Student Matinee Series

The Spruce Peak Performing Art Center’s Student Matinee Series connects children, teachers, and schools with the performing arts in deep and meaningful ways.  Together, we bring performances to Vermont that both complement school curriculum, and introduce students to new worlds. 

The Student Matinee Series is one of Spruce Peak Arts community and education programs and funded by our Community & Education Fund.  


The 2020-2021 Student Matinee Series:
These high-quality performances illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and history, literature, and world cultures.  Teachers, students, and parents prepare and reflect upon the performances using free comprehensive study guides posted online.

  • Boston Ballet II –  (Sponsored by Spruce Peak Realty) – Friday, September 18, 10am. Audience – all ages. Revel in a performance of world-class dance with Boston Ballet II (BBII), Boston Ballet’s second company. The group will perform a suite from The Sleeping Beauty with music by Pytor Tchaikovsky. Prior to the closing suite, an interactive lecture-demonstration explaining classical ballet, ballet training, and excerpts showing the diversity of ballet will prepare the young audience for the performance. 

  • Harlem 100 Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Harlem Renaissance – Friday, October 2, 10am. Audience – all ages. Created in collaboration with the National Jazz Museum in Harlem, Harlem 100 captures the sights and sounds of Harlem when legendary artists such as Fats Waller, Duke Ellington, Langston Hughes, and Billie Holiday made the neighborhood the nexus of African American culture. This multimedia performance presents musicians and dancers in a modern variety show led by Michael Mwenso, and pays homage to the acts made famous in the Apollo Theater, the Cotton Club, and other celebrated venues of the Harlem Renaissance. 

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  • Mountainfilm on Tour – Friday, October 23, 10am. Audience – Middle and High School. Mountainfim on Tour is a festival of short documentary films hand-selected for a middle and high school audience from films screened at the Mountainfilm Festival held in Telluride, CO each May.  Enjoy fascinating subjects, new points of view, inspiring stories to ignite the imagination and broaden perspectives, as well as a dose of adrenaline-packed fun! 

  • Catapult – The Amazing Magic of Shadow Dancing – Wednesday, March 10, 2021,10am. Audience – all ages. A finalist on America’s Got Talent where it was seen by over a hundred million viewers, CATAPULT is a magical production that features incredible dancers who work behind a screen to create shadow silhouettes of shapes from the world around us. These AGT finalists stretch their bodies and your imagination….all the while telling cinematic stories that are full of color and emotion.  

Are you a school or home-school group interested in attending? Please contact Julianne Nickerson, or 802-760-4638, Education and Services Director.

These Student Matinee performances are supported by the Community & Education Fund and its sponsors.  Additional funding provided by the 2019 – 2020 Spruce Peak Lights Festival sponsors.  Support arts education by becoming a MEMBER of Spruce Peak Arts.

We are deeply grateful to the foundations, businesses and individuals whose sponsorship creates accessibility to the arts and enhances educational experiences for area students!