Student Matinee Program

Education sits at the core of Round House Theatre’s mission. Round House’s Student Matinee Program provides school groups with a comprehensive, exceptional theatrical arts experience through a package of opportunities designed to engage, educate, and entertain. Seeing a great play does not simply introduce students to the world of theatre; it excites curiosity, incites empathy, and encourages independent thinking, proving to be an invaluable educational tool for holistic learning in the modern world.

•    Student Matinee performances begin at 10:00am
•    Performances are at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda (one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda Metro station)
•    High school students are all offered one FREE ticket through our Free Play program, which may be applied to one of our regularly scheduled evening performances or to your group attending a Student Matinee.
•    One free adult chaperone ticket for every 10 student tickets
•    Study materials help teachers and students prepare for and follow up the performance
•    Post-Show Discussions immediately follow every Student Matinee performance
•    All attendees will need to wear a mask at all times inside Round House Theatre facilities. 

2021-2022  Fall Student Matinee Schedule

Quixote Nuevo
By Octavio Solis
Directed by Lisa Portes
    Wednesday, Sep 22 at 10:00am
    Wednesday, Sep 29 at 10:00am

The Great Leap
By Lauren Yee
Directed by Jennifer Chang
    Wednesday, Dec 1 at 10:00am

Nine Night
By Natasha Gordon
Directed by Timothy Douglas
    Wednesday, Jan 19 at 10:00am
    Wednesday, Jan 26 at 10:00am


Registration

For more information contact Round House Theatre Education at 301-585-1225 or email Education@RoundHouseTheatre.org and include your name, contact information and school, and preferred date. Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are not final until they have been confirmed via contract.

After-School Residencies

Let your students explore unique ways to tell stories through theatre and visual arts at your own school through our After-School Residencies. Arranged through your school’s PTA or after-school coordinator, students are able to participate in these opportunities in the comfort of a known environment, and to take advantage of school-sponsored transportation.

Classes feature a multi-arts approach to bringing stories to life onstage. Students will create theatre through acting, playmaking, and design. Our classes encourage creativity while introducing the art form of theatre and developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence.

Classes are taught by professional teaching artists with backgrounds in theatre and education.

Our staff will work with partnering schools to ensure that After-School Residency content is tailored to the interests and grade level of participants. All classes have the opportunity to culminate in an informal sharing for family and friends.

To inquire about Round House Theatre coming to your school email Education@RoundHouseTheatre.org or call 301-585-1225. We are happy to bring one of our listed after school programs or to work with you to create one specifically for your students.

  • Theatrical Adventures – Into the Wild! (Grades K-2)
    Explore the wild side of the animal kingdom in a classroom via Round House Theatre’s multidisciplinary approach to theatre. Each week, students will discover new creatures—from the smallest mouse to the most magnificent dragon—through creative dramatics, movement, and visual arts.
  • Theatrical Adventures - Destination Imagination! (Grades K-2)
    Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school! Each week students encounter a new and exciting location—from Outer Space to Antarctica—using their imaginations! The residency exposes students to a variety of cultures and experiences, while introducing the fundamentals of theatre through movement, design/visual arts and drama.
  • Theatrical Adventures - Stories OnStage! (Grade K-2)
    Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school! Students explore various elements of theatre using a different story each week. We will bring the world of the story to life using acting, movement and design. Our classes encourage creativity while introducing the art form of theatre and developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence.
  • Fractured Fairy Tales OnStage! (Grades 3-5)
    Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school! What if Goldilocks and the Three Bears decided to become friends? What if the princess refused to kiss that frog? Students reinvent their favorite fairy tales and learn how to tell them in a whole new way using acting, movement and design. The possibilities are endless! Led by Round House Theatre teaching artists, students create their own adventures by taking control of stories and characters and re-imagining them through improvisation and playmaking.
  • Myths and Legends OnStage! (Grades 3-5)
    Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school! From Apollo to Percy Jackson there are countless stories of great “larger-than-life” characters to discover in this exciting class! Students will explore amazing Myths and Legends from around the world and ultimately create stories of their own. This residency will culminate in an open session and sharing of student work.
  • Make Me Laugh – The Art of Improv! (Grades 3-5)
    Round House Theatre brings the fun and games of theatre to your school! Tickle your funny bone! Students will learn to think quickly, make big choices, and create collaboratively while exploring the humor of everyday life through improvisational games and exercises.
  • After-School Acting (Grades 3-5)
    Enter the world of make believe, where you can be anyone you want to be. Led by Round House Theatre teaching artists, students will learn the basics of acting, improvising, and interacting with people on stage.

In-School Residencies

Round House Theatre offers an array of residencies to allow you to bring the theatre arts into your school. Residencies bring our professional teaching artists into your classroom to provide activities that are interactive, fun and educational. Students learn the creative process, teamwork, and communication skills in an arts education format.  

Working in accordance with Maryland State Arts Standards, Common Core, and National Arts Standards, our residencies seek to follow COMAR regulations in an effort to make your school or organization a high-performing school by Maryland arts expectations.

We are happy to customize a program for your school’s curriculum, needs and goals, so please get in touch with us! Funding is available to make this an affordable option for your classroom.

For Elementary Schools
Round House Theatre Education’s In-School Arts Integration Residency is a one-week program for grades 2-3, focused on using theatre arts instruction to facilitate learning in the ELA classroom, as well as to develop 21st Century Skills that will impact student growth in and out of the classroom.

Round House Theatre Education’s Theatre Education Residency is a one-week program available for grades K-5, focused on learning theatrical skills for application in the creation of theatre, as well as development of 21st Century Skills that will impact student growth and development in and out of the classroom. 

For Middle Schools
Round House Theatre Education’s Production Residency is a long-term residency, available for middle schools, focused on learning theatrical skills for application in the creation of theatre, which leads to a public performance of a play or musical. This residency will be tailored to the specific needs of the school and students, and may be offered as an in-school or after school program.

For All Age Levels
Round House Theatre Education is also available to create a residency or workshop designed to meet the goals of your school, classroom and students. For instance:

  • Offer a series of sampler workshops for your class to experience the different artistic disciplines and careers in theatre.
  • Book a stage combat, acting, voice, or movement workshop for the cast of your school play.
  • Take a field trip to Round House Theatre and participate in a workshop on-site in conjunction with a backstage tour.

To get more information on Round House Theatre Residencies, please email Education@RoundHouseTheatre.org or call 301-585-1225.

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