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!

Register Now!


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.

The link to register for a matinee is at the bottom of the page!

2018-19 Schedule

The Wizard of Oz (Best for Grades PreKindergarten – 6th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Follow comic duo Lenny and Mabel down the yellow brick road to the land of Oz and meet all of your favorite characters along the way! Gain courage with the Cowardly Lion, take heart with the Tin Man, and find your wits with the Scarecrow in this fun interactive retelling of the L. Frank Baum classic.
Student Matinee: September 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am
Student Matinee: September 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Adventures in Folklore (Best for all ages!)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets
Enjoy multi-cultural tales hosted by Rowby, a friendly green alien who loves sharing stories he collects from Planet Earth. Each show includes four stories:
Jack and the Beanstalk: a Celtic rendition, with music and narration by world-renowned harpist Robin Williamson; Dogs and Masters: a romp through the parks of Paris with animated cut-outs and music; Kamala’s Drum: a Himalayan folk tale about the spirit of generosity; and The Three Little Pigs, a fast-paced, rap version of the popular tale. The Los Angeles Times described Adventures in Folklore as: “Full of charm and creative whimsy.”
Student Matinee: October 9, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Beauty and the Beast (Best for Grades Pre K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Join Lenny and Mabel, the “greatest actors in the world” as they bring this classic work of literature to life. This heartwarming tale shows that beauty is what lies within. See why this fairy tale has been enchanting audiences since 1740.
Student Matinee: October 18, 2018 @ 9:00 am

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Best for Grades Kindergarten – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Washington Irving’s tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman! A delightful re-telling that is just spooky enough to delight any audience as the days get shorter, the air gets colder, and the nights turn long and dark. A perfect introduction to this literary classic.
Student Matinee: October 18, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Hansel and Gretel (Best for all grades)

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 23, 2018 @ 10:00 am

The Story of Anne Frank (Best for Grades 3rd-Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This production offers an engaging and accessible approach to one of history’s darkest chapters. The courage of Anne Frank and her family is the story of the strength of the human spirit in the most challenging times. Capably performed by two actors.
Student Matinee: October 25, 2018 @ 9:00 am

The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (Best for Grades 4th-8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
The clever stories and poems of the classic literary great Edgar Allan Poe come to life before your very eyes. This show blends rich language with expert storytelling to produce a perfect show for middle grades! Stories include “The Tell-Tale Heart,” “The Raven,” “The Bells” and more!
Student Matinee: October 25, 2018 @ 11:00 am

Snowbound (Best for all ages)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. Written by local playwright/musician Tom Godleski with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph. This production will feature local children in the cast and includes local geographical and historical references.
Student Matinee: December 4, 2018 @ 10:00 am
Student Matinee: December 11, 2018 @ 10:00 am

Stone Soup and Other Heartwarming Tales (Best for Grades PreK – 5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This show focuses on the true meaning of the season – giving. Three classic tales help students learn about what it means to give a gift with an open heart.
Student Matinee: December 6, 2018 @ 9:00 am

Songs of the Season (Best for Grades PreK – 5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Take a trip around the world through this musical adventure and hear popular songs of the winter and holiday season from all over the globe. Great for audiences to listen and enjoy, as well as sing along!
Student Matinee: December 6, 2018 @ 11:00 am

George Washington Carver & Friends (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
One of the most remarkable scientists of all-time, George Washington Carver, led an incredible and interesting life. See him come to life and meet some of the other incredible scientists and groundbreakers from Black History – including Madame CJ Walker, Jackie Robinson, and more!
Student Matinee: January 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (Best for Grades 3rd – Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
The story of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is one of both triumph and tragedy. In this dramatic show, audiences come to see that the rights won during the American Civil Rights Movement came with a heavy price.
Student Matinee: January 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am

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

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Join a variety of characters in stories from the folktale traditions from across Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Our stories include Anansi, porquoi tales and trickster tales.
Student Matinee: January 24, 2019 @ 9:00 am

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

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
The compelling story of the role that music played in the history of Black Americans. From the work songs of slavery and the hymns of the Underground Railroad, to the blues of Beale Street and the anthems of the Civil Rights Movement, the story of Black Music is the story of America!
Student Matinee: January 24, 2019 @ 11:00 am

