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SCHOOL MATINEES

SCHOOL MATINEES

The Suffolk Center is excited to announce our 2023 in-house matinee season that continues to provide quality, educational, and affordable experiences for students of all ages. We strive to select weekday matinees that help and support our local educators, whether public, private or at home.  Many of the performances are also open to the general public.  We believe that every child deserves the opportunity to experience the arts through live theater and we are committed to being a helpful resource to enhance every student’s learning.  Students will also be able to experience these performances in a beautiful historical theater built in 1922.

We look forward to a fantastic season full of learning and growing in the arts!

Matinee Information:

  • All School Matinees are located in the Birdsong Theater at the Suffolk Center
  • Performances are 55-60 minutes in length
  • Student matinees are open to public schools, private schools, homeschool groups, and individuals
  • Seating is General Admission, however, large school groups will have assigned seating based on time of reservations
  • All groups should arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the performance to insure a prompt start time of the performance
  • Groups traveling in a bus should use our drop-off location at the front of the building near the fountain and use the front steps to enter the building.

Please contact LaFrancis McPherson, Performing Arts Manager, for questions and to reserve tickets for school groups.
757-923-0003 ext. 103, l.mcpherson@suffolkcenter.org

ORISIRISI
Moonlight Stories

Sponsored in Part by Virginia African American Cultural Center,
Arts for Learning (The Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences),
Virginia Tourism Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and
The National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, January 25, 2023
9:30 am – 10:20 am
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West  Finney Avenue | Suffolk, Virginia   23434

Celebrate Africa with Orisirisi drumming, dance, and call and response, inspiring
the audience by exploring traditional stories of African heritage.  Participants meet “Dog and Turtle,” “The World and The Three Kids,” “Anansi and His Six Sons,” and many more entertaining stories tat impart life lessons.
Nigerian-born Adetutu “Tutu” Harrell and music scholar Don Harrell are spirited performers who have performed all over the world for DISNEY.

This program is great for all ages.

For questions or to register your group to attend, please contact LaFrancis McPherson, Performing Arts Manager,
at 757-923-0003, Ext. 103 or

l.mcpherson@suffolkcenter.org

Register Here for Orisirisi – General Admission Seating

Greenbeats Live!

Wednesday, March 1, 2023
10:30 am – 11:30 pm
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West  Finney Avenue | Suffolk, Virginia   23434

Virginia Stage Company is pleased to announce their new educational touring production Greenbeats, Live!, a partnership with WHRO Public Media
and Virginia Stage Company, featuring music written by Skye Zentz and Meredith Noel
that was originally produced for WHRO Public Media’s GreenBeats.
In GreenBeats, Live! Our hero Malia learns to make small changes to protect her neighborhood and the environment
with help from Skip the Stray, Scoop Dog Sam and her other friends.
Join her in earning your own Green Brigade Badge and get the green beat on your street!

Appropriate for students in Grades K – 5!

For your school to attend the performance at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts,
please contact LaFrancis McPherson, Performing Arts Manager,  l.mcpherson@suffolkcenter.org or by calling 757-923-0003, ext. 103.
Tickets for this performance will be made available on a first come first serve basis, as seating is limited.
CALL TODAY!

Register Here for Greenbeats – General Admission Seating

VALERIE DAVIS
Coretta:  A Legacy of Love

Sponsored in Part by Virginia African American Cultural Center,
Arts for Learning (The Virginia Affiliate of Young Audiences),
Virginia Tourism Commission, Virginia Commission for the Arts, and
The National Endowment for the Arts.

Wednesday, March 15, 2023
10:00 am – 10:50 am
Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts
110 West  Finney Avenue | Suffolk, Virginia   23434

Hailed at the “Frist Lady of the Civil Rights Movement,” Coretta Scott King comes to life in this
moving performance by Valerie Davis.  From her marriage to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., to her life dedicated to political activism, 

This program is great for individuals in Grades 3 – 12 as well as adults.
Teaching Information Packets along with a Teacher’s Guide is available for all grade levels 3 – 12.

For questions or to register your group to attend, please contact LaFrancis McPherson, Performing Arts Manager,
at 757-923-0003, Ext. 103 or

l.mcpherson@suffolkcenter.org

REGISTER HERE FOR CORETTA: A LEGACY OF LOVE