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Prime Stage Theatre will once again offer its popular student matinee performances during the 2024/2025 school year as we celebrate our 28th Season of "Strength, Voices and Hope".

Our Student Matinee Performances are In-Person and located at the New Hazlett Theater Center for Performing Art on Pittsburgh's North Side (6 Allegheny Square East, Pittsburgh, PA 15212), and begin at 10:00am followed by a post-show discussion.


"I had to pass along that the kids responded so well to this production. I have students write a reflection on it afterwards, and they really enjoyed themselves" Teacher at West Shamokin High School
"As one of the teachers accompanying our students today, I want to thank you for your efforts in providing such a wonderful outreach to the schools in our area" Literature Teacher, Private High School
2024-2025 SEASON

Great Expectations
by Neil Bartlett
Directed by Art DeConciliis

This imaginative adaptation brings Charles Dickens’ classic rags-to-riches tale to vibrant new life. Pip, a young orphan in 19th century England, life is about to change. In a world ruled by money and social class, will he find his fortune? Follow the extraordinary adventures of Pip, as he seeks to fulfill his romantic destiny.

Student Matinees November 6 and 7, 2024


Looking Forward: The Ruby Bridges Story
by Natalia Temesgen
Directed by Linda Haston

The year is 1960. An extraordinary 6-year-old named Ruby Bridges becomes the first African American student to attend an all-white grade school in New Orleans, Louisiana. Experience her remarkable journey as she discovers the true promise of America while blazing a trail for generations to follow.

Student Matinees January 22 – 23, 2025


adapted by Laurie Brooks
based on the book by Laurie Halse Anderson
Directed by Dana Hardy

Outcasted by her peers after becoming a victim of sexual assault and bullying, Melinda, a high school freshman, decides not to speak to anyone. Will the support of a teacher help her find the strength to “Speak” again?.

Student Matinees March 5 and 6. 2025


Produced in partnership with Pittsburgh Action Against Rape, this project will help to provide a ‘voice’ to those who may have felt silenced, as we bring adolescents, educators, and parents together with this important topic. .

Twelve Angry Men
adapted by Sherman L. Sergel
based on the Emmy award-winning television movie by Reginald Rose
Directed by Shane Valenzi

A jury of twelve ordinary men are charged with deciding the fate of a teenager on trial for murdering his father. Can they overcome their own backgrounds and biases as they struggle to render a fair life-or-death verdict?

Student Matinees May 7 and 8, 2025


"I have taken groups to these student performances; they are very well done and the students learned a lot." English teacher at North Catholic High School
"It was a superb production. I particularly appreciated the Q and A session which followed it." Teacher from West Allegheny High School.

Performance Cancellation Policy

Prime Stage Theatre maintains a firm policy of not cancelling performances. For this reason, we urge all ticket holders to make every effort to attend. Our policy includes no refunds.

Student matinees - If you are unable to attend a performance due to school delay or cancellation, a representative must call Prime Stage Education Box Office at 412-841-7353 prior to the performance. We will make every effort to arrange another time for you to see that production. There is no guarantee, however, that seats for an alternate performance will be available

If Prime Stage cancels a performance due to inclement weather or circumstances beyond our control, we will offer a refund based on the amount of your purchase within 30 days of our cancelled performance.

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Education Program Funding

Our Education Programs are funded in part by:

The Grable Foundation, The Laurel Foundation, Henry C. Frick Educational Fund of The Buhl Foundation, General Dollar Literacy Foundation, McKinney Charitable Trust of the PNC Foundation, Nora Roberts Foundation

Past Student Matinees

Witness for the Prosecution

Be one of the jurors and experience the shocking testimony and impassioned outbursts from witnesses as a young man and his attorney fight to escape a final verdict.

Student Matinee Field Trips
May 9, 2024

Ticket Prices $12
*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

And Then They Came for Me: Remembering the World of Anne Frank

Immerse yourself in this inspiring multi-media true life story of Eva Schloss and Ed Silberberg, who were childhood friends of Anne Frank, and their experience surviving the Holocaust during World War II.

Student Matinee Field Trips
March 6 and 7, 2024

Ticket Prices $12
*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

Rosa Parks and the Montgomery Bus Boycott

Imagine you were told to give up your seat for someone else! This compelling story of Rosa Parks, an upstanding citizen of the community, takes you inside the events that sparked the civil rights movement.

Prime Stage Sprouts
Student Matinee Field Trips
January 24, 2024

*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

The Miracle Worker

Explore the boundaries of the senses as we venture inside this true story of young Helen Keller, who was blind, deaf, and struggling to connect. Her teacher, Annie Sullivan, is our courageous guide to reach Helen's isolation and bring her into contact with the outside world.

Student Matinee Field Trips
November 9, 2023

Ticket Prices $12
*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased


Student Matinee Field Trips
November 9 and 10, 2022

*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

Harriet Tubman and The Underground Railroad

Sprouts Student Matinee Field Trips
January 26, 2023

*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Student Matinee Field Trips
March 8 and 9, 2023

*One Free Chaperone Tickets for every 20 student tickets purchased

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STREAMING ONLY Student Matinee Field Trips
April 24th - May 7th


All Prime Stage productions and Resource Guides address the following:

PA Academic Standards for Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking

CC.1.3.9-10.A: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CC.1.3.9-10.C: Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CC.1.3.9-10.D: Determine the point of view of the text and analyze the impact the point of view has on the meaning of the text.

CC.1.3.9-10.E: Analyze how an author’s choices concerning how to structure a text, order events within it and manipulate time create an effect.

CC.1.3.9-10.F: Analyze how words and phrases shape meaning and tone in texts.

CC.1.3.9-10.G: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

CC.1.3.9-10.H: Analyze how an author draws on and transforms themes, topics, character types, and/or other text elements from source material in a specific work.

CC.1.3.9-10.K: Read and comprehend literary fiction on grade level, reading independently and proficiently.

CC.1.5.9-10.A: Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions on grades level topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

CC.1.5.9-10.G: Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English when speaking based on grade 9-10 level and content.

CC.1.6.11.A: Listen critically and respond to others in small and large group situations. Respond with grade level appropriate questions, ideas, information or opinions.

CC.1.6.11.C: Demonstrate awareness of audience using appropriate volume and clarity in formal speaking presentations.

CC.1.6.11.D: Listen to and acknowledge the contributions of other students well introducing ideas and opinions to enrich the discussion

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The Importance of Field Trips

"Arts-based field trips can boost students’ academic performance, improve school engagement, and support social-emotional well-being."

(Greene, Levenberg, and Pogue, 2021)

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