Touring Productions and Student Matinées
Touring productions can be paired with a related workshop or residency to deepen your students’ viewing experience and understanding of the material. Student Matinées are an opportunity for your classroom to see a main stage production live at Walden Theatre or the Brown Theatre (or alternative venues) featuring accomplished teen actors.
Touring Shows are performed by professional actors at your preferred location. Student Matinées are performed at our facility (1123 Payne Street, 40204) and may be paired with pre- and post-show workshops. Student Matinées are performed by talented young actors from the Walden Theatre Conservatory (Celebrate Black History is performed by a professional actor—see description of Nation In Crisis).
The Ugly Duckling
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SEP 27, 2018: Grades 6-12 | $7/student
by Jessica Swale
In this moving, comical story of Victorian women fighting for the future of education, Tess and her fellow first-years are determined to win the right to graduate from Girton College, Cambridge. But distractions of love, the class divide, and the strength of the opposition stand in the way of change.
The Laramie Project
OCT 18, 2018: Grades 6–12 | $7/student
by Moisés Kaufman & members of Tectonic Theater Project
CTC commemorates the 20th anniversary of Matthew Shepard’s death by honoring the ongoing campaign for LGBTQ rights.
“Hate is not a Laramie value,” but after a gay man is brutally beaten, a small town copes with an act of violence while the nation watches. Based on interviews, the play shows how people can directly or indirectly motivate hatred and intolerance, and how a community grows toward acceptance and hope.
JAN 24, 2019: Grades 6–12 | $7/student
by John Cariani
Falling in love is tough. Falling out of love is tough. In the mythical town of Almost, Maine, residents find themselves falling in or out of love in unusual, hilarious, and magical ways. This play of vignettes captures the moments when life takes us by surprise, and looks at love from different angles.
Celebrate Black History
FEB 2019: Grades 4–8 | $7/student
In honor of Black History Month, we host a performance of Nation In Crisis (see description under “Touring Shows”) and afterwards, audiences participate in a workshop that deepens understanding while linking history to current events.
The Ugly Duckling
SEP–NOV 2018: Grades PreK–5 | $1600, no student limit
book/music/lyrics Geraldine Ann Snyder
This musical adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s classic begins with a comical egg-hatching ballet and ends with an empowering message of acceptance. In between, our protagonist is rejected from his duck family for being “different” and sets out to learn who he is and where he belongs. Featuring a fresh score that incorporates rap, this version stays true to the lesson that everyone’s entitled to acceptance and love – though sometimes those spring from unlikely places.
StoryTime Theatre: Native American Myths
MAR–MAY 2019: Grades PreK–5 | $500, 250 students max.
Rabbit, Bear, and Coyote are a rambunctious yet charming group of animals present in the mythic traditions of many Native American nations. Their rambles, tricks, and dares lead to the creation of the constellations, the length of Rabbit’s tail, and other universal curiosities as this play shares the cultural stories of how the natural world came to be.
The performance + Q&A session grows comprehension of literary genre. Show features a set & props hand-made from familiar objects, demonstrating that resourcefulness is a gateway to creative expression.
Nation in Crisis
JAN–MAR 2019: Grades 4–8 | $500, 250 students max.
by Keith McGill
This interactive, one-hour production blends discussion & performance – transporting students to key events & moments in the Civil Rights Era. From Little Rock to Montgomery and Martin Luther King, Jr. to a Tuskegee Airman, students encounter history as it happened in those challenging times. The Teaching Artist guides students as they respond to the voices and scenes they witness.