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.
Oct. 2, 2018, at 12:30 p.m.
Kindergarten to high school
The message of Black Violin’s music is inclusion, bringing people of all ages and backgrounds together, and that no matter who you are, you can overcome expectations, stereotypes and other barriers to take what you love and bring it to another level. Black Violin is a blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B and bluegrass music that showcases a dynamic performance style. The group bridges infectious beats and lyrical melodies with classical instrumentation and searing technique that defies expectations and shatters expectations and stereotypes.
Frankenstein by Mary Shelley
Nov. 14, 2018, at 9:30 a.m.
Seventh grade and up
Victor Frankenstein is a Swiss scientist with a mission to create an artificial human. Without considering the consequences of such progress, he succeeds with terrifying results. Written two centuries ago in 1818 by Mary Shelley, “FRANKENSTEIN: The Modern Prometheus” is the first true science fiction novel. Years ahead of its time, the story has since become the inspiration for countless film and stage adaptations. Aquila Theatre’s production of this timeless classic will be a full-length performance of the show, bold and thrilling — while paying homage to the original, frightening writing of Mary Shelley.
Jan. 22, 2019, at 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Third grade and up
“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, Ohio. 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, 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.
Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure
April 11, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Pre-K and up
The creators of Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live want to take your family on an all new adventure – this time to the bottom of the ocean. Erth’s Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure is an immersive experience that invites you to jump in and explore unknown ocean depths where prehistoric marine reptiles lived eons ago - and maybe live still today! Erth shows are at the forefront of family entertainment, using actors, technology, puppets, science and imagination to create an amazing visual experience that connects young audiences to the real science of paleontology. Visit Erth's Prehistoric Aquarium Adventure website.