2018-2019 Student Matinees

We are now taking booking for the 2018-2019 season!

ATP Student Matinees bring the excitement of live theatre to students from across Calgary. Bringing live theatre professionals and youth together, ATP strives to assist teachers in integrating the arts into their curriculum. ATP brings contemporary, relevant plays to life on the Martha Cohen Theatre stage and is proud to offer schools the opportunity to see our productions through our Student Matinee program.

Cost: Student Matinees are priced at $17 per ticket. (Student, Teacher & Chaperone)

Booking:  To book a student matinee please submit your completed booking request form to Talore Peterson, Artistic Associate Youth Engagement at tpeterson@ATPlive.com.

ATP Student Matinee Booking Request Form 

Please note that the booking request form does not confirm your booking. Please refrain from booking buses or sending payment until your booking has been confirmed.

Audience Advice: Our audience advice is a grade recommendation. We base our student matinee recommendations on what we deem appropriate for a Kindergarten through Grade 12 students. Content concerns are always subjective, so if you or your students have content sensitivities, please inform us at the time of booking and we will be happy to provide you with more information (amount of information we are able to provide is subject to availability when the matinee is a touring presentation or brand new work).

Theatre Guidelines FAQ & Tips


 ROSENCRANTZ & GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD
BY TOM STOPPARD
DIRECTED BY GLYNIS LEYSHON

A SHAKESPEARE COMPANY AND HIT & MYTH PRODUCTION

Wednesday, October 17 |  11:30 AM

GRADE RECOMMENDATION: Grade 9+

Running Time: TBC

Hamlet’s good friends Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are summoned to Denmark to comfort their grieving friend. But on their journey they discover that nothing in their world is quite what it appears and must face their growing fears that their story may be destined for a tragic ending.

50 years after winning the Tony Award for best play, the play that made Tom Stoppard a household name lands on the ATP stage in a spooky and imaginative new production by Calgary’s own Shakespeare Company that daringly casts two women in the title roles.


ZORRO: FAMILY CODE
CREATED BY REBECCA NORTHAN, BRUCE HORAK, CHRISTIAN GOUTSIS
DIRECTED BY REBECCA NORTHAN

Tuesday, December 4  | Wednesday, December 5 | Thursday, December 6 |  Tuesday, December 11(Relaxed Performance) | Wednesday, December 12  | Thursday, December 13  | Wednesday, December 19 | Thursday, December 20 |  11:30 AM

GRADE RECOMMENDATION: K+

Running Time: TBC

In 19th century Spanish California, a heroic (but aging) masked outlaw known as el Zorro gets some unexpected help protecting the small village of Los Angeles from his arch nemesis, Sergeant Pablo Gonzales.

A swashbuckling, adventure-filled comedy about family, honour and choosing the mark you want to leave on the world.


RELAXED PERFORMANCE
Tuesday Dec 11, 2018 11:30AM

Relaxed performances are designed to welcome audience members who would benefit from a more relaxed environment, including those with sensory concerns, autism spectrum disorders, learning disorders, dementia, parents with small babies, or anyone for whom the regular theatre experience can be challenging.

Small modifications are made to the production and the patron experience to help reduce anxiety. The modifications vary depending on the production, and may include: reducing the volume of loud noises and effects, eliminating strobe effects, and keeping the lights in the audience slightly brighter in case a patron needs to leave the theatre.

Most importantly, everyone is welcome to do whatever they have to do to be able to enjoy the play. Whether you may need to make some noise, move around a bit, leave the theatre and take a break in the chill room, you’re welcome in our theatre.

Visual Story
A show-specific document intended to prepare audiences attending a Relaxed Performance will  be available prior to coming to the theatre. The Visual Story includes text and pictures that introduces the play through synopsis, character descriptions, running time, and content warnings, as well as orients audiences to the theatre with information about how to get to the theatre, images of the physical building, and answers other accessibility questions.

The Visual Story will be available in early September.

ATP is proud to be in a partnership with Inside Out Theatre’s Good Host Program to facilitate this Relaxed Performance of Zorro: Family Code.  


