Student Matinees

Students watching a performance at The Shakespeare Theatre
Audience members at a Student Matinee performance of A Child's Christmas in Wales. Photo: Warren Westura, 2003.

Student Matinee performances of Main Stage productions at The Shakespeare Theatre provide young people with the opportunity to experience live, classic theatre performed by some of the nation's most acclaimed professional actors.




2007 Student Matinee Series

click on the title for more nformation on each production

Henry V

by William Shakespeare

May 17, 18, 23,
10:30 AM

The Time of Your Life

by William Saroyan

Sept. 19, 25-27,
10:30 AM

Blood and Roses: Shakespeare's Henry VI

by William Shakespeare

Nov. 1, 6-7,
10:30 AM

The Blue Bird

by Maurice Maeterlinck

Dec. 5 & 12,


10:30 AM

To book a Student Matinee performance, please call the Education Department at 973-408-3980 or email [email protected]

The F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre
Student Matinee performances take place in the 308-seat F.M. Kirby Shakespeare Theatre. Photo: Chuck Choi.

2007 Ticket Price: $16

1 free adult per

10 paid students

All performances begin at 10:30 am

Running times are typically 2-1/2 to 3 hours.



Student Matinee performances complement classroom studies and enable teachers to promote literacy and cultural awareness, while also allowing students to gain a deeper understanding of dramatic literature and the theatrical tradition.

Each teacher receives a comprehensive Study Guide, a valuable tool for pre-show preparation and post-performance reflection. The experience includes a "talk-back" session following the show, engaging students in a highly informative dialogue with the actors as well as members of  The Shakespeare Theatre's artistic and production staff. By bringing a group to The Shakespeare Theatre and using the activities in the study guide, teachers enable students to meet New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in areas such as Visual and Performing Arts, Language Arts Literacy and Social Studies.

Funding for the Student Matinee Series is provided, in part, by FirstEnergy Foundation.



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