Student Matinee Series (SMS)
These weekday matinees are designed for students and we welcome public, private, charter and home schools, as well as the general public at these performances. We encourage teachers to make reservations early – and we encourage the general public to buy tickets early! They go on sale as of Tuesday, July 30 both online and at the Box Office, which is open from 12 noon to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday. You can also buy your tickets for these shows online at www.stockerartscenter.com.
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2013-2014 STUDENT MATINEE SERIES
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 10:00am
Ohio Dance Theatre (ODT)
Running Time: 1 Hour 30 minutes
Recommended for: Grades 2-12
Usher in the holidays with this hallmark tradition. With a tree that grows, battling mice and extraordinary dancers, Ohio Dance Theatre’s production provides a visual delight for all ages. From the grace of the Dew Drop Fairy to the footwork of the mischievous mice, this “Nutcracker” is filled with wonder and surprises. http://www.ohiodancetheatre.org/
Thursday, February 13, 2014 - 9:45 & 11:45am
Theatreworks USA production of
The Civil War
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades 3-9
Curriculum Connections: American History, Social Studies, Vocabulary, Reading, Theatre, Music, Multi-Cultural, Relationships & Applications to Life
Over one hundred and fifty years ago, the United States of America split in half as the north and south waged war against each other over preserving a way of life versus preserving the union. While decisions made by Abraham Lincoln, Robert E. Lee, and General Sherman affected the course of American history, ordinary Americans carried out these orders, and often made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. The Civil War was a defining moment in American History - the fire of war burned away the scourge of slavery and, in time, melded the separate states into a true nation. In telling the tale of this large and complex event, this Theatreworks show focuses on the smaller stories of some of the soldiers who are caught up in it, including, Zak, a runaway slave who demands the right to fight his own fight; Will, his former best friend and "master;" Johnny, an Irish immigrant who volunteers to defend his new home; and Jackie, a girl who becomes a drummer boy. This stirring production features traditional songs of the era while sensitively illustrating this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history. The Civil War illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought, and the many who died. http://www.theatreworksusa.org/
Tuesday, February, 25, 2014 - 9:45 & 11:45am
Theatreworks USA production of
The Teacher from the Black Lagoon & Other Story Books
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades K-4
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family.
An exciting new musical revue based on some favorite contemporary children’s books. Books that will be included in the show are subject to change, but will be drawn from some of these titles:
Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee) Follow Hubie's imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all.
Dogzilla (by Dav Pilkey) The dreaded Dogzilla awakens and the residents of Mousopolis must run for their lives. Can they get rid of that big stinky dog before it's too late?
Grumpy Bird (by Jeremy Tankard) Bird wakes up one morning feeling too grumpy to fly. A succession of happy-go-lucky animals help Bird turn his day around.
I Want My Hat Back (by Jon Klassen) The bear’s hat is gone, and he wants it back. When the deer comes by and asks a simple question, the bear’s memory returns and he renews his search with a vengeance.
Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse (by Kevin Henkes) Lilly loves everything about school, especially her teacher, Mr. Slinger- until he takes away her musical purse. Lilly's fury leads to revenge and then to remorse and she sets out to make amends.
Love Splat, Splat the Cat (by Rob Scotton) Splat has a special valentine for his classmate Kitten, but she doesn’t seem to like him at all. Will Splat’s heartfelt valentine win Kitten’s paw in the end?
The Grasshopper and the Ant: An Ant community narrowly focused on work and possessions learn from the musical little Grasshopper that feeding the belly and feeding the soul both have value. http://www.theatreworksusa.org/
Monday, March 10, 2014 - 9:45 & 11:45am
The Monster Who Ate My Peas
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades Pre-K-2
Curriculum Connections: Language/Communications Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Family Relationships, Values-Based
Based on the multi-award winning book written by Danny Schnitzlein and illustrated by Matthew Faulkner, ArtsPower's newest musical tells the funny and poignant story of a young boy who doesn't want to eat his peas. When a crafty monster appears underneath his kitchen table, the boy is ready to make a deal with the monster. If the monster eats his peas, the boy will give the monster any of his possessions. First, it's the boy's soccer ball. Then, his bike. But, when the monster raises the stakes, will the boy refuse the monster and make the difficult decision to face his own fears? Children and adults alike will be entertained and engaged by this wonderfully written tale about the value of will power.
