Bring Your Students to the Theatre

A lifelong love of theatre often starts with a school bus ride to see a student matinee performance at the Playhouse. These matinees are the same professional productions staged for evening and weekend audiences. Regular student matinee performances begin at 10 a.m., and tickets are $15 each. For every 15 paid student tickets, one complimentary ticket is provided. A $15 processing fee is added to each order.

Registration for 2018-19 student matinees is now available! Questions? Contact Piper N. Davis at piper.davis@cincyplay.com.

Plan your trip today!

Registration for 2018-19 student matinees are now available. Click below to submit your request to bring your students to the Playhouse for a mainstage production. 

2019-20 student matinees will be available starting May 7.

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Remaining 2018-19 Student Matinees

All plays and dates are subject to change.

YOU'RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN

Based on the comic strip "Peanuts" by CHARLES M. SCHULZ
Book, Music and Lyrics by
CLARK GESNER


MAY 9, 2019

Fall in love all over again with the Peanuts gang in this whimsical musical that features delightful songs and a new musical arrangement. Recommended for first-grade and older students. 

2019-20 Student Matinees

All plays and dates are subject to change.

ONCE ON THIS ISLAND

Book and Lyrics by LYNN AHERNS
Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY


SEPT. 25, 2019 

Hearts soar in the Tony Award-winning, Calypso-flavored musical about a peasant girl who rescues a wealthy boy and falls in love with him. Recommended for fifth-grade and older students. Contains some onstage violence and other mature themes.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCE

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By CHARLES DICKENS
Adapted by HOWARD DALLIN


DEC. 3, 2019
This performance is only for individuals on the autism spectrum or with other disabilities that create sensory sensitivities, and is made possible with support by The Daniel and Susan Pfau Foundation.

Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge's time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Recommended for first grade and older students.

A CHRISTMAS CAROL

By CHARLES DICKENS
Adapted by HOWARD DALLIN


NOV. 26, DEC. 4, 5, AND 10, 2019

Faithful storytelling and spellbinding stage magic bring to life Ebenezer Scrooge's time-traveling journey with the spirits one magical Christmas Eve. Recommended for first grade and older students.

BUDDY: THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY

By ALAN JANES


JAN. 29, 2020

Experience the sensational musical about the bespectacled, 1950s rock and roll icon Buddy Holly and his meteoric rise to fame. Recommended for junior high and high school age students. Contains song lyrics with mild sexual innuendo.

AGATHA CHRISTIE'S

MURDER ON THE ORIENT EXPRESS

Adapted for the stage by KEN LUDWIG


APRIL 30, 2020

Whodunit? Detective Hercule Poirot is determined to find out in this masterpiece from the world’s most popular mystery writer. Recommended for junior high and high school age students. Contains violence, mild adult language and other mature themes.

 

Resources

We support student matinees with a range of resources that extend and deepen the theatre experience and connect it to the classroom. These include:

  • Educator's Guides 
  • Post-show Q&A sessions with the actors
  • Copies of the play script
 
Helpful Hints
All in attendance at the performance must be included in your reservation, including chaperones and bus drivers. There are no extra seats beyond the number a school has reserved. Payment for student matinees must be made no later than 45 days prior to your performance dates. Adjustments to your reservation may be made up to that point. It is the responsibility of the teacher to be aware of performance dates and deadlines related to his or her reservation(s). After 45 days prior, we will consider the reservation final and the school will be responsible for full payment. Reservations are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.
All individuals in attendance at the performance must be included in your reservation, including chaperones and bus drivers. There are no extra seats beyond the number that a school has reserved. Payment for A Christmas Carol student matinees must be made no later than Oct. 1. Adjustments to your reservation may be made up to that point. After Oct. 1, if full payment has not been received, the reservation will be canceled.

For Schools on the Waiting List
Regardless of the Oct. 1 deadline — if you are on the waiting list or join at any time, and then you receive confirmation that seats have become available for your school, your payment will be due within two weeks of receiving your confirmation.

Please email piper.davis@cincyplay.com with any questions or concerns.

Every spring (generally in late April or early May), we host a special reception for teachers. Attend the reception for the earliest opportunity to sign up students for matinees. Registration for the upcoming season begins at the reception and opens online and via telephone the next morning. However, attendance at the reception does not guarantee that you will receive the performance(s) desired. A Christmas Carol is usually sold out by the end of May and only accepting waiting list requests.

To receive an invitation to the reception and notice of the registration opening date, please email the following information to piper.davis@cincyplay.com:

  • Contact Name
  • School Name
  • Address
  • Primary Phone
  • School Email Address
The Playhouse cannot accommodate motor coach and bus parking onsite. Motor coaches and buses must arrive early to secure parking in Eden Park. We suggest bus drivers turn onto Mt. Adams Drive and allow students to disembark by the steps. Then park along that drive. Arrival by 9:30 a.m. is strongly encouraged.
 

More than Entertainment: A Look at the Playhouse's Sensory-Friendly Student Matinee

Dec 19, 2018
Natalie Hulla

To open doors for these students and to provide better accessibility, the Playhouse hosts a special, sensory-friendly student matinee performance of A Christmas Carol each season.

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Henry Charles Weghorst and Bruce Cromer in A Christmas Carol and the cast of A Christmas Carol; Photos by Mikki Schaffner. Barbara Chisholm as Misery's Annie Wilkes; Photo by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates. All other promotional photos by Tony Arrasmith/Arrasmith & Associates.