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Student Matinees

The Piano Lesson

Around the World in 80 Days - A 2014 Student Matinee Show starring (L-R) Brian Shea, Brad DePlanche, Matthew McGee, Brian Webb Russell, and Jonelle Marie Meyer | Photo by Chad Jacobs

Each year American Stage offers a number of special performances aimed directly at student audiences through our Student Matinee program.  The purpose of the program is to expose young people to live theatre, often for the first time, and to foster a love for the dramatic arts.  We select plays in our season that support what local educators are teaching in their classrooms.

Each performance includes an exciting talk-back with the cast following the show and a study guide is available of use in the classroom before and after the performance.

Shows begin at either 10:00am or 10:30am depending on the running time of the show.

Tickets are $9 for students and teachers/chaperones receive 1 free ticket per 20 student tickets purchased.  Additional chaperone tickets are $15 each.

To make a reservation, please call the Education department at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, mheimstead@americanstage.org.

Our 2014-2015 season includes the following student matinees:

The Chosen

Adapted by Aaron Posner and Chaim Potok, from the novel by Chaim Potok
Student Matinees - September 9 and September 16, 2014
Performances begin at 10:30am

"Examines the freedom that comes with the passage from childhood to adulthood -- intellectual freedom, religious freedom, America's promise of freedom."
-Philadelphia Weekly

"A play about the universals of family, faith, and friendship. A work of profound beauty...a marvel of theatrical perfection...you do not want the performance to end." -Berkshire On Stage

It is 1944 Brooklyn, and two Jewish boys grow up five blocks and a world apart. A standing-room-only hit wherever it has played, this award-winning adaptation (from the award-winning novel) is by the same creators of last year’s hit MY NAME IS ASHER LEV. The play begins when Reuven and Danny play a heated game of baseball between rival yeshivas…until one is badly hurt. As their unique friendship grows, they learn important lessons about their fathers, their community, and themselves.

Recommended for 6th-12th grade students.

Nureyev's Eyes

By David Rush
Student Matinee - October 21, 2014
Performance begins at 10:00am

Produced in conjunction with Rudolf Nureyev by James Wyeth: Images of the Dancer from the Brandywine River Museum at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg. 

An inside story about two masters – an American painter and a Russian ballet dancer – and how they created a now famous set of paintings. During the 70's the American painter Jamie Wyeth (son of Andrew) did a series of studies and paintings of Rudolf Nureyev, the legendary ballet dancer who defected from Russia and revitalized western ballet. Written with the express permission and support of Jamie Wyeth, this brand new play by David Rush imagines what their electric encounters may have been like, what secrets were revealed about the world of painting and international dance, and how their relationship evolved…changing each of them.

A special student experience package will be available for educators who would like to take their students to the Museum of Fine Arts immediately following the performance to see the images that inspired the play.  Call 727-823-1600 x 201 or email mheimstead@americanstage.org for complete details.

Recommended for 9th-12th grade students.

Radio Golf

By August Wilson
Student Matinees - January 27, February 10, & February 24
Performances begin at 10:00am

Nominated for 2007 Tony Award for "Best Play"
N.Y. Drama Critics Circle Award for "Best American Play"

Harmond Wilks is a real estate developer poised to become Pittsburgh’s first African-American Mayor. He is also on the verge of clinching a lucrative land deal: if the government declares the Hill District as “blighted” – including Aunt Esther’s house on 1839 Wylie – a lot of federal money will be made available to Harmond and his partners. But as he steps into political prominence, his plans collide with his past, and August Wilson’s 10th and final play shows how, in the rush to progress, the past is never too far behind.

Recommended for 9th-12th grade students.

Ticket subsidies are available for qualifying schools. For more information about ticket subsidies or to make a reservation, Contact us at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education, mheimstead@americanstage.org.


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