CAFÉ DAUGHTER
BY KENNETH T. WILLIAMS
DIRECTED BY LISA C. RAVENSBERGEN

Produced by Workshop West Playwrights’ Theatre
In association with Alberta Aboriginal Performing Arts

PRESENTED BY ALBERTA THEATRE PROJECTS & ONE YELLOW RABBIT
AS PART OF THE 33RD  ANNUAL HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO

Thursday Jan 24, 2018  |  11:30 AM

GRADE RECOMMENDATION: 7+

Running Time: Approximately 105 minutes (no intermission, includes 15 min post show chat)

 In 1950’s small town Saskatchewan, nine-year-old half-Chinese, half-Cree Yvette Wong struggles to find her in place in a small-minded community until an unexpected ally helps set her on a path that’s destined for greatness.

Based on the life of Chinese-Canadian and Cree Senator Lillian Eva Quan Dyck, Café Daughter tells an uplifting story of finding yourself and defining your place in the world against the odds.


WROL (WITHOUT RULE OF LAW)
BY MICHAELA JEFFERY
DIRECTED BY LAUREL GREEN

Thursday, March 14, 2018

GRADE RECOMMENDATION: 9+

Running Time: Approximately 90 minutes (no intermission, includes 15 min post show chat)

Four 8th grade friends defect from their troupe to form their own group, turning instead to the online survivalist movement to teach them the real skills they believe they’ll need to survive the post-collapse world they anticipate inheriting. Can this rag-tag troupe put their new skills to use to solve the mystery of what happened to an enigmatic group of social outsiders that disappeared from their neighbourhood overnight?

In the same vein as stories made for adults about childhood like Stranger Things and Big Mouth, this world premiere play by local playwright Michaela Jeffery throws back to the style of classic adventures like The Goonies to explore the threats (real and imagined) facing young girls today.

Advisory: This production deals with mature themes and contains strong language.  For a details about the content please contact Talore Peterson, Artistic Associate Youth Engagement at 403-294-7475 ext. 1098 or tpeterson@atplive.com.


MATINEE DETAILS

Location
All shows are performed in the Martha Cohen Theatre in Arts Commons located in Downtown Calgary (formerly EPCOR Centre for the Performing Arts)

Buses
We recommend you book your buses for a 10:30am pick up from your school and no later than a 2:00pm pick up from the theatre. Talore will confirm busing times closer to the performance date.

Start Time
All shows start at 11:30am. Our lobby doors open at 10:45am for your class to arrive early and eat your lunch.

Seating
There are no physical tickets for a student matinee. Your seating assignments will be given to you when you arrive for the performance.


ENHANCE YOUR EXPERIENCE AT THE THEATRE

Educator Resources
The resources are created to help introduce your students to the play through details about the production, and discussion topics. Links for resources for each show will be added as they become available.

Post Show Chats
Immediately following the performance, join the artists onstage for an in-depth conversation about the play. Post-show chats are offered after student matinee performances as an opportunity for your students to ask their questions, share their comments, and start the dialogue we hope will continue in your classroom. We make every effort to have a post-show chat after each matinee as long as the run time of the show allows for it.

Free Student Programs

Conversations with Artists
Once your class has seen one of our matinees, we can bring our artists from the show into your classroom for a conversation about any aspect of live theatre or the creation of that particular production*.

Visits are based on the availability of artists involved in our productions and are subject to change due to illness or show requirements. We recommend students see the matinee performance prior to a Conversation with Artists visit.

 

Martha Cohen Theatre

Backstage Tours
Go behind the scenes to meet the makers and marvelous technicians who brought you the production you and your class just witnessed. Alberta Theatre Projects provides information-packed, interactive guided tours of our theatre facility, including the properties and scenic carpentry shop, fly gallery, the lighting grid, the under-stage, the dressing rooms and of course the unique Martha Cohen Theatre itself.*

*Tours are open to all ages and abilities. Tours can be booked prior to or after attending a student matinee.