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 student matinees include a Post-show Discussion with the cast and director (or Artistic Director), after each performance. Study Guides are available to help you to prepare your students for the experience and to lead further discussions in the class room. 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, call our office and we will make sure they can attend with their class. 




 18 19 Banana WebSqThe Legend of the Banana Kid

by Frogtown Mountain Puppeteers

Monday, May 20, 2019 - 9:30 am - SOLD OUT

Tuesday, May 21, 2019 - 9:30 am - 66 seats available

Wednesday, May 22, 2019 - 9:30 am - 95 seats available

Thursday, May 23, 2019 - 9:30 am - SOLD OUT

Friday, May 24, 2019 - 9:30 am - SOLD OUT

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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A Christmas Carol


A Christmas Carol

adapted by Christopher Schario

Tuesday, December 11 - 9:30 am
Tuesday, December 11 - 11:30 am
Wednesday, December 12 - 9:30 am
Thursday, December 13 - 9:30 am
Thursday, December 13 - 11:30 am
Friday, December 14  - 9:30 am

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.

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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!

Human Error is a new comedy about a bumbling fertility doctor who mistakenly implants a NPR listening liberal couple's embryo into an ultra conservative NRA card carrying couple’s womb. Get ready for an outrageously funny nine months as both couples attempt to become friends for the good of the child. This timely, topical and provocative new comedy equally skewers both political parties with great humor and intelligence while raising the valuable question, "Will our similarities will ever outweigh our differences?

Suitable for grades 10, 11, 12. This play is for mature, thoughtful students.

Contains adult themes and language

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A Doll's House, Part 2A Doll's House, Part 2

by Lucas Hnath

Wednesday, March 20, 2019 - 9:30 am

Universally acclaimed as the best play of the 2017 Broadway season, A Doll’s House, Part 2 has become the most produced play in the country, stimulating exciting and relevant conversations about women's roles, responsibility, marriage and parenting.

This play also provides an opportunity to introduce your students to Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern drama, discussing how Ibsen’s literary classic compares to this contemporary sequel, set 15 years later when Nora returns to the door she famously slammed.

Funny, thought-provoking, and utterly engrossing, this exciting new play crackles with razor-sharp humor and intelligence that speaks to today’s audiences about how the roles of women have – and haven't – changed. Your students will enjoy this production whether they know A Doll’s House or not.

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

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 18 19 Fireflies WebSqFireflies

by Matthew Barber

Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 9:30 am

Directed by two-time Tony Award winner Judith Ivey, this is an opportunity to introduce your students to an all-star Broadway cast performing onstage in Maine. An amusing and heartwarming romance by the author of Enchanted April, Fireflies is a humorous and hopeful love story sure to delight audiences.  Eleanor is a strong, well-respected woman of a certain age, who enjoys the comfort of her routines. But when a mysterious and charming drifter comes knocking at her door, can the sparks of late-life romance be trusted, or is there no fool like an old one?

Suitable for grades 10, 11, 12.

Contains adult themes and language

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