Center for Performing Arts at Penn State

Join us for the 2013–2014 season of the Center for the Performing Arts School-Time Matinee series — a laboratory of live theatre!

We encourage you to integrate the arts into your classroom, particularly as related to the performance you and your students are attending.

Because we know your classroom time is precious, we have provided teaching materials and pointed out subject area connections that follow the Pennsylvania Academic Standards and the Pennsylvania departments of Education and Public Welfare Learning Standards for Early Childhood. By bringing students to our performances and accessing teaching materials, your district is allowed to report 3.5 ACT 48 professional development hours. Teaching materials and ACT 48 documentation will be available on this website one month before each School-Time Matinee. School contacts will be notified via e-mail when they become available.

Under general information, you’ll find reservation details and field trip funding ideas, including a busing subsidy application sponsored, in part, by the Bill and Honey Jaffe Endowment. For those wishing to extend their stay at Penn State after the matinee, under Extend Your Visit we provide suggestions for other must-do activities. For performances for grades K-3, Show and Tell has information about the performance for parents to reference when asking children about their day. Show and Tell will be available on this website one month before each School-Time Matinee. Thank you for directing parents to this site.

By bringing your students to a live performing arts experience, you are giving them the gifts of broadened perspective and experiential learning. 

2013–2014 MATINEES

Please Click above for information regarding Programming and Events the Center for Performing Arts at Penn State as the schedule changes often.

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Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Eisenhower Auditorium

University Park, PA 16802

P. 1-800-ARTS-TIX

P. 814-865-5340 Group Sales

P. 814-863-8205 Education

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E. Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State

Contact: Shannon Arney

School Field Trip Reservations

Admission for each School-Time School Matinees is $8 per person. One complimentary chaperone seat is provided for each group of twenty or more.

Contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 or via e-mail to make your School Field Trip reservation.

All requests for busing subsidy for the School-Time School Matinees are handled by Shannon. Go to busing subsidy for a request form. Visit funding for opportunities for School field trip support, including useful rationales for an educational School field trip in the arts.

When calling to place your order, please be prepared with the following information:

  • Contact person’s name and e-mail address;
  • Name, address, phone number, and fax number of the school;
  • Approximate number of students and adults attending the School Matinees Show;
  • Grade level of students attending on their school field Trip;
  • Number of buses to be used;
  • Special needs of students (wheelchairs, ASL interpreter, audio description, etc.)

Payment must be received two weeks prior to the School-Time School Matinees date.

Teaching materials will be available one month before each School-Time School matinees. Access them at teaching materials. School contacts will be notified via e-mail when materials are ready.

Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities. If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 in advance of your school field trip visit.

Audio description is also available, upon advance request, for each 2012–2013 School-Time School Matinees. To request audio description for a School-Time Matinee, contact Arts Ticket Center Assistant Manager Shannon Arney—at least two weeks prior to the School matinees date—at 814-863-2688.

The McQuaide Blasko Endowment supports School-Time School Matinees. The Bill and Honey Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development and the Center for the Performing Arts provide funding for the busing subsidy.

School Field Trip Funding

Transportation Subsidy Available

The Honey and Bill Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development and the Center for the Performing Arts are pleased to offer a limited busing subsidy to assist your school with transportation costs for School-Time School Matinees on your School Field Trip. Ask for details when you make your reservation with Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 or via e-mail.

Please download, print, compete, and return the busing subsidy request form, to the address provided on the form, two weeks prior to the date of the performance.

Target School Field Trip Grants

Go to Target to learn about Target School field trip grants. Applications are accepted beginning August 1 for the 2012–2013 grants. Applications are accepted through October 31.

The School-Time School Matinees series at the Center for the Performing Arts enhances in-class learning.

Penn State School Field Trips School-Time School Matinees:

  • Allow educators to engage students with a living laboratory — the performing arts
  • Incorporate Pennsylvania State Education Standards to help educators further in-class educational goals;
  • Provide experiential learners with ways to engage with core curriculum areas;
  • Introduce youth to the performing arts at a fraction of the cost of public performances;
  • Are educational and fun for you and your students.
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School Field Trips Matinees

2013–2014 MATINEES

The American Place Theatre’s Literature to Life® Stage Presentation of The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini October 8

Educator Preparation Materials

Role of the Audience http://www.zeiterion.org/Kite_Runner.pdf http://www.amnestyusa.org/sites/default/files/kiterunnerhigh_0.pdf http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pdf/teachersguides/kiterunnertg0110a.pdf literature_kite_runner_p12_p17.pdf (application/pdf Object) http://www.brighthubeducation.com/high-school-english-lessons/33822-reading-the-kite-runner-to-connect-english-and-history-classrooms/

Dinosaur Train Live! Buddy’s Big Adventure October 25

Educator Preparation Materials

Role of the Audience Curriculum Guide Teaching materials http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/; http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/evolvingplanet/ Books http://archive.fieldmuseum.org/evolvingplanet/educational_15.asp#teachers Paleontology kits http://www.enasco.com/c/science/Paleontology/ Melanin evidence hints at dinosaurs’ true colorshttp://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=123018405 Soft-tissue dinosaur biological material  http://www.youtube.com/watch; v=M9VbDFCndMIhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ynXwAo9V_pY Central PA dino fossils at Penn State College of Earth and Mineral Sciences Museumhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLDn0zIcTP0

Show and Tell—Information for parents to get their kids talking about their day at the Center for the Performing Arts!

