School-Time Series

Mary Tripp Marks School-Time Series 2020-2021

Faced with the realities of COVID-19, the Clemens Center is currently unable to offer live School-Time performances. We are working closely with our long-time children’s theatre presenters to offer virtual programming during this time. We will update our website and be in contact with area educators as our plans evolve. We look forward to inviting students back into our theatre as soon as health guidelines allow us to do so.

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.


Contact our School-Time Coordinator:
607-733-5639 x 777

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.


Tickets are $6.00 each. One complimentary admission for a teacher or chaperone will be supplied for every 20 student tickets purchased.


The Clemens Center is not taking reservations for 2020-2021 School-Time performances, at this time. For updates regarding our 2020-2021 season, please contact the School-Time Coordinator at

Arrivals & Dismissal

We recommend that you arrive 20-30 minutes prior to curtain.  All 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, it is crucial that we always start the show on time.  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 material, 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 and map, click here.


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 nine or fewer, please send full payment at the time of reservation, if possible. Checks and money orders should be made payable to the “Clemens Center.” Approximately four 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.

Special Needs

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

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