Student Matinees

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 Student Matinee performance includes:

  • An exciting and insightful talk-back with the cast following the show
  • As in-class workshop in connection with Florida State Standards is available for every classroom attending a student matinee. These workshops are led by American Stage staff members, and should take place before your group comes to the theatre.

Student matinee performances take place on select Wednesdays and begin at either 10:00am or 10:30am depending on the running time of the show.

Call 727-823-1600 ext 213 to book a student matinee and accompanying workshop.

Click HERE for our Student Matinee ticketing and payment policies

Tickets are $12 for students and teachers/chaperones receive 1 free ticket per 10 student tickets purchased.  Additional chaperone tickets are $15 each.

To make a reservation,please call the Education department at
727-823-1600 x 213 or


By William Shakespeare

November 29 & December 6, 2017 @ 10:00am

As World War II is drawing to a close, Beatrice rails against the roles expected of women of her era. Benedick has just arrived home from the war and is not ready to be tied down. Who needs marriage?! The two face off in a hilarious battle of wits in this American Stage take on the Bard’s famous romantic comedy about the war between the sexes. Full of live music and dance and set against the backdrop of the bright sunshine of the Florida Keys, this exuberant, philosophical, and festive play reminds us that no one is immune when it comes to matters of the heart.


Recommended for middle and high school students.


By Lorraine Hansberry

February 7 & February 14, 2018 @ 10:00am

Set on Chicago’s South Side, the plot revolves around the divergent dreams and conflicts within three generations of the Younger family: son, Walter Lee; his wife, Ruth; his sister, Beneatha; his son, Travis; and matriarch, Lena. When her deceased husband’s insurance money comes through, Mama Lena dreams of moving to a new home and a better neighborhood in Chicago. Walter Lee, a chauffeur, has other plans: buying a liquor store and being his own man. Beneatha dreams of medical school. The tensions and prejudice they face form this seminal American drama. The Younger family’s heroic struggle to retain dignity in a harsh and changing world is a searing and timeless
document of hope and inspiration.

Winner! New York Drama Critic’s Award, ‘Best Play Of The Year’
TONY AWARD Winner, ‘Best Revival Of A Play’ 

“Pivotal play in the history of the American Black theatre.” – Newsweek
“A milestone in the American Theatre.” – Ebony


Recommended for high school students.