A Christmas Carol
A Christmas Carol

Nov 21 — Dec 26
Spencer Theatre

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The Santaland Diaries
The Santaland Diaries

Dec 6 — Dec 24
Copaken Stage

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Student Matinee Series

Theatre is an extraordinary experience, an art form unlike any other. Our Student Matinees Series is an affordable way for area students to experience professional theatre performances. In addition to seeing a professional theatre production, students learn more about the performance and production via post-show discussions with the actors and technical crew that immediately follow all matinees. All student matinees begin at 10:00 a.m., with the exception of A Christmas Carol matinees, which begin at 10:30 a.m.

Our Student Matinees meet the following standards:

Missouri: CA 2, 5-7; FA 1- 5; SS 5; 6
Kansas: History; Literature Genre; Theatre 5, 6; Listening, Viewing, Speaking 1, 2, 3, 4
National: Theatre 6, 7, 8

Each play, depending on its themes, content and genre, meets various other standards of each state’s curriculum.

 

Regular Season Student Matinee Order Form

A Christmas Carol Student Matinee Order Form

Please contact Melinda McCrary, Director of Education at mccrarym@kcrep.org

 

2014-2015 Student Matinee Dates

Our Town

Written by Thornton Wilder
Directed by David Cromer
Location: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Center for the Performing Arts, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO  64110, on the campus of UMKC.

Experience a young woman’s journey to discover the magical and often simple moments that knit together a well-lived life. Acclaimed Broadway director and MacArthur Fellow David Cromer presents his innovative and electrifying new production of Thornton Wilder’s Pulitzer-Prize winning classic.  An artistic standard, this play is crucial for young audiences. Wilder’s play was revolutionary when it was first presented and the themes of love, life, family, community and death are as significant as ever to new generations.   The Wall Street Journal says of Cromer’s new version, “You’ll never see a better Our Town — or anything else — as long as you live.”

Recommended for 8th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

  • Tuesday, September 16
  • Wednesday, September 17
  • Thursday, September 18
  • Tuesday, September 23
  • Thursday, September 25

 

The Who & The What

Written by Ayad Akhtar
Directed by Eric Rosen
Location: Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut, KCMO, 64105

From the 2013 Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes a passionate and searing look at a family divided by faith, bonded by love and searching for truth in contemporary America. A brilliant young Pakistani writer is focused on finishing a controversial novel that bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her manuscript, they are all forced to examine the beliefs that define them. The themes of family, faith and generational differences are explored from a perspective seldom seen on stage and are illuminating for any student experiencing these conversations in their own homes.

Recommended for 10th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

  • Thursday, October 30

 

A Christmas Carol 2015

Adapted from Charles Dickens
Written by Barbara Fields
Directed by Jerry Genochio 
Location: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Center for the Performing Arts, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO  64110, on the campus of UMKC.

Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition is back for its 34th season! Kansas City's favorite holiday tradition, the Rep’s production of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, has thrilled thousands of area students as they travel with Ebenezer Scrooge on his thrilling journey from bitter, lonely miser to warm-hearted, generous citizen of the world.  The literature is classic and inspiring; our production is a feast for the heart, eyes and spirit. Full of love, laughter and lessons, this play feels both familiar and brightly new each year.  Our student matinees sell quickly so reserve seats for your students, the next generation of theatre-goers, today!

Recommended for 4th grade and up. All performances begin at 10:30 a.m.

  • Friday, November 21- SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, November 25 - SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, December 2  - SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday, December 3 
  • Thursday, December 4
  • Tuesday, December 9
  • Wednesday, December 10 
  • Thursday, December 11
  • Tuesday, December 16 - SOLD OUT
  • Wednesday, December 17 - SOLD OUT
  • Thursday, December 18  

 

An Iliad

Written by Lisa Peterson & Denis O'Hare
Directed by Jerry Genochio
Location: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Center for the Performing Arts, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO  64110, on the campus of UMKC.

This modern retelling of Homer’s epic poem illuminates an ancient classic by taking a harrowing look at the human cost of war. Obie-Award winners Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare (HBO’s True Blood) have created a spellbinding work of theatre spanning three millennia.  Our production features KC Rep Resident Director Kyle Hatley in a starring role directed by Producing Director Jerry Genochio.  This muscular adaptation is true to the classical piece in a way that will satisfy teachers and students while also inspiring all of us with a very fresh approach to consider the contemporary implications of the violence and destruction of war.

“Mr. O'Hare and Ms. Peterson have telescoped the mighty expanses of Homer's great poem into an evening that scales the conflict of the Trojan War down to an intimate solo show illuminating both the heroism and the horror of warfare."—New York Times

Recommended for 9th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

  • Thursday, February 5 - SOLD OUT
  • Tuesday, February 10
  • Thursday, Feburary 12

 

Angels in America

Written by Tony Kushner
Directed by David Cromer
Location: Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut, KCMO, 64105

The most renowned play in a generation, winner of the Tony Award for Best Play and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Angels in America melds love, hate, religion, identity and politics into a uniquely American epic. Part I, Millenium Approaches, and Part II, Perestroika will be presented in rotating repertory. One of the most important plays of the twentieth century, this play broke open what could be discussed on a stage for the boomer generation. It is gratifying for young people to learn how far we’ve come as a country in our acceptance of identity and individual freedom and important for all of us to consider how far we have yet to go.  
 

Recommended for 10th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

Student matinee dates TBA.

 

HAIR

Book & Lyrics by James Rado & Gerome Ragni
Music by Galt McDermot
Directed by Eric Rosen
Location: Spencer Theatre, James C. Olson Center for the Performing Arts, 4949 Cherry, Kansas City, MO  64110, on the campus of UMKC.

The musical that defined a generation and brought rock music to the theatrical stage, Hair uniquely, and often  joyfully, captures the essence of the transitions and passion of the youth of the 1960s.  In addition to its legendary songs, this production will feature documentary interviews with original Broadway artists, and continues KC Rep’s tradition of re-imagining the classic musical.

Recommended for 10th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

  • Thursday, April 9

 

Sticky Traps

Written by Nathan Louis Jackson
Directed by Kyle Hatley
Location: Copaken Stage, 13th and Walnut, KCMO, 64105

In a small town not far from Kansas City, a mother protects her son’s honor in a new play by Nathan Louis Jackson, KC Rep’s Playwright-in-Residence. Her actions have unintended consequences that will test her entire family — and the power of their love — in the face of organized hate. Mr. Jackson again (Broke-ology, When I Come To Die) explores important issues significant to young people, set in their region and full of his signature humor, compassion and depth.

Recommended for 8th grade and up. All performances begin at 10 a.m.

  • Tuesday, May 5
  • Thursday, May 7
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