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Exciting Matinee Performances!

Get on your feet for a season full of opportunities to engage your class with performances at the Center.  Take advantage of these exciting opportunities to bring your classroom to the Center for a LIVE performance that connects to your curriculum!

Educational groups of 10 or more qualify for matinee pricing and attendance. 

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When considering what performance to attend with your students, please be sure to check the grade level recommendations and curriculum connections provided by the artist for each show. If you have questions, please reach out to our staff.

Download our 2023/24 Matinee Experience Guide to learn more about our program policies and your upcoming matinee experience!

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The Rainbow Fish

FEB 5, 2024 / 10 AM / Auditorium / SOLD OUT!
Recommended Grades PreK - 3
$5 / Per Person for Students & Adults

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia’s The Rainbow Fish will include an original stage adaptation of Marcus Pfister’s colorful story as well two of the author’s companion tales, Rainbow Fish Discovers the Deep Sea and Opposites. Mermaid Theatre has earned international acclaim for its unique interpretations of popular children’s books, including Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar. These widely-traveled productions incorporate innovative puppetry, striking scenic effects, and evocative original music to provide very young audiences with an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.

Check out the show here!

Click here for a Study Guide for The Rainbow Fish.

Curriculum Connections: Puppetry, visual art, reading and language arts skills, opposites, ocean life, friendship, responsible decision making, relationship skills

This performance is sold out! If you would like to be added to a waiting list for tickets, please contact Katie Miller directly at Group sales opportunities for the public performance on February 4 are also available through the Ticket Office.

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends

MAR 19, 2024 / 10 AM & 12 PM / Auditorium
Recommended Grades K - 4
$5 / Per Person for Students & Adults

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist's curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. On a field trip gone awry, they are faced with the ultimate test of their problem-solving skills that can only be conquered with teamwork in this engaging, scientific musical!

Check out the fantastic educational resources from TheaterWorks USA!

Click here for a study guide for Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends.

Curriculum Connections: Engineering, architecture, scientific method, women in science, teamwork and perseverance, literature, character, elements of storytelling, theater, music

Tickets are moving fast for the 10 AM performance! Please consider reserving for the 12 PM show if possible.

Pair this performance with a hands-on learning experience with our traveling Rosie Revere-themed Smithsonian Spark!Lab:

Enhance your classroom’s matinee experience and let Midland Center for the Arts bring innovation and imagination to your classroom with our traveling Spark!Lab! (Sign Up Available with Matinee Registration)

Students will learn the steps of invention as they create, innovate, collaborate, and problem-solve through hands-on activities inspired by the stories of Andrea Beaty. Students will explore the scientific process as they experiment in the chemistry lab like Ada Twist, engineer a flying machine like Rosie Revere, and work as a team to construct a bridge just like Iggy Peck and his classmates! Available FEB 19 - APR 19, 2024 / $125 Per Classroom

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

APR 24, 2024 / 10:30 AM / Auditorium
Recommended Grades 5 - 12

Alvin Ailey changed the face of American dance with the formation of his company and first performance in 1958. Ailey wanted to create a company that allowed African American dancers to display their talents and to express their own experiences and heritage. When he formed AAADT, it was one of the first professional companies where dancers of all races and backgrounds were welcome.

This is an opportunity for students in our region to see one of the most diverse and celebrated companies in dance history, right in their own backyard.

Click here for a Resource Guide for Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

Additional resources from the Kennedy Center:
Kennedy Center Ailey Learning Guide
Alvin Ailey + Revelations
Understanding the Five Elements of Dance

This performance will take place at 10:30 AM, this has been adjusted from the original 10 AM performance time.

Curriculum Connections: relating artistic ideas and works with societal cultural and historical context to deepen understanding, African American heritage and culture, history, elements of dance, physics, music, stereotypes, collaboration, perseverance

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is jointly sponsored by the Midland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and the Dr. Andrea Louise Jenkins Endowed Fund for Cultural Enrichment at Midland Center for the Arts in celebration of the fortieth anniversary of the Midland Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

The net proceeds from this event will benefit the Midland Area Community Foundation for the Endowed Scholarship Fund of the Midland Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; the Mount Pleasant Area Community Foundation for the Endowed Scholarship Fund of the Mount Pleasant Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc; and the Dr. Andrea Louise Jenkins Endowed Fund for Cultural Enrichment at Midland Center for the Arts.

Scholarships/Bus Grants

Learn how you can benefit from and make performing and visual arts, science and history experiences accessible for everyone in the Great Lakes Bay Region with Midland Centers' Art from the Heart Scholarship Fund.

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