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.

You may download the 2015-2016 Student Matinee Brochure here or click the image below to view the brochure in your browser.  Click here to download the order form.

2015-2016 Student Matinees

Parsons Dance Company
an introduction to kinetic dance

Tuesday, October 13 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, this 13-member contemporary dance ensemble presents exhilarating works of movement.


The Berenstain Bears Live! in Family Matters, the Musical

Thursday, November 19 | 10:00 AM & 12:30 PM | Newlin Hall
Straight off the pages of three popular Berenstain Bears books, the beloved Bear Family are springing, dancing, and singing to life in this new musical stage adaptation.



Cantus Vocal Ensemble

Thursday, February 11 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
The all-male vocal ensemble Cantus is known around the world for its trademark warmth, humor, and artistic excellence.



Aquila Theatre presents Shakespeare’s “Romeo & Juliet”
a 60-minute guided tour

Thursday, March 3 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall 
Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo & Juliet has captivated students, readers and audiences for centuries.



Wild Kingdom featuring Peter Gros

Thursday, April 14 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
A bear? A camel? A hawk? An alligator? Which animals will students see live on stage – and perhaps hold or interact with – during this fun and educational experience?




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Apply for FREE or deeply reduced student matinee tickets through the Norton Center A.C.T.S. program.
Currently available to educators in Boyle, Garrard, Lincoln and Mercer County Public Schools, including Burgin and Danville Independent Schools only.
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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