Student Matinee Series

The Stocker Arts Center Student Matinee Series are weekday matinees designed with students in mind. We welcome public, private, charter and home schools, as well as the general public at these performances. All Student Matinee performances are held in the Hoke Theatre unless otherwise noted.

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2015-2016 Student Matinee Series 

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Family FriendlyTheatreworks USA
Miss Nelson is Missing

Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am

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Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades K – 5
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music

The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met: Miss Viola Swamp! The search is on for Miss Nelson, who seems to have vanished. Hopefully the students of Room 207 will find her before it’s too late – for them! This lighthearted musical reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!

Family FriendlyOhio Dance Theatre
The Nutcracker*

Friday, December 18, 2015 at 10:00am

Tickets: $8/each
Recommended for: Grades 3-12
Running Time: 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission

A holiday tradition returns, when Ohio Dance Theatre presents Denise Gula’s full-length The Nutcracker in collaboration with Verb Ballets.

*Denotes a Student Matinee Rental Event




Family FriendlyArtsPower
Lily’s Crossing

Friday, February 26, 2016 at 9:45am and 11:45am

Please note the change of location: CIRIGLIANO STUDIO THEATRE

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Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades 3 - 8
Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based

Lily has planned a spectacular summer at Rockaway Beach at her family’s cozy house on the Atlantic Ocean. But by the summer of 1944, World War II has changed almost everyone’s lives. Based on Patricia Reilly Giff’s moving novel, ArtsPower’s play explores what happens when people are brave enough to forge new relationships and follow their heart.

Because the Cirigliano Studio Theatre can only hold a maximum of 150 people per performance, please make your reservations for this performance early in order to assure you can be accommodated.

Family FriendlyTheatre IV
The Frog Prince

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 9:45am and 11:45am

Book  and Lyrics  by Douglas Jones; Music by Ron Barnett

Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades K – 5
Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum connections: Art, Family Ties, Folk Tale, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music, Puppets, Reading, Character Development

When a spoiled princess drops her golden ball into a well, a noble frog retrieves it in exchange for her promise of friendship. The princess breaks her promise, and must face the music in this colorful, funny, faithful adaptation of the classic folk story first recorded by the Brothers Grimm. This beautiful production of The Frog Prince showcases an amphibian ensemble created by internationally acclaimed puppet master Terry  Snyder.

Family FriendlyDoktor Kaboom
LIVE WIRE! The Electricity Tour
commissioned by the Kennedy Center

Friday, April 8, 2016 at 9:45am and 11:45am

Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades 3 - 8
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum connections: Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils and conductors

This newest show explores the nature of electricity. What is it? What does it do for us? Where does it come from? With Tesla Coils, Van de Graaf Generators, and a ping pong shooting robot, Doktor Kaboom explains everything from voltage and current, to charges, conservation of energy, and plasma.

Family FriendlyTheatreworks USA
Charlotte’s Web

Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 9:45am and 11:45am

Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades K – 5
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family

Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman -- she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever. This treasured tale, featuring mad-cap and endearing farm animals, explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Family FriendlyJonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith
Songwriting Made Simple

Friday, May 20, 2016 at 10:00am

Tickets: $5/each
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up
Curriculum Connections: Creative Writing, Language Skills, Music, Songwriting, Collaboration, Team Dynamics

You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from last year or from our 2010-2011 or 2013-2014 season. On all of their visits they have performed with area students who have written amazing new songs with them. We’re bringing them back again by popular demand to write more new songs with students who will perform with them at this concert.

With diverse musical styles ranging from folk, pop and jazz to R & B, a Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith concert is all about great songs! Jonathan wrote his first song in 1996 – “A Place Called Home.” Since then, he won 1st place in The Unisong International Song Contest, has twice placed in the top five of the John Lennon Song contest, won 1st Place in the USA Songwriting Competition in the Folk Category as well as the Overall Grand Prize out of 33,000 entries, and was awarded First Place in the Gospel category of the ISC songwriting contest. His singing has been featured in films, soap operas and on the hit show “Felicity.” Based out of Nashville he splits his time between touring the country and writing, recording and producing. He has toured with such diverse acts as Julio Iglesias Jr. and Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket. Jonathan currently plays keyboard and steel guitar for Toad the Wet Sprocket.

