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

Tickets for Bright Star Touring Theatre shows are $7.49; tickets for Asheville Community Theatre shows are $10.70.

Reservations are first come, first serve, and seating is limited. Reservations can be made online or by phone. For groups of 10 or more, all teachers’ tickets are complimentary; however, chaperone and bus driver tickets must be paid. Please include all teachers, chaperones, and bus drivers (as well as students!) in your reservation count so that we have a seat for everyone!

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!

2019-20 Schedule

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! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: October 15, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Student Matinee: October 15, 2019 @ 11:00 am

The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (Best for Grades 2nd-8th)

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. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: October 22, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Student Matinee: October 22, 2019 @ 11:00 am

Miracle on 34th Street (Best for All Ages)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
Kris Kringle, an old man living in a retirement home, gets a job working as Santa for Macy’s where he surprises employees and customers by claiming to be the real Santa Claus. Seen as deluded by Macy’s vocational counselor, he’s thrown into a court case to determine his mental health and, more importantly, his authenticity. Especially at stake is one little girl’s belief in Santa. Everyone will enjoy this funny, poignant and faithful adaptation of the classic 1947 film. This production will feature local children in the cast and is a full-length production. Tickets are $10.70.
Student Matinee: December 10, 2019 @ 10:00 am
Student Matinee: December 17, 2019 @ 10:00 am

Holidays Around the World (Best for Grades PreK-5th)

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. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: December 12, 2019 @ 9:00 am
Student Matinee: December 12, 2019 @ 11:00 am

African Folktales (Best for Grades PreK-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. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: January 21, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History (Best for Grades PreK-5th)

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! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: January 21, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Aesop’s Fables (Best for Grades PreK – 5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Aesop’s Fables is a 45-minute whirlwind adventure through the beloved 2600-year old tales. Bright Star’s professional actors bring to life the stories of “The Tortoise and the Hare,” “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Fox and the Grapes,” “The Lion and the Mouse” and “The Monkey and Her Pail.” Brimming with audience participation and character education, this production celebrates the moral lessons available in each of these charming tales. This hilarious play is guaranteed to leave audiences of all ages rolling in the aisles with delight! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: February 11, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Heroes of the Underground Railroad (Best for Grades 3rd and up)

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. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: February 11, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Rosa Parks & Friends (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Take a journey through time with Rosa Parks and where some of the most remarkable figures from history come to life. Meet abolitionists like Fredrick Douglass, William Lloyd Garrison, Sojourner Truth, and Rosa Parks! An important story for any audience, this show gives a remarkable view of the challenges met by these amazing Black Americans. This historical journey will delight and inspire audiences with the triumphant power of the human spirit shown by these true heroes of history. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: February 18, 2020 @ 9:00 am

Black History Hall of Fame (Best for Grades PreK-5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Join us in this fast-paced adventure through the Black History Hall of Fame, led by Dr. Daisy and Professor Paisley. In just 45-minutes, your young audience will be introduced to over a dozen groundbreakers and hall-of-famers that have largely contributed to shaping our nation’s past, present, and future. You’ll see everyone from Maya Angelou and Aretha Franklin to the Buffalo Soldiers and Mae Jemison and that’s just to name a few! Young audience volunteers and incredibly talented performers being this show to life in every way. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: February 18, 2020 @ 11:00 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! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: March 19, 2020 @ 9:00 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! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: March 19, 2020 @ 11:00 am

Jack’s Adventures in Space (Best for Grades Pre-K – 5th)

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. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: April 14, 2020 @ 9:00 am

USA A-Z (Best for Grades 3rd-8th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
Join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take your audience on a journey through America. Your students will learn how the political process works, the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches and what it means to vote. At various points during the show, your audience will take part in a live-action game show component featuring patriotic prizes while our hosts entertain them with their hilarious antics. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show will leave no political stone unturned. This special tour is running through Election Day and is designed to encourage good citizens by teaching audiences how they can contribute to their own communities. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: April 14, 2020 @ 11:00 am

 

Little Women (Best for Grades 6th and up)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre
Share this timeless and enduring classic about the March sisters’ journey from childhood to maturity during the American Civil War. Audiences of all generations will enjoy acquainting — or reacquainting — themselves with the sisters: Meg, the eldest; Jo, the high-spirited tomboy; Amy, the self-centered beauty; and gentle Beth, as well as their beloved Marmee and Father. Together the March family learns to endure both good times and bad as they share the joys and pains of growing up. This production will feature local children in the cast and is a full-length production. Tickets are $10.70.
Student Matinee: April 16, 2020 @ 10:00 am

Velveteen Rabbit (Best for Grades PreK-5th)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre
This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children! This heartwarming story tells of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and ready beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join our professional actors as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivation skill. Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: May 5, 2020 @ 9:00 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! Tickets are $7.49.
Student Matinee: May 5, 2020 @ 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