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Diana Wortham Theatre has announced the lineup for its Matinee Series for 2015-16, including dance, comedy and even Shakespeare.

The Matinee Series provides professional, curriculum-related shows at affordable costs, each season providing 10,000 children the opportunity to experience the theater, works by professional dance companies, world-class puppetry, and the musical talents of renowned performers. The series is extremely popular with children, families and teachers throughout Western North Carolina.

Reservations for all performances are being taken at 828-257-4530 or groupsales@dwtheatre.com. All group reservations will require a deposit. The Y.E.S. (Youth Education Scholarship) Fund provides need-based scholarships to cover the cost of admission for students and schools.

Matinee Series order forms and Y.E.S. Fund applications can be accessed online at dwtheatre.com/matinee-series. The theater is at 12 Biltmore Ave., downtown.

The 2015-16 Matinee Series includes:

“Skippyjon Jones: Snow What,” Theatreworks USA - 10 a.m. and noon Oct. 12; 10 a.m. Oct. 13. Based on the book by Judy Schachner, Skippyjon Jones (the Siamese cat who thinks he’s a Mexican Chihuahua) heads off to his closet for the real adventure of Snow White with the help of the Seven Chimichangos.

“Hamlet,” Warehouse Theatre - 9:30 a.m. and noon Oct. 28 and 29. Follow the thrilling tale of the prince of Denmark in one of Shakespeare’s most well-known quests for identity, love and justice.

“The Lightning Thief,” Theatreworks USA - 10 a.m. and noon Nov. 12 and 13. Experience the adventures of Percy Jackson in this hourlong musical adapted from the book by Rick Riordan.

“Momix Botanica” - 10 a.m. Nov. 18. Dance, light, and motion make Momix’s Botanica an astonishing performance of athleticism and multimedia art.

Koresh Dance Company - 10 a.m. Jan. 22. The roots of human interaction are uncovered in this earthy show with intense and intricately beautiful choreography by Koresh Dance Company.

Aquila Theatre Company in William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” - 10 a.m. Feb. 8. Guided by Shakespeare’s famous prose, the timeless story of forbidden love and warring families is brought to life in production by the talents of the Aquila Theatre.

Mummunschanz: The Musicians of Silence - 10 a.m. Feb. 11. Oversized props and whimsical innovation take the stage without a sound in this wonderfully entertaining display of shadow, light and sculptural masks.

Yamato: The Drummers of Japan - 10 a.m. Feb. 19. Yamato brings a brand new show to the Mainstage: “Bakuon” - Legend of the Heartbeat, complete with its trademark taiko drumming, infectious enthusiasm and jaw-dropping skill.

The Cashore Marionettes, “Simple Gifts,” 10 a.m. and noon March 4. The mesmerizing work of Joseph Cashore and his marionettes walk through the many phases of life to stunning works by Beethoven, Vivaldi, Strauss and Copland.

“Junie B.’s Essential Survival Guide to School,” Theatreworks USA - 10 a.m. and noon April 14 and 15. Junie B. Jones lays down the ultimate tips to surviving school (and gets into a bit of trouble too!) in this production by Theatreworks, USA.

“Henry and Mudge,” Theatreworks USA - 10 a.m. and noon May 4 and 5. Follow the adventures of Henry and Mudge as they navigate new neighborhoods and the fun of being a pet owner, based on the best-selling book series by Cynthia Rylant.

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