Recommended for Grades 3-12

“To describe Manual Cinema as just a shadow puppet show is to say Pixar makes cartoons” (Chicago Tribune). The collective imaginatively combines shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, sound effects, and live organ music in a haunting performance like nothing you’ve ever seen.Bereaved of her twin sister Ava, septuagenarian Ada solitarily marks time until a carnival—and a visit to the mirror maze—plunges her into a gothic New England journey. The matinee will include a shadow puppetry Show & Tell and an opportunity to ask questions to the artists!


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Event Information

  • Thu, Feb 29 10:30 am CT
    In-person / Livestream
    On-demand through Mar 8
  • This event will be captioned, with other accessibility services available upon request.
  • Advisory: This performance includes loud music and flashing lights.
  • Detailed Event Information and Streaming Access: Education contacts, check your email for detailed information the week prior to the event.

If you have questions, contact If you need assistance with your tickets, please call the box office at 612-624-2345.

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A Sensory Friendly Lounge equipped with sensory supports and staffed by trained volunteers will be available to all guests who are seeking a safe and soothing atmosphere during this and other select performances. Learn more on the Accessibility Services page.

Teacher & Student Resources

Find educational resources in the tabs below to use before and after the performance.

Lesson Plan and Worksheets

Lesson Plan

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Write a Review

Use this writing activity for students to evaluate the event in a review format.

Ask students to imagine that they are an arts critic for the school newspaper. They are going to write a review to inform others about what they experienced. They should describe with detail and accuracy:

  • What they saw 
  • What they heard 
  • What the event was about (in their opinion) or the story it conveyed 
  • How the event made them feel 
  • What the event reminded them of 
  • What their favorite part was and why 
  • Would they recommend it and why

Remind the students that they must paint a picture of the experience with their words so that others who did not see the performance can imagine it as vividly as possible.

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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.

Reserve In-person Tickets for Your Class

To reserve more than 20 tickets for any in-person student matinee and pay by invoice, please fill out the form below.

To purchase 1-20 tickets now with a credit card for any In-person, Livestream, or On-demand events, please click the "Buy Now with Credit Card" option or call the Northrop Box Office at 612-624-2345. Box Office hours through Aug 25 are Mon-Fri, 10:00 am-3:00 pm (Fri phone only 2:00-3:00 pm). Beginning Aug 28: Mon-Fri, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

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Select the Performance(s)

Select the Student Matinee Performance(s) You Will be Attending In-person
In-person: Fri, Oct 13, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
–Sold Out– In-person: Thu, Oct 12, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Fri, Nov 10, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Fri, Nov 10, 1:00 pm | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Thu, Jan 25, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person

View the Manual Cinema: Ada/Ava Student Matinee event page
Recommended for grades 3-12

Advisory: This performance includes loud music and flashing lights.

In-person: Thu, Feb 29, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person

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