Announcing the 2012-2013 Youth Matinee Series!

by iscadmin. News

Designed to enhance school curricula and stimulate lively discussions about literature, history and music, the Series brings nationally touring theatre for youth to Stephens Auditorium at an affordable price.

We’ve set the stage for a compelling season of learning through the performing arts. From the great big fun of Clifford to the dramatic tragedy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, the Youth Matinee Series, sponsored by the Martha-Ellen Tye Performing Arts Institute of the Iowa State Center, is designed to enhance school curricula at an affordable price. These weekday matinees are sure to stimulate imaginations and provide lively discussions about literature, history, and music! Admission is an affordable $4 in advance or $5 at the door. The Iowa State Center further supports these school-time matinees by offering full scholarship admission to students enrolled in the federal lunch program. Accompanying study guides offer parents and teachers related activities and additional resources for each performance. Performances are in ISU’s beautiful Stephens Auditorium and begin at 10 am and 12:30 pm unless otherwise noted.

Clifford the Big Red Dog, Live!

Monday, October 22, 2012 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades PreK-2

Clifford celebrates his 50th anniversary in 2012. We’ll celebrate with this charming musical production as Clifford and his friends – Emily Elizabeth, Cleo and T-Bone – explore BIG Ideas: share, play fair, have respect, work together, be responsible, be truthful, be kind, believe in yourself, be a good friend and help others.

The Great Mountain

Friday, November 2, 2012 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades 2-6

In a re-telling of the traditional Northern Plains story of Jumping Mouse, a young girl discovers the transformative power of nature and the importance of courage in this production by Red Sky Performances of Toronto.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie & Other Story Books

Tuesday, November 13, 2012 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades K-4

TheatreworksUSA presents a sparkling musical revue based on several popular children’s books, including: If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman, Borreguita and the Coyote by Verna Aardema, Imogene’s Antlers by David Small, Master Man by Aaron Shepard, Math Curse by Jon Scieszka, and Owen by Kevin Henkes

Charlotte’s Web

Friday, February 1, 2013 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades K-5

Based on E.B. White’s loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte, this treasured tale explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

Iowa State University Symphony Orchestra

February 12, 2013 – 10 am – Grades 4-12

Presented by Ames International Orchestra Festival Association with additional support by Ames Commission on the Arts

The 80-member ISU Symphony Orchestra returns with a narrated program that explores the instruments and sounds of the orchestra performing Ottorino Respeghi’s Pines of Rome and Mason Bates’ YouTube sensation, Mothership. And don’t miss the popular ‘’instrument petting zoo,’ an opportunity to see and hear the instruments up close.

The Civil War

Thursday, March 7, 2013 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades 3-9

As we commemorate the 150th anniversary of this complex, tumultuous chapter of American history, this production illuminates the humanity and sacrifices of those who fought and the many who died. The Civil War uses traditional songs of the era and focuses on individual soldiers caught up in the conflict.


Monday, April 15, 2013 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades K-5

“Oh, the thinks you can think” when Dr. Seuss’s best-loved stories collide and cavort in an unforgettable musical caper! Adapted from the Broadway version, The Cat in the Hat is the host and emcee (and all-around mischief-maker) in this romp through the Seuss classics.

Romeo and Juliet

Thursday, April 25 – 10 am – Grades 7-12 – 90 minutes

Love can be a thrilling ride, but it can also be a dangerous thing. National Players, America’s longest running classical touring company, brings Shakespeare’s most enduring tale to Ames.

Ramona Quimby

Monday, April 29, 2013 – 10 am & 12:30 pm – Grades 1-5

Ramona Quimby may be one of the world’s most and animated and exasperating elementary students, but this lovable third-grader has delighted young readers for over fifty years through the books of Newbery Medal-winning writer Beverly Clearly.

Call the Iowa State Center at 515-294-3347 or 1-877-843-2368. Connect online at for more information or to pre-register.