Based on the multi-award winning book THE MONSTER WHO ATE MY PEAS, by Danny Schnitzlein. Illustrated by Matt Faulkner. Copyright by Peachtree Publishing ©2001. Atlanta, GA. Presented under an exclusive agreement. All rights reserved. http://www.artspower.org/
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 9:45 & 11:45am
Doktor Kaboom! It’s Just Rocket Science
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades 5-8
Curriculum Connections: Science, Math, Theatre
Doktor Kaboom!, one of our favorites, is returning to Stocker Arts Center and introducing his all-new show focusing on the scientific hurdles involved in space travel. Aimed primarily at grades 5-8 It’s Just Rocket Science combines high-energy interactive comedy and an explosive line up of science routines tying directly to national and state content standards. Doktor Kaboom! creatively blends theatre arts with the wonders of scientific exploration. Doktor Kaboom's supercharged (and super safe!) science experiments will have you erupting with laughter and bubbling with curiosity. Nothing says science like KABOOM!
Doktor Kaboom is the creation of Actor/Comedian David Epley. David has been fortunate enough to discover two passions in his life. His first, science, took him to studies at the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. His second, performing, became his career, and for 20 years David has made his living writing, performing, and directing original interactive comedy across the United States and Canada. He now brings his passions together with an explosive style that refuses to allow his audiences time to catch a breath. http://www.doktorkaboom.com/
Thursday, March 27, 2014 - 9:30am
Open Door Patriot Theatre presents
Recommended for: Grades 2 and up
Tarzan tells the story of an infant boy orphaned on the shores of West Africa. Taken in and raised by a tribe of gorillas, the young boy strives for acceptance by his ape father while grappling with his uniqueness. When a human expedition enters their territory, Tarzan - now a man - encounters strangers like himself for the first time. Tarzan features music and lyrics by pop icon Phil Collins, including the Grammy and Oscar winning song, "You'll Be in My Heart," and book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang.
Friday, May 23, 2014 - 10:00am
Jonathan Kingham and Ryan Shea Smith
Songwriting Made Simple
Running Time: 1 Hour
Recommended for: Grades 4 and up
Curriculum Connections: Creative Writing, Language Skills, Music, Songwriting
You may remember Jonathan and Ryan from our 2010-2011 Student Matinee series when they worked with students who wrote four amazing new songs with them – we’re now bringing them back by popular demand to write more new songs with area students who will perform with them at this concert.
With their diverse musical tastes and skills ranging from jazz to country to hip hop 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 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/
TO ORDER TICKETS OR MAKE GROUP RESERVATIONS FOR THE STUDENT MATINEE SERIES: Please call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12:00 noon to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday at (440) 366-4040. The Box Office opens 1 hour prior to Student Matinee performances.
PLEASE NOTE: Student Matinee performances will start on time as much as possible! Theatre doors open 30 minutes before the performance starts. Please be respectful of patrons and performers and be here no later than 15 minutes prior to curtain 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 so that your late arrival does not disrupt others.
Sorry you missed these wonderful shows!
Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 9:45am & 11:45am - Angelina Ballerina, the Musical
Wednesday, October 30, 2013 at 9:45am & 11:45am - The Three Little Pigs
*Denotes Rental Events
STUDENT MATINEE SERIES
GROUP RESERVATION INFORMATION
We now send Ticket Reservation Confirmations by email!
Group Reservations for Student Matinee performances are taken by phone during regular Box Office hours, 12 noon to 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, (440) 366-4040. 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 cancellations 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 your specific needs 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 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.
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 cancellations 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 at stockerartscenter.com 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.
IF YOU ARE COMING ON A BUS
On Student Matinee days there are many buses arriving and departing from Stocker Arts Center. Our staff will assist you and your students with finding your seats and returning to your bus. Please follow their instructions. We appreciate your cooperation and patience.
Free parking for buses, cars and vans is provided adjacent to the theatre on a first-come, first-served basis. No prior arrangements are necessary. Please remember, Stocker is located on a College campus so parking may be tight on the day that you come. Please allow extra time to find a parking space and still make it into the theatre before the start of the show.
For directions to Stocker Arts Center, please go to: stockerartscenter.com and click on Map and Directions on the navigation bar to the left.
PERFORMANCE STUDY GUIDE INFORMATION
YOU CAN LINK TO THEM DIRECTLY FROM HERE!
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 productions of The Nutcracker and Tarzan). We also have a limited funding available for students who need assistance with the cost of tickets in order to attend.
Please email Debby Sadowski at email@example.com 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? Call Debby at (440) 366-7123.These opportunities are made possible through the generous support of the Beth K. Stocker Trust.
TO ORDER TICKETS OR MAKE GROUP RESERVATIONS FOR THE STUDENT MATINEE SERIES: Please call the Stocker Arts Center Box Office from 12 noon to 6:00 pm Monday through Friday at (440) 366-4040.
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.