K12 School Partner Program: 2016-2017

K-12 School Partner Program

Photo by Maria Saldana

“Just dropping a note to once again thank you and to let you know how enriching last week's performance was for our students.”

— Program Coordinator at a local high school

We think everyone should have the opportunity to explore the world through the arts, which is why we launched our K12 School Partner Program in 2014. This series of matinee performances provide students with the opportunity to experience live arts and creative conversations with both established and emerging artists. The program offers deeply discounted tickets, transportation subsidies, free tickets for chaperones and study guides to help teachers and students prepare.

“Thank you so much again…One of my sons is interested in audio technology and appreciated all the technology incorporated in the play. This was our first time at your theater and really loved the play.”

— Parent of a homeschooler child

Register your class for an event

To bring your classes to events in this series, please complete and submit the Registration and Transportation Scholarship Form. Once completed, you will receive a confirmation email.

For any questions, please write to Jane Hirshberg at janeh22@umd.edu.

Upcoming Student Matinee Performances

All events begin at 11AM and are approximately one hour, unless otherwise noted.

Schick Machine

  • Date and time: Friday, October 21, 2016 . 11AM
  • Performance length: 1 hour
  • Recommended for: Grades K-5

Schick Machine tells a sonic story about a man consumed by a grandiose plan to build a“machine” that will reconcile his memories of the past with his dreams for the future.  In this special school performance, percussionist Steve Schick artfully weaves whimsical stories about his own youth with surprising encounters with the noise-making objects and invented instruments on stage.  As he demonstrates his own processes of experimentation and musical discovery, audiences begin to relinquish their expectations about how instruments should look,how they should be played, and what kind of sound they should make.

Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa Kanaka'ole

  • Date and time: Friday, November 18, 2016 . 11AM
  • Performance length: 50 minute performance
  • Recommended for: Grades K-5

In both song and “talk-story”, Kekuhi and Kaumakaiwa share Hawaiian indigenous thought that infuses the islands’ cultural practices, their own perspectives, and ecological understanding. Their roots are in the hula of the esteemed Kanaka‘ole Family of Hawai‘i Island. They draw their inspiration from the active volcano that is their home and the fiery goddess Pele who is their ancestor. As vibrant keepers of culture, they both preserve tradition yet are authentic innovators in a living culture.

Black Arm Band

  • Date and Time: Thursday, January 26, 2017 . 11AM
  • Performance length: 1 hour performance
  • Recommended for: Grades 6-12

Black Arm Band is a collective made up of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who celebrate indigenous music, culture and language that speaks of endurance, challenge, unity and the triumph of the spirit.

The Importance of Being Earnest

  • First Date and time: Friday, February 10, 2017 . 11AM
  • Second Date and time: Thursday, February 16, 2017 . 11AM
  • Performance length: 2 hour performance
  • Recommended for: Grades 9-12

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents Oscar Wilde’s classic comedy of manners.  The game of Victorian-era courting goes hilariously awry in this witty farce, considered one of the most masterful comedies in the English language.

WAVES by Third Coast Percussion

  • Date and time: Friday, March 31, 2017 . 11AM
  • Performance length: One hour performance
  • Recommended for: Grades 3-6

Third Coast Percussion’s WAVES program (Wonder, Arts, Vibration, Engineering, Science) is an interactive educational presentation exploring the scientific and musical properties of sound waves. The members perform music, teach students about the sound waves using app-based technology and video projections, then pass out custom-designed percussion instruments to all audience members and teach the audience to perform a piece of music together with Third Coast Percussion.

UMoves: Undergraduate Dance Concert

  • Date and time: Friday, May 5, 2017 . 11AM
  • Performance length: 1 hour and 45 minute performance
  • Recommended for: Grades 6-12

The School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies presents a concert featuring the emerging talent of the next generation of dance artists. The program includes original works created and/or performed by undergraduate students majoring in dance as they are finding their choreographic voice and vision, plus new works developed throughout the year by guest choreographers.