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School Matinees


Each year, nearly 15,000 K-12 students from all over Central Texas attended a Student Matinee at the historic Paramount Theatre. The matinees not only expose students to world-class theatrical performances but also introduce them to a vital piece of Austin’s cultural heritage. Students also receive study guides that align the play’s themes, characters, and production to the TEKS standards in a range of subjects.

The Paramount Theatre Celebrates 100 Years in 2015!

When you bring your students to the Paramount Theatre for a field trip you are not only introducing them to world class live performances, you are also exposing them to TEXAS HISTORY. The Paramount Theatre is preparing for its 100th anniversary in October 2015 and is listed on the National Register of Historical Places.

Performances will take place at the Paramount & Stateside at the Paramount Theatres!

Upcoming Matinee Events

Peter Rabbit Tales

by Enchantment Theatre Company

Paramount Theatre
Monday, April 4, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre K – 3rd Grade

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre, in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, dance, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage!

Beatrix Potter created an instant classic with the little blue-coated rabbit that we recognize as both boy and rabbit, wild and civilized, and who has become an icon of childhood since he first hopped out of the pages of a story book and into children’s hearts. Now Enchantment Theatre Company is delighted to collaborate with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK to present the authorized theatrical version of Peter Rabbit Tales!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Dance, Music, Theatre)


Previous 2015/2016 Matinee Events

Building Hope

By the Nobelity Project

Paramount Theatre
October 2015

*This is a two-hour presentation

Best for 6th – 12th Grade

Please join us for this truly special event celebrating the value of education for every child across the globe.

This presentation will begin with a screening of the award-winning documentary Building Hope. Nobelity Project founders and filmmakers Turk & Christy Pipkin will follow the film with a Q&A and a live stream, Skype call, with students in Kenya. Austin 6th graders will have the opportunity to ask questions in real time and experience global bridge-building for themselves as we explore the importance of education for all.

Pre-show workshops will be highly encouraged and will be offered free of charge. The pre-show workshop is when we will generate and select the questions to ask the students in Kenya.

More about the film: Through challenges and triumphs, Building Hope chronicles the construction of Mahiga Hope High, the first high school for this remote African community, and the connection between a thousand people in the U.S. and an African community working to create a better future for their children.

The Nobelity Project, founded by Turk and Christy Pipkin, is a non-profit organization seeking solutions to global problems through education and action. Advocating for basic rights of children everywhere, they have a special focus on enabling rural Kenyan communities to fill the gaps in educational infrastructure so their children can see a brighter future.

TEKS Connections: Social Studies, Global Studies, Philanthropy, Film & Fine Arts

Room on the Broom

By Tall Stories Theatre Co. London, England
Musical based on the book
By Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler

Paramount Theatre
Monday, November 9, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre K – 3rd Grade

The witch and her cat are flying happily on their broomstick – until a stormy wind blows away the witch’s hat, bow, and wand. A helpful dog, bird, and frog find the witch’s lost things and they all hop on the broom for a ride. But this broomstick is not meant for five and – CRACK – the broom snaps in two! When a hungry dragon appears, who will save the poor witch? And will there ever be room on the broom for everyone? Join us on this wild adventure!

This musical adaptation will celebrate friendship, the fall season, and the wonderful world that author Julia Donaldson has created.

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Theatre, Music)

Peter and the Wolf

by Lionheart Youth Theatre – World Premiere
Featuring Austin’s own MOTHER FALCON!

Stateside at the Paramount
Tuesday, December 8, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Thursday, December 10, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Friday, December 11, 2015 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for 3rd – 8th Grade

The world premiere of Lionheart Youth Theatre’s adaptation of Peter and the Wolf. Join us for this modern adaptation of the original tale, with captivating, large-scale puppetry set to a new musical score written and performed by Mother Falcon, one of Austin’s most talked about bands recently described by NPR Music as “sweepingly majestic.” An adaptation written and directed by celebrated puppeteer, Caroline Reck of Glass Half Full Theatre. Produced by Emily Marks.

A new take on a classic tale that is uniquely Austin – not to be missed!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social Studies, Fine Arts (Music, Puppetry, Theatre)

Doktor Kaboom LIVE WIRE!
The Electricity Tour

Co-commissioned with the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Paramount Theatre
Monday, January 11, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for 4th – 8th Grade

Doktor Kaboom explores the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century, mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed, and the journey still continues.

Topics covered include: Tesla, Edison, Faraday, lightning bolts, currents, 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.

