• student matinees

Our 2018–19student matinees are sold out. Please check back this summer for next year’s exciting lineup.

Student Matinee FAQs

Experience the joy of live theater in these one-hour, curriculum-connected performances at the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets for all shows are $6 per student or free for qualifying Title I schools. Tickets must be reserved through the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts Box Office by calling 480-499-TKTS (8587).

Scottsdale International Film Festival presents Dig Deep, Fly High

Thursday, Nov. 1, 10 a.m.

Dive into exciting adventures, vibrant colors and exquisite storytelling with this timeless collection of 11 animated films from nine countries. Chase a kite into a mysterious cave, discover how to light up a dark forest, fill up a marvelous hole in the ground, soar with a flock of birds, discover the way to wake up a whole town, swim with a magnificent orca, and discover all the things that make you special.

  • Recommended grades: 3 – 8
  • Length: 73 minutes

Story Pirates Greatest Hits Show

Friday, Nov. 2, 11 a.m.

It’s a sketch comedy musical based in some of our favorite stories written by kids from around the country, plus a segment that’s entirely improvised according to suggestions from kids in the audience!

  • Recommended grades: 2 – 5

Wolf Trap Field Trips

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, Jan. 29 – 31, 9:30 – 11:15 a.m.

Arizona Wolf Trap field trips enable children to experience — often for the first time — the magic of live theater. Field trips include a movement class on stage with professional dancers, a ballet performance of Words, Words Everywhere by Center Dance Ensemble and a participatory music session with Earthtones Jazz Ensemble.

  • Recommended grades: Pre-K – K



Friday, Feb. 8, 11 a.m.

Virtuosic, stylized and confident, with a diverse repertoire, BODYTRAFFIC has taken its place on the international touring scene of the dance concert world. In this one-hour matinee, students will engage with the dancers through interactive conversations and performances.

  • Recommended grades: 3 – 12

Violins of Hope

Monday and Tuesday, March 4 – 5, 11 a.m.

The Violins of Hope matinees combine music, storytelling and multimedia to teach students about the Holocaust and the importance of recognizing and accepting people of all cultures, nationalities and religions. Featuring personal stories and professional musicians performing on the Violins of Hope, a collection of violins that were played during the Holocaust, students will connect with this important period in history and learn relevant lessons that apply to their world today.

  • Recommended grades: 6 – 12
  • Free for all schools