School Matinee Performances

We are proud to present performances throughout the school year for those teachers who make the community their classroom and wish to introduce their students to live theater. 

During the 2021-2022 school year, we will offer both in-person student matinees and on-demand streaming performances adapted for asynchronous learning. Additional virtual content may be provided with some titles, such as the popular Classroom Connections Workshop videos, now available for streaming and included with registration. Included content does vary by show. Teacher Resource Guides connecting to the Ohio Learning Standards will be provided for all school performances. 

In-person performances will resume in January 2022 and will follow current state, local and CDC guidelines for schools at the time of the performance. 

Accessibility: Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. matinees are American Sign Language interpreted. Closed captioning is available on all streaming videos.  

Ticket Prices

School Matinee Performances (In-person field trips)
School groups of 10 or more: $6 per ticket, with one complimentary for every 20 purchased.
Small groups 9 or less, $11 per ticket

Streaming Performances for Schools (Virtual field trips)
Registrations are $20 per class; general rates may accommodate up to 30 students per class. If your class is larger, or if you’re registering multiple groups, please contact us for a price quote. 

To register, please complete the 2021-2022 Field Trip Order Form.
Incomplete requests cannot be processed. Completing this form is not a guarantee of field trip approval. Capacity is limited and field trips will be approved on a first-come, first-served basis from the time of order submission. You will be notified within two (2) business days regarding the status of your order.

Registrations and order by phone are not accepted, but we are happy to answer your questions. For assistance in choosing the best shows for your class, please contact the Education Hotline at 216-348-7909 or

Cleveland Metropolitan School District teachers: Thanks to a generous donation from the KeyBank Foundation, a limited number of free and reduced-cost tickets are available for CMSD schools and approved partnered schools. Contact us at 216-348-7909 or for ordering instructions.

School Matinee Performances

Streaming On Demand October 11-29, 2021 | Streaming Event

Billy Goats Gruff & Other Puppet Tales

Streaming Performance for Schools

Streaming On Demand October 25-November 12, 2021 | Streaming Event

Charlotte's Web

Streaming Performance for Schools

Streaming On Demand January 10 - 28, 2022 | Streaming Event

The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories

Streaming Performance for Schools

Feb 8 - 11, 2022 | Mimi Ohio Theatre

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! (The Musical)

School Matinee Performances

Mar 1 - 4, 2022 | Mimi Ohio Theatre

What Do You Do With An Idea?

School Matinee Performances

Streaming On Demand March 7-25, 2022 | Streaming Event

The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favorites

School Matinee Performances

Apr 26 - 29, 2022 | Mimi Ohio Theatre


School Matinee Performances

Apr 26 - 29, 2022 | Westfield Studio Theatre

Doodle POP

School Matinee Performances

Apr 29, 2022 | KeyBank State Theatre


School Matinee Performance


Social Justice Series

Playhouse Square, along with many local organizations, released a public statement committing to fight systemic racism in our community. As part of our commitment, we proudly introduce our Social Justice Series as part of our Streaming Performances for Schools lineup: six plays, all of which explore the issues we continue to face as a community and a nation, through the perspectives of a range of outstanding artists of color. Titles were intentionally selected to provide age-appropriate offerings spanning Kindergarten through high school, so you can select the best performance for your classroom.

Streaming On Demand November 1 - 19, 2021 | Streaming Event

Citizen James, or The Young Man Without a Country

Streaming Performance for Schools

Streaming On Demand November 15 - December 17, 2021 | Streaming Event

Commanding Space: The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket

Streaming Performance for Schools

Streaming On Demand January 17 - February 4, 2022 | Streaming Event


Streaming Performance for Schools

Feb 16, 2022 | Mimi Ohio Theatre

Turning 15 on the Road to Freedom

School Matinee Performances

Streaming on Demand February 28 - March 18, 2022 | Streaming Event

Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad

Streaming Performance for Schools

Streaming On Demand May 2 - 20, 2022 | Streaming Event

Five Days with Step Afrika!

Streaming Performance for Schools


Please review the common questions below regarding our Student Matinee Performances and Streaming Performances for Schools. Click the plus signs below to expand the answers.

How long are the performances?

