Student Matinees

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For the 2021-2022 school year, the theatre will be presenting an assortment of both in-person and virtual student matinees.

After a decade of successful school partnerships, we are eager to continue our connection with the students and schools of central Massachusetts and beyond.

Study Guides are also available for all or most shows to help both students and educators prepare for what they will be seeing on stage. These guides contain background material on the show and include educational activities to enhance the classroom experience before entering the theatre.

Please check back regularly as we update our season of student matinee offerings.

For more information, contact Kim Pheymannicie, Student Matinee Coordinator

Upcoming productions

A Christmas Carol (also available VIRTUALLY)

two performers on stage in a christmas carol.

Presented by The Hanover Theatre

Dates:

  • Friday, December 17, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 21. 2021
  • Wednesday, December 22, 2021 (snow date)

Location: The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

  • Time: 10:00am
  • Cost: $17
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Recommended Age Group: Grades 4 – 12

Adapted by president and CEO Troy Siebels and featuring the Mighty Wurlitzer Organ, our annual production returns to the main stage with timeless music, colorful costumes and spectacular lighting and scenery. New and returning cast members tell the tale of curmudgeonly miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, who is visited by the Spirits of Christmases Past, Present and Yet To Come.

Resources Available:
Teacher Resource Guide
Optional Talk-Back after the performance

A Christmas Carol Study Guide

Applicable Curriculum Standards

ELA Book Connection: A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

ELA Standards: RL.1-3, RL.6, RI.1-4, W.1, W.2, W.4, W.5, SL.1-4

History and Social Science Standards:  WHII.T1.2, WHII.T2.2

SEL: CASEL 5- Social Awareness, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, Relationship Skills

A Christmas Carol Virtual Student Matinee:
In a compelling departure from The Hanover Theatre’s annual mainstage production, A Christmas Carol Reimagined features a small band of players who sneak into a dark theatre, shuttered by a pandemic. Dusty scenic pieces and the discarded playbills from a canceled production of A Christmas Carol litter the space. The ghost light, however, remains illuminated. Inspired, the troupe uncovers the forgotten treasures that have been left behind, using what they find to tell Charles Dickens’ classic tale of the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge in a whole new way. This filmed theatrical production was directed and adapted by Troy Siebels in 2020.

The show runs approximately 1 hour.

African Folktales

man facing camera with mouth open.

Presented by Bright Star

  • Date: Friday, January 14, 2022
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Age: PreK-5

Location: The BrickBox Theater, 20 Franklin Street, Worcester, MA

From the desert lands of the Sahara to the plains of the Serengeti to Mount Kilimanjaro and beyond – join a variety of characters from a wide range of cultures in stories that celebrate the various folk tale traditions of the continent of Africa. African music helps to set the stage for these energetic stories. Our stories include Anansi, porquoi tales and many facts and figures about this incredible continent.

Resources Available:
Teacher Resource Guide
Optional Talk-Back after the performance

African Folktales study guide

Applicable Curriculum Standards 

ELA: RL.1, RL.3, 1RL.5, 2.RL.2, 3.RL.2, SL.1-6

History and Social Science: PreK.T2.1, PreK.T2.2, K.T2.1, K.T2.2, K.T3.2, 1.T2.1-5, 2.T1.1, 2.T2.1, 2.T2.2, 2.T2.3

Rosie Revere, Engineer & Friends

illustration of three characters from rosie revere engineer and friends.

Presented by TheatreWorks USA

  • Date: Tuesday, March 1, 2022
  • Time: 10:30am
  • Cost:
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Recommended Age: K-4

Location: The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere has big dreams. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture. And Ada Twist’s curiosity can lead her to solve any problem.

A fun new musical based on the books Rosie Revere, Engineer; Iggy Peck, Architect; and Ada Twist Scientist by Andrea Beaty, which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math).

Resources Available:
Teacher Resource Guide

Rosie Revere Study Guide

Applicable Curriculum Standards 

ELA Book Connections:

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty

Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Iggy Peck, Architect by Andrea Beaty

ELA: RL.1-6

Science: NGSS Practices, 1.K-2-ETS1-1, 1.K-2-ETS1-2, 2.K-2-ETS1-3, 3.3-5-ETS1-1, 3.3-5-ETS1-2, 3.3-5-ETS1-4 (MA), 4.3-5-ETS1-3, 4.3-5-ETS1-5 (MA)

SEL: CASEL 5- Social Awareness, Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Responsible Decision-Making, Relationship Skills

The Stories of Peter and the Wolf & Hansel and Gretel (also available VIRTUALLY)

two performers in hansel and gretel on stage.

