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 2016-2017 Student Matinee Brochure here or click the image below to view the brochure in your browser.  Click here to download the order form.

2016-2017 Student Matinees

Story Pirates

November 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM | Newlin Hall
A powerhouse of energy, ingenious innovation, and athleticism, this 13-member contemporary dance ensemble presents exhilarating works of movement.


Sound the Trumpets!

November 3, 2016 | 10:00 AM | Weisiger Theatre
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.


ERTH’s Dinosaur Zoo Live!

January 20, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall 
Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo & Juliet has captivated students, readers and audiences for centuries.


Alonzo King LINES Ballet

January 24, 2017 | 10:00 AM | Newlin Hall 
Arguably the most famous of William Shakespeare’s plays, Romeo & Juliet has captivated students, readers and audiences for centuries.



Dr. Kaboom! LIVE WIRE: The Electricity Tour

April 20, 2017 | 10:00 AM & 12:00 PM | Newlin Hall
This newest show explores the nature of electricity. What is it? What does it do for us? Where does it come from? With Tesla Coils, Van de Graaf Gnenerators, and a ping pong shooting robot, Doktor Kaboom explains everything from voltage and current, to charges, conservation of energy, and plasma.




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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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