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At the Harris Center for the Arts, we know that students who actively engage in the arts through a variety of experiences gain multiple benefits that contribute to academic achievement and personal success. Our school matinee series is designed to provide a program that will entertain and inspire your students through multi-cultural, multi-disciplinary performances. Select performances will include a study guide that is linked to the K–12 California Content Standards.

The Harris Center for the Arts at Folsom Lake College offers a variety of programs and educational opportunities for students and schools to experience the arts. Be the first to hear about the most current arts education news and events!

ClassACTS! Matinee Program Highlights

  • Ticket and Transportation Funding is available for qualified schools
  • Most matinees are one hour in length
  • Standards based Study Guide provided for select performances
  • Great for Home School families

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Follow the "Request Tickets" link for the event, and fill out the electronic form. We will process your order and then contact you to arrange for payment and delivery of your tickets.

Upcoming Events

Seussical the Musical logo with red and white striped hat emerging from a white cloud.

Seussical the Musical

El Dorado Musical Theatre

  • Thu, Nov 7 & Fri, Nov 8 - 10:00 AM
  • Approximately 2 hours with an intermission.

Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza bringing to life all of our favorite Dr. Seuss characters. The Cat in the Hat tells the story of Horton, an elephant who discovers a speck of dust that contains the Whos, including Jojo, a Who child sent off to military school for thinking too many "thinks." Horton faces a double challenge: not only must he protect the Whos from a world of naysayers and dangers, but he must guard an abandoned egg, left in his care by the irresponsible Mayzie La Bird. Although Horton faces ridicule, danger, kidnapping and a trial, the intrepid Gertrude McFuzz never loses faith in him. Ultimately, the powers of friendship, loyalty, family and community are challenged and emerge triumphant.


Kseniya Simonova letting a hand full of sand slip through her fingers.

The Forgotten Kingdom

Sand Stories Live

  • Tue, Nov 12, 2019 - 10:00 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • All Grades
  • $5.00

International sand art superstar Kseniya Simonova creates a stunning animation of stories lost to war – of Sephardi women’s voices, of ruined Ottoman villages, of bustling Mediterranean ports – by manipulating sand on a backlit pane of glass. She creates, morphs and obliterates sand imagery in real-time, crafting a flowing narrative that is projected on a giant screen overhead. The evocative music and radio-drama-style storytelling of the Guy Mendilow Ensemble ("an international tour de force” – Bethlehem Morning Call) adds a sweeping, cinematographic score, drawing on the bittersweet rawness of Tango, gorgeous vocal harmonies and the rhythmic fire of classical Arabic percussion that only intensifies the emotionality of Western classical music.

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The Forgotten Kingdom (Teaser)

Performer dressed as traditional Dios de los Muertos skeleton.

Sugar Skull!

A Día de Los Muertos Musical Adventure
by Mexico Beyond Mariachi

  • Fri, Nov 15, 2019 - 9:30 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • All Grades
  • $5.00
  • Study Guide (PDF)

Young Vita thinks her family has gone loco planning a celebration for deceased loved ones. Why throw a party for the dead? But when a candy skeleton on her abuelita’s cemetery ofrenda suddenly springs to life, Vita finds herself on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de los Muertos. Thanks to her skeletal new friend Sugar Skull, Vita dances with ancient ancestors, sings with a sorrowful sorceress, escapes the trickster Chaneques, and even meets the famous Catrina Calavera. Featuring a company of gifted musicians and dancers, this colorful stage production is a joyous, heartfelt adventure that delves into the rich, tuneful traditions of Día de los Muertos.

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Sugar Skull! - Mexico Beyond Mariachi

Two dancers moving about as if within a storm.

Elements of Dance

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

  • Fri, Nov 22, 2019 - 10:00 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • All Grades
  • $5.00
  • Study Guide (PDF)

Now in its 56th Season, the Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is an internationally renowned contemporary dance company based in Salt Lake City, Utah. For this Class-Acts matinee, the company will perform excerpts of work by leading choreographers to illustrate the elements of dance: space, shape, time and motion.