TEKS Connections: Science, Mathematics, and Engineering

The Improvised Shakespeare Company

Stateside at the Paramount
Thursday, January 28, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for 7th – 12th Grade

Based on one audience suggestion (a title for a play that has yet to be written) The Improvised Shakespeare Co. creates a fully improvised Shakespearean masterpiece right before your very eyes! Each of the players has brushed up on his “thee’s” and “thou’s” to bring your students an off-the-cuff comedy using the language and themes of William Shakespeare. Nothing has been planned out, rehearsed, or written! All of the dialogue is said for the first time, the characters are created as you watch, and if ever you’re wondering where the story is going…so are they! The performance could reveal a tragedy, comedy, or history. Each play is completely improvised, so each play is entirely new!

This opportunity is perfect for theatre and language arts students alike. Do not miss this performance!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, History, Fine Arts (Theatre, Improvisation)

Elephant and Piggie’s We Are In A Play!

A Kennedy Center Commission
based on the Elephant & Piggie books by Mo Willems
Script and lyrics by Mo Willems

Paramount Theatre
Monday, February 1, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM
Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 10 AM & 12 PM

Best for Pre K – 2nd Grade

Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else?) a piggie: perky, smiley, full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems’s beloved, award-winning, best-selling children’s books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! In We Are in a Play!, a brand-new vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense–facing fundamental questions like, What do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? How can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty back-up singers The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books. You’ll be doing the “Flippy Floppy Floory” dance all night long!

TEKS Connections: Language Arts, Social & Emotional Learning, Fine Arts (Theatre, Music)


More Information About School Shows:

The cost of admission is only $8.00 per child. One adult per 10 children will receive free admittance. Title I schools will receive a discounted admission of only $4.00 per child.

All performances will be presented at the Paramount or Stateside at the Paramount Theatres. Requests will be filled on a first come, first served basis. To accommodate as many children as possible, there is a limit for adults attending the shows. Only one adult per every ten students. Any additional adults will be charged $14 per ticket. If you need more adults due to students with special needs, please contact Education & Outreach Director, Jennifer Luck. No general public tickets will be sold; therefore, all adult tickets must be purchased before the day of the performance.

The performances begin promptly at the indicated time and will last approximately one hour unless otherwise noted. Arrival time should be no more than 30 minutes prior to the performance.

Each school must make its own transportation arrangements after receiving a confirmation e-mail from the Paramount Theatre. There is no free parking available for private cars on the day of the performances.

Payment in the form of one check per school should be mailed to the Paramount Theatre once you receive your confirmation e-mail and accompanied invoice. Alternately, you may provide a credit card number to charge the balance. Full payments are due ONE MONTH before your performance date. If we have not heard from you one month before the performance, your tickets will be released and given to a school on our waitlist. If you need more time to pay for your school’s tickets we are happy to work with you, but there are NO CANCELLATIONS PAST YOUR ONE MONTH DUE DATE. These include decreases in numbers or complete cancellations of reservations. (including additional adult tickets) Your school will still be responsible for the amount due since we will not have adequate time to rebook your tickets and those seats will go unused. Thank you for your understanding.

If there are any obstacles that prevent your students from seeing this production, please contact Jessica Evans at or call (512) 472-2901 ext 259 to discuss special arrangements.

Pre-show Workshops:

The Paramount Theatre’s Education & Outreach department also offers in classroom, pre-show workshops facilitated by professional teaching artists. Our teaching artists will come to your school and engage students in drama and movement based activities to prepare them to see the play and explore its themes and curricular connections.

The price of these workshops is $25 per classroom. Deep discounts are available for Title 1 schools.

Workshops will be available starting in October 2015. Please let us know you are interested in a pre-show workshop when you register and we will contact you in the fall to schedule those sessions.

Discovery Guides:

In addition to seeing the play, every student and teacher attending our productions will receive a free Discovery Guide to extend learning beyond seeing the play.

These guides are crafted specifically to connect the play to the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). They also provide enrichment materials that offer lesson plans and suggest possible curricular connections through which educators can create fully integrated units in English, science, math, and social studies.

Click here for an example of one of our study guides.

Thank You For Your Support:

Paramount Student Matinees bring more than 15,000 children from across Central Texas each year for a fun learning experience in Austin’s most historic Theatre. The cost of admission does not cover the full cost of our high quality children’s programming. Without the support of individual donors, none of our school shows would be possible.

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