School-Time Series

Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series 2024-25


We welcome you to an exciting season of shows for students of all ages.  Our younger students will discover the wonderful world of black light and puppets with the classic stories of Goodnight Moon & The Runaway Bunny, venture deep into the woods with The Gruffalo’s Child, celebrate  friendship with A Year With Frog and Toad and journey to the moon with Moon Mouse: A Space Odyssey.  Upper elementary students will be delighted by the power of words with Frindle, learn about what inspired John Lewis to become one of the leaders of the Civil Rights movement in HERO: The Boy From Troy and be introduced to symphonic music through The Story of Babar. Rounding out our season, we have two shows that are specifically geared for high school studentsOur Planet Live takes us behind the scenes of Netflix’s Our Planet Series, chronicling the ongoing rise and fall of lives on Earth, and we will once again celebrate Ernie Davis Day, with a special showing of the movie The Express: The Ernie Davis Story.

The Clemens Center is proud to be a partner with area educators in providing arts experiences that enrich the lives of young people. Over the years, our audience has grown to include not only regional public and private schools, but also home-schools, pre-schools, individual families and the general public. Since 1979, the Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series has touched the lives of more than half a million young people with curriculum-related programs. For many of them, this is their first introduction to the Clemens Center and to the magic of live theatre.

These programs are made possible in part, through contributions made to the Clemens Center’s Endowment Fund in memory of Mary Tripp Marks and her concern for the cultural enrichment of children. Exposure to live theater can ignite a child’s imagination in a unique way, opening the door to a greater understanding of the world and a life-long love of the arts.

Upcoming School-Time Shows:


Contact our School-Time Coordinator:

Fillable Order Form >

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Tickets are $7.00 each. One complimentary admission for a teacher or chaperone will be supplied for every 20 student tickets purchased.


Reservations are now being taken for the 2024-25 season. Click here for a fillable order form, or contact our School-Time Coordinator to make your reservation. These reservations will be confirmed in September, when your exact student count is known and finalized one month prior to the performance. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please order early, as many of our performances do sell-out.


For groups of 10 or more, payment may be made at any time upon confirmation of your reservations, but should be made at least one week prior to the performance you wish to attend. For groups of 9 or less, please send full payment at the time of reservation, if possible. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the “Clemens Center”. Approximately 4 weeks before each performance, a group Admission Slip will be issued to the contact person for your school or group. This is your “ticket” and must be brought to the theatre, where it will be collected by the School-Time Coordinator.

Study Guides

Filled with background information and student activities, these curriculum-based guides will enhance your students’ performance experience. Study Guides will be available on-line approximately one month prior to each performance.

Arrivals & Dismissal

We recommend that you arrive 20-30 minutes prior to curtain. Seating assignments will be designated by the Clemens Center and our ushers will seat groups in the order in which they arrive. As we are serving many school groups, we must always start the show on time. All schools will be dismissed based on the order in which the busses are lined up, when they return for pick-up. Please feel free to have students bring along reading materiel, to make the most of any wait time.

Transportation & Parking

All busses, vans and cars should use Carl Proper Drive – which is adjacent to the Clemens Center – for unloading and picking up students. Drivers should enter Carl Proper Drive from Gray Street. Parking for private vehicles is available in the Gray Street Parking Garage, directly west of our building. For additional bussing procedures, please click here.

Special Needs

Wheelchair seating and accommodations for sign language interpreters are available upon prior request. Please indicate all special needs when placing your order.

For Additional Information or to Make a Reservation

Please contact Janice Slocum, School-Time Coordinator
Phone: (607) 735-2777 e-mail:

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