Student Matinees

The Piano Lesson

The Piano Lesson - A 2013 Student Matinee Show

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 play guide is available of use in the classroom before and after the performance.

Shows begin at 10:00am. Tickets are $9 for students and teachers/chaperones receive 1 free ticket per 20 student tickets purchased.

Contact us at 727-823-1600 x 201 or email Meg Heimstead, the Director of Education,, to make a reservation or for more information about our student matinees.


Our 2013-2014 season includes the following student matinees:


THE BIRDS by Conor McPherson
from the short story by Daphne du Maurier
Student Matinee on October 15, 2013

"Amazing…truly frightening…a night in the theatre that should not be missed." -Tippi Hedren
“Deliciously chilling…spring-loaded with tension." -Irish Independent

Based on the short story that inspired Alfred Hitchcock's legendary film, this suspenseful adaptation by acclaimed Irish playwright Conor McPherson (The Seafarer) is an emotionally stirring thriller. In a seaside town, masses of birds have begun to violently attack at high tide, driving two strangers to take refuge in an abandoned cottage. With no electricity and little food, hope wanes…then a mysterious young woman shows up, and the struggle for survival really begins.

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2 Trains Running

2 TRAINS RUNNING by August Wilson
The 7th installment in our stunning Century Cycle
Student Matinees on February 4, February 11 & February 18, 2014

Finalist 1992 Pulitzer Prize in Drama
NY Drama Critics Circle Award for “Best American Play”
"Its stunning monologues are gorgeous, funny and savage." -LA Times
"The most comic of the Wilson cycle so far." -The Christian Science Monitor

It is 1969, and in the aftermath of the riots, Dr. King’s assassination, and the rise of the black power movement, a young man named Stirling comes to Memphis Lee’s diner where customers have gathered for decades to share their struggles, faith, and hopes. But this diner has been slated for demolition in the city’s new redevelopment plan, and what unfolds is Wilson’s most compassionate and humorous work about lives in transition, evolving social awareness, and spirits rising.

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Around the World in 80 Days

AROUND THE WORLD IN 80 DAYS by Mark Brown after Jules Verne
Student Matinees on April 1 & April 8, 2014

"A wildly whacky, unbelievably creative, 90-miles-an-hour, hilarious journey! A ton of fun for all ages." -Tolucan Times

Stampeding elephants! Raging typhoons! Runaway trains! Unabashedly slapstick! Hold onto your seats for the original amazing race! Join fearless adventurer Phileas Fogg and his faithful manservant as they race to beat the clock! Danger, romance, and comic surprises abound in this whirlwind of a show as five actors portraying 33 characters traverse seven continents in Mark Brown's new adaptation of one of the great adventures of all time!

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Around the World in 80 Days study guide!


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,


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