School Group Matinees

SCHOOL GROUP MATINEES

The PACE Center offers educators the opportunity to integrate and enrich their curriculum with live performing arts productions that make curriculum connections with science, physics, health, literature, language arts, history, social studies, social and family life skills, cooperation and teamwork, self-expression and performing arts. Parker Arts strives to provide access for youth, schools and other cultural organizations to engage in performing arts education and enrichment. Student matinees are provided several times throughout the school year. Often, matinee performances include post-show “talk-backs” with actors, directors, writers or technical crew that allow students to ask questions and further enrich their theater-going experience. Most student matinees include a study guide to assist in lesson plans.

Student group tickets are only $10 and one complimentary chaperone ticket is available for every ten student tickets purchased (up to ten chaperone tickets per group).

Group reservations are available only through the PACE Center Box Office. Complete a School Group Reservation Form. Student Group orders will receive confirmation by way of email invoice from the PACE Center Box Office that is due 30 days in advanced of the performance. For questions or seating availability, please call the Box Office at 303.805.6800. Homeschool groups of less than ten must call the Box Office for individual seating only; please do not submit a school group reservation form.

Please review the Student Matinee Guide before attending a performance at PACE Center. Download the 2020/2021 Student Matinee Flyer to share with your fellow teachers today!

2021/2022 Pre-K & Elementary & Middle School Matinees

Let’s Go Science Show
October 1 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm | PACE Center

The Let’s Go Science Show is a wacky look at “how things work” with Professor Smart and Ms. Knowitall. This fun-filled production teaches physics concepts through theatrically based experiments and demonstrations. Lots of audience interaction with these two legends of the circus, great scenery and awesome lighting and illusions all make this one science lesson (with study guides available) that students won’t want to miss.
Grade Level: K-5
Run Time: 60 minutes
Curriculum: Natural Science, Physics, Engineering, and Performing Arts
Download Study Guide for grades K-3
Download Study Guide for grades 4-8

The Wizard of Oz
January 21 & 28 | 10:00 am | PACE Center
(We’re sorry, both performances of are sold out.)

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
Grade Level: PreK-12
Run Time: 120 minutes (including intermission)
Curriculum: Social Emotional Learning, Moral Ethical Emphasis, Family Heritage, Film and Cinema, Language Arts, and Performing Arts.

Dinosaur World Live
February 23 | 10:00 am | PACE Center  (Performance time has changed to 10:00 a.m.)

Dare to experience the dangers and delights of Dinosaur World Live in this roarsome-interactive show. Grab your compass and join our intrepid explorer across uncharted territories to discover a pre-historic world of astonishing (and remarkably life-like) dinosaurs. Meet a host of impressive creatures, including every child’s favorite flesh-eating giant, the Tyrannosaurus Rex, a Triceratops, Giraffatitan, Microraptor and Segnosaurus! Don’t miss this entertaining and mind-expanding Jurassic adventure, live on stage.
Book your school now before tickets become extinct!
Grade Level: PreK-5
Run Time: 50 minutes
Curriculum: Paleontology, Geology, Earth Sciences, Math, and Performing Arts.
Download Study Guide

The Story Pirates
March 1 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm | PACE Center

Story Pirates’ live show is a crazy sketch comedy musical based on stories written by elementary school students. Story Pirates incorporate improv in every show, and often perform stories written by kids who are in the audience as a celebration of their words and ideas. Don’t miss this one-of-a-kind show!
In-school story-writing workshop available on limited basis. Participating students will get to see their written story performed on stage! Contact Parker Arts Education for this first-come-first-serve opportunity at PACEedu@parkeronline.org.
Grade Level: K-5
Run Time: 60 minutes
Curriculum: Literature and Language Arts, Cooperation and Teamwork, Self-Expression, and Performing Arts.
Download Study Guide

Dragons Love Tacos
April 20, 21, 22 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm | PACE Center
June 7 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm | PACE Center  Remount for summer programs!
We’re sorry, April 22 at 10am is SOLD OUT!

You know what dragons really love? Tacos of course! They love chicken tacos, beef tacos, great big tacos, and teeny tiny tacos. While a boy and his dog are watching TV, they unexpectedly learn the ‘Do’s and Don’ts of what kinds of tacos to serve dragons. Unfortunately, when the boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party, red-hot trouble ensues! Discover the dietary delights and dilemmas of dragons in this fun-filled production, adapted from The New York Times Best Selling book Dragons Love Tacos is a sizzling story full of fiery fun for your entire grade!
Dragons Love Tacos by Ernie Nolan Based on the book by Adam Rubin
Grade Level: PreK-3
Run Time: 60 minutes
Curriculum: Literature and Language Arts,  Science, Social Studies and Performing Arts.

2021/2022 High School Matinees

The Wizard of Oz
January 21 & 28 | 10:00 am | PACE Center
(We’re sorry, both performances are sold out.)

Follow the yellow brick road in this delightful stage adaptation of L. Frank Baum’s beloved tale, featuring the iconic musical score from the MGM film. The timeless tale, in which young Dorothy Gale travels from Kansas over the rainbow to the magical Land of Oz, continues to thrill audiences worldwide.
Grade Level: PreK-12
Run Time: 120 minutes (including intermission)
Curriculum: Social Emotional Learning, Moral Ethical Emphasis, Family Heritage, Film and Cinema, Language Arts, and Performing Arts.

2022 Summer Camp Matinees

Wild
July 7 & 8 | 10:00 am & 12:00 pm | The Schoolhouse

Wilder is a rambunctious and willful child with energy to spare. Like his hero Max from Where The Wild Things Are, Wilder struggles with minding authority and navigating issues of anger. He is certain life would have been better if rather than a boy, he had instead been born a “wild animal of the jungle.” So he has decided to be one. Wilder’s Mom does her best to guide her imaginative and headstrong son, but she struggles with the difficulties of being a single mother; having a “wild animal of the jungle” for a son only adds to the pressures. Join Parker Arts for this original children’s play by local actor and director, Christopher Willard.

Grade Level: PreK-3
Run Time: 60 minutes
Curriculum: Literature and Language Arts,  Geography, Social Sciences and Performing Arts.
*Limited seating available at The Schoolhouse

Outreach & Residencies

Student and teacher workshops are occasionally available to support selected performances. National and local actors, writers, directors or technical staff bring knowledge and instruction inside classrooms supporting teachers in their efforts to enrich education with real-life experiences. Teachers, if you are interested in this level of engagement, we encourage you to ask what is available for your curriculum. Limited opportunities exist for students to work on-stage with professional actors and musicians.

Financial Assistance & Busing Scholarships

Thanks to Parker Arts Members and various local sponsors and donors, including the Greater Parker Foundation, Parker Arts is able to provide financial assistance to qualified schools for busing services. To apply for a busing scholarship please submit a completed Scholarship Application Form with a letter from your school’s principal stating your school’s qualifications or reason for financial busing assistance. Applications must be received no later than thirty days in advance of your field trip to the PACE Center. For qualifications and funding availability inquires, please contact Education Manager Kirstin Fletcher at 303.805.3364 or via email.