2017-18 School Matinee Series

Expose your students to live theatre experiences that enhance their learning, ignite creativity, and offer a new view of the world around them.

The Quick Center’s School Matinee Series serves over 3,000 local K-12 school children each year providing excellent arts experiences at affordable prices.

Tickets: $10 | One complimentary ticket with every 10 purchased!


Family Fun Series: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia in
Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook
Monday, October 16, 2017 | 10 A.M.
Grades preK to 2nd

“If you’re searching for a feel-good bedtime book, look no further.” – Publisher’s Weekly

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts Guess How Much I Love You, the award-winning classic from author Sam McBratney, and the endearing I Love My Little Storybook. Illustrated by Anita Jeram, these cherished stories come to life as the acclaimed Mermaid Theatre brings its whimsical puppetry, dreamlike imagery, and original music to these two beloved childhood stories – infusing young audiences with a wonderful sense of security and peace, and providing an effortless introduction to the performing arts and the excitement of reading.



Childsplay presents
Go, Dog. Go!
Monday, February 26, 2018 | 10 A.M.
Grades preK to 3rd

Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, clowning, vaudeville, singing (maybe a touch of barking), and of course, six lovable dogs! Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s book to life in a frolicking musical dog party.

The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings.


Lightening Thief by Theatreworks

TheatreworksUSA in
The Lightning Thief
Monday, April 16, 2018 | 10 A.M.
Grades 2nd to 7th

Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school...again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’ master lightning bolt has been stolen, and Percy is the prime suspect.

Now Percy has ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. But to succeed on his quest, Percy will have to do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the riddle of the Oracle, which warns him of betrayal by a friend; and unravel a treachery more powerful than the gods themselves. Adapted from the book The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan.


For reservations, call the Quick Center Box Office: 203-254-4010 or toll-free at 1-877-ARTS-396

Additional Info:

Study Guides

Study guides are provided to all teachers to augment the learning experience with our performances.

Residencies Available

Want to partner with the Quick Center for an artistic/educational residency at your school? Call Lori Jones at 203-254-4000 ext. 2975 for more information.

Missoula Children's Theatre Summer Camps


This summer, the Quick Center celebrates its 29th season of Missoula Children’s Theatre Camps. This renowned children’s summer theatre program offers six sessions from which to choose with a performance on the Friday evening at the end of each session. A total of 60 community children, grades 1-12, may be registered in each weekly session.

A variety of speaking and ensemble roles are offered. No advance preparation is needed.
Summer Camp Intensives

Summer camp Intensives at the Quick are a great platform to delve into exciting art forms! Crash courses in cool exciting subjects lead by amazing local artists. Have your kids expand their world and try something new! Each camp session runs daily Monday - Thursday, 2:30 – 4:30 p.m. and are $180 per session.

Art of Photography *NEW

Great for all levels of experience, campers will dig into photography in different forms, exploring composition, lighting, and subject matter. Participants will get to play with portraiture, nature photography, and editorial photography, so whether your child aspires to be the next Ansel Adams or wants to learn how to take those magazine-worthy lifestyle shots, there is something for everyone. Participants should bring their own camera (any camera will do!) July 9-12/Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Jennifer Prat
Jennifer Prat, a Fairfield native with over a decade of professional experience. She has shown her work regionally, been published in nationally distributed magazines, and currently works with individuals and businesses to help share their stories both visually and through written word.



Pop, lock, and the feet don’t stop! Campers learn key hip-hop moves and choreograph a dance to be performed at the end of the session – a great confidence builder! July 16-19/Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Brian Herman (Double Up Dance Studio)
Part of the dance duo, Double Up, Brian has performed at Carnegie Hall, Yankee Stadium, and many stages around the world. He has collaborated as a dancer and choreographer with artists such as Alicia Keys, Rihanna, Sean Paul, and many more.



Explore the world of street art with a professional artist! From graffiti culture to spray paint techniques, campers will learn to tell their story by creating graffiti masterpieces. July 23-26/Ages 10 and up.

Instructor: T-Kid
T-Kid grew up in the South Bronx. In those days the Bronx was burning. Surrounded by street gangs, T-Kid learned to survive using graffiti art as a tool to escape a neighborhood full of violence, drugs, and crime. Today, he travels the world giving workshops on positive expression through graffiti art. Sharing his experience, he speaks of how art and culture can be used to further one's aspirations.


