YC Performing Arts Center Delivers Streaming Plays to Schools

by Blake Herzog

More than 8,000 students in Yavapai County have been watching exclusive streamed theatrical performances of plays filmed around the world, courtesy of the Yavapai College Performing Arts Center (YCPAC). 

In February, the college’s CUES (Curtain Up! Entertainment Series) program released the first in a series of six one-hour plays written for young audiences, each made available for two weeks to qualified Yavapai County School District teachers through mid-May. 

Diary of a Wombat – Photo courtesy of Yavapai College, Robert Catto.

Funded by a grant from the Forest Fees Management Association, the plays and musicals were selected for easy integration into school curriculums and performed by professional theater companies in Texas, the UK and Australia and come with age recommendations, with options for kindergarteners to fifth graders and older. 

Ryan Gastonguay, YCPAC’s school matinee coordinator, says, “Teachers have reached out and are thrilled with the opportunity to share the performing arts with their students during this uncertain time. They have also enjoyed the flexibility this program offers as well as the educational resources that integrate easily into their lesson plans.”

Students across the county have been missing out on field trips for the past year, including to YCPAC to watch “school matinee” performances under the CUES banner in previous years, so this year’s season was moved to the Vimeo streaming platform.

 “The joyous adventure and discoveries of a field trip can still be shared by students online,” says Yavapai College spokesman Michael Grady. 

The program is available to Yavapai County public school districts only. Each digital booking includes two weeks of unlimited access to a password-protected, video link. 

For additional information, email schoolmatinees@yc.edu.

Upcoming Plays

Finding North
April 18-May 1

Emil & The Detectives
May 2-18  

Previews of all and free registration are available at www.ycpac.com/online/article/cues2021