Professional Theatre For Maine

We offer at least one student matinee for each of our Subscription Series Shows.

All tickets to Student Matinees are $5 each.

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2018-19 Student Matinees

All of our student matinees include a Post-show Discussion with the cast and director (or Artistic Director), after each performance. Study Guides are available for educators that will help you to prepare your students for the experience and to lead further discussions in the class room after you return to school. Tickets for students/teachers/chaperones are only $5.00 per person. The Public Theatre is committed to making these experiences available to every student regardless of ability to pay. If you have students who cannot afford the $5 ticket, or have difficulties with transportation expenses, please call our office with your concerns. 

A Christmas Carol


A Christmas Carol

adapted by Christopher Schario

Tuesday, December 11 - 9:30 am / 62 seats left

Tuesday, December 11 - 11:30 am / room for large groups

Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30 am / room for large groups

Thursday, December 13 - 9:30 am / 27 seats left

Thursday, December 13 - 11:30 am / room for large groups

Friday, December 14  - 9:30 am / 29 seats left

A modern and traditional tale in one! Six actors and a fiddler perform the Dickens out of this beloved holiday classic—in a way you’ve never imagined and will never forget. This inventive version of A Christmas Carol will entertain and engross your students, while introducing them to the beautiful language of Charles Dickens.

Recommended for students in Grades 3 and up.

Download the Study Guide.

BOOK YOUR CLASS NOW.  These shows will sell out.


18 19 Human WebSqHuman Error

by Eric Pfeffinger

Wednesday, January 30, 2019 - 9:30 am

Imagine a Liberal family's embryo implanted in a Conservative couple's womb. The funniest 9 months you'll ever see!

A blundering fertility doctor mistakenly implants the embryo of a latte-sipping liberal couple into the womb of a NRA-cardholding conservative family! Get ready for an outrageously funny nine months as both couples attempt to become friends for the good of the child. Don’t miss this timely and provocative new comedy that asks, “Will our similarities ever outweigh our differences?”

Suitable for grades 11, 12. This play is for mature, thoughtful students.
Contains adult themes and language

Download the Study Guide when available.


18 19 DollHouse WebSqA Doll's House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 9:30 am

Knock, knock.  You’ll never guess who’s there.  Fifteen years later, Henrik Ibsen’s Nora returns “home” to the door she famously slammed against the limitations marriage placed on women.

Universally acclaimed as the best play of the 2017 Broadway season, this funny and thought-provoking contemporary sequel to Ibsen’s play crackles with razor-sharp humor and intelligence that speaks to today’s audiences about marriage and how the roles of women have – and haven't – changed.

Your students will enjoy this play whether they know A Doll’s House or not. In fact, it might be a great opportunity to introduce them to Ibsen’s original play A Doll’s House before they attend A Doll’s House, Part 2.

Suitable for grades 10, 11, 12.
Contains adult themes and language

Download the Study Guide when available.

 18 19 Fireflies WebSqFireflies

by Matthew Barber

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:30 am

For anyone who has gotten used to living on their own, falling in love can feel a bit unnerving. Eleanor is a strong woman of a certain age who enjoys the comfort of her routines. But when a charming drifter comes knocking at her door, can the sparks of a late-life romance be trusted, or is there no fool like an old one? Directed by two-time TONY winner Judith Ivey and staring Broadway veterans Caitlin O’Connor, Jennifer Harmon and Drama Desk nominee Peter Friedman.

Suitable for grades 10, 11, 12.
Contains adult themes and language

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 18 19 Banana WebSqThe Legend of the Banana Kid

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:30 am

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30 am

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:30 am

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:30 am

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:30 am

Little Chucky heads to the Wild West to outwit outlaws in this cowboy adventure!  With a fistful of bananas, Chucky rides into town on his trusty goat for a showdown with Big Bad Bart and his gang of bandits.  (*please note that there are no guns in the show).  Featuring 20 hand-crafted glove, mouth and rod puppets, and a slew of flying and twirling styrofoam bananas.  

Winner of 3 Citations of Excellence from UNIMA-USA, the highest national award for puppetry!

All tickets just $5 each - Students and Chaperones

Recommended for Pre-K - 4th Grade (ages 4-10)

These performances will sell out.  It is never too early to book your class for a Student Matinee.


 Earlier this season

18 19 MotherTaught WebSqThings My Mother Taught Me

by Katherine DiSavino

Wednesday, October 24 - 9:30 am

Olivia and Gabe are taking the “next step” and moving into their first apartment together. Imagine their surprise when their parents “drop by” from 800 miles away with unsolicited advice on life, love and cleaning products! Is an unfurnished two-bedroom apartment big enough to hold the love, laughter, wisdom and worry of four parents?

“Funny and touching, this comedy will make you laugh out loud and fall in love all over again!”

Recommended for students in Grades 9 and up.

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