Student Matinees

For Grades 3 to 12

The Portland Stage Student Matinee Program annually provides more than 7,000 students with discounted tickets for student matinees. The goal of our student matinee program is to help students gain understanding of their own lives by connecting on a deeper level to productions that explore and mirror the world in which they live. Following the performance, students participate in a talk-back discussion with the cast and crew, which helps them gain awareness of the creative process and encourages them to think critically about the themes and messages of the play.

Upcoming 2021-2022 Student Matinees

All in-person Student Matinees start at 10:00 AM. All productions of this season also have a digital viewing option. Call or email us for age recommendations or to reserve tickets at 207-774-1043 ext. 104 or [email protected].

I and You by Lauren Gunderson

Grades 5-12

Thu Apr 7, 2022

Wed Apr 13, 2022

Sabina by Willy Holtzman, Louise Beach, & Darrah Cloud

Grades 5-12

Thu May 12, 2022

Spring 2022 Matinee Prices

Virtual Cost: A $75 per classroom fee for a virtual viewing of a Mainstage performance.

In-Person Cost: In-person tickets are typically $12 per person, with One comp offered for every twenty tickets sold.

Student Matinee Reservations are handled by the Education Department, not the Portland Stage Box Office. To make a reservation, contact the Education Department at 207.774.1043 x101 or via e-mail.

Matinee Workshops

We also offer optional classroom workshops with professional theater artists before and/or after the show. These can be offered virtually and are an additional fee.

These workshops enhance student ownership and understanding of the language, story, and characters by using theater techniques to activate their voices, bodies, and imaginations in relationship to the material. The students are able to bring the story to life in their classroom using their own ideas and impressions as the framework for creation and exploration.

Matinee Resources

Teachers can download our resource guide PlayNotes in advance for background articles, information on the playwright and production, and ideas for the classroom.

Interested in Ticket to Ride discounted transportation through The Maine Arts Commission? Click here.