Elementary School Matinee Performances
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As a performing arts center on the campus of a liberal arts college, we understand the value of educating and engaging students of all ages. Every season, our program is carefully selected to entertain, but also to educate, to foster intellectual capacities, and to nurture cultural understanding.

The Dana Center for the Performing Arts is home to Saint Anselm’s nationally ranked humanities program, which is the cornerstone of our liberal arts education. Its distinctive, interdisciplinary approach teaches students to move among disciplines as all Saint Anselm students, regardless of major, participate in this nationally known, widely acclaimed program. Faculty members from all disciplines lead seminars in which students contemplate questions of what human greatness means in the context of historical, philosophical, political, and artistic endeavors.

Each and every performance on the Dana Center stage supports our humanities program and the college’s mission of creating thoughtful leaders who dedicate themselves to the active pursuit of truth. Classical and contemporary artists representing all genres of the performing arts perform in the Koonz Theatre.

Students of all ages and from all over New Hampshire are also given the opportunity through our matinee performances and community outreach to benefit from our educational and entertaining programming.

By bringing these performances from such a diverse array of countries and traditions to Saint Anselm College, we connect with the human experience across cultures and bring to life the lessons of the classroom.

Student Matinees

An important aspect of community outreach is providing K-12 students with the opportunity to engage in the performing arts. We offer on-site matinee performing arts programs for student audiences of all ages.

Productions from past seasons such as Charles Dickens’ Christmas Carol, Moby Dick, Alpha Yaya Diallo, and If You Give a Mouse a Cookie were selected not only to delight all audiences but also for their cultural and educational value.

Performances are focused on literature, history and politics, international cultures, and the purely artistic disciplines of dance, music, and theatre to introduce students to the human experience in a new and memorable way.

Elementary, secondary, and high schools from all over New Hampshire and New England are invited to attend matinee performances. We attract approximately 7,500 students annually.

Community Outreach

We recognize and fully believe in the importance art has in the life and development of students of all ages. In an effort to serve those outside our campus and invest in our society, we often take the talent off the Dana Center stage and bring the artists and ensembles into the community.

We are committed to participating in the Manchester and New Hampshire community, to sharing cultural resources, and having a positive impact in the lives of our neighbors and fellow citizens.