Presented by The Hanover Theatre Conservatory’s Youth Ballet Company

  • Date: Wednesday, March 23, 2022 (also available virtually)
  • Time: 10:30am
  • Cost: $12
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Recommended Age: TBA

Location: The Hanover Theatre, 2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

These well-known fairy tales are told through ballet and bring the story book pages to the grand stage. Come see this irresistible adaptation of classics that continues to delight through music and dance.

Resources Available:

  • Teacher Resource Guide
  • Behind the scenes video content to use in preparation for the show
  • Instructional videos that teach students dance steps from the show
  • Live Q+A session on Zoom with the show’s director, Jennifer Agbay, and members of the Youth Ballet Company (limited space available)

Study Guide

Curriculum Standards 

ELA: SL.2, SL.4, SL.5

Science: PreK-LS2-2(MA), K-LS1-1, 2-LS2-3(MA), 3-LS1-1, 3-LS4-3, 3-LS4-4, 5-LS2-1.

Mathematics: 2.MD.D.10, 3.MD.B.3, 3.NF.1, 3.NF.3, 4.NF.B, 4.MD.2, 5.NF.A, 5.NF.B, 5.OA.B.3

Music: PK-K.M.P.04, 3-4.M.R.07, 5-6.M.R.07

Theatre and Dance: PK-K.D.R.08, PK-K.D.R.09, 1-2.D.P.04 , 1-2.D.R.07, 1-2.D.Co.10, 1-2.T.Cr.03.a, 5-6.D.R.07, 1-2.T.Co.10

SEL: CASEL-Social Awareness

Virtual Student Matinee:
All virtual matinee performances will be presented via an online platform called Teachable. You will receive a link to the platform as well as an access code unique to your group that will grant access to the performance.

VIRTUAL MATINEE: From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler

illustration of two kids looking at a statue on a pedestal.

Presented by ArtsPower.

  • Date & Time: Available all school year.
  • Cost: Varies. Click Ticket Request Button for more information
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Recommended Age: Grades 3 – 6

Location: Online via Teachable

It is 1967 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (The Met) in New York City. Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler is a collector of fine art, facts, figures, and secrets. She narrates the action of ArtsPower’s musical play through a letter she is writing to her lawyer, whom she calls Saxonberg. After she learns about the adventures of Claudia and Jamie Kincaid, two children who have run away from home to live at The Met for a few days, Mrs. Frankweiler needs her lawyer to change her last will and testament. Among her many files, she will now include the story of how Claudia and Jamie run away, hide out and sleep over at The Met, investigate whether a statue called Angel was carved by Michelangelo, and, in the end, become a terrific sister and brother team.

This show includes a multi-lesson, Core Curriculum-based course that includes subjects and themes presented in the musical, such as The Italian Renaissance, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, and unravelling a mystery involving a famous artist.

Resources Available:

  • Grade-specific Study Buddys that promote cross-curricular learning and engage your students with fun and meaningful activities
  • Insightful and exclusive video interviews with the shows’ directors, actors, and creative team members
  • Instructional videos that teach students how to sing and dance a fun musical number from a show
  • Live Q+A session on Zoom with a cast member (available for an additional fee)

VIRTUAL MATINEE: Edgar Allan Poe Double Header

edgar allan poe double header cover image.

Presented by THT Repertory

  • Date & Time: Available all school year.
  • Cost: Varies. Click Ticket Request Button for more information
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Recommended Age: Grades 6 – 12

Location: Online via Teachable

This Edgar Allan Poe Double Header features two of Poe’s most famous stories, “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Cask of Amontillado.” Staged as a séance, viewers will conjure the narrators of Poe’s stories to “visit” through the medium of a single live performer, Livy Scanlon.

Resources Available:

  • Teacher Resource Guide
  • Behind the scenes video content to use in preparation for the show
  • Live Q+A session on Zoom with Livy Scanlon (limited space available)

Curriculum Standards 

ELA: RL.1-7, RI.1, RI.2, RI.6, W.2, SL.2

Give your students access to the arts.

For More Information, contact Kim Pheymannicie, Student Matinee Coordinator

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