2015-16 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!

Peter Rabbit

Family Fun Series: Peter Rabbit Tales
Produced by Enchantment Theatre Company
Sunday, November 20 at 3 p.m.

In celebration of Beatrix Potter’s 150th birthday anniversary, Enchantment Theatre Company, in collaboration with the Estate of Beatrix Potter and Penguin Books UK, brings her captivating stories to life. Using fantastic masks, whimsical puppets, gorgeous scenery and original music, the magical, marvelous world of Beatrix Potter comes alive on stage.

Meet Peter Rabbit and Benjamin Bunny, Beatrix Potter’s beloved characters, as they escape from Mr. McGregor, outfox Mr. Tod and rescue the Flopsy Bunnies from the disagreeable badger, Tommy Brock.

When Benjamin’s children disappear, he goes to his cousin, Peter Rabbit, to help him find the bunnies. But Peter thinks he’s had quite enough of adventure, remembering his youthful escapades in Mr. McGregor’s garden. As the cousins reminisce about their past adventures, their friends - Squirrel Nutkin, Mrs. Tiggy-Winkle, Jemima Puddle-duck and Thomasina Tittlemouse - gather to encourage Peter on this one last quest.

 

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Childsplay presents
Rock the Presidents
Monday, January 23, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Grades 3rd to 8th

Childsplay’s smash-hit musical about the presidents of the United States is back by popular demand! Just in time for the 2017 Inauguration, Rock the Presidents is a high octane, multi-media-filled, musical revue spanning 223 years of the American presidency – from George Washington to Barack Obama. The 44 people who rose to the highest office in the land are brought to life through rock, pop and folk music as we take a non-partisan look at what it means to be president.

Join us after the performance for juice and cookies!

 

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The Little Prince
Produced by Swazzle
Monday, April 24, 2017 at 10 a.m.
Grades 3rd to 7th

This iconic masterpiece is a tale for all ages with inventive puppets, live actors, original music and magnificent set design to bring to life the heart-warming story of the Little Prince who gains rare and unique insights into love, loss and laughter. This Little Prince is a multi-layered visual feast produced by Sean and Patrick Johnson, who are trained puppeteers at the Jim Henson Company.

The Little Prince, by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, is one of the most beloved books of all time. Written in 1943 it has sold over 150 million copies in almost 300 languages.

 

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 it's 27th 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 Q are a great platform to delve right into exciting art forms. Four intensive afternoons of costume design, culturally inspired painting, urban dance, street art, and musical theatre skills will be offered. Have your kids expand their world and try something new with our crash courses in cool exciting subjects led by amazing local artists!

New! The Art of Fashion

With experience as an artist and designer, our mixed media artist will lead campers in a journey of color, texture, composition and silhouette to create their own fashionable art/garment piece. After all, fashion is like sculpture; three dimensional – let the creative juices flow. July 11-14/Ages 10-14.

Instructor:  A graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York with a BFA in Fashion Design, Sooo-z Mastropietro parlayed her talents into unfettered territories when she realized she didn’t have to settle for one thing. Her early adventures included costume designing for a rock band as well as for local community theater. With an official career that began in the interior design sector, her affirmation came as a special collaboration featured a layout in a “Before and After” segment in Architectural Digest. She then created “Mastropiece” a silk painting business, to create and sell her own accessory and apparel designs that infuse art with utilitarian purpose. Currently, she has been curating themed art shows for various spaces in Fairfield County including the Maritime Garage Gallery and the Mayor’s Gallery of Norwalk. She is a true artist and designer.

New! Creating a Narrative Through Painting

With an eye toward cultural history and moments in every day life, campers will use collage, symbols and history to tell their own story on canvas. Our professional artist is sure to nourish a passion for personal roots and share his love of color and brushstrokes with your camper.
July 18-21/Ages 10 and up.

Instructor: Duvian Montoya has always been inspired by his hard working Colombian parents who exposed him to all aspects of the Latin Culture and nourished his passion for art at an early age. After graduating Manhattan’s School of Visual Art, Duvian traveled to Europe to study the techniques of the old masters.  Through studying Van Gogh’s paintings, Duvian developed his own language of color and brush stroke that dominates his work today. His current work exemplifies his cultural history, social issues and his personal observations on everyday life. Duvian’s work is actively collected by both public and private institutions, including the city of Norwalk, the city of New Haven, The Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, CT, General Electric Headquarters in Fairfield, CT, Disney and Gulfstream Worldwide.

Hip Hop

A definite workout, this program led by a professional dancer will keep campers moving and learning to express emotion through this energetic urban dance form.  The overwhelming camper feedback from last summer: so much fun and a definite confidence builder!
July 25-28/Ages 9 and up.

