Youth Matinee Series

Igniting the kaleidoscope of our imagination

For over forty years, the Carver has engaged children of all ages, educators and families through its Youth Matinee series. This series of free, interactive and multidisciplinary performances have ignited imaginations, broadened minds and expanded knowledge by introducing generations of audiences to the diverse cultures and art forms of our global community.  We have always believed in the transformative power of the arts and that access to the arts should be available to all. During this time of a global health crisis and heightened social awareness of the many inequities that exist in our society, this work is more important than ever.

While we look forward to the return of live performance, we also recognize that schools and families have to make many difficult decisions for the safety of all that will likely make field trips to our theatre improbable this coming school year. Therefore, in partnership with our local schools, the Carver will offer a series of performances and presentations that will be delivered virtually into the classroom. In addition to the presentation, each experience will have an interactive component where students will be able to engage directly with the artists.

Dates and times are subject to change.

ENSEMBLE THEATRE PRESENTS GHOST

Based on the award-winning bestselling YA novel by Jason Reynolds, Houston-based Ensemble Theatre presents this stage adaptation by playwright Idris Goodwin that follows the story of Castle Cranshaw, a.k.a. “Ghost.”  Running is all Castle has ever known, but he runs for all the wrong reasons until he meets Coach, who sees something in him: raw talent. The play follows Castle as he tries to stay on track, literally and figuratively, harnessing his aptitude for speed on an elite local track team while battling the difficult realities of his past and present. Ghost also highlights the importance of ally ship. As his teammates become friends and Coach stands in as a father figure, Castle finds a place where he belongs.

 

HIPLET BALLERINAS

With their signature, innovative dance form that combines classical pointe technique with African, Latin, hip-hop and urban dance styles, Hiplet Ballerinas pushes the boundaries of classical ballet and challenges the dominant narrative of what a ballerina looks like. Specifically designed to make ballet accessible to all, Hiplet’s performances may incorporate the rhythms of African drums with Tchaikovsky, arabesques and beat-boxing or even Tango en pointe – all while showcasing Hiplet’s trademark style against popular music audiences will recognize from Black Violin to Beyoncé.

 

CLEO PARKER ROBINSON DANCE

Celebrating its 50th year, Cleo Parker Robinson Dance (CPRD) continues to leverage the universal language of dance to honor African American heritage, explore the human condition, and offer a transformative experience through physical movement. With a strong commitment to community engagement and education, CPRD harnesses the power of dance through to engage student’s mind, body and spirit through movement that celebrates creative expression, diversity and peace.

 

VIRTUAL BOOK LAUNCH FOR WHERE WONDER GROWS

Students will join author Xelena Gonzalez and illustrator Adriana Garcia as they welcome their new picture book, Where Wonder Grows, into the world with a rockin’ virtual launch party! Both San Antonio natives, this is the second collaboration for this creative team following the success of their award-winning, debut children’s book, All Around Us. This new book explores the magic of rocks and the very special connections children have with their grandparents and the natural world. The party will include the world premiere reading of the book, a mini writing exercise, an art activity, as well as live music while participants are led in a “dancing the elements” movement that is represented in the book.