Art in Schools

Education PhotoDear School Principals & Teachers:

The Midwest Theater has another exciting year of performing arts for the 2014/2015 school year, and we’re sending you the schedule so that you can let us know what educational matinees your school would like to attend. The matinees are FREE. We absolutely love having your students come to the theater. The educational matinees are offered for 3rd, 4th & 5th graders this season. We also want to remind you that the Nebraska Arts Council ( still has their School Bus Arts Instruction and Application online.

Please e-mail us at to reserve a space for your school. We will need the performance and total number attending (students and teachers). Space is limited for these FREE matinees so reserve your seats early.

If you do not receive a confirmation e-mail, please call 632-4311

ALL FREE EDUCATIONAL MATINEES ARE AT 1:00 pm. unless otherwise noted!

Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience

Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 Educational Matinee at 1:00pm

Shaun Johnson’s Big Band Experience blends the musical stylings of Tony Bennett and Michael Buble to create a contemporary big band sound with a pop flair. Shaun Johnson, an Emmy-winning singer/songwriter, seemed destined for a life of music from the very beginning. “One of my earliest memories, “he says, “is of performing at state fair talent shows with my little sister. We’d sing Sonny and Cher songs a cappella when neither of us was quite tall enough to reach the microphone.” Originally from Saint Joseph Iowa, Shaun attended Saint John’s University before settling in Saint Cloud, MN, where he began his career with the nationally-known vocal group, Tonic Sol-fa and continues as an active member.

Texas Gypsies, Tuesday, October 7, 2014, Educational Matinee at 1:00pm

The Texas Gypsies are a collection of well seasoned players comprised of Grammy winners and musicians who have backed many of today’s top performers. They are known for their unique take on Classic Jazz and Swing, Gypsy Jazz (Django), Western Swing (Bob Wills), New Orleans, Classic Rock, Pop and the band performs many of their own original songs too! This “Retro – Electric” award winning band has established itself as a classy, unique and fun group perfect for any event!

Missoula Children’s Theatre, “Aladdin” Friday, November 14, 2014

NOTE: 2 educational performances at 9:00 AM and 1:00 PM

This will be our fourth production with the Missoula Children’s Theatre. This year the performance will be “Aladdin”. The Missoula Children’s Theatre mission is the development of life skills in children through participation in the performing arts. Thirty to fifty local children will be able to participate in the performance. Auditions will be held on Monday Nov 10.

Matuto, Thursday, January 22, 2015, Educational Matinee at 1:00pm

In 2002, Clay Ross embarked on a musical odyssey that brought him closer to home. The South Carolina native moved to New York to pursue a jazz career and several years later found himself in Recife, Brazil studying the region’s folkloric music. Along the way he rediscovered the straightforward songs of his native South. Matuto features violin, guitar, accordion, bass, drums, and various Brazilian percussion instruments: the alfaia (a large, wooden, rope-tuned bass drum), the pandeiro (a Brazilian tambourine), the berimbau (a single-string on a bow struck with a small stick), and the agogô (a pair of small, pitched metal bells.) Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound.

Black Violin, Thursday, March 5, 2015, Educational Matinee at 1:00pm

It’s hard to think of another African-American violin player to make their mark in popular music, so classically trained South Florida twosome, Wilner “Wil B” Baptiste and Kevin “Kev Marcus” Sylvester, who go by the name Black Violin are a welcome revelation for their ability to meld highbrow and pop culture, “Brandenburg” and “breakdown,” into a single genre-busting act. The band’s most recent album, Classically Trained, is the follow-up to their 2007 self-titled debut on their own Di-Versatile Music Group label, which is as good an introduction to their groundbreaking blend of classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and even bluegrass music.

Susan Werner’s “Hayseed”, Tuesday, April 21, 2015, Educational Matinee at 1:00pm

Acclaimed singer/songwriter – and Iowa farm girl – Susan Werner returns to Nebraska with performances of her new album, Hayseed. Commissioned by the Lied and UNL’s Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Hayseed celebrates the language, livelihood and concerns of American farmers. Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner confirms her reputation as an artist changeable as the weather with her newest recording Hayseed. Paying tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots, Werner again keeps her audiences guessing and laughing.

We look forward to seeing you at the Midwest Theater. If you have any questions please call the office, 632-4311 or e-mail me at

Billy Estes
Executive Director