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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.

Misery

Misery

Stephen King's Unforgettable Thriller

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 While he semi-consciously convalesces under her “care,” Annie secretly reads the unpublished manuscript of his new novel Misery and becomes enraged upon discovering that he has killed off her favorite character.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.

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
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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Macbeth

Macbeth

Shakespeare's Towering Tragedy

For this production, we will transform the Hanna Theatre into an Elizabethan theater, including NEW SEATING SECTIONS ON STAGE - surrounding the playing area and creating an immersive experience for audiences! Consider ONSTAGE seating when planning your visit to enjoy the fullness of this unique production. (Onstage seats are padded benches with backs similar in style to church pews. The bench seat is padded. Seating is assigned.)

Synopsis:
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."

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
Thursday, April 05, 2018
Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Wednesday, April 11, 2018
Thursday, April 12, 2018

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My students adored this show
Beehive - The 60s Musical

Beehive - The 60s Musical

Off Broadway's Groovy Retro-Hit Revue

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 classic 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.

BEEHIVE: THE 60s MUSICAL is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.

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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Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice

A Classic Romantic Comedy

While everyone around her is pressuring marriage, the outspoken Elizabeth Bennet is barely interested – until she meets the handsome, enigmatic Mr. Darcy, that is. Despite finding themselves unwittingly and unwillingly attracted to one another, will Mr. Darcy’s pride and Elizabeth’s prejudice undo the fledgling romance before the relationship blossoms? Fearless, funny and utterly irresistible, Jane Austen’s classic is sure to steal your heart!

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Based on the novel by Jane Austen
Adapted by Joseph Hanreddy and J.R. Sullivan
Directed by Joseph Hanreddy

Matinee Info

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

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 09, 2018
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Tuesday, October 30, 2018

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I cannot say enough about this play
Mamma Mia!

Mamma Mia!

The Smash Hit Feel-Good Musical

On a tiny Greek island, Sophie is making final preparations for her wedding day in paradise. Little does her mother Donna know that Sophie’s last minute preparations include sleuthing out who her father may be among three possible candidates that she’s secretly invited. The story-telling magic of ABBA’s classic, pop-hit songs propels this enchanting tale of love, laughter, family and friendship…which concludes with a trip down the aisle that you’ll never forget!

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Music and lyrics by Benny Andersson and Björn Ulvaeus / Some songs with Stig Anderson
Book by Catherine Johnson / Originally conceived by Judy Cramer
Based on the songs of ABBA
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

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

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Thursday, November 01, 2018
Tuesday, November 06, 2018
Wednesday, November 07, 2018

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It was outstanding
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.


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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
Friday, November 30, 2018
Tuesday, December 04, 2018
Wednesday, December 05, 2018
Thursday, December 06, 2018
Tuesday, December 11, 2018
Wednesday, December 12, 2018
Thursday, December 13, 2018
Tuesday, December 18, 2018

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Great show! Very well done!
A Christmas Carol
*Sensory Friendly

A Christmas Carol

NE Ohio's Favorite Holiday Tradition

Great Lakes Theater is proud to present a sensory-friendly performance of A Christmas Carol, making live theater accessible to students and adults that benefit from a friendly audience environment. For this special performance, accommodations will be made, including a supportive audience environment, designated quiet areas, adjustments to light and sound, and online resource materials. Call Kelly Schaffer Florian at 216.453.4443 with any questions.

Complete Info: https://www.greatlakestheater.org/event/sensory

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.

Sensory Friendly Performance Dates

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Witness for the Prosecution

Witness for the Prosecution

Agatha Christie's Gripping Courtroom Thriller

You are hereby summoned for jury duty. The stakes are high as Leonard Vole is accused of murdering a widow to inherit her wealth. Can this defendant convince the jury, and you, of his innocence and escape the hangman’s noose despite shocking courtroom testimony and impassioned gallery outbursts? Witness as Leonard and his lawyers struggle to untangle the truth in a whodunit suspense-thriller that will keep you guessing until the gavel’s last echo…and beyond.

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Single Tickets go on sale July 2018.

By Agatha Christie
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

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

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 19, 2019
Thursday, February 21, 2019
Tuesday, February 26, 2019
Tuesday, March 05, 2019

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My students adored this show
The Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's Uproarious Battle of the Sexes

The only thing that stands between Bianca and a bevy of eligible suitors is her quick-tempered, elder sister Katherina. That is until fortune-hunting Petruchio takes up the challenge to “tame” Kate and make her his wife. A madcap marriage and much mayhem ensues in a beguiling battle of wits and wills between the sexes which ultimately reveals an unlikely romance. Can love tame a shrewish heart and surprise an unbridled bachelor?

2018-19 Subscriptions on sale now. Click Here.
Group Tickets on sale now. Click Here.
Single Tickets go on sale July 2018.

By William Shakespeare
Directed by TBD

Matinee Info

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

Performance Dates
Wednesday, March 27, 2019
Thursday, March 28, 2019
Tuesday, April 02, 2019
Wednesday, April 03, 2019
Thursday, April 04, 2019
Tuesday, April 09, 2019
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
Thursday, April 11, 2019

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