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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 Taming of the Shrew

The Taming of the Shrew

Shakespeare's Uproarious Battle of the Sexes

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:
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?

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.

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Bruner

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time 2 hours & 15 minutes (including intermission)
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
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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Great show! Very well done!
Million Dollar Quartet

Million Dollar Quartet

A Tony-Winning Rock 'n' Roll Tribute

On December 4, 1956, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley fatefully found themselves together in a Memphis recording studio. The historic rock ‘n’ roll jam session that resulted was electrifying. Step back in time to experience this irresistible tale of broken promises, secrets and celebrations – which boasts powerhouse performances and an incredible score of rock ‘n’ roll, R&B and country hits, including “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Walk the Line,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On,” “Hound Dog” and more.

MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater.

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Book by Colin Escott and Floyd Mutrux
Original Concept and Direction by Floyd Mutrux
Inspired by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins
Directed by Hunter Foster

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, May 07, 2019

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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.


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By Charles Dickens / Adapted and Directed By Gerald Freedman

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time 1 hour and 45 minutes (including intermission)
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Wednesday, December 04, 2019
Thursday, December 05, 2019
Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Wednesday, December 11, 2019
Thursday, December 12, 2019
Tuesday, December 17, 2019
Wednesday, December 18, 2019
Thursday, December 19, 2019

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It was outstanding
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 $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time 1 hour and 45 minutes (including intermission)
Performance Times

Sensory Friendly Performance Dates
Friday, November 29, 2019

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Great show! Very well done!
The Music Man

The Music Man

The Tony-Winning Broadway Musical Classic

“There’s trouble in River City…” when Harold Hill, a fast-talking salesman, attempts to con its citizens into purchasing instruments and uniforms for a boys’ band that he never fully intends on forming. That is until, Marian, the prim town librarian, catches on to his scheme and the two fall into an unlikely romance that is the foil to all of Harold’s plans. This six-time, Tony-winning musical, which features cherished numbers such as “Seventy-Six Trombones,” “Ya Got Trouble” and “Till There Was You,” is the perfect musical comedy for all ages. 

THE MUSIC MAN is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

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

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Book, Music and Lyrics by Meredith Willson
Story by Meredith Willson and Franklin Lacey
Directed by Victoria Bussert

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Wednesday, October 09, 2019
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Wednesday, November 06, 2019

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I cannot say enough about this play
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Epic Political Tragedy

A timeless drama of intrigue, allegiance and conspiracy, Julius Caesar is the ultimate political thriller. Caesar’s triumphant return from war causes concern about one person’s pursuit of too much power. Machiavellian machinations result in resounding consequences and throw an empire into turmoil. Shakespeare’s politically-charged play reverberates through the ages and poses questions that we still seek answers to centuries later.

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Bruner

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 08, 2019
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

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It was outstanding
Sleuth

Sleuth

The Ultimate Whodunit Thriller

Andrew Wyke is a mystery writer fascinated by games. He invites a fellow game enthusiast, who just happens to be his wife’s lover, Milo Tindle, to engage in a series of events that end up blurring the line between imagination and reality. This Tony-winning Best Play is an inventive take on the country-house thriller. Suspense abounds throughout this fiendishly cunning show that is sure to keep you guessing throughout. Is it all just a game or is more afoot? 

SLEUTH is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

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By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020

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My students adored this show
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's Sublime Battle of Wits and Wills

Beatrice and Benedick would rather exchange scorching insults than sweet nothings. However, the pugnacious pair is forced to forge a partnership in order to defend house and honor, and salvage the true love of Hero and Claudio after deceptions destroy the lovers’ wedding day. Will the earnest endeavor to restore a young romance elicit an unexpected change of heart for the effort’s unlikely collaborators as well?

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By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Fee

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, March 24, 2020
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Thursday, March 26, 2020
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
Thursday, April 02, 2020
Tuesday, April 07, 2020
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
Thursday, April 09, 2020

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Always Amazing!
Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

A Sassy Musical Celebration of Fats Waller

This Tony-winning musical showcases the infectious energy and masterful stylings of the legendary jazz musician, Thomas “Fats” Waller. Five actors croon, jive, wail and dance their way through the songs that made Waller a household name. Delight in the heyday of American big band jazz music as the cast celebrates unforgettable hits that include “The Joint is Jumpin’,” “Spreadin’ Rythym Around,” “Honeysuckle Rose,” and the show’s namesake “Ain’t Misbehavin’.” 

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).

AIN'T MISBEHAVIN' is part of the Kulas Musical Theater Series at Great Lakes Theater. 

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Conceived by Richard Maltby, Jr. and Murray Horwitz Created and Originally Directed by Richard Maltby Jr.Original Choreography and Musical Staging by Arthur Faria
Musical Adaptations, Orchestrations & Arrangements by Luther Henderson
Vocal & Musical Concepts by Jeffrey Gutcheon
Musical Arrangements by Jeffrey Gutcheon & William Elliott
Director TBA

Matinee Info

Prices Students $ / Chaperones - FREE
Location Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square
Run Time TBA
Performance Times

Performance Dates
Tuesday, May 05, 2020

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