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.


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.



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.



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.


Bringing Stories to Life

Join author Xelena González and illustrator Adriana Garcia for a one-of-a-kind storytime experience. These San Antonio natives will share their award-winning story All Around Us and offer a sneak peek of their brand new picture book Where Wonder Grows, which explores the magic of rocks and the very special connections children have with the natural world. Together, we will “dance the elements,” try unique art and writing activities, and tell our own stories using our bodies. Students will get a behind-the-scenes look at the book-making process, including an exclusive view of the original paintings that became book pages. Creators of all kinds are welcome to this interactive workshop. Come with a curious mind, a brave heart, and dancing feet!