Free student matinees
Free school matinee performances provide pre-college students live arts education experiences free of charge at McCain Auditorium. These performances are designed to nurture a lifelong appreciation of the performing arts. Teachers receive in-depth study guides that provide a curriculum context enhancing the experience.
For information on how your class can experience a free student matinee performance, please call 785-532-6425.
The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. September 24 (Grades Pre K-2)
After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. This triple bill includes the wonderful story of "The Very Hungry Caterpillar's" metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of "Little Cloud's" travels through the sky, and the "Mixed-Up Chameleon's" discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and Mermaid's acclaimed stage adaptation teaches as well as entertains.
John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. February 19 (Grades Pre K-2)
A one-of-kind live black-light puppet show, "John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean" is a magical undersea adventure. Tank, Bubbles, and Dorsel are three best friends who just happen to be fish, and they're about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. And it all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they'll sing, they'll dance, and they'll make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship. Jam-packed with music ranging from swing to rhythm and blues to big band, "John Tartaglia's ImaginOcean" is a blast from the first big splash to the last wave goodbye.
Mad River Theater Works
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., January 26 (Grades 3-6)
"Freedom Bound" is an original play with music that tells the tale of the most important incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio. The show follows the story of Addison White, a slave who escaped from Kentucky and traveled the Railroad north to the small town of Mechanicsburg, OH. There, he was befriended by a farmer named Udney Hyde. He lived in Hyde's barn, working for his meals by day and learning to read and write with the help of Hyde's daughter, Amanda, by night. Hyde was a suspected abolitionist, however, and it was not long before Addison was discovered by his former Master. Federal marshals surrounded Hyde's cabin in the middle of the night. They were prepared to arrest Addison and return him to slavery, but over 100 citizens from Mechanicsburg confronted the marshals and demanded that they set Addison free. "Freedom Bound" uses drama and music, as well as riddles and rhyme, to create characters that emerge from the past and bring the Underground Railroad to life right before your eyes.