2016-17 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. Some performances are presented by guest artists while others are produced by the Department of Music and Theatre with faculty directors and student casts.

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 like departmental meetings, class observations and lunch in the Campus Center 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

Romeo and Juliet
Tuesday, October 18 at 10am Sold out; waiting list available.
With ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Shakespeare celebrates love’s triumph and its trivialities in perhaps his most popular tragedy.  Verona’s walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike.  Presented in classic Shakespearian style, American Shakespeare Center’s production has thumb-biting, dance and swordplay as well as sonnets, bawdy wit and soul-searching speeches.

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 4, 2016
Additional opportunity: The company will conduct a post-show discussion for those groups that are able to stay for an extra 15 minutes.

ETHEL's Documerica

ETHEL’s Documerica
Friday, November 4 at 10am

This wildly popular post-modern, indie-classical quartet presents a multimedia concert melding multiple screen video projections with original music by some of today’s top composers.  Juxta-posing vintage 1970s photo-graphs from the Environmental Protection Agency’s Project Documerica, the program ex-plores a compelling snapshot of
a tumultuous era that powerfully connects to today’s ecological and social issues. The program’s music is in constant dialogue with the projections in an arc that is by turns urban, rural, pastoral and gritty.

Running Time:
75 minutes
Resource materials: Info regarding EPA project and artist materials will be provided.
Payment Due Date: October 28, 2016
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Thursday, December 15 at 10am
(snow date: Friday, December 16)

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, which was viewed by over 1000 high school students in the last two seasons, 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 22, 2016
Additional opportunities: 1) Information sessions and tours with Physics Department faculty may be arranged upon request. 2) The Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company is available for pre- and/or post-performance participatory workshops at your school to enhance the programexperience. Fee is $180 per workshop. book cover for Fahrenheit 451

Fahrenheit 451
Thursday, February 9 at 10am (snow date: Friday, February 10) Approximately 50 seats available

Ray Bradbury’s classic American novel presents a frightening vision of the future: fireman don't put out fires, they start them in order to burn books. Adapted and directed by Wynn Handman for American Place Theatre, this page-to-stage Literature to Life production presents a haunting look at the dangers of censorship in a modern world. Performed by Rich Orlow, the verbatim adaptation explores themes of censorship and civil disobedience.

Running Time: 60 minute performance plus 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a master teaching artist for a total of 90 minutes
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: January 19

Sylvia Milo in The Other Mozart

The Other Mozart
Thursday, March 2 at 10am
(snow date: Friday, March 3)

This “gem of a show” [London’s The Stage] is the true and untold story of Nannerl Mozart, the sister of Amadeus - a prodigy, keyboard virtuoso and composer who performed throughout Europe with her brother to equal acclaim but her work and her life faded away, lost to history due to overwhelming restrictions and prejudice of the time.  Performed by creator/writer/actress Sylvia Milo, this other Mozart at last tells her story.

Running Time: 75 minutes plus 15 minute talkback with artist
Resource materials: Suggested readings along with materials about the show (bios, video excerpts, interviews, etc.) will be provided
Payment Due Date: February 9
Additional opportunity: The first 100 students registered will receive a free copy of Jane Glover's book, Mozart's Women, courtesy of the UAlbany Foundation.

Photos this page: ETHEL by Noelle Page; ChoreoPhysics by Gary Gold; Syliva Milo in The Other Mozart courtesy of Little Matchstick Factory

For all productions below, study guides prepared by the Department of Music and Theatre will be provided to teachers in advance.   Representatives from the Department are available to either travel to schools to lead discussions or meet with students in the theatre following the performance. Also, tours of the UAlbany Theatre facilities can be arranged upon request.

The Exonerated by Jessica Blank and Erik Jensen
Thursday, October 20 at 10am

Culled from interviews, letters, transcripts, case files and the public record, this documentary play tells the true stories of six wrongfully convicted death row survivors in their own words.

Please note: This production contains adult language and themes.
Running Time: 90 minutes
Payment Due Date: October 13

Water by the Spoonful by Quiara Alegria Hudes
Thursday, November 17 at 10am
Somewhere in Philadelphia, young veteran Elliot Ortiz has returned from Iraq and is struggling to find his place in the world. Somewhere in a chat room, recovering addicts keep each other alive, hour by hour, day by day – spoonful by spoonful.  This play addresses themes surrounding the cycle of poverty and addiction, suicide, veterans’ struggles with PTSD and re-entry into US culture, and the influence and power of cyber communities in an age of disconnected families. 

Please note: This production contains adult language and themes.
Running Time:
2 hours & 15 minutes
Payment Due Date:
October 27

REBEL/Sister by Chad Larabee & Jonathan Michael Weber
with music & lyrics by Anna Ebbesen
Tuesday, April 4 at 10am
Sold out; waiting list available
Wednesday, April 5 at 10am Sold out; waiting list available
As warring tribes slowly destroy their civilization, two sisters stand up to tyranny in a patriarchal society. Inspired by Sophocles’ classic play Antigone, this world premiere musical re-examines how one voice can change the world.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Payment Due Date:
March 14