Fashion Design

One day you are in, the next day you’re out. Do you have what it takes to cut it in fashion design? Led by a Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) alumna with industry success, campers will design a fashion line with wearable finished pieces to present in a Quick Fashion Show. July 30-August 2/Ages 10-14.

Instructor: Sooo-z Mastropietro
Sooo-z Mastropietro holds a BFA in Fashion and Textile Design from FIT. After starting off as an Art Director in Interiors, she conceived Mastropiece, a silk painting business which utilizes her own wearable designs. She has continued to develop collections in oil, illustrations of estates, and a line of stationery featuring ‘Socialites’. She has judged art shows, curated over 60 themed shows, has been featured as ‘Artist in Residence’ and taught, and currently serves as ArtSmart chairperson at the Elementary school level.


Singing for the Stage

Learn a singer’s secrets to earning the golden ticket. Do you have what it takes to turn her chair around? Led by local Juilliard trained soprano with a critically renowned debut at Carnegie Hall, campers will discover how to wield their voice to project and perform. August 6-9/Ages 11 and up.

Instructor: Lucia Palmieri
A soprano opera singer and trained at Juilliard, Lucia has sung internationally with televised performances and huge audiences at the world's biggest concert halls following her debut at Carnegie Hall.


Painting the World *NEW

Participants will learn the principle concepts, history, and practice of painting. Students will be led through a number of painting activities using art historical models, still life setups, Color exercises and the landscape to practice and improve their painting skills. August 13-16/Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Kevin Ford
Kevin Ford is an artist and educator living and working in Connecticut. He received his BFA in Painting from Boston University and his MFA in Painting and Printmaking from Yale. He lectures at Fairfield University and teaches at Pierrepont School. His artwork has been included in numerous group exhibitions nationally, and solo exhibitions at MARCH Gallery, New York, NY (2007) and at Tops Gallery, Memphis, TN (2016). Kevin has also been featured in V Magazine, included in the book Artists II, published by Steidl, and has been reviewed in the New York Times, among other publications.


The Summer Camp Intensive Daily Schedule is Monday - Thursday, 2:30-4:30 p.m., and the cost of each session is $180

To Register in person or by mail, please print out and complete the Registration Form, and return it in person or by mail along with the full tuition payment.

Please complete the Registration Form and return it in person or by mail along with the full tuition payment. Quick Center Members get guaranteed session enrollment until February 19. All other registrations will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis starting February 20. All registrants will receive a confirmation e-mail notifying you of your session placement. On-line registration is not available for Missoula Children’s Theatre camps.

To Register by calling the Quick Center Box Office, call (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 877-ARTS-396.



If you have any questions regarding the registration process or you are in need of any additional forms, please call the Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396 or send an email to boxoffice@quickcenter.com.

Bass Camp


Monday, August 27, from 10am – 4pm


Bass Camp Illustration

Rising up from the back of the section, the double bass takes center stage in Bass Camp to emit its rich deep tones. The caboose of the train line, the anchor of the ship, the buttercream in the brownie, the double bass has so many capabilities.


Bass Camp is a one-day intensive of double bass mania designed to celebrate bass players of all levels. The camp will create opportunities to play in small ensembles and will focus on double bass music in a variety of genres. Bass camp welcomes students entering 7th grade through 12th, in skill levels ranging from beginner to advanced.


The cost is $100 for the day – Monday, August 27, from 10 am until 4 pm. – and includes t-shirt, folder, and music.


To register for Bass Camp please call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 877-ARTS-396.


Instructors: Rick Zurkowski, Sooo-z Mastropietro, and Brian Torff


Rick Zurkowski has toured across the United States and Europe, backing up well known artists such as Martin Sexton and Blues Grammy Award-winner, Joe Louis Walker. He is also a member of the bands "Jen Durkin and the Business" and “Caravan of Thieves,” American Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield County String Society, and Connecticut Little Symphony.


Sooo-z Mastropietro has played with Conference All-State in New York, Saratoga Performing Arts Center Summer Camp, NYU Orchestra, Chelsea Symphony, American Chamber Orchestra, Civic Orchestra of New Haven, and most recently the Danbury Symphony.


Brian Torff is a bassist, composer, author and educator. Currently a Professor of Music and Music Program Director at Fairfield University, he has performed at the White House, Carnegie Hall, The Hollywood Bowl, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center and Birdland. Torff performs in jazz festivals throughout the United States and was the founder of the Fairfield University Summer Jazz Workshop.

Open MINDS Institute

Open MINDS Institute is an exploratory “classroom without walls”, presenting topical seminars and workshops with master professors. We invite you to enroll in our stimulating, enriching, state of the art academic seminars.

