Student Matinees

Asheville Community Theatre is offering student matinees of selected shows in our Mainstage season. After the success of last season, ACT will continue to partner with Bright Star Touring Theatre and Red Herring Puppets for additional student matinees. Our Student Matinee performances are exciting and inspiring – they are a great way for your students to experience live theatre!

Our productions and their accompanying study guides support the following NC Essential Standards:
  • Arts Education Essential Standards in Theatre Arts:
    o Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. (K-5.C.1)
    o Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. (K-5.C.2)
    o Analyze literary texts and performances. (K-8.A.1)
    o Understand how to design technical theatre components, such as costumes, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound. (K-8.AE.1)
    o Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form. (K-8.CU.2)
  • Reading Standards for Literature
    o Key Ideas and Details (K-8)
    o Craft and Structure (K-8)
    o Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (K-8)
  • Writing Standards
    o Text Types and Purposes (K-8)
    o Research to Build and Present Knowledge (K-8)
  • Speaking and Listening Standards
    o Comprehension and Collaboration (K-8)
Teacher guides with class activities will be available to all classes in attendance.

Where do we park? What if it snows? Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!


Tickets and Information

Student matinee tickets are $7. Reservations are first come, first serve, and seating is limited. Reservations can be made online or by phone. One free chaperone ticket is given per 25 paid tickets.

If any student is unable to attend due to financial circumstances, financial assistance may be available. Please contact Chanda Calentine, Program Director for more information.


2017-18 Schedule

Jack’s Great American Road Trip (Best for Grades Kindergarten – 6th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Pack your bags as Jack takes the audience on one incredible road trip! Learn important lessons about the geography of our country. Through Jack’s resiliency and determination we encounter the incredible variety of people and places that make up America! From the majestic beauty of the Rocky Mountains to the Mississippi Delta; from the Glaciers of Alaska to the Florida Everglades, follow Jack and learn what makes America such a unique and amazing place!
Student Matinee: September 19, 2017 @ 9am

Dreaming of America (Best for Grades 3rd – Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
The American story is the story of people who dreamed of a new home, migrants and immigrants who faced tremendous difficulty. From the earliest settlers of Jamestown and the Pilgrims of Massachusetts, to the immigrants of Ellis island; from Dust Bowl farmers, to those who come to America to find a better life in modern times, this story explores what it means to be a stranger in a new land.
Student Matinee: September 19, 2017 @ 11am

Aesop’s Fables (Best for Grades Pre K-5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets
Red Herring Puppets was awarded an UNIMA citation of excellence (the highest honor in American puppetry) for its production of Aesop’s Fables. It is an original, rhymed version of the classic tales, told with original music by Cathy Riley and large table top puppets. These timeless stories are simple to understand and address topics relevant to school age children such as bullying, selfishness, competition, ingenuity, and the affirmation that little beings can achieve great things.
Student Matinee: September 21, 2017 @ 10am

Hansel and Gretel

Presented by Red Herring Puppets
This popular fairytale of empowerment, determination, and triumph is brought to life with traditional marionettes and classical music. Hansel and Gretel get lost in the forbidden forest while looking for food. They give in to the temptation of an enchanted candy house and find themselves trapped by an evil hexe. They use their wits to escape her supernatural powers and are happily reunited with their family.
Student Matinee: October 5, 2017 @ 10am

FrankenSTEM (Best for Grades Kindergarten – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
“It’s alive! It’s ALIVE!!!” Dr. Frankenstein is intent on bringing his masterpiece to life, but the bumbling doctor just can’t seem to figure everything out. It will be up to the audience and his gritty assistant Igor to use Science, Technology, Engineering and Math to bring Dr. Frankenstein’s invention to life! This hilarious tale will spark an interest in STEM subjects through a fun and artistic extravaganza.
Student Matinee: October 10, 2017 @ 9am

A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Best for Grades 3rd – 8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Jump on tour with our troupe of traveling thespians – Lenny and Mabel – on a journey to meet Edgar Allan Poe’s most intriguing characters. Hear of the “The Tell-Tale Heart!” Dig deep with “The Cask of Amontillado.” Ouoth ‘nevermore’ with “The Raven” and hear the ‘tintinabulation’ of “The Bells!” Find out why so many people admire Poe’s works and use the incredible online study guide to bring these works back to the classroom to build literacy skills!
Student Matinee: October 10, 2017 @ 11am

Stone Soup & Other Heartwarming Tales (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
We’ve scoured the globe for short stories to celebrate the spirit of the season! In O. Henry’s short story “The Gift of the Magi” students learn about generosity and the power of giving. Finally, with our unique retelling of “Stone Soup” students are reminded of the value that sharing brings to a community. This is the perfect complement to character-education programs and a great literacy tool to build comprehension and listening skills!
Student Matinee: December 5, 2017 @ 9am