All Student Matinee Performances are roughly 60 minutes in length, unless otherwise noted. Additionally, some titles are paired with asynchronous pre- and post-show optional streaming content ranging from 10-25 minutes per video. For show-specific information, please visit the show’s webpage by clicking “More Info” above. Run times and descriptions of ancillary videos will be provided to teachers prior to the performance. 

What if am I am unsure how many students will participate?

Streaming performances are purchased by class, not by individual student. Please include the total number of students on your class roster at the time of registration. 

For in-person performances, register for your best estimation of tickets needed. You may adjust your ticket numbers as necessary up to three weeks prior to the field trip date, subject to availability. No reservation decreases will be accepted after this time. No refunds will be issued for schools who choose to pay in full prior to this deadline or for students who are absent the day of the performance. 

Can I reserve with a purchase order?

Yes! A school-issued purchase order may be submitted to confirm field trip reservations, in lieu of the 20% deposit. When issuing a PO, it must be for the full amount due on the order.

It is important to note that while a purchase order is a legally binding document, it is NOT a payment. All orders must be PAID IN FULL two weeks prior to the performance date for School Matinee Performances. Payments for our Streaming Performances for Schools must be remitted within 30 days of the performance start date. 

When will we receive the access information for streaming performances?

To allow for teacher preparations, viewing instructions and access codes will be send the Friday evening before the performance window opens. If you do not receive the links, please check your spam/junk folders prior to emailing us at for assistance. 

Distribution dates are as follows: 
Billy Goats Gruff & Other Puppet Tales – October 8, 2021
Charlotte’s Web – October 22, 2021
Citizen James – October 29, 2021
Commanding Space: The Rise of Annie Easley and the Centaur Rocket – November 12, 2021
The Carp Who Would Not Quit & Other Animal Stories – January 7, 2022
MEMPHIS – January 14, 2022
Harriet Tubman and the Underground Railroad – February 25, 2022
Five Days with Step Afrika! – April 29, 2022

How will I view the streaming performance?

Performances are streamed from YouTube or Vimeo. When the show becomes available, the link and password to the show’s private landing page will be provided via email. Videos may be shared with students directly or screen-shared over video conference platforms such as Zoom or Google Meet. Many are enabled for embedding capabilities into an online learning platform. 


What if I cannot finish the streaming performance during one class period?

Registrations for streaming performances include access to the show for the full range of viewing dates. Teachers are able to access the content multiple times during this time frame and are encouraged to spread the experience across multiple days as needed.

I am on the waiting list, when will I know whether my field trip will be approved?

Any orders placed on a waiting list will be approved on a rolling basis from the time of order submission. Educators will be notified as soon as space becomes available. 

Are homeschools eligible to attend student matinee performances?

Yes! Homeschools are welcome to attend all field trips but may be asked to provide certification documents.

Do you offer any discounts for low-income schools?

We are pleased to offer a Bus Subsidy program, which helps cover costs of transportation to and from our School Matinee Performances. The program covers up to $175 per bus, round trip for all approved field trips. Funds are limited and allocated on a first-come, first-served basis. 


A limited number of free and reduced tickets are available to schools within and partnered with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, through a generous donation from KeyBank Foundation. For more information, please call the Education Hotline at 216-348-7909.


How do I apply for bus subsidy assistance?

If you are in need of financial assistance for transportation to a school matinee performance, please review the following steps before submitting the online 2021-2022 Field Trip Order Form.

  1. Review the School Field Trip Policies & Registration Procedures
  2. Complete and submit the school field trip order form, indicating your interest in receiving bus subsidy on the form.
  3. Confirm receipt of your submission.
  4. You will be contacted within two business days of your order submission as to the status of your request.


What if my school is closed the day of our scheduled field trip?

If your school is closed due to inclement weather on the day of your scheduled, in-person field trip, please notify our office prior to show time. Your school will receive credit toward a comparable field trip within the same season. No credits will be issued for streaming performances. 

You must contact Playhouse Square within seven business days of your canceled field trip to receive your credit and arrange an alternate trip. No refunds will be issued for inclement weather.

Is there a place to eat lunch?

Playhouse Square is not able to provide space for class lunches. If weather permits, the plaza across the street does offer first-come, first-served seating. Or, if your district allows and space permits, schools are welcome to arrive early to park and eat on the bus prior to the performance. 

For a recommendation of local restaurant establishments, please call 216-348-7909.

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