Programs for Students

Overview

Premiering during the summer of 2020, Geva’s Masterclass Series will feature a selection of 1-hour videos on a wide variety of theatre subjects to include Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, the Business of Theatre, Design, Teaching Theatre, etc. These videos will include conversations and interviews with Geva’s education team, staff, and artists. We look forward to sharing this informative, engaging, and inspiring content with educators and students alike here on this page. Check back throughout the summer to enjoy the latest in Geva Masterclasses!

 

 

Please Note:

Student Matinee performances of Looks Like Pretty and Where Did We Sit on the Bus? have been cancelled in response to Covid19. All educators who booked P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee tickets will be contacted directly by Geva’s Education team to receive digital curriculum materials for these productions that may shared with students and used in virtual classrooms, and we will make arrangements for bookings to be credited to a future Student Matinee production in Geva’s 2020-2021 season. If you have any questions about your booking for Looks Like Pretty or Where Did We Sit on the Bus?, please reach out to Skip Greer, Director of Education, at sgreer@gevatheatre.org or Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at lrhyner@gevatheatre.org. We look forward to posting our P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee productions for our 2020-2021 season here on this page in late May or early June, and we can’t wait to welcome you and your students back to the theatre!

Overview

Every year we select the Geva Wilson and Fielding stage productions with strong curricular tie-ins to share with student audiences through our P.L.A.Y. (Performance=Literature+Art+You) Student Matinee Series. We produce work that celebrates the human experience. The purpose and power of the theatrical event has always been to come together in the theatre and discover a new understanding of ourselves and, in turn, others. In the theatre, making such connections is the work we do every single day; Geva’s Education department is here to share the inquiry and discovery with your students.

You bring your students to an exciting, professional school-day performance: we’ll make it easy, enriching, and fun! When you make a student matinee reservation, you’re buying more than just a ticket; you’re choosing a complete educational journey for your students. Be sure to maximize your experience by taking advantage of all the surrounding P.L.A.Y. program components listed below that are included in your ticket price!

Student Matinees

Our P.L.A.Y. Student Matinee Series transports students through time and culture. These plays, a selection of productions from our current Geva season, visit a diverse spectrum of emotions, extraordinary characters, and powerful events as seen through the eyes of exceptional playwrights. Each Student Matinee ticket entitles you and your students to not only see the production, but also to enjoy all of the surrounding programming (such as Discovery Workshops and Actor Visits) that accompanies each P.L.A.Y. production to enrich your students experience at Geva and to deepen their connection to the play and curriculum.

The 2020-2021 Student Matinee Series will be announced at a later date. 

Geva Theatre Center Theatre Etiquette

Geva Theatre Center Student Matinee Policies

A Christmas Carol
December 2020 at 10:30am
For ages 5 and up
Tickets: $20

A Christmas Carol Discovery Guide

Creating the Marley Mask

Designing a Ghost

Then & Now

Winter Holidays Around the World

Write a Monologue

A Christmas Carol List of Resources

A Christmas Carol Curriculum Standards

Geva Theatre Center Student Matinee Policies

Geva Theatre Center Student Matinee Etiquette

 

 

 

Teacher Workshops

Teachers are invited to Geva during the weeks prior to every student matinee to join company members and the education staff in discussion of the play, its historical and literary context, theatrical craft and artistic process. Bring your questions to be answered first-hand by those who are hard at work on the production you will see, and share curriculum connections and ideas with other educators.

Teacher Previews

Teachers who would like to attend a preview performance of any production in the P.L.A.Y. Series prior to bringing a group to a student matinee may call to request a complimentary preview ticket.

Discovery Guides

Packed with information about the play and its origins, relevant context, suggested discussion questions, and related activities, the Discovery Guide unlocks every production’s essential issues and avenues for exploration.

For Discovery Guides of past productions, please contact Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at (585) 420-2058 or email lrhyner@gevatheatre.org.

Discovery Workshops

Easy to schedule, in classroom, interactive Discovery Workshops make a personal connection with every student who will attend designated performances in our P.L.A.Y. series. An artist-educator will explore the play’s themes, onstage artistry, and the conceptual approach for each production through engaging activities and thought-provoking discussion questions. These free workshops are limited to 30 participants; larger groups will be accommodated in multiple sessions. Please note that Discovery Workshops are not offered for A Christmas Carol.

Talkbacks

All P.L.A.Y. performances are immediately followed by a dialogue with cast members, providing students and teachers with the opportunity to respond to the performance and ask questions of the cast and crew about the process that went into its creation. 

Actor Visits

Invite an actor to walk off the stage and into your classroom after a P.L.A.Y. performance. We know that direct contact with our theatre artists will extend and enhance the dialogue that begins with each performance. How do performers channel their personal passion, intellectual curiosity, rigorous professionalism, and brave creativity in the creation of a role? Call to discuss scheduling options so that you and your students can find out! Actor Visits are subject to cast availability. 

Page to Stage

An intensive program intended for small groups of mature high school students, Page to Stage invites students to attend the initial reading of a P.L.A.Y. production, as well as a blocking rehearsal, run-through, technical rehearsal, preview, and performance. Students enjoy the opportunity to engage the director, actors, Geva’s crafts artisans, and designers in a dialogue regarding the show’s progress, and share a report with us diagramming their insights.

Please note: The scheduling and transportation requirements for participation in this program are significant, and opportunities are limited. Geva will gladly evaluate any school’s request to participate to ensure that we provide an outstanding experience for your students while protecting the integrity of our professional artists’ process. Please call Skip Greer, Director of Education, at (585) 420-2073 or email sgreer@gevatheatre.org to discuss your interest.

How to Arrange for a Student Matinee and P.L.A.Y Programming

To reserve your seats for a Student Matinee production or to schedule any component of our P.L.A.Y. programming, please call Lara Rhyner, Associate Director of Education, at (585) 420-2058 or email lrhyner@gevatheatre.org. Tickets are reserved on a first-come, first-served basis, and many performances sell out; don’t wait! Receive one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets ordered.

Can’t come during the school day but want to bring students to a public performance in the evening or on a weekend? You’re still entitled to all of the benefits of our educational programming! Learn how to bring a group to a public performance here.

All the programs above are designed to work in tandem with each of our individual Student Matinee productions. For alternatives, which are not specific to particular productions, you may also want to supplement your theatre visit with a Touchstone Workshop, a visit on Career Day, or a Theatre Tour. You can learn more about these opportunities by clicking on the tabs above.

RCSD Passport Program

Are you an educator with the Rochester City School District? To learn more about Geva’s Passport Program, which provides educators within the RCSD with free tickets to bring their students to select performances in the P.L.A.Y. student matinee series, please click here.

 

 

 

Overview

Premiering during the summer of 2020, Geva’s Masterclass Series will feature a selection of 1-hour videos on a wide variety of theatre subjects to include Acting, Directing, Dramaturgy, the Business of Theatre, Design, Teaching Theatre, etc. These videos will include conversations and interviews with Geva’s education team, staff, and artists. We look forward to sharing this informative, engaging, and inspiring content with educators and students alike here on this page. Check back throughout the summer to enjoy the latest in Geva Masterclasses!