Free student matinees
More than 6,000 precollege students from the local and surrounding schools are bused to McCain Auditorium each year to see a live arts educational performance. Teachers receive in-depth study guides to connect curriculum to these free student matinees.
For information on how your class can experience a free student matinee performance, please call 785-532-6425.
Julie Fowlis: Music of the Scottish Isles
Oct 17 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended for grades 2-6
Singer of the theme song to Disney’s “Brave,” Julie Fowlis will use her passion for folk culture, song and music of Scotland to enrich the understanding of Gaelic cultures from around the world.
Odd Squad LIVE!
Jan. 30 at 1 p.m.
Recommended for grades K-2
Attention Odd Squad: Miss O, the Director of Odd Squad precinct #13579, has just delivered a very special mission to Kid Agents Olive & Otto, and they need your help to crack the case in this live, interactive adventure. Under the supervision of their favorite agents, audiences will put their STEM skills to the test to decode, decipher and unravel the strange occurrences in their town. Through live and digital audience participation, Odd Squad LIVE! allows the audience’s junior agents to help solve these problems in real time alongside Olive and Otto.
Everybody's Hero: The Jackie Robinson Story
Jan. 26 at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Recommended for grades 3 and up
It was no accident that Jackie Robinson was chosen in 1947 as the first ballplayer to break baseball’s color barrier. When Branch Rickey decided to add a black person to the Brooklyn Dodgers, he knew that individual had to be special. He had to be strong enough to stand up to the teammates who would ridicule him, the pitchers who would throw at him and the fans who would send him threats. He had to be able to turn the other cheek, to show that he was the bigger man and to prove that he could be everybody’s hero. This play with music by Mad River Theater Works shows the events that shaped Jackie Robinson’s character, his struggle to gain acceptance, and the tremendous obstacles he overcame on his way to changing the face of our nation and our national pastime.