Bring Your Students to FREE Schooltime Performances This Spring


In conjunction with the 2023-2024 Great Performances at Mason season, the Center for the Arts makes it easy for your class or group to attend field trips, which are all offered in person. From their seats, students will be introduced to music, theatrical puppetry, film, and more, with instruments and rhythms from around the world. This spring, experience FREE schooltime performances for Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North on Friday, January 26 and Small Island Big Song on Friday, April 19

"At the Center for the Arts, we strive to provide arts experiences to all local youth by removing barriers to participation, such as ticket prices. By offering free schooltime matinee performances that are rich in diverse cultural representation and artistic value, our hope is that local K-12 audiences will experience impactful performances that enhance their global understanding." –Victor Adebusola, Programming and Engagement Manager

Free Schooltime Performance at the Center for the Arts

Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North on Friday, January 26 at 11 a.m. 

With more than 500 handmade puppets and an original score by renowned Iranian composer Loga Ramin Torkian, students will be transported to a magical and ancient landscape in Hamid Rahmanian’s Song of the North, adapted from the Shahnameh (Book of Kings). This thrilling multimedia adventure with “breathtaking fireworks of creativity” (La Monde) combines state-of-the-art animation with the age-old art of shadow puppetry to showcase a collection of ancient Persian legends and Iranian national treasures. This performance is recommended for ages 7 and older. Run Time: 80 minutes with no intermission. 

To register for this FREE performance, please visit the Song of the North schooltime Performance Ticket Reservation Form.  

Small Island Big Song on Friday, April 19 at 11 a.m. 

In honor of Earth Day festivities, students are invited to join Small Island Big Song for a “jaw-dropping…breathtaking” (Billboard ASIA) concert experience showcasing indigenous artists’ unique oceanic grooves, soulful island ballads, and spoken word against stunning panoramic projections. The event creates a contemporary musical dialogue between cultures as far afield as Madagascar, Aotearoa, Taiwan, Mauritius, Marshall Islands, Papua New Guinea, Tahiti, and Rapa Nui, while shining a light on the devastating effects of global warming on these Pacific and Indian Ocean island nations. This performance is appropriate for all ages. Run Time: 60 minutes with no intermission. 

To register for this FREE performance, please visit the Small Island Big Song schooltime Performance Ticket Reservation Form

The performances are FREE, but registration is required. A representative from the Center’s Ticket Office will reach out once the registration form has been submitted. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To learn more about policies, accessibility, transportation/parking, and FAQ, please visit the Center for the Arts Field Trips webpage

Thank you to the City of Fairfax Parks and Recreation Everybody Plays Grant program for making free tickets possible for the schooltime matinee program. This grant was funded by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA).