Matinee performances for K-12 audiences, Q & A with Cast and Crew Panel, OnSite Workshops
The Department of Theatre at Binghamton University hosts an audience of students from local area high schools every year. One or two MainStage Shows are chosen that can enhance the curricula in the local high schools. Sometimes productions are also appropriate for other age groups, depending on each show's content. The Department of Theatre works with B.T. BOCES in coordinating the schools that to come to the B.U. Campus to see these special matinee performances. They are usually at 10am to accommodate K-12 school hours and travel arrangements.
The Cast and Crew are available upon request for a talk back to the audience at the end of the performance. In the instance of the 2012 performance of Arthur Miller's 'The Crucible',directed by Anne Brady, the department was able to accommodate over 800 high school students in two matinee performances. 'The Crucible' is sometimes required reading, it covers many social and historical issues - it was extremely relevant to high school students.
In 2013, there will be a special production of 'A Midsummer Night's Dream'. This is a bi-lingual production that is co-directed with B.U. Professor Tom Kremer and Rodrigo Nunez of DUOC University (Santiago, Chile). The cast will be comprised of both students of Binghamton University and DUOC University. This take on a classical farce was was conceived by Professor Tom Kremer and handed over to his former student Dallas DeFee to create a script that was true to this whimsical nature of the play while taking on the challenge of honoring both languages and keeping the audience abreast of the performance. In addition to students of English Literature, it might also be of interest to Spanish Language classes!
This matinee performance will be taking place on May 3, 2013 at 10:00 am in Watters Theater.
Contact the department's coordinator: Kari Bayait at (607) 777-7323 or email
Additional Opportunities: Faculty, Staff, Cast or Crew members may also be available for workshops on site at local high schools, please let us know if you are interested.
Other activities such as campus tours, Art Museum & Gallery visits can possibly be arranged as well while the groups are on campus, make the most out of your visit!
Shows done in the past for Arts In Education:
A Midsummer Night's Dream (bi-lingual, Spanish-English)
West Side Story
A Raisin in the Sun
The Glass Menagerie
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Last Updated: 11/26/13