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.

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2014-2015 Student Matinee Series

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 10:00am 
Soul Street Dance  
“Takin’ It to the Streets”     

Tickets: $5/each
Recommended for: Grades 6-12
Running Time: 1 Hour
Curriculum Connections: Dance History, Music, Movement, Physical Fitness, Team Dynamics, Character Development

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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  

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 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.

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.

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.

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 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.

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 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

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.

Sorry you missed these great Student Matinee events:

Thursday, October 23, 2014 at 9:45am & 11:45am
Theatreworks USA's
Fly Guy and Other Stories

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Monday, November 3, 2014 at 10:00am
360 Allstars

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Adventure Theatre MTC's
Big Nate 

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
The Little Engine That Could™ Earns Her Whistle

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Thursday, March 5, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Theatreworks USA's
Curious George

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Thursday, March 19, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Theatreworks USA's
The Lightning Thief

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Thursday, March 26, 2015 at 9:30am
Open Door Patriot Theatre's
*Disney's Beauty and the Beast

Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 9:45am and 11:45am
Theatre IV
The Jungle Book

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