2014-15 Matinees for H.S. Student Groups

Each academic year, the UAlbany Performing Arts Center offers a series of weekday matinee performances that are geared for high school students. These performances are a mix of theatre, music and dance and are selected for their connections to high school curriculum.

Admission is $5 per student with chaperones free.

Resource materials are available approximately one month in advance of the shows.

Directions and bus information are provided upon reservation.

Guided campus, Performing Arts Center and Art Museum tours as well as other activities are possible when your group is on campus. More information will be provided with your reservation.

Home school students and parents are welcome.

To make a reservation for your school group or for additional details, contact Kim Engel at (518) 442-5738 or kengel@albany.edu

logo for American Shakespeare CenterMuch Ado About Nothing
Wednesday, October 15 at 10am

While the villainous Don John devises a scheme to shatter the nuptials of Claudio and Hero, the young lovers conspire to trick Beatrice and Benedick into admitting their much-denied love. In this powerful comedy full of sparkling wit, the Bard gives us the joy of love won and the ache of love lost. He makes us laugh and breaks our hearts, then magically puts them back together again. American Shakespeare Center’s production is presented in classic Shakespearian style with actors playing multiple roles and surrounded by audience on three sides.

Running Time: 2 ½ hours which includes a 15 intermission during which live acoustic music is performed
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 1, 2014
Additional opportunity: The company will conduct a post-show discussion for those groups that are able to stay for an extra 15 minutes.


cover of County of KingsCounty of Kings
Thursday, November 14 at 10am
LIMITED SEATING AVAILABLE
Lemon Andersen is a writer, performance artist, screen actor, Tony Award-winning poet and three-time felon who grew up in Brooklyn, the son of drug addicted parents who died of AIDS before he was fifteen.  American Place Theatre has taken his life story and adapted it into a solo autobiographical play performed by Michael Angel Viera, eloquently capturing Lemon’s true story of finding passion and purpose in life against all odds.  A combination of gritty hip-hop poetry and prose, the play follows his coming-of-age memoir and explores universal themes of poverty, race, urban culture, self-discovery, acceptance, personal responsibility and redemption. County of Kings is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.

Running Time: 60 minute performance plus 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a master teaching artist from American Place Theatre for a total of 90 minutes
Resource Materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 23, 2014
Additional opportunity: Free copy of book provided courtesy of the UAlbany Foundation for each paid student admission


ChoreoPhysics imageChoreoPhysics
Friday, December 12 at 10am

For an entire semester, Professor Keith Earle of the UAlbany Physics Department and choreographer Ellen Sinopoli focused on a communion of the arts and sciences studying side by side the principles of physics and modern dance. Equal parts lecture, demonstration, performance and discussion, this program is a result of their efforts and includes Texture of the Whole, a choreographic work for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company that they collaborated to create and which utilizes more than a dozen laws of physics deeply intertwining the science with the dance.

Running Time: approximately 90 minutes
Resource Materials: Teacher materials provided in advance
Payment Due Date: November 19, 2014
Additional opportunities:
1) Representatives from the Physics Department are available to meet and tour departmental facilities with interested groups after the performance.
2) The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is available for pre- and/or post-performance participatory workshops at your school to enhance the program experience. Fee is $175 per workshop.

Eurydice
Tuesday, March 3 at 10am

In Sarah Ruhl’s contemporary update of the classic story, a young girl is ripped from her world on her wedding day and sent down a raining elevator to the underworld where she must fight for love.  Based on the Greek myth surrounding Orpheus, the play is told from Eurydice’s point of view with a truly modern perspective.  This immersive theatrical production offered by the Department of Music and Theatre will be followed by the opportunity to tour backstage and to meet with student members of the cast and crew for a sneak peek into college life and theatre work.

Running Time: 80 minutes
Resource Materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: February 10, 2015
Additional opportunity: The director and set designer are available to come to your school and talk with the students before or after the production at no additional charge.


cover of Incidents in the Life of a Slave GirlIncidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Wednesday, March 25 at 10am

(please note change from orignally scheduled date of March 11)

Commissioned by and premiered at the New York Historical Society, this page-to-stage work developed by American Place Theatre is a verbatim adaptation of Harriet Jacobs’ book of the same name. While illuminating in shocking fashion the traumas of slavery, particularly for women and children, it is an inspiring tale of resilience and survival. Cherita Armstrong stars in this account of the author’s seven years spent hiding out as a fugitive in The Loophole, a crawl space in her grandmother’s attic, in order to protect her children and hopefully ensure their eventual freedom. This show is a Literature to Life stage presentation of Young Audiences New York.

Running Time: 50 minute performance plus 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a master teaching artist from American Place Theatre for a total of 80 minutes
Resource Materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: March 3, 2015