Joliet, IL (April 10, 2019) – Rialto Square Theatre is thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 School Matinee Series lineup, made possible by a generous donation from Midland States Bank. This series provides fun and educational experiences for school-age children, while fostering a love of live theatre and the opportunity to visit the historic Rialto Square Theatre. Orders for the 2019-2020 School Matinee Series are now being processed. To learn more about the series or to reserve your seats, please visit or call 815.726.6600.

“We had our most successful School Matinee Series to date in 2018-2019 and we can’t wait to build upon that success in 2019-2020!” Executive Director of the Rialto Square Theatre, Val Devine said. “I am especially thrilled to bring back Shaun Boothe after his sold out performance in February 2019. His passion and knowledge was truly inspirational to the 1,700 kids that attended the show. We can’t wait to experience his all-new cast of biographical characters in 2020.”

Each show includes a downloadable study guide for educators. These guides are an excellent resource for educators as they create the lessons and curriculum around the shows and their content.

Grant Assistance Generously Provided by ExxonMobil
Thanks to a donation by ExxonMobil, we will provide grant opportunities for Will County schools that demonstrate the need for financial assistance. We invite schools located in Will County that serve low-income communities (40% or higher) to visit our website and submit an application to be considered for our available grants. These grants will be given on a first-come-first-serve basis. “The generosity of our community knows no bounds,” said Jack Erickson, Rialto Square Theatre Development Director. “We can’t thank ExxonMobil enough for seeing the value in arts education and making sure it is accessible for all.” Visit for more information.

Like in years past, we are offering an “Early Bird Special” for educators working on curriculum for next school year. Anyone who reserves tickets before May 31st, 2019, will pay just $6 per ticket. Starting June 1st, prices will increase to $7 per ticket. For more details about this special offer, visit

The 2019-2020 Rialto Square Theatre School Matinee Series presented by Midland States Bank season includes:

Professor WOW’s FUN-Believable Science Show
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 | 10 am
Grades K-8

WOW! Pow! How! 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!

Dog Loves Books
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 | 10am
Grades PreK-3

Louise Yates’ New York Times bestseller comes to life in ArtsPower’s newest musical about the irresistible Dog who loves everything about books. In fact, he loves books SO much that he decides to open his own bookstore. Dog decides that the best way to sell books is to act out all kinds of fun stories for his customers – everything from dancing dinosaurs to funny fairy tales. His customers can’t help but get into the act, too! How could Dog’s bookstore not be a huge success?

Four Score and Seven Years Ago
Tuesday, February 25, 2020 | 10am
Grades 3-8

To young Lemuel, who has escaped slavery in Georgia, life in Gettysburg is everything he had dreamed it would be. His ideas about the North and the South, as well as what it means to be a free man, are challenged, however, when he unexpectedly befriends Jacob, a young Confederate soldier.

The two men may be of different races and on different sides of the Civil War, but they have much to teach each other about bravery and loyalty in ArtsPower’s exciting and suspenseful musical.

Judy Moody & Stink
Tuesday, March 17, 2020 | 10am
Grades 2-6

In this new musical, Judy Moody and Stink, this dynamic sister and brother duo take audiences on a hilarious adventure. As usual, Judy is in a mood. After seeing her classmate’s picture on the front page of the newspaper, Judy wants to be famous and sets off to find fame and happiness. All the while, Stink and his foul-smelling sneakers become a real distraction as he vies for the coveted Golden Clothespin Award. Judy Moody and Stink are the perfect pair for their imperfect capers that lead to fun, mystery, sibling rivalry, and, in the end, true friendship.

Shaun Boothe presents The Unauthorized Biography Series
Back by Popular Demand!
Tuesday, April 28, 2020 | 10am
Grades 4-12

Told through a Hamilton-style performance, The Unauthorized Biography Series is a musical project that celebrates the world’s greatest cultural icons through biographical hip hop songs. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of a positive and influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video. Shaun Boothe is an award winning hip hop artist, TEDx speaker and creator of ‘The Unauthorized Biography Series’. Each chapter of the series captures the legacy of an influential iconic figure in a documentary-style music video.

Reserve your tickets now as this is sure to sell out!


Tickets reserved by May 31, 2018 are $6 per ticket. Tickets reserved after May 31, 2018 are $7 per ticket. Tickets can be reserved by calling the Rialto Square Theatre Box Office at 815.726.6600, or email Box Office Manager, Kris Hernandez ( The box office is located at 102 N. Chicago Street in Joliet. More info at:


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