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Welcome to the Essential Theatre's 2013 - 2014 Season of morning matinee offerings.  The Morning Matinee Series creates cultural excursion opportunities by offering students and senior citizens morning performances of our productions.  Our intent is to introduce young people to live theatre and to augment the K-12 curriculum by sharing culture and ideas through the arts.  We simply want our seniors to enjoy our productions at discounted rates..

Program Offerings
The FAMU Connection in "A Lovely Day"
A Recruitment Performance and Facilities Tour
Date and Time: Thursday, September 12, 2013    10 a.m.
Audience Approriateness: Grades 9 - 12 or ages 13 and older
RSVP: Friday, September 6, 2013
Admission: Free
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The Colored Musuem
by George C. Wolfe
Date and Time: Thursday, October 10, 2013     10 a.m.
Audience Appropriateness: Grades 7 - 12 or ages 12 and older
RSVP: Monday, September 30, 2013
Instructor's Guide: Available upon request beginning September 30, 2013
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Black Nativity
By Langston Hughes
Date and Time: Thursday, Decembr 5, 2013     10 a.m.
Audience Appropriateness: Grades 3 - 12 or ages 8 and older
RSVP: Monday, November 25, 2013
Instructor's Guide: Available upon request beginning November 30, 2012
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Five Guys Named Moe
Book by Clarke Peters
Music and Lyrics by Louis Jordan
Date and Time: Thursday, April 3, 2014      10 a.m.
Audience Appropriateness: Grades 3 - 12 or ages 8 and older
RSVP: Monday, March 24, 2014
Instructor's Guide: Available upon request beginning March 24, 2013
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School Groups                  
Senior Citizen Groups


All shows are performed in the Charles Winter Wood Theatre/ Edmonds stage located in Tucker Hall on the campus of Florida A&M University.

Cost of Program
$5 per student, $7 per adult   (For every twenty-five students two chaperones are admitted at no charge.) 

Sunshine State Standards 
Audience participation and particpation in suggested activities support various benchmarks.

Pre/Post-Visit Materials:  Because the Essential Theatre is comitted to supporting area schools through core standard initiatives that enhance arts literacy, for most of our shows, an instructorr's guide with bibliography is available.  The instructional guide is designed to promote cognitive, critical and cultural development and to help instructors to relate Essential Theatre productions to various course work in the classroom.  The activities found in the guide connect theatre to English through reading, writing, research and analytical assignments.  Through these assignments history, political science, social studies and performing art topics are explored.  To heighten the theatrical experience, some performances include an"After-the-Play Talk Back" that allow the students to engage in discussion about pertinent issues raised in theplays or to discuss the production process.

House Opening & Pre-Show Presentation
The house opens 30 minutes prior to curtain.  While students are waiting for the performance to begin a pre-show projected presentation engages student learning through subject content of the play, fun facts, vocabulary, quiz questions and illustrations.

Seating Arrangements
While your RSVP will gaurantee a specific number of seats, house management will seat you on a first come - first served basis.  Please plan to arrive early. 

Payment Arrangements
We ask that you send a 50% non-refundable deposit with your reservation form.  To pay the balance you may elect to bring cash, check or money order to the box office window at the time of your arrival.  For your convience we do accept purchase orders that may be faxed,or sent by email or snail mail with your reservation form.

Most Commonly Asked Questions

For More Information

Call 850.561.2425 or send an email to kimberly.harding@famu.edu