Asheville Community Theatre is offering student matinees of selected shows in our Mainstage season. After the success of last season, ACT will continue to partner with Bright Star Touring Theatre and Red Herring Puppets for additional student matinees. Our Student Matinee performances are exciting and inspiring – they are a great way for your students to experience live theatre!

Our productions and their accompanying study guides support the following NC Essential Standards:

  • Arts Education Essential Standards in Theatre Arts:
    o Use movement, voice, and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. (K-5.C.1)
    o Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. (K-5.C.2)
    o Analyze literary texts and performances. (K-8.A.1)
    o Understand how to design technical theatre components, such as costumes, sets, props, makeup, lighting, and sound. (K-8.AE.1)
    o Understand the traditions, roles, and conventions of theatre as an art form. (K-8.CU.2)
  • Reading Standards for Literature
    o Key Ideas and Details (K-8)
    o Craft and Structure (K-8)
    o Integration of Knowledge and Ideas (K-8)
  • Writing Standards
    o Text Types and Purposes (K-8)
    o Research to Build and Present Knowledge (K-8)
  • Speaking and Listening Standards
    o Comprehension and Collaboration (K-8)

Teacher guides with class activities will be available to all classes in attendance.

Where do we park? What if it snows? Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!


The Velveteen Rabbit
(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

This literary classic is routinely named one of the top books for children! This heartwarming story tells of a stuffed rabbit and its quest to become real. The story celebrates unconditional love and real beauty with a strong anti-bullying message. Join our professional actors as they bring to life this engaging and sweet story with imaginative costumes and captivating skill.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 9:30am

The Story of Anne Frank
(Best for Grades 4-adult)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

We traveled all the way to the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam for research on this remarkable story. Join us in honoring the end of WW II with this production that celebrates the courage of young Anne Frank and her family. This production is designed to offer an engaging and accessible approach to this time in history. The Story of Anne Frank seeks to honor the strength of the human spirit even in the most challenging of times.

Student matinee performance:
Tuesday, October 11, 2016 @ 11:30am

Adventures in Folklore
(Best for Grades K–5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Enjoy multi-cultural tales hosted by Rowby, a friendly green alien who loves sharing stories he collects from Planet Earth. Each show includes four stories: “Jack and the Beanstalk,” a Celtic rendition, with music and narration by world-renowned harpist Robin Williamson; “Dogs and Masters,” a romp through the parks of Paris with animated cut-outs and music; “Kamala’s Drum,” a Himalayan folk tale about the spirit of generosity; “The Three Little Pigs,” a fast-pased, rap version of the popular tale.

Student matinee performance:
Thursday, October 20, 2016 @ 10:00am

The Pirate of Bully Bay
(Best for Grades PreK–5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star’s most successful show of 2015 is back! Prepare ye mateys for our most fun anti-bullying, swashbuckling adventure ever! Join Captain Catherine, the kindest pirate of the high seas, as she meets the bully Black Stache and must overcome his mean ways. This interactive adventure teaches our young crew the tools they need to stop a bully through clever rhymes and memorable characters.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 9:30am

USA to Z
(Best for Grades 3-8)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Just in time for election season…join Lady Liberty and Uncle Sam as they take your audience on a journey through America. Your students will learn how the political process works, the differences between the judicial, legislative and executive branches and what it means to vote. At various points during the show, your audience will take part in a live-action game show component featuring patriotic prizes while our hosts entertain them with their hilarious antics. From the Constitution to the Declaration of Independence to the swing vote, this show will leave no political stone unturned. This special tour is running through Election Day and is designed to encourage good citizens by teaching audiences how they can contribute to their own communities.

Student Matinee performance:
Tuesday, November 1, 2016 @ 11:30am

(Best for Grades K-5)

Presented by Red Herring Puppets

Audiences learn how the discovery of Earth’s invisible magnetic force and static electricity led to a useful understanding of electromagnetic energy. Puppets portray historical figures and famous scientists who employ the process of careful observation and build on each other’s knowledge, to make related discoveries in various parts of the world resulting in the invention of the compass, the lightning rod, the battery, the motor, and the electric light bulb. Performed with large Bunraku style table-top puppets. Featuring the rhyming duo of FLOW and FLOW.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, November 10, 2016 @ 10:00am

(Best for Grades K-8)

Presented by Asheville Community Theatre

A mountain play with mountain music! It’s Christmas Eve in 1955 at a small town train depot where the snowy weather has caused some delays. Over the course of the evening, strangers become friends, friends become family, and the warmth of human connection is deepened through stories and songs. Though the weather outside is frightful, inside the depot it’s delightful as memories of Christmases past are shared. A World Premiere play written by local playwright/musician Tom Godleski with original bluegrass music played live onstage by members of Buncombe Turnpike and Sons of Ralph.

This production will feature local children in the cast and includes local geographical and historical references.

Student Matinee performances:
Tuesday, December 6, 2016 @ 10:00am
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 @ 10:00am

Winter Fables 
(Best for Grades Pre K-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Winter Fables is a cozy little show where Aesop’s famous fables are brought to life with some amazing winter-inspired tales. Our spirited performers take your young audience on a hilarious and highly entertaining journey. They cover valuable lessons from “The Ant and the Grasshopper” to “The Country Mouse and the City Mouse.” Your young audience is guaranteed to walk away with strong character-education influence and a boat-load of uproarious laughter! They’ll learn about responsibility, honesty and appreciating what they already have just in time to get into the spirit of the season.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 9:30am

Holidays Around the World
(Best for Grades PreK-5)

Presented by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Join Nick and Joy in their quest to make it home for the holidays. Their journey brings much more than they ever imagined! The traditions and holidays which abound throughout winter are celebrated in this show. From Kwanzaa to Christmas to the Festival of Life, this unique production offers young people a look into the celebrations that occur around the globe during this special time of year. Audience volunteers help to bring in the Chinese New Year with a colorful dragon, while the Lohri festival brings to the stage colorful costumes and stories from India.

Student Matinee performance:
Thursday, December 8, 2016 @ 11:30am

Tickets and Information

Please download and read our Student Matinee information packet before you reserve!

Teacher guides with class activities will be available to all classes in attendance.

Student matinee tickets are $7. Reservations are first come, first serve, and seating is limited. Reservations can be made online or by phone. One free chaperone ticket is given per 25 paid tickets.

Please feel free to call if you have any questions. See you at the theatre!

Chanda Calentine, Education Director
Asheville Community Theatre
35 E. Walnut Street
Asheville, NC 28801

Reserve Your Tickets Today!