School Shows

Blumenthal’s school show matinees invite K-12 students to experience professional theater and other creative experiences at a reduced cost, many for the first time, and offer area teachers the opportunity to explore the connections between live entertainment, arts education, and classroom curriculum. Our school shows vary each year with the number of offerings, seating capacity, and age appropriateness of show content. School matinees are often times in high demand and availability is on a first come, first served basis.


School show tickets are typically priced at a discounted flat rate of $10 per seat. If you are a school requesting transportation or ticket subsidies, please contact Education Initiatives Manager, Micah Hein, at


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For more information regarding school show ticket requests, please see the questions below.

What information do I need to know before I request school show tickets?

  • Number of tickets you are requesting - note that BPA requires payment prior to the performance date, so please do not request tickets until you have an accurate headcount of student attendees and any chaperones and/or faculty.
  • Payment method - our school show reservation form offers several payment methods, so please know your school's preference before submitting a reservation request.

What is the standard process for requesting school show tickets?

  1. Gather necessary details prior to submitting the reservation form for your requested show.
  2. Submit the reservation form online.
  3. Within one week of submitting your request, you will be contacted by an Education team member with an update regarding the status of your school group's ticket request and next steps to confirm your reservation. 
  4. You will be invoiced for the total number of tickets in your order 30 days prior to the performance date, and your balance must be paid in full at least 2 weeks before the show date.
  5. Please note that we are not able to accommodate adjustments to your order size after your invoice has been sent. Groups are responsible for the total on the invoice regardless of the number of attendees.

How many shows can I submit requests for?

You are welcome to submit requests for as many school shows as you are interested in. However, we recommend that you only apply for the show that you feel is the best fit for your students.

We do keep an ongoing waitlist once our school shows reach their allotted capacity. If a reserved school group cancels their reservation, you will be contacted by a member of the Education team.

What information will I receive upon reservation confirmation?

We will respond to your reservation inquiry within 7 days from receipt. At that time, we will let you know if we can accommodate your ticket request or if you have been added to a waitlist. If we can confirm your reservation, we will send information at that time regarding necessary day-of details, including venue information, parking, and available spaces for lunch (not provided). Please feel free to include any accommodations needed in your ticket reservation form.

School Show Cancellation Policy

  • BPA Cancellation - You will be notified via email if the school show you are attending is cancelled by BPA due to inclement weather or for any other reason. We will refund your order in full.
  • School Cancellation - If your school group needs to cancel:
    • More than 2 weeks before the performance – BPA will issue a full refund.
    • Less than 2 weeks before the performance – BPA will not issue a refund.

Upcoming Events


monday, october 16th, 2023 at 10:30am in knight Theater


The hills are alive with the sound of Black music! Experience the songs from one of the most beloved American musical classics as reimagined through an Afrofuturistic lens, lead be a dynamic group of over musicians and vocalists, including Brianna Thomas, Chareene Wade, Vuyo Sotashe, and more. The uplifting spirit of Black roots music ripples through this production, curated by jazz vocalist Michael Mwenso and producer Jono Gasparro in association with Electric Root. This company’s mission is to unite and empower communities through electrifying experiences rooted in black music with love, joy, and radical hospitality.


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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Two education performances:

  Wednesday, November 1st, 2023 at 10:30am in knight Theater

  Thursday, November 2nd, 2023 at 10:30am in Knight Theater


What’s COOKIN'? An explosive percussion show that sliced, diced and banged its way across the globe! Working against the clock to prepare a wedding feast, four zany chefs make a manic menu of nonstop, high-speed action that whips up into an all-you-can-eat frenzy of martial arts and Korean Samul nori drumming. Every utensil (yes, even the kitchen sink!) becomes an ingredient in a recipe for havoc and heart-pounding rhythms so irresistible, you’ll be ready for a second hilarious helping! 


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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friday, february 9th, 2024 at 10:30am in belk Theater


In moments of extreme injustice and frustration the most impactful art is born. This is true of the inception of one of the most influential American ballet companies of the last five decades, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Arthur Mitchell created the company in New York City, after making history in 1955 as the first black principal dancer at New York City Ballet. The company would grow to have a lasting impact on the American ballet scene and become a beacon for black dancers worldwide. It was a pioneer in the dance world, integrating stages and spreading the art of ballet through massive outreach programs at home and abroad.


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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friday, february 23rd, 2024 at 10:30am in belk Theater


Seven-time Grammy winner Christian McBride presents an epic concert event honoring Rosa Parks, Malcolm X, Muhammad Ali, Martin Luther King Jr., and President Barack Obama. Their iconic words will be dramatically voiced in tandem with electrifying music performed by the Christian McBride Big Band and a full gospel choir.


Recommended for 3rd-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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wednesday, march 27th, 2024 at 10:30am in knight Theater


Syncopated Ladies is a Female Tap Dance Band from Los Angeles, CA created by Emmy Award nominated, tap dancer and choreographer, Chloe Arnold, protege of Debbie Allen. Syncopated Ladies' viral videos have amassed over 100 million views. They have worked with Mega star Beyonce, FOX's So You Think You Can Dance as the winner of the first dance crew battle, performed on Good Morning America, at the US OPEN, and they have also performed to sold-out audiences in their full-length concert, "Syncopated Ladies: Live!” This thrilling, action-packed performance is not to be missed!


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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wednesday, april 17th, 2024 at 10:30am in knight Theater


Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor, and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. Our school show in 2022 sold out with ease, so we recommend securing tickets as soon as you can for their return!


