Throughout the year, yellow school buses from across the county can be seen parked in front of the Stocker Arts Center as students make their way to one of the many Matinee Series events.
“One of the most important roles that Stocker Arts Center often fills as the community’s art center is that of being the first experience that many children from Lorain County will have with performing arts,” said Janet Herman Barlow, director of the Stocker Arts Center. “We’re able to do this through the Student Matinee Series.”
The annual Student Matinee Series provides a wide breath of performances for students from pre-kindergarten through high school. Each year 8-10 Student Matinee Series performances are scheduled and more than 10,000 students enjoy shows that are fun, educational and thought-provoking.
While they are designed with students in mind – public, private, charter and home schoolers – the performances are open to all. The shows are held in the Hoke Theatre and each includes a 9:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. performance (except where noted).
“It’s important that Lorain County Community College offers these kinds of activities at the Stocker Arts Center because many children don’t have the opportunity to experience performing arts,” Barlow noted.
“It’s part of our mission to connect as many people in the community, including children and teens, with the arts,” Barlow said. “The Student Matinee Series is a wonderful way to introduce theater and other types of live performances to children of all ages.”
The remainder of this season’s Student Matinee Series includes:
• “Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi” on Wednesday, February 21
• “Mary Poppins” (Open Door Patriot Theatre) at 9:30 a.m., Thursday, March 15 and Friday, March 16
• “Bill Blagg – The Science of Magic” on Thursday, March 22
• “Nugget & Fang” on Tuesday, April 10
• “Frindle” on Monday, April 16
• “Are You My Mother?” on Wednesday, May 9
• Jonathan Kingham & Ryan Shea Smith “Songwriting Made Simple” at 10 a.m., Friday, May 18 (Cirigliano Studio Theatre). This event is free and no tickets are needed.
Tickets for the Stocker Arts Center Student Matinee Series events are $5 each (except for “Songwriting Made Simple”) and are available for schools and the general public.
The Stocker Box Office is open from 12-6 p.m., Monday through Friday and 60 minutes prior to Student Matinee Series events. Call (440) 366-4040 for tickets or order online at www.stockerartscenter.com.