Matinee Series for Students and Families
The Matinee Series at the Wortham Center for the Performing Arts 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
PLEASE NOTE: All group reservations for the 2019/2020 Matinee Series will require a deposit.
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2019/2020 Matinee Series for Students and Families
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