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

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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 28th 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.

Make the most of your time with Extra! Extra! and the NEW! Theatre and Arts Explosion programs that supplement your child’s experience Theatre Camp experience!

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 led 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.

Fashion Design

From first sketches to wearable finished pieces, participants will learn about color and texture, patternmaking, draping, and sewing to create their own custom garments. Led by a Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) alumna with industry success, campers learn the ins and outs of fashion design and take their self-expression to the next level.

July 10-13/Ages 10-14.

Instructor: Sooo-z Mastropietro


Hip Hop

Pop, lock, and the feet don’t stop! Campers will learn key hip-hop moves and choreograph a dance to be performed at the end of the session – a great confidence builder!

July 17-20/Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Brian Herman (Double Up Dance Studio)



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 24-27/Ages 10 and up.

Instructor: T-Kid


Singing for the Stage

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, exploring song choices in a variety of styles, including musical theatre, opera, standards, pop, cabaret and jazz.

Available two sessions: July 31 – August 3 and August 7-10/Ages 11 and up.

Instructor: Lucia Palmieri


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



The Art of Fashion

Creating a Narrative Through Painting

Hip Hop


Musical Theatre


To Register in person or by mail, please complete the registration form, registration and cancellation agreement and the photo release form and return them in person or by mail along with the full tuition payment.

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


Quick Center Box Office Hours: Mon-Fri 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. and prior to performances (Summer Hours begin May 23: Mon-Fri 12 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. and prior to performances)


Theatre and Art Explosion! Camp

This one-day intensive takes you behind the stage, from lighting to costumes and all that is required to make the show. Theatre and Art Explosion! teaches campers how to light the stage, design the set, and become the star on the stage. Through guided classes in lighting design, costume and set design, and acting and presentation for the stage, campers will come away ready to make their mark in theatre.


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"Bass Camp 2017” - Monday, August 28, 2017, 10 A.M. - 4 P.M.

Bass CampRising 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 unique opportunity to celebrate the bass player of all levels by creating opportunities to play in small ensembles specializing in double bass music of a variety of genres. Get ready for a one-day intensive of double bass mania with some of the area's most active bass players.

Price: BYOB (Bring your own bass), $100 includes t-shirt, music, and folder.


10 a.m. — 10:45 a.m. Group warm up, exercises and technique tips
10:45 a.m. — 11:45 a.m. Smaller groups rehearse set music as an ensemble
12 p.m. — 1:15 p.m. Lunch and viewing of film The Great Double Bass
1:15 p.m.— 2:30 p.m. Regroup for new ensembles
2:30 p.m. — 3:15 p.m. Masterclass
3:15 p.m. — 4 p.m. Return to original ensemble
4 p.m. Performance


Sooo-z Mastropietro has 30 years playing experience. Once she defected from the violins at age 13, she found herself in the middle of the bass section and quickly embraced the low register as well as the versatility and physicality of this large instrument. She has played with NYU, Greenwich Village Orchestra, a number of pits, and has been actively playing with the American Chamber Orchestra and Civic Orchestra of New Haven.

Rich Zurkowski has provided the low notes for 20+ years in a wide variety of groups spanning all styles of music. He has been fortunate enough to have toured extensively across the U.S. 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 and the American Chamber Orchestra, Fairfield County String Society, and Connecticut Little Symphony.



For all questions regarding any program, call the Quick Center Box Office at (203) 254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396, or e-mail at boxoffice@quickcenter.com.

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.