The Matthews has a children’s theater called the Peanut Butter & Jelly Players. Traditionally, this group provides a summer theater camp to children of the area for a month, culminating in a 3-day production of a play. Children learn the art of performing, back stage tasks, blocking, set building…the whole package! Due to a very generous anonymous donor, this month long summer program is FREE to all the children.
The 2014 Peanut Butter and Jelly production will be Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast, Jr.”
Soon we will have an online form for registration. Children entering 2nd grade in the fall of 2014 through high school are eligible to register. Two child maximum per family. There is ONLY ONLINE REGISTRATION. No child and their parent/guardian may come in on the first day and expect to register.
Due to the amount of snow days we have had this year, the last day of school has been pushed back quite a bit. When we find out when the official last day of school is, we will post here what the first day of Theater camp will be. It probably will start the day after school lets out!
Everyone will be notified once your registration is confirmed. All children who have registered, must attend a required workshop on Saturday, May 31, 9am to Noon, in The Matthews Opera House Theater. All play materials will be handed out at this time. If you know now that your child will not be attending the 5/31 workshop, please do not register for summer theater.
The Matthews has been home to our children’s theater since 2008 with the production of “101 Dalmatians.”
The plays throughout the years have been:
2008: 101 Dalmatians
2009: Sleeping Beauty
2010: Jungle Book
2011: Willa Wonka
2012: Aladdin, Jr.
2013: Little Mermaid, Jr.
2014: Beauty and the Beast, Jr. — Online Registration opens on 4/1/14.
All of the shows have been KIDS versions except Willy Wonka. “The Little Mermaid” and “Beauty and the Beast” are Broadway Junior versions of these shows.
Play materials, are ordered from Music Theatre in New York. These materials include a script which has the lyrics and the score of every song as they appear in the musical. The cast and crew get to keep these scripts, along with the rehearsal CD of all the music in the show.
The casts and crews of each production are also children. They design and create everything from costumes to set and props and lighting. Also, this program has had many dedicated, talented adults who use the power tools and all kinds of equipment and expertise that is needed to perform a fabulous show.