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: TBD (this will not exceed 90 minutes)


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Past Events

Take a look at our past highlights.


Tablao Flamenco returns! See the passion and energy of flamenco come alive as the intimate Stage Door Theater is transformed into a vibrant Spanish dance floor. This school show contains a world-class lineup of international artists! Fiery and dramatic, Tablao Flamenco promises an unforgettable experience for all.


Tuesday, February 28th at 10:30am at Knight Theater


MALEVO, created by director, choreographer, and dancer Matías Jaime, this thrilling all-male group specializes in Malambo—a traditional Argentine folk dance of great virility and dexterity—and seeks to take it beyond its limits with a modern, avant-garde, and transgressive approach, merging it with other dance styles like flamenco and urban percussion.

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Thursday, January 26th at 10:30am at Knight Theater


MOMIX’s internationally acclaimed dancer-illusionists conjure the magical world of the White Rabbit, Mad Hatter, and the Queen of Hearts in this stunning reimagining of Lewis Carroll’s novel. Journey down the rabbit hole with MOMIX and the visionary choreography of Artistic Director Moses Pendleton. Filled with visual splendor and startling creative movement, Alice reveals that nothing in MOMIX’s world is as it seems! 


Recommended for 4th-12th grade students. Run time (approximate): 60 minutes

Blue Lapis Light

Urban Aerial Performers

Sally Jacques brings 30 years of site-specific performance experience to her role as Artistic Director of Blue Lapis Light.

Blue Lapis Light’s company dancers have extensive dance training in all forms of dance, which they incorporate into working on structures with an assortment of technical apparatuses. They are highly skilled in both aerial and ballet techniques and perform with graceful athleticism, while suspended at great heights.

BLL works with the same core rigging, lighting, sound, video, and costume designers for all of its productions. Their technical skill in their individual fields, as well as their experience in site-specific work, brings BLL’s vision to life.


This special education experience features a 30 minute invited dress rehearsal followed by an equipment demo and Q&A. Experience length (approximate): 60 minutes

Charlotte International Arts Festival

Free Field Trip Opportunity

The Charlotte International Arts Festival provides an opportunity for student groups to attend unique performances and art installations for free. Romare Bearden Park uptown is the hub of many festival experiences including three unique art installations and many pop-up performances. We encourage schools to bring student groups to enjoy the art and back-to-back performances. Pack a picnic and enjoy art in the park!

Urban Bush Women’s Legacy + Lineage + Liberation

Urban Bush Women’s Legacy + Lineage + Liberation celebrates the power of Women(+) in an evening of classic works that transcend genres and amplify the voices of Women(+) of color. These iconic works give multiple dimensions of life that resonate in this time of reflection around equity and justice, and lift up Black lives in inspiring ways. These works have been unearthed, given new vision and strength, and are being sent forward to a new generation! In this dynamic show, audiences are offered UBW’s great sense of musicality, and reflection inside of empathy and joy, and a gracious invitation to respond to what they’re experiencing--and to leave the theater energized and inspired.


Recommended for 4th-12th grade students. Run time (approximate): 55 minutes

Color Play

Come get immersed in the spirit of creativity, as a visual artist directs a dancer to use her body as her paint brush. Every turn of the body, footstep, and hip sway drives the development of the colorful and dynamic 16′ x 12′ performance painting. Through key phrases and creative triggers, a unique visual story unfolds connecting the painter, the dancer, and the audience. The artist also paints with large format tools: a mop, squeegee, broom, and even a leaf blower. Experience the painting’s creation live and from multiple points – from the painter’s perspective, bird’s eye view, and stage view – and you might be lucky enough to direct the dancer, too! 


Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time (approximate): 55 minutes

BalletX: The Little Prince

BalletX, founded in 2005 by Christine Cox and Matthew Neenan, is Philadelphia’s premier contemporary ballet company. Cox’s tenure as both the company’s Artistic and Executive Director has produced over 100 world premier ballets by nearly 60 choreographers. Inspired by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s timeless novella of adventure and enlightenment, Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s The Little Prince, with live original music performed by composer Peter Salem, is a ballet for the whole family, sure to delight the imagination of children and adults alike. 

Recommended for K-12 students. Run time (approximate): 70 minutes

Step Afrika! Drumfolk

Founded in 1994 by C. Brian Williams, Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Through blending percussive dance styles with traditional African dances as well as an array of contemporary dance forms, Step Afrika! provides the audience with a compelling artistic experience. Drumfolk is inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739, which forever transformed African American life and culture. When Africans lost their right to use their drums, the beats found their way to the body of the people – the Drumfolk. 

Recommended for K-12 students. Run time (approximate): 1 hour 

Black Violin

Black Violin is an American hip hop duo from Fort Lauderdale, Florida that is composed of two classically trained string instrumentalists - Kev Marcus, who plays the violin, and Wil B., who plays the viola. Their music is a blend of classical, hip hop, R&B, and bluegrass. While working with and opening for various musicians in the field, Black Violin has released four albums as well as a holiday album in November 2020. Since starting Black Violin over a decade ago, Kev Marcus and Wil B. remain committed to turning young fans on to their own potential.

Recommended for K-12 students. Run time (approximate): 1 hour

Latest COVID-19 Guidelines

We encourage everyone to wear a mask indoors at our venues.

Other safety protocols are in place, including enhanced fresh air and filtration, contactless entry, increased cleaning, and sanitizing.

Guests agree to abide by the protocols in place at the time of a performance. BPA may refund the purchase price, refuse admission, or remove a guest from the venue for failure to follow any health and safety measures in effect at the time of the show. 

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