Free student matinees
More than 6,000 precollege students from the local and surrounding schools are bused to McCain Auditorium each year to see a live arts educational performance. Teachers receive in-depth study guides to connect curriculum to these free student matinees.
For information on how your class can experience a free student matinee performance, please call 785-532-6425.
My Father’s Dragon Enchantment Theatre Company
Oct. 26 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended for grades K-5, ages 4-10
With talking animals, a daring rescue, a flying dragon, buried treasure and lots of humor throughout, this fabulous adventure is brought to the stage in Enchantment Theatre's distinctive style. Using puppets, masks, inventive scenic effects and original music, Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to bring you the story of a compassionate andcourageous young boy and his unlikely friendship with a splendid yellow- and blue-striped dragon.
Freedom Riders Mad River Theater
Jan. 24 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended for grades 3-8
Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. This new play, with original songs and music, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the civil rights movement. Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how nonviolent protests were used to focus attention on the cruelties of segregation. Set in 1961, 15 years after the U.S. Supreme Court had outlawed segregation, bus lines and cities throughout the South still enforced a rigid system of separating black and white citizens. The Freedom Riders, both black and white Americans, from the North and the South, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines despite the hateful segregation and racism that had a strong hold in so many parts of the United States. The unforgettable heroes, and the facts behind the events portrayed in Freedom Riders, are essential to a full understanding of the civil rights era and American history. Play by Jeff Hooper. Music by Bob Lucas. "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has." — Margaret Mead
Hamlet By William Shakespeare
March 1 at 10 a.m., Aquila Theatre
Recommended for grades 7 and up
"Hamlet" is arguably Shakespeare's greatest play. Written in 1602, it is one of the most complete portrayals of the human psyche that exists in Western literature. A compelling tale of familial discord, personal ambition, love and revenge, "Hamlet" has enthralled audiences for 400 years. Mortality and madness are two of the most pronounced themes of Shakespeare's epic and the characters; Hamlet, Ophelia, Gertrude, and Claudius inhabit a rich landscape replete with deceit, mistrust, and schemes. Four centuries after its premiere, "Hamlet" continues as one of the classics of the world stage.