Seattle native Ryan Shea Smith is also a veteran songwriter and recipient of multiple songwriting awards. His musical skill has been honed through jazz studies at the University of Washington and a steady touring schedule. He is known for his incomparable singing voice and has an impressive command of keyboard and guitar. Ryan’s sophomore release “Stay Awhile” is a John Lennon song contest winner.

*Denotes a Student Matinee Rental Event


Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
ArtsPower's From The Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler
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Friday, November 13, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Adventure Theatre MTC's Caps for Sale
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Monday, November 23, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Theatreworks USA'a Skippyjon Jones Snow What (& the 7 Chihuahuas)
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The Stocker Arts Center Student Matinee Series is made up of weekday performances designed with students in mind. We welcome public, private, charter and home schoolers, as well as the general public at these performances. We encourage teachers to make group reservations early – and the general public to buy tickets early – as some of the shows do sell out! You can buy your tickets for these shows both online at and at the Box Office, which is open from 12 noon to 6:00pm Monday through Friday and one hour prior to Student Matinee performances. 

Group Reservation Information

Our Ticket Reservation Confirmations are sent to you by email!

Group Reservations for Student Matinee performances are taken by phone at (440) 366-4040, during regular Box Office hours, 12 noon to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday. Reservation Confirmations are emailed and must be signed and returned to the Stocker Box Office by the date indicated in order to guarantee your reservations. Because we’ve saved that number of seats for you and your group and not sold them to others, there are no refunds or exchanges for no-shows after your signed Ticket Reservation Confirmation is received at the Stocker Box Office.

We enthusiastically welcome everyone to these performances! Stocker Arts Center is accessible for students with special needs, including parking, seating and restrooms. Wheelchair seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A Hearing Assistance System with free headset is available in the Hoke Theatre only for our guests who are hearing impaired. Please note: A driver’s license or credit card will be required when you borrow the Hearing Assistance headset and will be given back to you when the equipment is returned. Please indicate specific needs for your group when you reserve your tickets so we are ready to assist when you arrive.

One free ticket will be provided for adults accompanying every 20 students. Additional chaperones and parents are welcome to attend the performances at the published ticket prices.

Lunch requests

If your group plans to eat lunch at Stocker before or after the performance, please let the Box Office know that information at the time you make your reservation. Please confirm that information on your Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Please be aware that if we do not know that information prior to your arrival we may not be able to accommodate your group for lunch. 

Please note

Student Matinee performances are scheduled to start on time! Theatre doors open 30 minutes before the announced curtain time. Please be respectful of the performers and other audience members and be here no later than 15 minutes prior to start time to allow us enough time to seat you. Once the show begins we will not be able to let you into the theatre until an appropriate break in the performance so that your late arrival does not disrupt others. There will be no late seating for the performances of Lily’s Crossing, which will be held in the Cirigliano Studio Theatre.

Performance Study Guide Information

When the performing company or artist provides us with Study Guides, we provide a link on our website under the information about that particular show. That way, everyone who will be attending can have easy access to these performance enhancements. We will try to have the links up on our website at least one month prior to the performance date. If no Study Guide is provided by the company or artist, no link will be showing. We encourage everyone attending the shows to utilize these resources so that you are better prepared for the performance.

Need a Ride? We May Be Able to Help!

If you want to bring your class to a performance but don’t have funding available for transportation, please let us know. Stocker Arts Center has limited funds available to assist with school bus transportation costs to our Student Matinee shows (excluding the rental production of The Nutcracker). We also have limited funding available for students who need assistance with the cost of tickets in order to attend.

Please email Debby Sadowski at for an application form. Bus transportation and tickets will be funded on a first-come, first-served basis, with a limit of two buses funded per application. Questions? Please call Debby at (440) 366-7123. These opportunities are made possible through the generous support of the Beth K. Stocker Trust.

Group Payment Information

Payment by cash, check, credit card or purchase order is due by the date listed on the Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Payment must cover the tickets reserved and confirmed when you return your Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Because we’ve saved that number of seats for you and your group and not sold them to others, there are no refunds or exchanges for no-shows after your signed Ticket Reservation Confirmation is received at the Stocker Box Office.

Single Tickets

Single tickets for the Student Matinee Series events are for sale online at and at the Box Office, which is open from 12 noon to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday and one hour prior to Student Matinee performances. Please call (440) 366-4040.  



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