Holidays Around the World (Best for Grades K – 8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Join Nick and Joy in their quest to make it home for the holidays. Their journey brings much more than they ever imagined! The traditions and holidays which abound throughout winter are celebrated in this show. From Kwanzaa to Christmas to The Festival of Lights, this unique production offer found people a look into the celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Audience volunteers help to bring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon, while the Lori festival brings to the stage colorful costumes and stories from India.
Student Matinee: December 5, 2017 @ 11am

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever (Best for Grades K – 8)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
In this hilarious Christmas classic, a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant is faced with casting the Herdman kids–probably the most inventively awful kids in history. You won’t believe the mayhem – and the fun – when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!
Student Matinee: December 7, 2017 @ 10am
Student Matinee: December 12, 2017 @ 10am

Meet Dr. King (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
For your youngest audience we introduce this much anticipated production that celebrates the life and work of Dr. King in an accessible and easy to follow story. Students will learn about key moments in the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. from his childhood in Atlanta, Georgia and the important lessons passed down by his father, to some of his greatest moments as an inspiring leader. Meet Dr. King is the perfect introduction to an American hero and will inspire young audiences to use peace, leadership and conflict resolution in their own schools and communities.
Student Matinee: January 18, 2018 @ 9am

Let Freedom Ring: Music & Poetry of Black History (Best for Grades 3rd – Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This is a powerful and accessible production that takes every audience member on a journey through African American History and Culture. Follow the journey from Africa through slavery to the Civil Rights Movement and the powerful voices of today’s leaders. Hear the powerful voices of Frederick Douglass, Sojourner Truth, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Maya Angelou and more. Audience members will walk away with a better understanding of these historical events by hearing the speeches, songs and poetry of these powerful Americans.
Student Matinee: January 18, 2018 @ 11am

African Folktales (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
African Folktales is a 45-minute production that brings to life the vastness of the African landscape and a variety of clever animals. Join Akili as she shares these exciting tales that were traditionally passed down by word of mouth. With imaginative costumes and lots of audience participation, this production also includes valuable character-education themes
Student Matinee: February 13, 2018 @ 9am

Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (Best for Grades 3rd – Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This musical revue provides an energetic and engaging approach to learning about Black History. From songs which carried the secret messages needed to navigate the Underground Railroad, to the powerful anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, to the Beale Street Blues, music has long been an integral part of American history which is celebrated in this production. Bright Star’s professional actor/singers take audiences on a musical tour through hundreds of years of history, sampling songs that spread across centuries and continents, and explaining the history behind these famous ballads, hymns and musical styles.
Student Matinee: February 13, 2018 @ 11am

Upcycled Cinderella (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. In this 45-minute (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumplestiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker. This fairy tale inspired production is the perfect cap to your school year. Loaded with audience participation and an endless stream of laughs, this show will leave your audience shouting for more!
Student Matinee: March 13, 2018 @ 9am

American Giants of Science (Best for Grades 2nd – 8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Thomas Edison, Dian Fossey, Benjamin Franklin, Steve Jobs and more all make their appearance in this fast-paced show. In a whirlwind tour through time, your young audience meets some of America’s most famous inventors and scientists. The best part of this program is the audience interaction. We feature audience volunteers onstage that help Ben Franklin fly his kite, work with Alexander Graham Bell on placing a phone call and so much more. This rollicking educational adventure is laugh-out-loud funny.
Student Matinee: March 13, 2018 @ 11am

The Diary of Anne Frank (Best for Middle and High School)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
In this powerful new adaptation, Anne Frank emerges from history a living, lyrical, intensely gifted young girl, who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit, and determination. An impassioned drama about the lives of eight people hiding from the Nazis in a concealed storage attic, the play captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence—their fear, their hope, their laughter, their grief. Each day of these two dark years, Anne’s voice shines through: “When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I’ve never met. I want to go on living even after my death!”
Student Matinee: April 17, 2018 @ 10am
Student Matinee: April 24, 2018 @ 10am

The Greatest: Sports Heroes A to Z (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This exciting, energetic production celebrates some of the greatest sports heroes of all time! Young audiences will be introduced to a ton of amazing athletes including Babe Ruth, Michael Jordan, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Peyton Manning, Jackie Robinson and many more! This fun and engaging review of the world’s greatest sports heroes includes fun facts about each hero, important life lessons such as failures and successes, health, wellness, integrity and teamwork. Your young audience will be cheering for more by the end of this adventure!
Student Matinee: May 1, 2018 @ 9am

We Can Do It: American Women in History (Best for Grades 2nd – 8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
An inspiring exploration of the lives and work of notable American women just in time for Women’s History Month! From Amelia Earhart and Laura Ingalls Wilder to Sacajawea and Susan B. Anthony, this play celebrates the courageous, confident women who have helped shape our country. A powerful production for students and educators, it includes themes of perseverance, integrity, and patriotism while covering important curricular standards and building key skills. These women will inspire each and every audience member!
Student Matinee: May 1, 2018 @ 11am


Where do we park? What if it snows? Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!

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Please feel free to call if you have any questions. See you at the theatre!

Joshua Runkles, Box Office Manager
Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801