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Student Matinee Series

Make classic theater come alive for your students!

We introduce over 15,000 students to theater each year - many for the first time. Your field trip to Great Lakes Theater is just a click away. All Student Matinee performance dates are subject to availability.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

As the bells of Notre Dame’s cathedral sound in fifteenth-century Paris, Quasimodo - a deformed, captive bell-ringer - observes the city’s Feast of Fools from afar. Escaping his captor Frollo to join the festivities, Quasimodo is rejected by every reveler except the beautiful Gypsy, Esmeralda – with whom he is immediately smitten. However, a handsome Captain and Frollo are equally enthralled by her. As they vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a malevolent mission to destroy the Gypsies and steal her love. It’s up to an unlikely hero to ring true and save the day in this transformative musical celebration of love and acceptance.

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Music by Alan Menken / Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz / Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Notes This production is appropriate for all grades
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Thursday, November 02, 2017

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My students adored this show
A Midsummer Night's Dream

A Midsummer Night's Dream

An exhilarating tale of midsummer madness, this memorable comedy brims with mistaken identity, mismatched lovers and mischief-making fairies. Shakespeare's charming comedy ensnares myriad lovers and a rustic troupe of would-be actors in a joyful celebration of love lost, transformed and restored – casting a powerfully pleasing spell on audiences of all ages.

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Notes This production is appropriate for upper elementary through high school students
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Thursday, October 19, 2017
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
Tuesday, October 31, 2017

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Great show! Very well done!
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

NE Ohio's Favorite Holiday Tradition

Open your heart to Charles Dickens’ classic tale of one man’s ultimate redemption. One of northeast Ohio’s favorite holiday traditions, A Christmas Carol is a perfect gift of theater for children and adults of all ages. Celebrate the season with the ones you love.

2017-18 Subscription Packages are on sale now.
Group tickets are on sale now.
Single Tickets go on sale in July.

By Charles Dickens / Adapted and Directed By Gerald Freedman

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 13.00
Location Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time 1 hour and 45 minutes (including intermission)
Notes This production is appropriate for elementary through high school students.
Performance Times 11:00 a.m.

Performance Dates
Wednesday, November 29, 2017
Thursday, November 30, 2017
Friday, December 01, 2017
Tuesday, December 05, 2017
Wednesday, December 06, 2017
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Wednesday, December 13, 2017
Thursday, December 14, 2017
Tuesday, December 19, 2017

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I cannot say enough about this play
Misery

Misery

When successful romance novelist Paul Sheldon awakes in a secluded home, rescued from a car crash by his “number one fan” Annie Wilkes, fiction quickly becomes stark reality. While he semi-consciously convalesces under her “care,” Annie secretly reads the unpublished manuscript of his new novel Misery and becomes enraged upon discovering that he has killed off her favorite character. When Annie demands that he rewrite his novel, Paul quickly realizes that the only way to avoid his own personal unhappy ending is to outwit the sociopathic bibliophile that seems bound and determined to keep him permanently bedridden.

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Based on the novel by Stephen King / Adapted by William Goldman
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Notes This production is appropriate for high school students
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 20, 2018
Thursday, February 22, 2018

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Thank you for providing helpful pre-show materials
Macbeth

Macbeth

In a maelstrom of politics and magic, Shakespeare's towering tragedy melds unforgettable characters and incomparable language in a fascinating drama of corruption and heroism. We invite you to join us for an eerie evening of dazzling darkness, where specters and riddles foretell the futures of kings. But beware: "something wicked this way comes."

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The National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest presents Shakespeare in American Communities. Great Lakes Theater is one of 40 professional theater companies selected to participate in bringing the finest productions of Shakespeare to middle and high school students in communities across the United States.

Generous support for MACBETH was provided by John and Barbara Schubert.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Notes This production is appropriate for middle and high school students
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
Thursday, March 29, 2018
Tuesday, April 03, 2018
Wednesday, April 04, 2018
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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Always Amazing!
Beehive - The 60s Musical

Beehive - The 60s Musical

An exuberant jukebox celebration of the women musicians who made the 60s truly memorable, Beehive transports audiences on a nostalgic musical journey back in time. Featuring forty beloved chart-toppers (and Aqua Net-glistening coiffures, of course), this groovy retro-revue highlights hits that range from the Supremes’ memorable melodies to Janis Joplin’s heart-rending rasp to Aretha Franklin’s soul and more. So break out your vintage best…and prepare to sing along, dance in the aisles and relive one of music’s truly golden eras.

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Created by Larry Gallagher
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Notes The performance is appropriate for all grade levels.
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Tuesday, May 08, 2018
Tuesday, May 15, 2018

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It was outstanding