School Matinee Series

School Matinee Series

 The Palace Theatre School Matinee Series is BACK! Fall 2022

The School Matinee Series is programming that links the arts and education by offering students exposure to live performances that support curriculum content. The School Matinee Series underscores the importance of literacy, science, math, social studies, and behavioral concepts related to conflict resolution, kindness, and relationships with family and peers. These concepts are presented in a fun, musical productions performed by professional touring troupes. Students enjoy learning while being entertained in the area’s largest “classroom.”

For reservations please contact the School Matinee Coordinator by phone at (740) 383-2101 or by e-mail at When making reservations, indicate all special seating needs for those with walkers and/or wheelchairs. Performances are scheduled for 10am & 12:45pm. Admission is $4. Educators receive free admission.



Monday, September 26, 2022
10am & 12:45pm | Recommended for grades 2-5

Cirque Kalabanté is a colorful and mesmerizing live show, that symbolizes the strength, agility, and joy of life found in African culture. Presented by Geodesic Management, this modified version of their full-scale production is designed specifically for school groups.  

Theatre-goers will observe daring acrobats, accompanied by their musicians, performing to the pulsating rhythm of the djembes of Guinea. With authentic and original choreography and the melodious sound of the Kora, audiences are transported to a place where the diversity of traditional African arts is illuminated and combined with the virtuosity of a contemporary Circus performance. 50-60 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: ►Arts Education: Dance, Music, Performing Arts ►Social Studies: Cultural studies, Cultural Perspectives ►Physical and Health Education: Fitness ►Science: Physics
Themes: ►Confidence ►Adventure ►Friendship ►Teamwork



Monday, October 17, 2022
10am & 12:45pm | Recommended for grades PreK-4

Once upon a time, Jacqueline had a brother named Jack. The entire village thought Jack was so smart, strong, and witty, but when the family ran out of money it was Jacqueline who used her brain to get them out of trouble. Follow Jackie up the beanstalk in this fun and interactive one-woman show that shatters stereotypes. Produced by TCT On Tour: A Division of the Children’s Theatre of Cincinnati. 45-55 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: ►Fine Arts: Performance  ►Language Arts: Reading, Literature, Creative Writing  ►Social Studies: Women’s rights, Values
Themes: ►Confidence  ►Adventure  ►Social-Emotional



Monday, November 21, 2022
10am & 12:45pm | Recommended for grades 2-5

Join Mister C for an amazing day of learning in the lab as he explores and makes discoveries in this live stage production of “Vol. 1: Air Is Everywhere.” As the creator and host of the regional Emmy nominated show “Full STEAM Ahead,” Mister C is no stranger to finding exciting and engaging ways to explore STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) in our everyday lives.

Mister C is a 20-year educator whose mission is to transform how everyone thinks about learning and gets everyone singing, dancing, and learning to the tune of science. Students and teachers will be amazed by this fun and educational series as Mister C uses humor, media, and the engineering design process to make the ordinary EXTRA-ordinary! 50-60 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: ►English/Language Arts  ►Fine Arts: Performance  ►Math: Measurement and Data; Geometry
►Science: Changes in Motion; Matter and Forms of Energy; Electricity, Heat and Matter; Light, Sound and Motion; Matter and Motion; Cycles of Matter and Flow of Energy; Forces and Motion



Monday, February 6, 2023
10am & 12:45pm | Recommended for grades K-5

Experience a mind-boggling spoken-word performance unlike anything else and specially modified for younger audiences!

Called “an amazing ride” by the New York Times, the Mayhem Poets are theatre-trained, comedically-gifted, lyrical virtuosos who seamlessly blend raw elements of hip hop, theatre, improv, and stand-up comedy to tell gut-wrenching truths that leave audiences inspired and moved.
The Mayhem Poets’ unique approach to spoken word has landed them feature spots on the Today Show and Eyewitness News after winning first place and a grant for 100k in the Microsoft Idea Wins Challenge in 2006. Since then they’ve been touring internationally and spreading their mission to reshape society’s view of poetry. 50-60 minutes.

Curriculum Connections: ►Fine Arts: Performance  ►Language Arts: Language, Poetry, Creative Writing   ►Social Studies: Current Events, Social Relations
Themes:►Friendship  ►Conflict Resolution  ►Social-Emotional  ►Values