"Dance, music, theatre and visual arts are everywhere in our lives, adding depth and dimension to the environment we live in and shaping our experiences, often so deeply or subtly that we are unaware of their presence. In any civilization, the arts are inseparable from the very meaning of the term "education."

- Arizona Department of Education
"Rationale Statement for the Arts."

Copperstar is proud to present our student matinee series in partnership with the HCPA. This has been a popular aspect of our productions and we encourage teachers and administrators to bring students to a show. Copperstar wants to encourage attendance of live theatre, thereby enriching the lives of students and building the audiences of tomorrow.

  • For students in grades K-12.
  • Tickets are just $7 per student with one complimentary ticket for a teacher/chaperone for every 10 paid students.
  • Shows begin at 9:45am followed by Optional 15 minute Q&A Session and Meet & Greet with the cast.
  • Show Guides give and in-depth look at each production which include lesson plans, background information and activities related to each show.
  • Upon confirmation of their reservation, these are reproducible packets will be sent via email and can be used in the classroom in preparation for their visit and beyond.

CLICK HERE to make a reservation.

Joseph, and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - October 17 - 10:30AM

Mesa Arts Center - 1 East Main St., Mesa, AZ

By Andrew Lloyd Weber and Tim Rice

Target audience: grades 1-12

With a crash of drums and a flash of light, the Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable. Joseph, his father's favorite son, is a boy blessed with prophetic dreams. When he is sold into slavery by his jealous brothers and taken to Egypt, Joseph endures a series of adventures in which his spirit and humanity are continually challenged. Joseph… is told in a musical, lighthearted way that children can easily understand. With its bouncy rhythms that repetitively drive home simple melodies, the show can serve as a young child’s introduction to musicals. After an estimated 20,000 productions and a worldwide audience of more than 9 million theatergoers, Joseph… remains a popular piece of delightful entertainment. Set to an engaging cornucopia of musical styles, from country-western and calypso to bubble-gum pop and rock 'n' roll, this Old Testament tale emerges both timely and timeless.

Plaid Tidings - December 12 - 10:30AM

Tempe Center for the Arts - 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Book by Stuart Ross
Music and Lyrics by James Raitt, Brad Ellis, Raymond Berg and David Snyder

Target audience: grades 4-12

Forever Plaid, your favorite heavenly boy group, brings us PLAID TIDINGS... just in time for the holidays! Frankie, Sparky, Jinx and Smudge return to weave the magic of the 50s and 60s into the hearts of everyone. Rosemary Clooney has encouraged the boys to return to Earth this year, to make things right in the world. So stuff your stockings with 1950s tunes and Holiday gems like "Let It Snow" and "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas." PLAID TIDINGS is musical fun with a big plaid Christmas bow on top!

Children of Eden - February 20 - 10:30AM

Tempe Center for the Arts - 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, AZ 85281

Book by John Caird
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Based on a concept by Charles Lisanby

Target audience: grades 3-12

This lessor known musical gem is the favorite of composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Enchanted). CHILDREN OF EDEN boasts a glorious score with amazing costumes and sets inspired by Broadway favorite, The Lion King. Freely based on the story of Genesis, CHILDREN OF EDEN is a frank, heartfelt and often humorous examination of the age-old conflict between parents and children. Adam, Eve, Noah and the "Father" who created them deal with the headstrong, cataclysmic actions of their respective children.

Oliver - April 10 - 10:30AM

Mesa Arts Center - 1 East Main St., Mesa, AZ

Lyrics and Book by Lionel Bart

Target audience: grades 3-12

Fresh from its record-breaking run in London's West End, one of the most beloved musicals , Oliver!, returns to the East Valley! This well-crafted tale brings vividly to life Dickens' timeless characters with its ever-popular story of the boy who asked for more, Lionel Bart's sensational score includes "Food Glorious Food", "Consider Yourself", "You've Got to Picka-Pocket or Two", "I'd Do Anything", "Oom Pah Pah", "As Long As He Needs Me", "Where is Love" and many more. With a cast of scores of the Valley's most talented children and adults and a heartwarming story, Oliver! is a hit you won't want to miss!