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 Deer, at Micah.Deer@blumenthalarts.org .
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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 Blumenthal Arts 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?
- Gather necessary details prior to submitting the reservation form for your requested show.
- Submit the reservation form online.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
- Blumenthal Arts Cancellation - You will be notified via email if the school show you are attending is cancelled by Blumenthal Arts 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.
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: 65 minutes
This event is sold out!
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: 60 minutes
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: 70 minutes
This event is sold out!
wednesday, april 17th, 2024 at 10:30am in knight Theater
Stepping with Step Afrika! is a highly interactive performance for K-12 students that highlights the rhythm, physicality, and history of stepping, and culminates in a group activity to get students on their feet. The program introduces the ties between stepping, college life and academic achievement. It introduces the concepts of teamwork, discipline and commitment. Performers incorporate world traditions, demonstrated through the lively South African gumboot dance. Students enjoy learning basic step choreography and discover how dance brings people and cultures together.
Recommended for K-12th grade students. Run time: 60
This event is sold out!
Take a look at our past highlights.
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!
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.
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.
, 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.
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
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
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!