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Student Matinees

Teachers! Bring your students to Asolo Rep to experience the thrill of live theatre first-hand.

Every year we select productions with discussion topics and themes that make both curricular and personal connections for student audiences. When you make plans to attend an Asolo Rep production, our Education Department will provide the tools you need to explore these powerful stories interpreted by exceptional artists.

The Music Man

Book, Music and Lyrics by MEREDITH WILLSON | Based on a story by MEREDITH WILLSON and FRANKLIN LACEY | Directed by JEFF CALHOUN
December 5, 2018 at 10:30am
Recommended for middle and elementary schools


THE MUSIC MAN was the sensation of Broadway when it first premiered and scored six Tony Awards®, including Best Musical (beating out West Side Story). Sixty years later it’s still an American institution with its one-of-a-kind score including rousing marches (“Seventy-Six Trombones”), soaring ballads (“Till There Was You”), and Willson’s snap-crackle-pop vocal arrangements that could be considered the Broadway precursors to rap. Fast-talking salesman Harold Hill brings trouble to River City, Iowa when he cons the townspeople into buying instruments for an imaginary band – but his plans to skip town with the cash are foiled when his heart is stolen by the town librarian. For this new, innovative, tap-infused production, Tony Award-nominated director Jeff Calhoun (Newsies) returns to Asolo Rep (Bonnie & Clyde, Pulse) to direct and award-winning actor, dancer and choreographer Noah Racey (Pulse) returns to dazzle in the role of Harold Hill.

The Crucible

By ARTHUR MILLER | Directed by MICHAEL DONALD EDWARDS
February 19, 22 & 26, 2019 at 10:00am
Recommended for grade 7 and up


Spring, 1692. In the black of night, a Salem village reverend discovers a group of teenage girls dancing devilishly around a fire in the woods. When his daughter exhibits strange catatonic symptoms the following morning, the townsfolk are frenzied with rumors of witchcraft. Deep-seated jealousy, deadly accusations, and seething resentments pit neighbor against neighbor as a deeply religious community is thrown into turmoil. A timeless parable about morality, silence and the devastating consequences when fear takes root in a community, THE CRUCIBLE is Arthur Miller’s thinly veiled condemnation of the Communist “witch hunt” of his time. The play won the 1953 Tony Award for Best Play and is a landmark work in the canon of American drama.

What does a student matinee include?

In addition to the perfomance, Main Stages Student Matinees can include interactive classroom workshops, talkbacks with cast members following each performance, and Production Guides developed around the Asolo Rep performance and unique curriculum connections for each piece. Some performances may also offer Educator Workshops and/or Educator Preview options.

Can I request tickets before the 2018-19 school year starts?

We want everyone to have the chance to speak up for the performances that interest you! This year, we will accept performance requests as of 7pm, May 7, 2018. You will tell us:

  • Your school and contact info
  • Your first and second choice of performances
  • Your date preferences
  • Your best estimate of a head-count for students and chaperones attending
  • Nothing must be signed, and no payments will be due.

We will contact you in the fall to confirm a reservation:

  • You will update your numbers at that time.
  • You will receive a deadline to submit a signed reservation agreement.
  • You will receive a deadline for deposit and balance due, or instructions for scholarship/subsidy options if applicable.

If you are not able to confirm a reservation at that time, we will continue to offer seats to other waiting schools.

What does a student matinee cost?

$10 per ticket, with 1 free chaperone ticket for every 25 tickets purchased.
Please inquire about costs and funding opportunities, including transportation subsidies. Do not let cost be a barrier to your school!

Can we attend performances not listed here?

Want to bring a school group to a public performance not listed here? Contact us to inquire about bringing a group to any public performance.


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