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Keola Beamer, Jeff Peterson, and Moanalani Beamer posing with guitars.

Hawaiian Music & Movement

Keola Beamer, Jeff Peterson & Moanalani Beamer

  • Mon, Jan 13, 2020 - 9:30 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • All Grades
  • $5.00

Join Keola Beamer, a master of Hawaiian slack key guitar, to learn about the culture of the islands, especially as they are expressed through music and dance. His breadth of talent springs from five generations of family musical history that traces its involvement in Hawaiian music and hula at least as far as back as the 15th Century. Joining Keola are Grammy Award winner Jeff Peterson and the lovely dancer Moanalani Beamer.

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The Beauty of Mauna Kea

SPMA musicians playing in front of a projection of The Beatles.

A Walk Through History:
The Beatles, Studio Years 1966 to 1970

Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy

  • Thu, Jan 16, 2020 - 11:00 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • Recommended Grades 4-12
  • $5.00

A 40-piece orchestra featuring all-star area musicians, along with popular local singers/musicians and top students from The Sacramento Preparatory Music Academy (SPMA) will liberate popular Beatles songs from wax, performing hits from the albums Rubber Soul, Revolver, Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Magical Mystery Tour, The White Album, Abbey Road & Let It Be!

Students will hear a professional performance of The Beatles’ music, see different musical instruments being played live in concert, and see other young students who study the guitar and perform in SPMA's Beatles Guitar Project. A great introduction for young students who are interested in picking a music instrument to study in band, and an encouraging performance to see other students of music performing with professionals.

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Cast of Miss Nelson in costume around a desk.

Miss Nelson Has A Field Day

Dallas Children’s Theater

  • Fri, Feb 14, 2020 -  9:30 AM & 11:30 AM
  • Approximately 60 minutes
  • Recommended Grades K-5
  • $5.00
  • Study Guide (PDF)

The Smedley Tornadoes have never won a football game or even scored a single point! Kind-hearted teacher Miss Nelson comes to the rescue when her alter-ego, Coach Swamp, steps in to whip the team into shape. Come for a fun-filled musical based on the popular book, one that’s all about teamwork and persistence.

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Logo for Roald Dah's Matilda with silhouette of a young girl.

Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

El Dorado Musical Theatre

  • Thu, Feb 27 & Fri, Feb 28 - 10:00 AM
  • All Grades

Inspired by the twisted genius of Roald Dahl, this Tony Award-winning show revels in the anarchy of childhood, the power of imagination and the inspiring story of a girl who dreams of a better life. Packed with high-energy dance numbers, catchy songs, Matilda is a joyous girl power romp.

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Four performers of Wilde Creatures in folksy costumes pose with instruments.

Wilde Creatures

Tall Stories

A motley crew of storytelling musicians bring Oscar Wilde’s classic fairy tales to life in Tall Stories’ magical new show, direct from London’s West End. Characters from The Happy Prince and other stories spring to life as the pompous mayor, the petulant princess and the love-sick student compete to become the new town statue.

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Wilde Creatures Trailer

Muriel Anderson with her harp-guitar in front of an ocean wave.

Muriel Anderson’s Wonderlust

  • Fri, Mar 20, 2020 - 9:30 AM
  • All Grades
  • $5.00

A must-see as well as a must-hear! Guitarist/harp-guitarist Muriel Anderson takes you on a journey in music and stories, with a backdrop of visuals artfully compiled by photo-artist Bryan Allen. It is a musical journey through space and around the world. Sometimes whimsical, always engaging, bringing together diverse cultures and settings, shining a gentle light on our common humanity. Presented in cooperation with the Sacramento Guitar Society, with support from the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF).

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A man howls in front of a projection of wolves.

Theatre Heroes

The Call of the Wild:
Illustrated Edition

Jack London’s classic tale rises on stage in a multi-media adventure. Buck, the magnificent offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie, comes to life in a thrilling tale of courage and survival by virtue of a 180-degree projection that surrounds the performer and provides scenic, artistic, and historical context to the show—including a unique mix of Philip R. Goodwin’s classical illustrations from the book’s first edition.

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Call of the Wild Trailer