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.

To make your Student Matinee reservation:

Students receive a deeply discounted ticket rate of $13.00 per ticket for any seat, at any performance (except A Christmas Carol, which is $26.00).

Call (216) 453-4443.

Email our Education Department.

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The Music Man

The Music Man

The Tony-Winning Broadway Musical Classic

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

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

“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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Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 0.00

Location
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
2 hours & 10 minutes (including intermission)

Notes
This production is appropriate for all grades. Home-school groups receive 1 comp ticket only.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, October 15, 2019
Tuesday, November 05, 2019
Wednesday, November 06, 2019
Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar

Shakespeare's Epic Political Tragedy

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Sara Bruner

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

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.

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 across the nation selected to perform a Shakespeare play with a professional team of actors for middle- and high-schools and conduct related educational activities for students.

Generous support for Julius Caesar is provided by John and Barbara Schubert.

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Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 0.00

Location
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
2 hours & 30 minutes (including intermission)

Notes
Appropriate for middle & high school students. Home-school groups receive 1 comp ticket only.

Performance Dates
Thursday, October 17, 2019
Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
Tuesday, October 29, 2019
Wednesday, October 30, 2019
A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

NE Ohio's Favorite Holiday Tradition

By Charles Dickens / Adapted and Directed By Gerald Freedman

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

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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Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 13.00

Location
Mimi Ohio Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
1 hour and 45 minutes (including intermission)

Notes
This production is appropriate for elementary through high school students.

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

Sleuth

The Ultimate Whodunit Thriller

By Anthony Shaffer
Directed by Charles Fee

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

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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Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 0.00

Location
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
TBA

Notes
Appropriate for middle & high school students. Home-school groups receive 1 comp ticket only.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, February 25, 2020
Tuesday, February 18, 2020
Thursday, February 20, 2020
Much Ado About Nothing

Much Ado About Nothing

Shakespeare's Sublime Battle of Wits and Wills

By William Shakespeare
Directed by Charles Fee

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

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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Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 0.00

Location
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
TBA

Notes
Appropriate for middle & high school students. Home-school groups receive 1 comp ticket only.

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
Ain't Misbehavin'

Ain't Misbehavin'

A Sassy Musical Celebration of Fats Waller

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
Directed by Gerry McIntyre

Children age two and older are welcome to attend Great Lakes Theater performances.

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’ Rhythm 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. 

2019-20 Subscriptions on sale now. Click Here.
Group Tickets on sale now. Click Here.

Matinee Info

Prices
Students 13.00
Chaperones - 0.00

Location
Hanna Theatre, Playhouse Square

Run Time
TBA

Notes
Appropriate for middle & high school students.Home-school groups receive 1 comp ticket only.

Performance Dates
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
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