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Performances for Schools

The Center for the Performing Arts is proud to provide these live educational events free of charge to local students and school groups during the 2024-2025 Center Presents Season in partnership with Allied Solutions. 


These free matinee performances allow students to enjoy a wide variety of live arts experiences at the Palladium, with the opportunity to ask questions of the artists after each program. Some student matinees also include the availability of educational resources such as classroom activity ideas, study guides and supplemental content.


NOTE: For homeschool groups larger than 10 people, each family must register individually. During registration, families can note their participation in a larger co-op in order to be seated together as a group.


School groups are invited to apply for reimbursement of transportation costs through the Center’s Transportation Grant Program.


Pricing: $25-$175 FREE!




Make your group reservations now!


For questions, contact:




2024-2025 Student Matinees

All performances take place at the Palladium at the Center for the Performing Arts
1 Carter Green | Carmel, IN 46032


Buckets N Boards
Mon Nov. 18 | 10:30AM
The Palladium


Buckets N Boards is a hilarious and high-energy show full of amazing percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and an incredible variety of musical talent. Matthew Levingston and Gareth Sever have crafted a fresh and unique clean comedy experience for the entire family to enjoy. Buckets N Boards has toured the world and is one of the top requested headlining acts for Disney Cruise Lines.


Grades: K-8
Subjects: Music, Choir, Theater, Dance, P.E.
Topics: Rhythm, Cooperation, Teamwork
Length: 60 minutes including Q&A
Registration Deadline: November 6, 2024
Download the study guide for Buckets N Boards.


Buckets N Boards is SOLD OUT. To be put on a waitlist, please email


Leslie Odom Jr.
Fri Nov. 22 | 10:30AM
The Palladium


Leslie Odom Jr. is a Tony- and Grammy-winning, three-time Emmy and two-time Oscar-nominated vocalist, songwriter, actor and bestselling author. Since his breakout role as Aaron Burr in the hit musical Hamilton, he has performed to sold-out crowds at venues including the Kennedy Center in D.C., Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, and Lincoln Center in New York City. As a recording artist, he has released five full-length albums, including 2023’s When A Crooner Dies, a collection of 10 new, original tracks.
Grades: 6-12
Subjects: Music, Language Arts, Social Studies
Length: 60 minutes including Q&A
Registration Deadline: November 6, 2024




GRIMMZ Fairy Tales
Mon March 24 | 10:30AM
The Palladium


GRIMMZ Fairy Tales is a new play for children that centers on two modern-day street performers, Jay and Will, who bring the time-honored stories of the Brothers Grimm to life with a contemporary urban spin. Performed in hip-hop style amid a brick landscape with graffiti and flashing lights, the featured tales include “Hansel and Gretel,” “Rapunzel” and “Snow White & the Seven Shawties.” The production was developed by the New Jersey-based Experiential Theater Company in partnership with the North Carolina-based Children’s Theatre of Charlotte.


Grades: 3-9
Subjects: Music, Language Arts
Topics: Mental health relating to social media, self-esteem, making choices
Length: 60 minutes including Q&A
Registration Deadline: March 12, 2025
Download the study guide for GRIMMZ Fairy Tales.


GRIMMZ Fairy Tales is SOLD OUT. To be put on a waitlist, please email


Our Planet Live: A Netflix Original Documentary Series with Dan Tapster
Tue April 29 | 10:30AM
The Palladium


From the Emmy Award-winning team behind Netflix’s Our Planet series comes a new natural history speaker series: Our Planet Live. This immersive stage show features behind-the-scenes stories from the explorers, filmmakers and scientists who created some of the most eye-catching footage of the natural world, with a focus on climate fragility and climate migration. Presenter Dan Tapster is an eight-time Emmy-nominated showrunner who began his career with the BBC Natural History Unit and has worked on series including Sir David Attenborough’s Life of Mammals, MythBusters (Discovery Channel) and Life on Our Planet (Netflix). 


Grades: 6-12
Subjects: Science, Biology, Natural History, Photography/Videography, Careers
Topics: Climate fragility and climate migration
Length: 50 minutes including Q&A
Registration Deadline: April 16, 2025