Schooltime Matinees

Each year, the Schauer Arts Center welcomes over 10,000 students to its Schooltime Matinee Series where they experience the best of professional theater. Exposure to live theater ignites a child's imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts. 

View 2018-19 Schooltime Brochure Download Order Form (pdf)

Reserve Seats or Pay Invoice


How to Reserve Your Seats

  • Click RESERVE SEATS
  • Enter code SCHOOLMAT in the pre-sale access code box and click ADD CODE to view our Schooltime Matinees
  • Find your performance (double check the show time) and click BUY
  • Select TOTAL number of seats needed (include teachers, aides, students, parents/chaperones, etc.) and add them to your shopping cart
  • Enter grades attending and any special needs requests in Additional Comments
  • Check out (even though there is no balance due) and CONFIRM your order
  • Check your email for a confirmation (including your spam folder). If you did not receive an email confirmation within 5 minutes, please check to ensure you've completed the above steps.

Making reservations for more than one performance? Re-enter SCHOOLMAT in the pre-sale access code box and start again!

Once received by our office, your online reservation will be processed as an order, using the correct price based on the number of seats you requested. NOTE: Online reservations are not a guarantee of seats unless you receive an email confirmation.

"Schooltime Matinees bring books to life! I'm a homeschooling mom and the Schauer has allowed my kids to appreciate the drama arts. The staff is very friendly and there is always a good seat in the house, regardless of where you sit!" - Schooltime Matinee Educator

The Schauer Schooltime Matinee Series is made possible by First National Bank


All upcoming Schooltime Matinee Events


Jan 30:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

Amber Brown is Not a Crayon

Amber Brown is having what may be the worst year of her life. She and Justin Daniels laughed at each other’s jokes, sat next to each other in class, and stayed best friends when Justin’s dad had to move away. But now things are different. Justin’s house has been sold and he is going to Alabama; that’s too far from New Jersey to think about. You’ll laugh and cry with Amber as she learns some valuable lessons about the virtues of patience and the meaning of forgiveness. Performed by ArtsPower Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based

Feb 6:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

FUN-Believable Science Show

WOW! Pow! When students see Professor Wow’s zany, high-energy FUN-Believable Science Show and experience the fantastic, 12-foot tall “Foam Monster,” the impossible “Balloons in Orbit,” the uproariously funny “Bernoulli TP Wipe Out Challenge” and the “Super-Colossal Vortex Cannon,” they learn that nothing is impossible—as long as it obeys the laws of science! Performed by Great Shows for Kids Curriculum Connections: Exothermic Reactions, Bernoulli’s Principle, Kinetic Energy, Ecosystems, Chemical Bonds, Astronomy Classification, Human Body, Life Science, Physical Science

Feb 26:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

Junie B. Jones

Outspoken, precocious, lovable Junie B. Jones stars in a colorful, funny, fast-paced musical about new friends, new glasses, sugar cookies, the annual kickball tournament, and other various first-grade angst-ridden situations. Follow her adventures as she writes down the story of her life in her “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal.” Performed by TheatreWorksUSA Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family

Mar 14:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

Madagascar, Jr.

Come “Move it, Move it” with the Schauer Rising Stars as they help Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe, Gloria the Hippo, and some crafty penguins escape from their home in New York’s Central Park Zoo. Not content to live in blissful captivity, Marty lets his curiosity take over as he makes his escape to explore the world. His friends refuse to be left behind as they all embark on an unforgettable voyage. Based on the smash-hit DreamWorks motion picture, this show promises to be a Zooful of fun! Performed by local youth Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Relationships & Family

Apr 5:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

Stuart Little

From the loving heart of E. B. White, author of Charlotte’s Web, comes this merry musical about a noble mouse who jumps headlong into adventures big enough to match any imagination. By turns funny, tender and exciting, Stuart Little mixes gorgeous child-size puppets with live actors to work theatrical magic. Performed by Virgina Rep On Tour Curriculum Connections: Art, Family Ties, Reading, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music

Apr 10:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

My Heart in a Suitcase

Anne Lehmann and her family no longer feel safe in their Berlin home. Life in 1938 Germany is deteriorating quickly for the Lehmanns and all Jews living there. In order to protect their daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Lehmann may have to say goodbye to her forever. Anne must struggle to bring meaning out of despair, to cling to love and hope even in a world that seems filled with hatred and violence. ArtsPower’s gripping and poignant production is a tribute to the strength of the human spirit and the enduring power of a family’s love. Performed by ArtsPower Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Historical, Literature-Based, Values-Based

May 1:
10:00 AM | 12:30 PM |

Lyle the Crocodile

There’s a crocodile in the bathtub! But don’t worry - he’s just there temporarily and he’s Lyle, the friendliest crocodile ever! Lyle becomes good friends with everyone in the neighborhood, except for Mr. Grumps, who hates Lyle, parades, people, and pretty much everything. When Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps and his cat from a fire, Mr. Grumps has to apologize for the way he’s treated Lyle. In the end, Lyle helps those around him learn that they shouldn’t judge others by how different they appear to be, but to love people (and crocodiles) for who they are. Performed by Cinema Academy/GreatWorks Curriculum Connections: Language Arts, Literature-Based, Anti-Bullying

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"We love the programs offered at the Schauer Arts Center. They are well planned and give our students an opportunity to practice theater etiquette in a meaningful way. Plus, they learn something they can apply in the classroom." - Schauer Schooltime Matinee Educator

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