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.
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2014-2015 Student Matinee Series
Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:45am & 11:45am
Fly Guy and Other Stories
Recommended for: Grades K-4
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music
A new musical revue based on some of these favorite children’s books:
"Fly Guy Meets Fly Girl" (by Tedd Arnold) Fly Guy has met his match, and her name is Fly Girl. Fly Guy is totally impressed, and totally smitten. Will Fly Guy and Fly Girl get married and leave Buzz without his dear pet?
"Diary of a Worm" (by Doreen Cronin) It’s great to be a worm, but a wormy life also has its difficulties (like wiggling across a playground as human kids jump rope). Follow a worm’s adventures as he writes about them all in his diary.
"Fluffy the Classroom Guinea Pig" (by Kate McMullan) When Fluffy enters a Best Pets Contest, a pesky flea threatens to derail the entire competition.
"Horace & Morris But Mostly Dolores" (by James Howe) Three mice promise to be best friends forever. But when Horace and Morris join the Mega-Mice club (for boys only!), and Dolores becomes a Cheese Puff (for girls only!), what will happen to their friendship?
"Kitten’s First Full Moon" (by Kevin Henkes) What a night! The moon is full. Kitten is hungry and inquisitive and brave and fast and persistent and unlucky . . . then lucky! What a night!
"Lilly’s Big Day" (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly’s teacher is getting married, and she just knows she’ll be a great flower girl, despite the fact that Mr. Slinger has already asked his niece. When she suffers a bout of stage fright, it’s up to Lilly to save the day!
"Paper Bag Princess" (by Robert Munsch) When a ferocious dragon smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her fancy clothes, and kidnaps her beloved prince, she dons a paper bag and comes to the rescue.
Book titles subject to subject to change.
Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:00am
Recommended for: Grades 6 and up
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Music, Movement, Science, Physical Fitness, Team Dynamics
360 ALLSTARS is a phenomenal theatrical performance exploring all forms of rotation. Boasting a stellar cast, including world champion athletes, world class dancers and world renowned musicians, the production connects the street with the elite to deliver a radical urban circus! 360 ALLSTARS reinvents the traditional circus by presenting contemporary performance styles instead of conventional circus art forms. Replace acrobats with break-dancers, substitute a basketball freestyler in place of a juggler, swap the unicyclist for a BMX flatlander, and throw in a Roue Cyr artist and you get an exhilarating circus performance, like nothing you have seen before! And with live music from master musician, Gene Peterson, and live looping, 360 ALLSTARS is as aurally exciting as it is visually astounding.
Showcasing some of Australia’s best performers, alongside celebrated international artists from UK, Europe & USA, 360 ALLSTARS is a revolutionary production that will leave you dizzy with excitement! http://shawentertainment.com/360-allstars/
Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Adventure Theatre MTC
Sponsored by Andrews McMeel Publishing, GoComics & Scripps National Spelling Bee
Based on the comic strip and best-selling books by Lincoln Peirce
Book by Jason Loewith & Lincoln Peirce; Lyrics by Christopher Youstra & Jason Loewith; Music by Christopher Youstra
Recommended for: Grades 3-7
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Please use the Study Guide at http://geodesicmanagement.com/brochure/bignate/bignateStudyguide.pdf
Reading, Technology Literacy, Science, Vocabulary, Music, Art
Nate Wright, a detention-riddled sixth grader (and drummer for the greatest garage band in the history of the galaxy, Enslave the Mollusk!) hopes to woo beautiful Jenny away from her boyfriend Artur by winning “The Nickelodeon”, the first prize in his school’s Battle of the Bands. But when Artur and Jenny team up with Nate’s arch-rival Gina to form the sap-pop band, Rainbows and Ponies, he’s gotta take his game to an all-star level. What will he do? Come and see the show to find out. http://www.adventuretheatre-mtc.org/seeashow/professional/touring/bignate.html
Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle
Based on the book, THE LITTLE ENGINE THAT COULD™ (Original Classic Edition) by Watty Piper, illustrated by George & Doris Hauman.
Recommended for: Grades K-2
Running Time: 55 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Literature-Based, Values-Based, Musical
Little Blue Engine dreams of someday leaving the train yard to pull the big cars on the main line track. But can she convince Big Silver that she is worthy of being a main line engine? Back to reprise its sold-out premiere season, ArtsPower’s dynamic, song-filled adventure portrays Watty Piper’s timeless tale about hard work, determination, and the meaning of true friendship. http://www.artspower.org/shows/little-engine/
Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Recommended for: Pre-K to grade 3
Running Time: 50 to 60 minutes
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family
Join the inquisitive, lovable little monkey Curious George, star of books, movies and the award winning PBS television show in this delightful new musical. All–You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend Chef Pisghetti cook some delicious meatballs, and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away. Something pretty big. And that “something” was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs O’Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef’s meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest….in Rome.