Instructor: Brian Herman is the co-owner/director of Double Up Dance Studio of Fairfield and has been a professional dancer, choreographer and instructor for more than a decade. Originally mentored by acclaimed choreographer Tanisha Scott, he has performed in Africa, Asia, the Caribbean and Europe. He has shared the stage and collaborated with prominent international artists such as Alicia Keys, Rick Ross, Swiss Beatz, Chris Brown, Sean Kingston, Rihanna, Lil Wayne and many others. Double Up was featured in Reebok’s “Your Move” global marketing campaign and was selected to perform in “A Tribute to Motown” at Carnegie Hall.

Graffiti

Campers will learn about graffiti culture with a local professional artist. Each camper receives a journal to help imagine and inspire creativity. With amazing instruction along with interest in art form from the kids, next comes the spray paint and the masterpieces.
August 1-4/Ages 10 and up.

Instructor:  Beginning his career in graffiti and street art, Jahmane (Jermaine West) now works in a wide spectrum of media, including works on canvas, photography, fashion design, murals, screen printing and graphic design. Based in a production studio at Firing Circuits Artists Lofts in Norwalk, he has been internationally displayed and locally exhibited at the Westport Art Center, UBS Stamford, The Center for Contemporary Print, Norwalk Art Under the Bridge, New Haven Jazz on athe Green, Artspace Bridgeport, Cogttage and Gardens Magazine and other galleries and events. He is also the co-founder and head designer at KULTJAH DEZIGNS, an independent clothing label that produces hand-dyed and –crafted apparel.

New! Musical Theatre

Led by local Juilliard trained soprano with a critically renowned debut at Carnegie Hall, campers will discover how to be an engaging, dynamic performer and interpreter as they explore song choices in a variety of styles, including musical theatre, opera, standards, pop, cabaret and jazz. Achieve personal vocal growth with direction from a captivating local talent. August 8-11/Ages 11 and up.

Instructor: As seen on BRAVO TV, ABC, NBC, ESPN and most recently the US OPEN, Lucia Palmieri is not only Professional, unique and captivating, she is a Julliard trained soprano who has sung internationally after her critically renowned debut at Carnegie Hall. She has since performed multiple roles in the New York City area including the 9th Avenue Street Festival, The New York Public Library, and has had leading roles in the Central Park Summer Series since 2006. The New York Times and the Italian Voice gave her rave reviews and those that work with her say this Westport, CT born Singer is easy to work with, is creative with ideas that make events special and has a voice that would make angels weep.

Through the launch of our Arts Education and Outreach Fund, you can help us impact the lives of underserved youth by sponsoring a child’s summer camp experience. A $150 donation will provide a child with one of our Summer Camp Intensive experiences.  A $250 donation will provide a child with a Missoula Theatre Camp experience.  Thank you to our patrons who provided financial support  in 2015 thereby giving the gift of arts education to community youth in need.  Join us in making this summer special once again!  Call the Quick Center Box Office at (203)-254-4010 or toll free at 1-877-ARTS-396.

 

Daily Schedule

Monday - Thursday, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Register

Online:

The Art of Fashion

Creating a Narrative Through Painting

Hip Hop

Graffiti

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.

 

Tuition

$180 per session

Phone (203) 254-4010 or toll-free at 877-ARTS-396

At the Quick Center Box Office:  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)

Questions?

For all questions regarding the 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 8, 2016
Tristan und Isolde (Wagner)
12 P.M. (live)
11:15 A.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson


Saturday, December 17, 2016
L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho)
1 P.M. (encore) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson


Saturday, January 7, 2017
Nabucco (Verdi)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson


Saturday, January 21, 2017
Roméo et Juliette (Gounod)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson


Saturday, March 11, 2017
La Traviata (Verdi)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Orin Grossman


Saturday, March 25, 2017
Idomeneo (Mozart)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Orin Grossman


Saturday, April 22, 2017
Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
1 P.M. (live) and 6 P.M. (encore)
12:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Jeffrey Johnson


Thursday, May 18, 2017
Der Rosenkavalier (R. Strauss)
12 P.M. (encore) and 6 P.M. (encore)
11:15 P.M. Pre-talk with Orin Grossman

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

For more information on volunteer opportunities, contact Chris Kaplan, assistant director, at (203) 254-4242.

If you are interested in internship 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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‌In celebration of our 25th Anniversary Season, the Quick Center is launching an Arts Education and Outreach Fund. The aim of the fund is to develop infrastructure in support of the work we do in serving the broader community through meaningful educational programming. Through your attendance at our kick-off celebration with Charlie Rose on September 19 and donations to the Quick Center, 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

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.