Student Matinees

Schools attending TheatreWorks’ student matinee performances receive in-depth study guides to help integrate the shows’ lessons into the classroom, a pre-show classroom workshop with TheatreWorks artists, and a post-show discussion with the cast.

Student tickets are just $10.

For more information or to reserve student matinee seats for your class, contact Katie Bartholomew, Associate Education Director – Schools at 650.463.7154 or by email at

Upcoming Student Matinees:

By Rajiv Joseph
March 26, 2015 at 11am  •  Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Grades 9-12

Pungent memories of tandoors and tikka masala linger in a shuttered Indian restaurant, where the owner’s grown-up children ponder the legacy of their family business, Dad’s mysterious bookie, and their suddenly entangled lives. New from Pulitzer Prize nominee Rajiv Joseph, this engrossing “Best Play” offers a spicy menu of family secrets, sibling rivalry, and surprising reconciliation, served up by the acclaimed author of The North Pool.
Contains mature language

By Randal Myler & Dan Wheetman
April 23, 2015 at 11am  •  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Grades 5-12

From the creators of It Ain’t Nothin’ But the Blues comes a poignant, passionate musical revue about the lives of mining families in the heart of Appalachia. Alternately exuberant and melancholy, joyous and gripping, it is a bluegrass tribute to the working families of America’s heartland. Told in the unique rhythms of a music all our own, this is a foot-stomping celebration of the culture, hardships, and heroics of life on the Blue Ridge.

By David Auburn
Thursday, October 29, 2015 at 11am  •  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Grades 9-12

Proof is a riveting drama of the heart, a compelling tale of a faded mathematical genius and his brilliant but damaged daughter, a young woman caught in a quest for legitimacy in the male-dominated world of high-level science. It is a mystery of family instability and fledgling attraction, an exhilarating, funny, and fulfilling tribute to the humanity that permeates our world of equations, equivocations, and codes.
Contains mature language.

Jane Austen's EMMA
Music, lyrics, & book by Paul Gordon
Adapted from the novel by Jane Austen
Thursday, December 10 & Tuesday, December 15, 2015 at 11am
Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto

Grades 5-12

TheatreWorks' beloved musical hit makes a triumphant return for the holidays, featuring one of Jane Austen’s most delightful heroines, an effervescent ingénue whose matchmaking mischief inevitably misfires. Obsessed with romance, but clueless about her own feelings, Emma navigates the course of true love with a generous heart and an indomitable spirit. A masterpiece brought to joyous life, this funny, irresistible revival features a glorious score by the Tony Award-nominated composer of Jane Eyre and Daddy Long Legs.

By Kimber Lee
Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 11am  •  Lucie Stern Theatre, Palo Alto
Grades 8-12

Generations, gender, and tradition collide as a revered Sushi Master struggles to preserve ancient artistry in a society obsessed with change. In pursuit of perfection, Koji inspires his brilliant protégé of a son, intimidates a parade of young apprentices, and discovers that in today’s world, even a three-star chef has much to learn. Set in a legendary sushi restaurant, this warm-hearted comic drama was a highlight of TheatreWorks’ New Works Festival.
Contains mature language.

By Edmund Rostand    
Translated by Michael Hollinger
Adapted by Michael Hollinger and Aaron Posner
Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 11am  •  Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts
Grades 6-12

Alive with swashbuckling swordplay, witty wordplay, and irresistible romance, this classic tale of unrequited passion and panache flows from the rollicking theatres of 17th century Paris to distant battlements long besieged. Here literature’s greatest love triangle evolves in a modern, intimate, and good-humored adaptation that entangles the enchanting heiress Roxane, handsome cadet Christian, and nose-challenged swordsman Cyrano in the love affair of a lifetime.