2019-2020 Free Student Matinees

K-6 Elementary School Students: 

'the live creature and ethereal things' 

* Middle and high school students and senior citizen organizations are also welcome to attend.

Ririe-Wioodbury Dance Company’s free matinee performances are made available to Utah students for the school year 2019-20. Every year up to 7,000 students attend this performance free of charge (it is supported by Utah State Board of Education). 

‘the live creature and ethereal things’ is a journey of the imagination for all ages. This dance performance is inspired by the mission of the Red Fred Project, founded by Dallas Graham, which gives voice to young creatives living in extraordinary circumstances. This magical adventure transports you past the threshold of the ordinary into a world of fantastical possibilities and asks, “if you could tell a story and share it with the entire world, what story would you tell?”

Guest performer Robert Scott Smith joins the Company on this curious, shapeshifting, and theatrical quest. Storytelling in both English and Spanish, ‘the live creature and ethereal things’ explores how all of our voices and stories matter, and how our intimate social connections weave the pattern of our lives and happiness. Choreography by Artistic Director Daniel Charon, storyline in collaboration with Alexandra Harbold and Robert Scott Smith of Flying Bobcat Theatrical Laboratory, and original score created by John Paul Hayward.

This year's performance will include narration in English and Spanish, suitable for all grades, K-12.  Reservations are required and space fills up quickly, so sign up today! 

Reserve Space Now


  • Wednesday, January 29, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.  FULL/CLOSED
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 10:00 a.m.  FULL/CLOSED
  • Thursday, January 30, 2020 - 12:00 p.m. 
  • Friday, January 31, 2020- 10:00 a.m. 


  • Performance run time: approximately 55 minutes
  • Admission: FREE to all Utah Schools
  • Teacher Support: easy to use Teacher's Guide Teacher_Guide_for_LCET_2019.pdf
  • Location: Capitol Theatre, 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT
  • Reserve Space Now - OR CALL 801-297-4241

Did you attend the performance in January 2019?  Come back to see the updated 2020 version!   We received some valuable feedback from our premiere performances. Here are some comments we received afterewards and the changes and improvements we are considering for 2020.

  • "Our Kindergarteners were very enthralled and delighted by it --- Just to reiterate, though, that was the first and possibly only experience most of our students will have with the theatre and dance. Most of them have never even been downtown before. It was a magical day for them, and we appreciate you! Thank you for being interactive with the performance! I think it was a little hard for our 5 and 6-year-olds to sit for the entire hour the performance took place. Maybe a few minutes shorter would have been perfect!"

Thank you so much for attending, and we are glad your students enjoyed it!  Our 2019 performance ended up being around 65 minutes. We are going to edit the performance so that it will be no longer than 55 minutes for the 2020 performance - so it will be about 10 minutes shorter.

  • "There were some slide projections on the back of the stage and the sightline was not very good for my students.  They couldn't see very well."

 We are going to reconsider and redesign the slides if we use them at all for 2020. We are more aware of the sightlines, thanks to your comment! 

  • "I wanted to be sure to let you know that I left uplifted, inspired and truly amazed at the work that you are producing!!  The show was all things wonderful, captivating and the dancers and narrator truly made the show magical. I was mesmerized. Bravo."

We are excited to make the performance even better for 2020 by adding more exciting props, sceneries, and revising stories and dances! 

Thank you so much and we hope you will come again!

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Middle and High School Students

Traces (Fall) and Catalyst (Spring) Student Preview 

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company makes their shows available to nearly 1,200 middle and high school students year-round with free student previews to see the Company's diverse repertory. This performance is an open dress rehearsal for the Company and the content is ideal for grades 7-12.

We expect to fill the theater quickly. Please reserve your seats early to make sure your students can enjoy this wonderful educational program free of charge.


    • Traces  Student Preview: September 25 (Wed), 2019 at 11:00 am (80-90 minutes)
    • Traces  Student Preview: September 26 (Thurs), 2019 at 11:00 am (80-90 minutes) 
    • Traces  Student Preview: September 27 (Fri), 2019 at 11:00 am (55-60 minutes) *Shorter/truncated program 
    • Catalyst      Student Preview: April 8 (Wed), 2020 at 11:00 am (80-90 minutes) 
    • Catalyst      Student Preview: April 9 (Thurs), 2020 at 11:00 am (80-90 minutes)  
    • Catalyst      Student Preview:  April 10 (Fri), 2020 at 11:00 am (55-60 minutes) *Shorter/truncated program  FULL/CLOSED
  • Reserve Space Now>> - OR CALL 801-297-4241


  • Performance run times: 60 - 90 minutes
  • Admission: FREE to all Utah Schools
  • Traces and Catalyst student preview location: Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Jeanné Wagner Theatre- 138 West Broadway, Salt Lake City, UT
  • The Live Creature and Ethereal Things student matinee location: JQ Lawson Capitol Theatre- 50 West 200 South, Salt Lake City, UT

"Thank you for the support of the Utah State Legislature that supports our free education experiences through the Utah State Office of Education POPS program." – Joan Woodbury and Shirley Ririe, Co-Founders of Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

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