Student Matinees

Experience Tony Award-winning theatre with your students, right here in Silicon Valley! These low-cost, daytime performances are held specially for school groups, offering youth in our community the chance to engage with the stories we tell onstage amid an audience of their peers. Before the show, educators receive a Guidebook full of information and activities to connect the art onstage to the work in their classroom. After the show, TheatreWorks hosts a talk-back between the cast and the student audience.

Student matinee tickets will go on sale eight weeks before each performance. If your school would like to attend multiple matinees, please place an order for each show when the ticket request window opens. Student tickets are $10 each; chaperones are free. We ask that you have at least one chaperone for every ten students.

Read on to learn about the lineup for the 2022/23 school year!

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LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS

Thursday, December 8, 2022 @ 11am

Book and Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman
Screenplay by Charles Griffith
Directed by Jeffrey Lo

Put a little horror in your holiday season this year! Everybody’s favorite carnivorous plant is ready to devour San Francisco’s Chinatown in a reimagined production that lends this uproarious cult-classic musical a delicious local flavor. Follow meek florist Seymour Krelborn as he makes a Faustian bargain with the world’s most vicious vegetation and learns that fame and fortune can come with a grisly price. From the iconic team behind Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid, it’s sure to be a bloody good time!

Recommended for grades 8–12.

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IN EVERY GENERATION

Thursday, February 9, 2023 @ 11am

By Ali Viterbi
Directed by Michael Barakiva

“Why is this night different from all other nights?” It’s Passover, and the multi-generational, multi-cultural Levi-Katz family finds they all have different answers as they struggle with questions of race and religion that have yet to be resolved. Is trauma generational, or genetic? What does it mean to be free? Is vegan brisket even kosher? A celebration of Jewish tradition, this exciting new play follows one family through four millennia of Passover dinners, from the personal to the eternal, musing on how and if humanity will ever evolve.

Recommended for grades 9–12.

Ticket request for this matinee will be accepted December 19, 2022–January 30, 2023.

 


 


FANNIE: THE MUSIC AND LIFE OF FANNIE LOU HAMER


Thursday, March 30, 2023 @ 11am

By Cheryl L. West
Directed by Tim Bond
Featuring Greta Oglesby

“To hope is to vote!” Famed activist and civil rights hero Fannie Lou Hamer makes this impassioned rally cry, reminding us that change begins with just one voice. Tracing her steps from sharecropper to activist to political candidate, Fannie takes audiences on a gospel-filled journey of justice and self-determination, inspiring every American to rise up and fight for the vital issues of our time. Featuring a live band and the return of Greta Oglesby, star of last season’s critically-acclaimed Gem of the Ocean!

Recommended for grades 6–12.

Ticket request for this matinee will be accepted February 6–March 20, 2023.


 


A DISTINCT SOCIETY

Thursday, April 27, 2023 @ 11am

By Kareem Fahmy
Directed by Giovanna Sardelli

By chance and geographic anomaly, a quiet library in northern Vermont straddles the U.S.-Canada border. Most years it’s just a curiosity, but during the “Muslim ban,” it becomes an unlikely meeting place for an Iranian family who find themselves on opposite sides of an invisible divide. When the Québécoise librarian, a U.S. border patrol officer, and a local teenager become involved, all must choose between breaking the law and saving themselves. A favorite from our New Works Initiative!

Recommended for grades 9–12.

Ticket request for this matinee will be accepted March 6–April 17, 2023.