Learn all kinds of dinosaur facts, play games and watch videos from Dinosaur Train! All Aboooooard! http://pbskids.org/dinosaurtrain/ PBS Parents: Your Resource for Parenting Tips & Parenting Advice http://www.pbs.org/parents/; http://www.commonsensemedia.org/tv-reviews/dinosaur-train They Might Be Giants video I am a Paleontologist, from their Grammy nominated full length animated DVD/CD set Here Comes Science. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B7zo2zY1Zqg&list=TLUf9HCKSySK0 10 best places to see dinosaur remains according to USA todayhttp://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/destinations/2013/08/11/10-best-places-to see-dinosaurs/2637807/ Featured Paleontologist Scott Sampson on the PBS KIDS series explains the connection between earth science, natural science and trains! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9myAo7mqRc Books about dinosaurshttp://archive.fieldmuseum.org/evolvingplanet/educational_15.asp#kids;http://www.amazon.com/Dinosaur-Train-John-Steven-Gurney/dp/0060292458

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan Rojyoh – The Beat on the Road Twentieth Anniversary Tour November 12 Role of the Audience Yamato Drummers Study Guide Yamato Activities Taiko Drums Coloring Pages
Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live April 7

The Art of Science: Evolution and the ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo

9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday, February 22, 2014 119 Chambers Building, University Park Julianne Snider & Leah Bug The Center for Science and the Schools is teaming up with the Center for the Performing Arts at Penn State and the EMS Museum to provide a creative way to incorporate art into the sciences. Dinosaurs and space, kids’ favorite topics! Learn about evolution and the fossil record, participating in activities which you can use in the classroom, including activities related to the show! This workshop is FREE for elementary and middle school teachers, and includes a continental breakfast and lunch. In addition, teachers leave many workshops with materials to use in their classroom. Through collaboration with IU#10, Act 48 credits are available for $10.00. Learn more One participating teacher will be selected for free matinee admission for one class (25 students) and partial bussing stipend support. Register now

Educator Preparation Materials

Show and Tell

Information for parents to get their kids talking about their day at the Center for the Performing Arts!

Trip Planning for Educators

RESERVATIONS

Admission for each School-Time Matinee is $8 per person. One complimentary chaperone seat is provided for each group of twenty or more. Contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 or via email to make your reservation. She’ll take all requests for busing subsidy for the School-Time Matinees.

Go to busing subsidy for a request form. Visit funding for opportunities for field trip support, including useful rationales for an educational field trip in the arts. When calling to place your order, please be prepared with the following information:

  • Contact person’s name and email address;
  • Name, address, phone number, and fax number of the school;
  • Approximate number of students and adults attending;
  • Grade level of students attending;
  • Number of buses to be used;
  • Special needs of students (wheelchairs, ASL interpreter, audio description, etc.).

Payment must be received two weeks prior to the School-Time Matinee date. Teaching materials will be available one month before each School-Time matinee. School contacts will be notified via email when materials are ready. Penn State encourages qualified persons with disabilities to participate in its programs and activities.

If you anticipate needing any type of accommodation or have questions about the physical access provided, contact Shannon Arney at 814-863-2688 in advance of your visit. Audio description is being provided for the School-Time Matinee performance of ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo™. Audio description is also available, upon advance request, for each of the other 2013–2014 School-Time Matinees. To request audio description for a School-Time Matinee, contact Arts Ticket Center Assistant Manager Shannon Arney — at least two weeks prior to the matinee date — at 814-863-2688.

The McQuaide Blasko Endowment supports School-Time Matinees. The Bill and Honey Jaffe Endowment for Audience Development and the Center for the Performing Arts provide funding for the busing subsidy.

Educator Preparation Materials and Lesson Plans are available for each program at the Center of Performing Arts at Penn State. Please consult their web site and show details to download material that can be used before and after the show.

Summer Camp and Scout Groups

The Center for the Performing Arts provides a context, through artistic connections, to the human experience. By bringing artists and audiences together we spark discovery of passion, inspiration, and inner truths. We are a motivator for creative thinking and examination of our relationship with the world.

GROUP DISCOUNTS

Summer Camp & Scout Field Trips 

A group of fifteen or more receives a discount of 20 percent off the regular ticket prices for all Center for the Performing Arts presentations.

Join us for a memorable theatre experience at great savings. We count groups among our most valued patrons. Let Sherren McKenzie, group sales coordinator, tell you about our exciting group sales advantages.

Call, e-mail, or stop in at the group discounts office in downtown State College for pricing information, seating availability, or to order group tickets.

814-865-5340

1-800-ARTS-TIX

arts-group-sales@psu.edu

Group Discounts at Penn State Tickets Downtown

Penn State Downtown Theatre Center

146 S. Allen Street

State College

Want to order group tickets by mail?

Download an order form, complete it, and send it to the address above.

Group discounts

  • 20 percent discount off regular prices for each presentation.
  • Two free tickets with the purchase of thirty tickets or more. (Due to contractual restrictions, some presentations may not qualify for this offer.)

Easy ordering

  • A 20 percent non-refundable deposit secures your reservation.
  • Flexible reservations—you may change the number of tickets until payment is due.
  • Extended payment due date—final payment is not due until two weeks prior to the performance.

Access

  • We’re committed to making the performing arts accessible to all patrons. Contact us for all of your special needs.

Free promotional materials

  • We provide posters and handbills (when available) at no extra cost to assist in promoting your group’s event. Background information on the artist(s) is available upon request.

Area restaurants and hotels

  • A list of State College-area restaurants, hotels, motels, and inns will be mailed or faxed to you upon request.

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  • john

    damn.. this place looks great for my student, they all love artwork.. we should plan a field trip here.. lord knows i need the vacation lol

    • joe

      yeap definitely is, this place inspired me to draw 😀