National Geographic Live Student Events

Royal OnStage is pleased to present National Geographic Live at the Royal Theatre. National Geographic Live presentations offer students a rare opportunity to experience explorers, photographers, filmmakers, and scientists as they share their personal stories of conservation, exploration, and adventure. This is an opportunity to engage students in real-life topics connected to BC’s curriculum.

National Geographic Live Student Presentations feature:

  • A unique learning experience with high-definition photos and video hosted by a National Geographic Explorer
  • An introduction to the majestic Royal Theatre
  • An hour long presentation that includes an engaging Q & A with a National Geographic Explorer
  • Online learning materials

Ticket Details

Each event begins at 10:00am at the Royal Theatre and is expected to end at 11:15am. Tickets are $8.00 per participant. All students welcome.  The suggested grade range for each speaker can be found below under the Event Information section. 

Please download, fill out and send back your registration form to secure your tickets.  The completed form can be faxed, scanned and emailed or mailed to:

The Royal and McPherson Theatres
Attention: Melissa O'Shea
302-1005 Broad St  V8W 2A1
Fax: 250.361.0805
Phone: 250.361.0808

Please find the registration form links and curriculum connections links located below.  There is a form to be filled out per event.

Event Information

Extreme Filmmaker, Bryan Smith - Capturing the Impossible 
Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 10:00am
Royal Theatre

Join filmmaker Bryan Smith on the edge of what’s possible in extreme filmmaking. Descend the deepest canyon in the South Pacific, traverse the length of the Alaska Range by paraglider, and climb the ice of Niagara Falls. His passion for storytelling combined with his reputation for capturing the impossible make for an unforgettable presentation.

Registration Form

Curriculum Connections


Photographer, Steve Winter - On the Trail of Big Cats
Wednesday, January 29, 2020 at 10:00am
Royal Theatre

In Steve Winter's opinion, being a National Geographic photojournalist is the best job in the world. Despite being attacked by rhinos, stalked by jaguars, charged by a grizzly bear, and being trapped in quicksand. He did all of that to capturing the perfect image to tell a story that speaks for those that cannot speak for themselves. Listen as Steve shares his experience documenting threatened big cat species around the world and learn how by saving them, we can save ourselves.

Registration Form

Curriculum Connections


Egyptologist, Kara Cooney - When Women Ruled the World
Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 10:00am
Royal Theatre

Join Dr. Kara Cooney, professor of Egyptology, for a look at a time in ancient history when women ruled the world. They’re often neglected in the history books, but their power and influence is undeniable. Cleopatra built alliances with warlords of the Roman Empire. Neferusobek was the first woman to definitively take the title of king. Nefertiti brought a fractured Egypt together. What can we learn from how these women ruled?

Registration Form

Curriculum Connections

Continue the Exploration

Prior to or after your visit to the Royal Theatre for National Geographic Live, connect with the Royal BC Museum for a special Learning Lab that will be paired with the particular Nat Geo presentation you take part in. Explore extreme filmmaking, big cats of BC or Egyptology further with a museum educator in the galleries of the Royal BC Museum.

Contact Chris O’Connor for more details.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do chaperones, attendants and teachers need to purchase a ticket?

Yes, each attendee requires a ticket.

How many chaperones are required?

One chaperone per ten students is required. If you have a special circumstance or would like more information about this please contact or give us a call at 250.361.0800.

What are the recommended grades for each presentation?

All students are welcome and each presentation connects to the B.C. Curriculum. Please see the curriculum connections posted with each presentation. 

How does one register a class?

Download and print the registration form for the speakers that you’re interested in and follow the instructions on the form.

Can homeschool students register?

Yes, homeschool students are welcome. 

Can I register a class for more than one speaker at a time?

Yes, but a separate registration form is required for each speaker.

Where and when are the presentations?

Each presentation begins at 10:00am at the Royal Theatre and is expected to conclude at 11:15am – 805 Broughton Street, Victoria.

Where do buses unload at the Royal Theatre?

Buses can unload at the front doors of the theatre at 805 Broughton Street. Theatre staff will be on hand to direct traffic and to let drivers know when and where to pick up students. There is no parking for buses, however, so a bus needs to leave the theatre and then return to load. 

Are seats reserved or general admission?

Seats are reserved once we have received the completed order form and payment. Your seat row and number will be printed on your ticket, please make sure all members of your group sit in their reserved seat. If you have opted to have your tickets mailed, please distribute your tickets in advance to each student to make getting into the theatre more expedient. 

What time should students arrive at the theatre?

Presentations start promptly at 10:00am so it’s recommended that school groups arrive at 9:30am. 

Can we bring food and drinks in the theatre?

Please feel free to use the lobby space for snacks, but no food is allowed inside the theatre.

Is there somewhere to have lunch after the presentation?

Yes, after the presentation the lobby will be open until noon for students to eat their lunch. 

Who is in charge of organizing transportation to and from the presentations?

Each school is responsible for arranging transportation for their students.

Questions and Feedback

If you have any questions or would like to provide feedback regarding the National Geographic Live Student Events please do not hesitate to contact us!  We would love to hear from you. Please contact Derek Cooper at or give us a call at 250.361.0800. 

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