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

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
A wonderful introduction to the life and work of one of America’s most influential men, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This show is perfect for younger audiences and serves to introduce students to major concepts of Black History like freedom, integration and equality.
Student Matinee: February 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies (Best for Grades 3rd-Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
History is filled with Black Americans and abolitionists who worked to end slavery, tame the wild west, and keep America safe during times of war. Learn their stories in this incredible and captivating show.
Student Matinee: February 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am

The Big Dipper (Best for all grades)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets
This spectacular production uses cultural legend and scientific fact to enhance appreciation of The Big Dipper. Audiences learn how the Big Dipper can be used as a calendar, a compass, and a clock through stories from four cultures: the Chinese legend of K’uei, the Underground Railroad, the Greek legend of Callisto, and the Micmac Indian legend of the Sky Bear. This curriculum based performance includes over two dozen beautifully crafted marionettes and twice as many shadow images.
Student Matinee: February 19, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for Grades 3rd-Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
The fascinating story of brave men and women who dared to escape slavery, and the people who helped along the way. Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown and more are featured in this incredible show of true American Heroes.
Student Matinee: February 26, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Let it Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement (Best for Grades 3rd-Adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Rosa Parks, Dr. King, the Freedom Riders and more come to life in this powerful production that celebrates the American Civil Rights Movement. One of our most acclaimed productions, this show features inspiring performances and the songs of the Civil Rights era.
Student Matinee: February 26, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Storybook Tales (Best for Grades 2nd-8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Comic duo Lenny and Mabel bring their traveling show that features Gepetto and his little wooden boy Pinocchio. Then travel to England with Maid Marian and the Sheriff of Nottingham, as they encounter great capers with the outlaw, Robin Hood.
Student Matinee: March 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am

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

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
An inspiring adventure featuring some of the world’s female pioneers. Discover incredible and groundbreaking women like Amelia Earhart, Sacajawea, Susan B. Anthony and more! This tour comes just in time for Women’s History Month! Honor the women of America by bringing this show to your venue!
Student Matinee: March 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am

“One Small Step…” The Real-life Journey to Outer Space (Best for Grades PreK-5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of humankind landing on the moon! This tale marks the history of flight and space travel from the Wright Brothers at the beaches of Kitty Hawk to the moon and beyond!
Student Matinee: April 9, 2019 @ 9:00 am

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

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Learn about the contributions of amazing scientists in this adventurous show that inspires and informs! Learn about Benjamin Franklin, Clara Barton, Thomas Edison and more in this amazing show that blends history and science into a fun and entertaining 45 minutes.
Student Matinee: April 9, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Alice in Wonderland (Best for all grades)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
A journey into a world of complete illusion! All the familiar characters from Lewis Carroll’s famed Victorian fairy tale are here: Alice, The Mad Hatter, The White Rabbit, Tweedledee and Tweedledum, The Red Queen, The Cheshire Cat … and many more! Produced and revived on Broadway, this is considered the most successful dramatic version of Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking GlassThis production will feature local children in the cast and is a full-length production.
Student Matinee: April 11, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Student Matinee: April 18, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Lifecycles: The Chicken or the Egg (Best for grades 2nd-8th)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets
Many a human has lain awake in bed
Wondering which came first, the chicken or the egg?
The mystery forms an endless loop,
Played out each day in the chicken coop.

The Chicken and the Egg is a lively shadow puppet play supporting classroom learning pertaining to life cycles and animal groups. The story features representative reptiles, amphibians, mammals, fish and birds as they grow and reproduce.
Student Matinee: April 16, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Upcycled Cinderella (Best for grades PreK-5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
When the scheduled performers fail to arrive for the day’s performance, the facility janitors, “Dustmop” and “Binny,” decide to take over in this hilarious take on the classic fairy tale, Cinderella!
Student Matinee: May 2, 2019 @ 9:00 am

Jack’s Adventure in Space (Best for grades PreK-6th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Jack, a young student, puts his imagination to work to take him on an out-of-this-world adventure through the solar system! Learn about all the planets that circle the sun.
Student Matinee: May 2, 2019 @ 11:00 am


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

Register Now!


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