School-Time Matinee Series

The School-Time Matinee Series is an arts education initiative at the Bologna Performing Arts Center intended for school children and educators. STMS performances are scheduled for the spring and fall semester of each academic year, and usually take place at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on weekday mornings. Study guides are available for download in the section below that accompany the performances.


Bringing students to the theatre teachers them so much more than simply the narrative playing out on the stage. Students who experience live theatre participate in experiential learning that elevates the subject matter and offers a unique take on more traditional instruction methods. Plus, you’re not just teaching your students about the content of the performance. You’re teaching them about theatre procedure—the how, not just the what—and part of that lesson includes how to be a good audience member. Before attending our STMS performances, please take a moment and review the 2019-2020 Theater Etiquette Handout with your students.


Tickets for the 2019-2020 School-Time Matinee Series are now on sale! Click below to download our order form and see our performance, book sales, and workshop packages! For questions, please contact Arts Education Director Cade Holder at or (662) 846-4844. If you are interested in $1 scholarship tickets, please visit our Scholarship Tickets page.



2019-2020 School-Time Matinee Series Performances



Thursday, October 17, 2019 at 10 a.m.

Recommended for 2nd-12th grades

BalletX produces original choreography that expands the vocabulary of classical dance for all audiences. Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company, BalletX unites distinguished choreographers with an outstanding company of world-class dancers to forge new works of athleticism, emotion, and grace.

This performance is funded in part by a grant from South Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the arts and the Mississippi Arts Commission.

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Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

Thursday, October 24, 2019 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Recommended for K-5th grades

From the award-winning playwright/composer who brought you DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, & A FLY, comes her fun-filled, musical sequel to MISS NELSON IS MISSING.

Return to Horace B. Smedley Shcool where the Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game. In fact, they have never even scored a single point! With such a poor record and a team that is out of control, Coach Armstrong goes bonkers. Kind-hearted Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when she enlists the help of her alter ego, the illtempered Miss Viola Swamp, to coach the team and whip them into shape. Frolicking football players, a perky cheerleader, a hilarious spatula-wielding cafeteria lady, and an electrifying Viola Swamp, who transforms from the sweet-faced Miss Nelson, all play a special part in this wacky musical–MISS NELSON HAS A FIELD DAY! Presented by Dallas Children’s Theatre.

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day Study Guide

Miss Nelson Has a Field Day books available for $1! Recommended reading level: PreK-3rd


Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks

Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Recommended for 3rd grade and up

The tremors of an earthquake were running across America. A new kind of music was making its first appearance on the radio and parents were outraged. While the rhythms of rock and roll were shaking the social fabric of the country, deep down an even more important transformation was about to take place. In Montgomery, Alabama, a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed our country forever.

Exciting and inspirational, Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks shows how the determination of one individual made all the difference in the struggle for freedom and equality in the United States. Presented by Mad River Theater Works.

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks Study Guide

I Am Rosa Parks books available for $1! Recommended reading level: 3rd-6th

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The Snowy Day and Other Stories 

By Jerome Hairston, Based on the Book by Ezra Jack Keats

Thursday, February 13, 2020 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Recommended for PreK-2nd grades

The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of the first snowfall! Follow Peter and his friends as they romp and play, starting snow ball fights and making snow angels in the imaginative musical play about the childhood joys and challenges of growing up. Using innovative shadow puppetry, Keats’ treasured characters come to life in this humorous and fun adaptation of Whistle for Willie, Goggles! A Letter to Amy, and The Snowy Day.

The Snowy Day and Other Stories Study Guide

The Snowy Day books available for $1! Recommended reading level: PreK-2nd

Pete the Cat

Wednesday, March 25, 2019 at 9:30 & 11:30 a.m.

Recommended for preK-3rd grade

For Pete the Cat, life is an adventure no matter where you wind up. So the minute the groovy blue cat meets The Biddles, he gets the whole family rocking. That is, except for young Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth.

But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, it turns out Pete is the perfect pal to help him out. Together, they set our on a mission to help Jimmy conquer second grade art, and along the way, they both learn a little something new about inspiration. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus!

Pete the Cat Study Guide

Pete the Cat books available for $1! Recommended reading level: PreK-2nd

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Thank you to our 2019-2020 School Time Matinee Series Grant Partners!