The goal of the Norton Center’s Student Matinee Series is to provide teachers and students with a performing arts journey into global cultures and history, while supplying educators with curriculum guides specifically created for the performance or program that meet national and state standards for lessons in Music, Arts-Humanities, History and/or Social Studies – responding to the decrease in classroom focus on these subject areas. Because we know and appreciate how important it is to plan and identify field trips as educational experiences, we provide curriculum connections and activities related to these shows.

Matinee tickets are $8 per student.  Please click here to download the student matinee brochure and the order form.

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2014-2015 Student Matinees

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Recycled Percussion

Tuesday, September 23, 2014 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
Straight from the Las Vegas strip and smash hit performances on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent,” Recycled Percussion is taking the Newlin Hall stage by storm, defining a new genre of music called ‘Junk Rock’ by making catchy beats on bizarre, everyday objects.



John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 | 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM | Newlin Hall
A one-of-a-kind live black-light puppet show, John Tartaglia’s ImaginOcean is a magical undersea adventure for kids of all ages. Tank, Bubbles and Dorsel are best friends who just happen to be fish, and they are about to set out on a remarkable journey of discovery. It all starts with a treasure map. As they swim off in search of clues, they sing, they dance and they make new friends, including everyone in the audience. Ultimately they discover the greatest treasure of all: friendship.



Junie B. Jones: Jingle Bells, Batman Smells

Thursday, December 4, 2014 | 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM | Newlin Hall
It’s holiday time, and everyone’s favorite first grader is back to celebrate! All of the students in Room One are happily creating the perfect holiday party. Except how is Junie B. supposed to enjoy anything when she has drawn the name of her arch nemesis, Tattletale May, for her Secret Santa Gift!!! But wait – the Secret Santa gift is the perfect opportunity to give May exactly what she deserves… Maybe. Holiday fun with a lesson about giving is a perfect treat for the holiday season!



Japanese Winter Plum Festival

Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Weisiger Theatre
No fluent Japanese required! Kyogen Theatre, a form of traditional Japanese theatre, is designed to make the audience laugh. Performances represent humorous fables involving colorful townspeople.



Organ Rock Star: Cameron Carpenter

Friday, February 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
As the first organist ever nominated for a Grammy Award for a solo album, Cameron Carpenter is breaking boundaries in new music. He is a virtuoso composer-performer whose approach to the organ is virtually unprecedented, with a history of collaborations with jazz and pop artists that is more diverse than any other organist.



Aquila Theatre in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
Shakespeare’s final work is considered one of his finest and most distinctive. The Tempest spins a magical tale of shipwrecks and storms, revenge and reconciliation, and a father’s love for his child.




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Apply for FREE or deeply reduced student matinee tickets through the Norton Center A.C.T.S. program.
Norton Center A.C.T.S.(Arts for the Classroom Ticket Subsidy) makes available a number of free or deeply discounted tickets, based on qualifying criteria, to public schools in Kentucky to provide access for students to attend and engage in high quality and professional performing arts programs presented on our stages.
transpARTation_logo_copy Apply for FREE transportation to attend Norton Center student matinees through the Kentucky Arts Council TranspARTation Grant program.
The TranspARTation Grant enables Kentucky teachers and schools to offer students quality arts experiences by providing transportation funding to the individual classroom that applies for the grant. Grants will be based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue and the number of buses necessary. Applications are reviewed quarterly and deadlines are revolving. For help in applying for a TranspARTation Grant so that your school can receive money to pay for transportation costs when attending a Norton Center performance, contact us at 859-238-5759 or visit the Kentucky Arts Council online. The Kentucky Arts Council, the state arts agency, supports these educational field trips with state tax dollars and federal funding from the National Endowment for the Arts. For more information, visit the Kentucky Arts Council online.

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