Combining academic excellence in open-ended lectures and interactive conversations, classes will be held on the Fairfield University campus, maximizing the resources and facilities of this world-class institution. Enrolled participants will be given special access to the exciting lectures and performances that make up the Quick Center season.

Curricular Connections Guide

The Curricular Connections Guide is a new initiative at the Quick Center for the Arts this school year. Designed to serve as a resource for Fairfield University faculty and staff, the Guide is created to foster connections between Fairfield classes and Quick Center performances. Included are particular events we feel are of direct relevance to courses being offered on campus. However we believe that our wide array of programming enhances every student and faculty member’s experience on our campus by bringing diverse perspectives and voices that enrich our lives through more well-rounded experiences.

How can you use the CCG to enhance your students’ experiences?

  • Encourage your students to attend an arts event and provide extra credit for attendance
  • Encourage students to do reflective writing about their experience with the performance and how it connects to their learning in the classroom
  • Utilize the performance as a resource to enhance your course instruction
  • Schedule an in-class discussion or lecture led by a visiting artist or a FAIRFIELD UNIVERSITY faculty or staff member

The Guide lists arts events in chronological order; the entry for each event includes time, location, and ticket information, event description, and curricular connections. It is the intent of the Quick Center for the Arts in developing the Curricular Connections Guide to engage Fairfield University faculty in our programs by forming meaningful, logical links between the substance of academic courses and the content of Quick Center events.

For more information on the Quick Center Curricular Connections Guide or engagement opportunities, contact Lori Jones at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2975 or ljones@fairfield.edu.

Pre-Performance Talks

Join us as we present Fairfield University faculty and distinguished guest lecturers in insightful discussions and conversations about Quick Center performances and HD screenings. We encourage all ticketholders to come early to shows and experience these wonderful (and free) informative talks!

The Met: Live in HD pre-talks will include:

Saturday, October 7, 2017
Norma (Bellini)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson

Saturday, October 28, 2017
Die Zauberflöte (Mozart)
1 P.M. (encore) and 6 P.M. (encore)

Sunday, November 19, 2017
The Exterminating Angel (Adès)
1 P.M. (encore) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson

Saturday, January 27, 2018
Tosca (Puccini)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)

Saturday, February 10, 2018
L’Elisir d’Amore (Donizetti)
12 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson

Saturday, February 24, 2018
La Bohème (Puccini)
12:30 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
11:30 A.M. Pre-talk with Orin Grossman

Saturday, March 10, 2018
Semiramide (Rossini)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Orin Grossman

Saturday, March 31, 2018
Così fan tutte (Mozart)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)

Saturday, April 14, 2018
Luisa Miller (Verdi)
12:30 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)

Saturday, April 28, 2018
Cendrillon (Massenet)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson

Please return to this page regularly to learn about additional pre-talk events and sign up for News at the Q to get the most up-to-date information!

Join us in making a difference!

Each year, the Quick Center relies on the energy and experience of its volunteers to help us make our events a success. Join us in making a difference in serving the greater Fairfield community!

Volunteer positions include:

  • Ushering at performances
  • Assisting with front desk and administrative needs
  • Assisting with various projects for audience development
  • Serving on special events committees and assisting with special events

If you are interested in internship or volunteer opportunities please contact Lori Jones, assistant director of programming and audience development, at (203) 254-4242.

Arts Education and Outreach Fund

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The Quick Center Arts Education and Outreach Fund was started in 2015 with the aim of developing infrastructure in support of the work we do to serve the broader community through meaningful educational programming. Through your donations and Membership support, you can impact the lives of thousands of young people each year. All proceeds from the Arts Education and Outreach Fund will support:

  • Our School Matinee Series, offering live theatre experiences to grades pre-k through 12, and free tickets to students in underserved communities
  • Transportation programs providing access for youth and families from neighboring communities and schools
  • Integrated school learning that positions Quick Center artists in school classrooms
  • Artist-in-residence programs that position teaching artists from the stage to lead educational and curriculum-based activities with local community groups and schools
  • Scholarships for underserved youth to participate in our summer camp programs and experience hands-on creativity and arts learning
  • Our new Quick Center Arts Incubator Program which integrates performing artists with educational programming for youth while simultaneously investing in the creation of new work by the artist.

To learn more about becoming a supporter of our Arts Education and Outreach Fund, please contact the Quick Center Box Office at 203-254-4010 or email boxoffice@quickcenter.com.