promise of power, giving into their darkest desires, and struggling with the consequences.

The Pout-Pout Fish
Theatreworks USA
Feb. 18 & 19, 2020
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Grades PreK–2

When Mr. Fish sets out on a quest to find Miss Clam’s missing pearl, he discovers there is more to him than his permanently plastered pout. Turn the poutiest of frowns upside down in this new musical featuring whimsical puppets and live performers in a sweeping oceanic adventure.

Warriors Don't Cry
Theatreworks USA
Feb. 6 & 7, 2020
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Grades 6–12

This original play dramatizes Melba Patillo Beals’s searing memoir of the battle to integrate Little Rock’s central high, through the lens of a contemporary young activist who questions: “What does a warrior look like? What is worth fighting for? Can a young person change the world?” Employing sophisticated video technology, original music, spoken word, poetry, and prose, the show will be a catalyst for deeper discussion about social responsibility, civil discourse, social media, community engagement and freedom.

Dog Man: The Musical
Theatreworks USA
Apr. 1 & 2, 2020
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Grades 1–5

Best buds George and Harold have been creating comics for years, but now that they’re in 5th grade, they figure it's time to level up and write a musical based on their favorite character, Dog Man, the crime-biting sensation who is part dog, part man, and all hero! A hilarious new production based on the worldwide bestselling series from Dav Pilkey, the creator of Captain Underpants.

My Heart in a Suitcase
Apr. 21 & 22, 2020
10 a.m. & 12 p.m.
Grades 4-12

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. This gripping and poignant production about Anne and her family’s decision whether or not to send her on the Kindertransport is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love.

What teachers are saying about the Matinee Series for Students and Families:

"We want [our students] to connect to the characters and plot on a visceral level that can only be found in live performance. Research tells us that this type of learning not only builds greater knowledge of the story, but creates the space for developing historical empathy and understanding, as well as critical thinking skills.
- Middle School teacher, on bringing his students to see Shakespeare

"The arts bring life to what might have been for a student just another 'ordinary day'..."
-JoAnn McLaughlin, Smoky Mountain High School

"The love of reading I have desperately tried so hard all year to instill in their little hearts is sealed after one of your shows."
-Rena Eller, Pisgah Elementary

"There is so much to learn in terms of culture and theater etiquette just by attending a live theater performance as opposed to film. I have had students say, 'This is just like a movie only you're really there!' They are often amazed by the skills of the actors, dancers, set, costume, and light designers. It makes them aware of the many arts involved in producing a play. If they like to build things or play with color, they suddenly see that there is a livelihood in the performing arts towards which they could aspire.  The quality of the performances is superb. That alone teaches them what 'quality' is. Every production we have attended has sparked excited and surprising discussion. I wish I could bring students to every show."
-Becky Stone, Vertias Christian Academy

"Besides offering a wide range of low-cost, entertaining, and engaging live performances that are relevant to the curriculum, the DWT enables teachers to expose to professional theatrical productions students who might not normally have the opportunity to have this enriching arts experience."
-Bill Feste, Owen Middle School

"Wonderful, educational performance; this is the way kids need to learn!"
- Buncombe County High School teacher