2013-14 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 of tickets.

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

graphic for White Rabbit, Red RabbitThursday, October 3 at 10am

29 years old and forbidden to leave his country, playwright Nassim Soleimanpour distills the experience of an entire generation in a wild, utterly original play about contemporary Iran and those born amidst the hardship of the Iran-Iraq war. The allegorical tale it tells raises provocative questions about the nature of social responsibility, personal freedoms and the limits of obedience.  Premiered at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, this experimental work is “a wonderful testament to the power of words to transcend cultures and borders" [Fringe Review] and a “thoughtful, playful response to oppression.” [The Guardian]

Running Time: 50 to 70 minutes (since the performance contains some audience participation, it is difficult to pinpoint a more exact time)

Resource materials: Script available for teachers to review

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Thursday, November 7 at 10am

In this magnificently complex study of extremes, Shakespeare pairs his most loving and trusting leading man with his most conniving and ruthless villain in a dangerous dance of deceit and revenge. The radiant language of love transforms into delirious ravings as his characters descend into jealousy, fear and rage. 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: Two and a half hours which includes a 15 intermission during which live acoustic music is performed

Resource materials: Study guide prepared by company provided to teachers in advance

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Thursday, February 13 at 10am - SOLD OUT

A verbatim adaptation of the first half of the classic American autobiographical work, American Place Theatre dramatizes Richard Wright's journey from childhood innocence to adulthood in the Jim Crow South. Premiered in 2005 at the Kennedy Center, the show focuses on his hunger for knowledge and the fight to claim his basic human rights in a racist society -- issues which still resonate in today's cultural dialogue.

Running Time: 60 minute performance plus approx. 15 minute pre-and post-show discussions led by a teaching artist from American Place Theatre for a total of 90 minutes

Resource materials: Study guide prepared by company provided to teachers in advance

Tuesday, March 4 at 10am

graphic for Spring AwakeningThe Department of Theatre presents this extraordinary Tony Award winning musical celebrating youth and rebellion in a daring fusion of morality, sexuality and rock & roll. Set in repressive 19th century Germany, a group of teenagers is caught between their sexual urges and society’s contradictory teachings. Revealing their alluringly melancholy story of self-discovery and coming-of-age anxiety, they attempt to reckon with the thrilling, complicated, and confusing time of their sexual awakening. Inspired by Frank Wedekind’s controversial 1891 play about teenage sexuality and society’s efforts to control it, the piece seamlessly merges past and present, underscoring the timelessness of adolescent angst and the universality of human passion.

Running Time: Two hours twenty minutes which includes a short intermission

Resource Materials: Study guide prepared by the Theatre Department provided to teachers in advance

Additional Opportunity: Director and/or producer are available to come to your school at no charge to give a lecture/presentation in advance of the performance

** Please be advised that this production contains strong language and explores mature themes. If you have questions about the content of this production, the Theatre Department encourages you to explore the Parent’s Guide provided by the official Spring Awakening website, as well as video testimonials given by parents and teens who saw the show on Broadway, and the documentary Kyle Riabko: The Lead filmed by Bravo Canada, profiling teenagers whose lives were changed by the show. All of these resources are great for teachers and parents who want to use the show as a platform for discussion, as well as for those deciding whether to see the show by themselves or together with their teen(s).