Bring your curriculum to life and give your students the experience of live theatre!
The Rialto Square Theatre serves as an educational center for children and families and as a presenting arts organization serving over 50 surrounding communities. The Rialto School Matinee Series offers a distinct arts education initiative throughout Joliet and the greater Will County area. The mission of the Rialto Square Theatre school matinee program is to support the curriculum of schools by providing culturally diverse programs for K-12 students. This will be accomplished by providing performances as teaching tools that cultivate an appreciation for the performing arts among young people that will last throughout their lives.
The Rialto Square Theatre is committed to providing the best opportunities for children to experience and participate in the performing arts. We are proud to announce that over half a million students have experienced a professional performing arts event with us since the inception of this program. This season continues the tradition of providing great performances to enhance learning, fire imaginations, and reinforce school curriculum in meaningful ways.
All tickets are just $7 each.
Please Read Carefully Before Making Your Reservation
Call the Rialto Theatre Box Office at 815-726-6600 to place your group’s reservation. A contract will then be sent to you. Return your deposit and signed contract within 30 days of placing your order. Orders $100 or less must be paid in full at the time of order. Payments must be made by check or credit card. Please note the payment dates may be adjusted based on the amount of time remaining before a performance. Orders that are not paid by the deadline are subject to cancellation. Your seats are reserved based on the date of receipt of your deposit payment (early deposits are seated first). Exceptions will only be made for groups with children with special needs. Each performance lasts approximately on hour; reservations must be made in advance.
Special Needs Groups
Groups with special needs students, such as wheelchair spaces or hearing/ visual limitations, must notify box office staff at the time of order to ensure proper seating.
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Grades: K - 3 Performance: 55 minutes Every barnyard has its bully! But two of the barnyard’s chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower’s musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert! But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac…Find out more »
Grades 2-5 | 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM At the dawn of the 19th century, mankind first harnessed the power of electricity, the world changed and the journey still continues. Doktor Kaboom will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into it’s potential. Topics covered include: safety; Tesla; Edison; Faraday; lightning bolts, current; voltage; conductive and non-conductive media; electrical arcs; light emission; sparks; resistance; magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy; electromagnetic coils…Find out more »
Grades 4-8: 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 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…Find out more »
Grades: 4–8 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 to be filled with hatred and violence. ArtsPower’s gripping and poignant…Find out more »