Grade School Matinees
Saint Xavier's Drama Department invites Louisville area Catholic grade schools to free theater performances. Add something fun and educational to your school year by attending one or both of our performances
THE COMPLETE WORLD OF SPORTS (ABRIDGED): Monday, September 18, 2017, 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM
The Complete World of Sports (abridged) is a delightful comedy that will appeal even to non-sports fans. This laugh-filled, fast-paced satire of sports claims to cover the entire history of sports on every continent from cave dwellers to current day.Its format provides fodder for good class discussions afterwards about the nature of satire and what things that theatre can do that movies can’t (such as interaction with the audience and having actors play a variety of roles in a limited time period).
PIPPIN: Friday, March 16, 2018, 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM
Although it was written in 1972 and is set in the Middle Ages, Pippin speaks directly to young people today. This musical features the toe-tapping songs of Stephen Schwartz (who also wrote the music and lyrics for Godspell and Wicked). Pippin tells the fictionalized story of Charlemagne’s son who feels his life will have meaning only if he becomes famous. He tries a variety of ways to gain fame--warfare, partying, politics, art, and journalism—but none of these are successful. Along the way he falls in love with a widow and her young son, but he decides an ordinary life with them is not enough. Just as his desire for fame leads him to the brink of self-destruction, he realizes that it’s more important to lead a life filled with human connection than one of fame. Pippin is one of the most visually theatrical musicals featuring lively song and dance numbers led by the colorful Leading Players who repeatedly tempt Pippin to choose celebrity over authenticity. While some productions have performed the show in a rather risqué fashion, our production is completely suitable for children. While younger students will be dazzled by the music and spectacle of the show, the show’s message is most appropriate for grades 5-8.