Special performances of world-class artists bring young people and educators (Pre-K-12th grades) together from across Nebraska to share an unforgettable experience. Presenting all genres of performing arts – theater, music and dance – the Lied’s student matinee performances enhance classroom learning, expand cultural awareness and inspire young people and their teachers through exposure to the arts.

Erth's Dinosaur Zoo LIVE! – Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tuesday, January 9, 2018, 10:00 AM
Lied Center Main Stage

Travel back 65 million years as Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE! guides your students on a breathtaking tour through prehistoric Australia. Brought to life by a team of skilled puppeteers and designed with the help of professional paleontologists, Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo LIVE!’s puppets are amazingly lifelike. So lifelike that, in fact, you may feel the urge to run and hide! This eye-popping collection of realistic dinosaurs and other creatures, presented in a theatrical performance, will thrill and entertain kids while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to the prehistoric world.

Grade Level: Pre-Kindergarten (age 4) and up
Curriculum Connections:
Dance/Movement, Social Studies/History, Science, Theatre (Puppetry), Visual Arts

American Ballet Theatre with the St. Louis Symphony presents "Firebird"
– Friday, February 16, 2018

Friday, February 16, 2018, 1:00 PM
Lied Center Main Stage

One of the world’s greatest dance companies, American Ballet Theatre (Kevin McKenzie, Artistic Director), unites with the seven-time GRAMMY® Award-winning musicians of the St. Louis Symphony to present a once-in-a-lifetime performance of Igor Stravinsky’s masterwork: Firebird. The story of the Firebird was written in 1910, drawing on several Russian fairy tales, in order to include iconic Russian archetypes in the ballet. Firebird was Stravinsky’s breakthrough as a composer, leading to other famous works, such as Petrushka and The Rite of Spring. Principal dancers Misty Copeland and Isabella Boylston illuminate the iconic Firebird role in this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to witness one of the greatest productions of our era, and one of the most anticipated events in Lied Center history!

Grade Levels: 4-12th
Curriculum Connections:
Dance/Movement, Language Arts/Storytelling, Music, Social Studies/History, Visual Arts

Seedfolks by Children's Theatre Company – April 5 & 6, 2018

Thursday, April 5, 2018, 10:30 AM
Friday, April 6, 2018, 10:30 AM
Johnny Carson Theater

This is an inspiring story about how a garden in a vacant lot helps to transform our world. Thirteen very different voices – old, young, Haitian, Hispanic, tough, immigrant, haunted and hopeful – tell one amazing tale of healing and restoration about a community garden that inspires a neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. Based on the Newbery Medal-winning book of the same title, written by Paul Fleischman, this one-woman performance will plant wonder in your heart, and is a reminder that we’re all capable of making the world a much better place. 

Grade Levels: 3 – 8th grades
Curriculum Connections: 
Global Studies, Language Arts/Storytelling, Social Studies/History, Science, Theatre

2016–2017 Student Matinees:

  • Rhapsody in Black – December 6, 2016
  • Elephant and Piggies's "We are in a Play!" – February 22, 2017
  • Heather Henson's Crane: On Earth, In Sky – March 9 & 10, 2017

2015–2016 Student Matinees:

  • Dr. Seuess' The Cat in the Hat – February 12, 2016
  • Puddin' and the Grumble – March 16–18, 2016
  • Moon Mouse – April 11, 2016

2014–2015 Student Matinees:

  • Out of Bounds – November 7, 2014
  • Jim Henson's Dinosaur Train LIVE: Buddy's Big Adventure – January 21, 2015
  • Mummenschanz – March 19, 2015
  • Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater – April 8, 2015

2013–2014 Student Matinees:

  • Swaggle's Dream Carver – November 5, 2013
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites – March 4, 2014
  • Soweto Gospel Choir – March 26, 2014
  • The April Verch Band – April 16, 2014

2012-2013 Student Matinees:

  • Jugglemania Science Circus – November 1, 2012
  • Terrance Simien's Creole for Kids – February 1, 2013
  • Hitler's Daughter – April 3, 2013

2011-2012 Student Matinees:

  • Shape of a Girl – November 7, 2011
  • The Ugly Duckling & The Tortoise and the Hare – February 22, 2012
  • Locomotion – March 21, 2012
  • Ragamala Dance "Sacred Earth" – April 11, 2012

2010-2011 Student Matinees:

  • Many Moccasins – October 25, 2010
  • A Midsummer Night’s Dream by Aquila Theatre Company – November 5, 2010
  • Alice in Wonderland by the Eugene Ballet Company – February 18, 2011
  • Disney’s Choo Choo Soul – March 2, 2011

2009-2010 Student Matinees:

  • Darwin the Dinosaur – April 27, 2010
  • Nobody’s Perfect – March 19, 2010
  • The Hobbit – February 5, 2010
  • Student Loop Diver Dance Performance – October 2, 2010

2008-2009 Student Matinees:

  • Kennedy Center Performances for Young People on Tour – Phantom Tollbooth
  • To Kill a Mockingbird – February 17, 2009
  • National Acrobats of China – February 6, 2009
  • Kevin Locke – November 14, 2008

For questions about the student matinee program, or to receive information about available sessions, please contact the Lied Administrative Office at 402.472.4700 or the Lied Ticket Office at 402.472.4747.