2019-20 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 generally 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

Jade Solomon Curtis in Black Like Me, photo by Nate Watters
Black Like Me: An Exploration of the Word
Monday, October 21 at 10am Limited seats available.
Tuesday, October 22 at 10am

This multidisciplinary work performed by Jade Solomon Curtis explores the reverb of a single word in a global community. It considers the effects of the word, all its permutations, its history and its casual use in Hip Hop culture. Combining physical, verbal, visual and sonic language to tell five narratives and perspectives in a unique way, it asks if it is possible to redefine a word that was intended to belittle a people and ultimately provides the singular message: the word cannot be transformed.
Please note:
This performance contains mature subject matter.

Running Time: 75 minutes + 30 minute discussion
Resources: Teacher support materials provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 9, 2019

Edgar Allan Poe's Tales of Terror - Friday, November 1 at 10am

Classically trained actor Joshua Kane performs a thrilling, tour-de-force performance of The Tell-Tale Heart, The Cask of Amontillado, The Raven, Annabel Lee and more. Punctuated with lively anecdotes about the author and his swift descent into madness, this performance of dark tales and passions is filled with unforgettable characters and stories of revenge, madness and despair. 

Running Time: 65 minute performance + 10 minute Q&A
Resource materials: Teacher study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 18, 2019

Brothers on the Battlefield - Thursday, November 14 at 10am

A multi-media production with a historically informed narrative, this work salutes the 150th Anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Movement. Six virtuoso musicians from the Rodney Marsalis Philadelphia Big Brass perform music during the time of the Civil War up to the Civil Rights Movement in America with narrator JaQuinley Kerr who brings to life the personal letters of those engulfed in the Civil War and the inspirational words of Dr. Maya Angelou. Stunning images created by Vanessa Briceño create a breathtaking backdrop to some of our nation’s most celebrated songs.

Running Time: 60 minutes
Resources: Teacher support materials provided in advance
Payment Due Date: October 25, 2019

ChoreoPhysics - Tuesday, February 11 at 10am (snow date: Thursday, February 13)

ChoreoPhysics imageThis program is the product of a collaboration between an artist and a scientist. For an entire semester, Professor Keith Earle of the UAlbany Physics Department andchoreographer 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, it includes a choreographic work for the Ellen Sinopoli Dance Company that utilizes more than a dozen laws of physics deeply intertwining the science with the dance.  Approximately 2000 high school students taking classes in physics, calculus, pre-calculus, anatomy & physiology, chemistry and biology have experienced this program since its creation. 

Running Time: 90 minutes
Resources: Teacher study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: January 22, 2020

SEVEN - Monday, April 6 at 10am

This riveting documentary play penned by seven female writers is based on personal interviews with seven remarkable women who faced life-threatening obstacles before bringing heroic changes to their home countries of Pakistan, Nigeria, Ireland, Afghanistan, Guatemala, Russia and Cambodia. L.A. Theatre Works performs this tapestry of stories woven together with the words of these women, dramatizing their struggles and triumphs over resistance, death threats, entrenched norms and pervasive violence. SEVEN makes the powerful and timeless statement that even in the darkest times, one person, one voice, and a single act of courage can change the lives of thousands.
Please note:
This performance contains mature subject matter.

Running Time: 75 minutes + 30 minute discussion
Resources: Teacher support materials provided in advance
Payment Due Date: March 20, 2020

Six Scenes in a Theater - Thursday, October 17 at 10am

Set in an empty college theatre, here and now—and 50 years earlier—as students prepare for a production of Thornton Wilder’s Our Town.  This new play is a love letter to people who make theatre.  It’s about the brilliant intensity of youth and love and life, which is only appreciated after it slips away. It is also a ghost story.

Running Time: 90 minutes
Payment Due Date: October 7, 2019
Additional Opportunities: see below *

Intimate Apparel - Tuesday, November 19 at 10am

Driven by passion and determination to build a better life for herself, a brilliant African American seamstress in turn-of-the-century New York diligently saves her earnings and daydreams of the life she longs to create.  Sought after for making intimate apparel for diverse clientele, she delicately navigates the complex structures of race, class, and societal divides when a devastating betrayal costs her nearly everything.  Written by the first female playwright to win two Pulitzer Prizes, Lynn Nottage’s work offers a powerful story about the resiliency of the human spirit.

Running Time: 2 hours 40 minutes
Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date:
October 29, 2019
Additional Opportunities: see below *

A Midsummer Night's Dream - Thurs., March 5 at 10am (snow date: Friday, March 6)
Sold out; waiting list available.
Shakespeare’s best-loved comedy explores love in all its magical forms: love at first sight, romantic love, and love twisted by lust, by jealousy, and by magic. Four lovers lose their minds in a forest filled with mischievous fairies. With gay and lesbian love stories at its core, this reimagined production vividly proves that true love conquers all.

Running Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Resources: Study guide provided in advance
Payment Due Date: February 11, 2020
Additional Opportunities: see below *

* Talkbacks, classroom visits and facilities tours are available upon request.