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.

Curriculum Connections guides for each performance will be available soon, so check back often! Need more information? Check out our Tips for Teachers!

Download the Student Matinee FY15 Order Form!


2014-2015 Student Matinees



Japanese Winter Plum Festival

Thursday, February 19, 2015 | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Weisiger Theatre
Come explore the rich culture of the “Land of the Rising Sun” through all five senses via performance, demonstrations and audience interaction.



Organ Rock Star: Cameron Carpenter

Friday, February 27, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
Organ Rock Star; do those three words really go together? Come and decide for yourself as this virtuoso performs classical pieces in a whole new way.



Aquila Theatre in Shakespeare’s “The Tempest”

Thursday, March 5, 2015 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall
Innovative style combines with a dynamic physical theatre approach in this 90-minute guided tour of Shakespeare’s famous magical tale of forgiveness and enlightenment. Teach history and literature in a gleefully engaging way!




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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.Due to the renewed generous support of the Wilderness Trace Community Foundation, Norton Center A.C.T.S. is currently available for public schools in Boyle, Mercer, Garrard, and Lincoln Counties as well as Danville and Burgin Independent Schools.  In Boyle, Mercer, and Fayette Counties the Norton Center A.C.T.S. program is made possible by a gift from CORNING.
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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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