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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 Fantasticks

The Fantasticks

The World's Longest Running Musical

A charming and romantic musical about one young couple, two "feuding" fathers and an infinite love that transcends over time, The Fantasticks whimsically whisks audiences on a journey of imagination into a world of moonlight, magic and memory. Along the way, love is found, lost and rediscovered again after a poignant realization that "without a hurt, the heart is hollow.”

Generous support for this production was provided by John and Barbara Schubert.

THE FANTASTICKS is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.

Book & lyrics by Tom Jones
Music by Harvey Schmidt
Directed by Victoria Bussert
Choreographed by Gregory Daniels

Matinee Info

Prices Students $12.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time 2 hours & 5 minutes (with intermission)
Notes May 18th is a SENSORY-FRIENDLY performance only!
Performance Times 10:00am

Performance Dates
Wednesday, May 18, 2016
Tuesday, May 24, 2016

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Always Amazing!
Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night

Shakespeare's Enchanting Romantic Comedy

Hope seems lost when a violent shipwreck separates young Viola from her boat and twin brother. However, tragedy quickly turns romantic when she washes ashore in Illyria – an exotic island that is about to be turned topsy-turvy by love. To survive in her strange new world, she disguises herself as a boy messenger and enters the employ of an island inhabitant. Misplaced affections and misunderstood intentions result when she unexpectedly becomes an object of desire to the woman her employer sent her to woo! Time may correct the course of the isle’s myriad misguided lovers, but not before the Bard bewitches all in his enchanting comedy.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Drew Barr

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBD
Performance Times 10:00 a.m.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 04, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
Tuesday, October 25, 2016

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It was outstanding
My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady

The Tony Award-Winning Broadway Musical Classic

When the opinionated linguistics professor and bachelor Henry Higgins wagers that he can convert a lowly Cockney flower girl named Eliza Doolittle into a lady of high society, he never bargains for the unexpected transformation that she will evoke within him. Featuring such enduring Broadway favorites as “I Could Have Danced All Night,” “Wouldn’t It Be Loverly,” “The Rain in Spain,” “On the Street Where You Live” and “Get Me to the Church on Time,” this acclaimed musical is a joyful classic that the entire family will enjoy.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

Book and Lyrics by Alan Jay Lerner / Music by Frederick Loewe / Adapted from George Bernard Shaw’s Play Pygmalion
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times 10:00 a.m.

Performance Dates
Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Thursday, October 27, 2016

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I cannot say enough about this play
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.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

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 30, 2016
Thursday, December 01, 2016
Friday, December 02, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Tuesday, December 06, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Wednesday, December 14, 2016

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Great show! Very well done!
Wait Until Dark

Wait Until Dark

An Unforgettable Psychological Thriller

A 1960s Greenwich Village apartment is the scene for a deadly game of cat and mouse when a group of con-men manipulate and terrorize an unsuspecting blind woman to reclaim a mysterious doll. When the doll can’t be found, the situation spirals out of control. With murder afoot and suspense building, the woman deftly decides to “wait until dark,” in an attempt to outwit her assailants. The thrills begin when the lights go out. Wait Until Dark’s chilling conclusion is proof positive that what you can’t see can hurt you.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

By Frederick Knott
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times 10:00 a.m.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
Thursday, February 23, 2017
Wednesday, March 01, 2017

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My students adored this show
Hamlet

Hamlet

The World's Most Famous Tragedy

When his suspiciously widowed mother swiftly marries his uncle, amidst demands for revenge from his murdered father’s ghost, the young prince Hamlet resolves that something is indeed “rotten in the state of Denmark.” Forced by circumstance into a world turned upside down by betrayal, distrust and madness, Hamlet spirals through a torrent of erratic emotion and bizarre behavior in a relentless pursuit of truth. Torn between duty and doubt, he wrestles tenaciously with the profound question “to be or not to be,” until fate exacts its final answer.

Generous support for this production was provided by John and Barbara Schubert.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times 10:00 A.M.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Thursday, March 30, 2017
Friday, March 31, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
Wednesday, April 05, 2017
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017

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Forever Plaid

Forever Plaid

A Pitch-Perfect Jukebox Musical

On one stormy night in the 1960s, four eager singers known as The Plaids met their untimely ends in a cherry red, 1954 Mercury on the way to their first big gig. In 2017, this quartet of comic crooners gets one last chance to return from the afterlife to do the show they never got to perform. The Plaids deliver delightfully with playful patter and angelic voices in an unforgettable show that will have audiences rolling in the aisles when they’re not humming along to the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.

Flexible 3, 4, 5 and 6-play subscriptions are available now!
Single performance tickets go on sale August 8.

Written and originally directed and choreographed by Stuart Ross
Musical continuity supervision and arrangements by James Raitt / Originally produced by Gene Wolsk
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

Prices Students $13.00 / Chaperones - 0.00
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times 10:00 am

Performance Dates
Tuesday, May 09, 2017

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