With every swing and flip, George takes the audience through a fun-filled adventure in which he learns more about Rome -- and meatballs…and the “secret ingredient” to cooking than he'd ever imagined! http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1469
Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
The Lightning Thief
Recommended for: Grades 3-7
Running Time: 1 hour
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family, Social Studies
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.
Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’s stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Based on the popular book series by Rick Riordan. http://www.theatreworksusa.org/show_detail.cfm?show=1580
Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:30am
Open Door Patriot Theatre presents
*Disney’s Beauty and the Beast
Recommended for: All Grades
Running Time: 2 hours
Curriculum Connections: Literature-based, Music
Disney’s animated classic comes to life on stage with all of the favorite characters and songs. Belle will charm you, Gaston will make you laugh and the Beast will fall in love.
Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
The Jungle Book
Book and Lyrics by Scott Wichmann, Music by Julie Fulcher
Adapted from the book by Rudyard Kipling
Recommended for: Grades K-5
Running Time: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections: Art, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Reading, Science, History, Music, Character Development
Join young Mowgli as he learns the ‘Laws’ of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart. http://www.theatreiv.org/artspresenters.html
Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00am
Soul Street Dance
“Takin’ It to the Streets”
Recommended for: Grades 6-12
Running Time: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections: Dance History, Music, Movement, Physical Fitness, Team Dynamics, Character Development
They fly through the air with the greatest of ease! Catch the excitement of Soul Street Dance as these energetic performers demonstrate varied styles and discuss origins of each dance. From Brazil’s Capoeira to New York’s break dance and the multi-component form of hip-hop, students learn how these styles developed and evolved. This inspirational group of young men – formerly considered at risk – found focus through dance and now are working professional dancers. Students find out what happens when today’s diverse dance styles meet classical music by 17th century composer Antonio Vivaldi. In addition to the Vivaldi section, the other music they will use for this show is the US Remix by George Kranz - German recording artist/percussionist/lyricist - from his album "Din Dan Dan." "Takin' It to the Streets" includes audience participation, so your students might end up on stage dancing!
Meet the Soul Street Company Members:
JAVIER GARCIA – Co-founder/Director
Known for his creative b-boyin tricks, power moves and blowups, Javier also portrays a witty comedic side on and off the stage. He has more than 10 years of performance experience and has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and many other countries. He has performed at some of the most prestigious theatres and festivals worldwide with some of Hip Hop's biggest musical acts. Last but certainly not least, he has been Captain of the Launch Crew for the NBA's Houston Rockets for the last 8 years.
ROCK WILLIAMS – Co-founder
Rock is an outstanding dancer and highly energetic performer with 24 years of experience. Through Poppin’ N’ Lockin’ and house footwork he can make you believe that you are seeing impossible things. He has toured the United States and Europe as a principal dancer for FDC.
CEDRIC D. HICKS – aka “Ced”
At age 22, Ced is the youngest and newest member of Soul Street Dance. He has appeared with The Houston Rockets Launch Crew, Houston Comets, Southern University Dance Company and has danced as a featured guest with local artist Paris House and numerous hip-hop teams.
Roy is a well-rounded b-boy, with skills including power moves, blowups, footwork, uprock and toprock. He has won Red Bull battles in Houston and throughout Texas. He is also a member of United B-Boys and dances for the Houston Rockets.
Friday, May 22, 2015 at 10:00am
Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith
Songwriting Made Simple
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 season. On both visits they performed with the students who had written amazing new songs with them – we’re bringing them back again by popular demand to write more new songs with area students who will perform with them at this concert.
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. http://www.jonathankingham.com/
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. http://www.ryansheasmith.com/
With diverse musical styles ranging from jazz to R & B, their concerts are all about great songs!
*Denotes a Student Matinee Rental Event
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. 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 the shows both online and at the Box Office, which is open from 12 noon to 6:00pm Monday through Friday.
Group Reservation Information
We now send Ticket Reservation Confirmations 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’s Hoke Theatre 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 headsets is available 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 given back 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 price.
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 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.
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.
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 the 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 Disney’s Beauty and the Beast). 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 school. 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 for the Student Matinee Series events are for sale online 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. The Box Office opens one hour prior to Student Matinee performances.