2017-18 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.

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

Monday, October 30 at 10am Sold out; waiting list available.
NobuntuNamed for the African concept that values humbleness, love, purpose, unity and family, this all-female a capella quintet from Zimbabwe performs their native, traditional music with pure voices augmented by minimalistic percussion, traditional instruments and organic, authentic dance movements.  The ensemble’s belief is that music can be an important vehicle for change, one that transcends racial, tribal, religious, gender and economic boundaries.

Running Time: 60 minutes
Payment Due Date: October 13, 2017

Ghosts of War
Thursday, November 2 at 10am

Chicago’s Griffin Theatre Company adapts Capital Region native Ryan Smithson’s book of the same name for the stage.  Inspired by the patriotism following 9/11, the author’s experience of enlisting in the Army at the age of 17, undergoing the disciplinary harshness of basic training and living through the fire of combat at just 19 years of age are explored in this unflinchingly honest portrayal of the war in Iraq.

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Running Time: 60 minutes plus a 20 minute post-show discussion with author Ryan Smithson for a total of 80 minutes
Resource materials: Teacher study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 16, 2017
Additional opportunity: The first 200 paid student admissions will receive a free copy of Smithson's book, courtesy of the UAlbany Foundation.

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Thursday, December 14 at 10am
(snow date: Friday, December 15)

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 has been viewed by over 1500 high school students in the last few 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 16, 2017
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 program experience. Fee is $180 per workshop.If Beale Street Could Talk book cover

If Beale Street Could Talk

Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 10am (snow date: Friday, March 2) Thursday, March 1 at 10am (snow date: Friday, March 2)
Both shows sold out; waiting lists available.

Adapted and directed by Elise Thoron for American Place Theatre, this Literature to Life offering is a verbatim adaptation of James Baldwin’s powerful novel of the same name, one which remains disturbingly poignant even sixty years after it was first published. A story of abiding love in the face of injustice, this one-person show honors Baldwin’s eloquent voice which spoke of the struggle of African-Americans and the saving power of brotherhood.

I Am Not Your NegroRunning Time: 60 minute performance plus 15 minute post-show discussion led by a master teaching artist for a total of 75 minutes
Resource materials: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: February 15, 2018
Additional opportunity: The first 200 paid student admissions will receive a free copy of Baldwin's book, courtesy of the UAlbany Foundation.

In addition, at no extra cost, groups are invited to stay for a free screening of I Am Not Your Negro, an Oscar-nominated documentary based on Baldwin's unfinished memoir, Remember This House.

Wednesday, February 28 from 12:15 to 1:45pm
Thursday, March 1 from 12:15 to 1:45pm

A Doll's House
Wednesday, November 15 at 10am
Sold out; waiting list available.
Thursday, November 16 at 10amSold out; waiting list available.
In Henrik Ibsen’s three-act play in prose, Nora loves her husband above everything.  But when she risks her reputation in order to save him, the consequences force her to examine her devotion, and she finds herself struggling for her own life.

Running Time: 2 ½ hours
Payment Due Date: October 26, 2017
Additional Opportunities: see below*

Sweet Power
Thursday, February 8 at 10am
(snow date: Friday, February 9) Canceled
Florence Price
Members of UAlbany’s Capital Trio team up with the Musicians of Ma'alwyck to present the Five Folksongs in Counterpoint of African-American composer Florence Price who set spirituals into classical style, including “Calvary,” “Oh My Darling Clementine,”  “Momma's Little Baby,” “Drink To Me Only With Thine Eyes” and “Swing Low Sweet Chariot.” Paired with that is the Piano Quintet of Dvořák, a champion of the music of his homeland of Bohemia, who encouraged Americans to find their voice in their musical roots of spirituals, folk songs and Native American melodies.

Running Time: 75 minutes
Payment Due Date:
January 18, 2018

Thursday, March 22 at 10am
(snow date: Friday, March 23)
Celebrating the sixties counterculture in all its barefoot, long-haired, bell-bottomed, beaded and fringed glory, this infectiously energetic rock musical explores ideas of identity, community, global responsibility and peace; vividly examining what it means to be a young person in a changing world.  Please be advised that HAIR contains strong language, simulated drug use, sexual content and violence.

Running Time: 2 ½ hours
Payment Due Date:
March 12, 2018
Additional Opportunities: see below*

* For these productions, study guides prepared by the UAlbany Theatre Program will be provided to teachers in advance.   Representatives from the Theatre Program 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.