Thank you for expressing an interest in The Public Theatre’s Student Matinee Program. We are happy to be able to provide this opportunity to the schools in the area in a very affordable and convenient manner.
Because we present special Student Matinees, you can take your students as a group, during the school day to see the show, rather than assign everyone to see it independently. We offer at least one Student Matinee for each show. The curtain time is subject to change, based on the total running length of the play, but are usually at 9:30 am for our Subscription Series shows and 9:30 am and 11:30 am for our Young Audience Shows.
We are able to offer everyone who attends, including the adult chaperones, the incredible ticket price of only $5.00. This is made possible through generosity of local Businesses and Corporations that have chosen to become sponsors at the Educational Level. Remember, all students, teachers and parent chaperones need to purchase a ticket. If you have students who are unable to participate due to financial constraints, please bring it to our attention. Our generous sponsors are standing by to ensure that everyone can attend.
Do you need assistance with Transportation expenses? Please read about the Maine Arts Commission's Ticket To Ride program.
The program provides funding to defray the cost of travel for Maine schools wishing to visit Maine arts based venues and events as part of a well rounded curriculum. Any PK-12 school in Maine is eligible to receive support of up to $300 each school year and any PK-12 school in Maine with a documented free and reduced lunch student population of 50 percent or greater is eligible to receive support of up to $500 each school year.
We are able to provide you with Study Guides well in advance of each performance. This gives you the background information on the playwright and an insight into the characters and themes addressed in the play without having to spend days researching it. You then have the opportunity to discuss the play before the class sees it. All Study Guides are prepared by Professor Martin Andrucki, Professor of Theatre at Bates College. You can download the Study Guide once it is made available.
Following every Student Matinee is a Post-Show Discussion with the actors and the Director or Artistic Director. This gives the Students a unique interactive learning experience they will never have with movies and television, actually discussing the performance with the people who created it.
We send out a postcard at the beginning of the season with a list of all Student Matinees scheduled. If you haven't received one, please contact us and make sure you are on our mailing list, and we will send one to you.
We send out emails for the Student Matinee Program on a regular basis. These emails will remind you to call for reservations. If you have not been receiving them, please make sure you have signed up with your current email address, and have "white listed" thepublictheatre.org for your email.
We can take your reservations for a Student Matinee at any time. Call the Business Office at 782-2211.
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Do not hesitate to contact us regarding your payment schedule. We know that schools have payment procedures that take some time.
After you make a reservation a 50% deposit will be due within two weeks from your reservation date. Your balance is due two weeks prior to the performance. If the reservation is made during the two-week period prior to the performance date, The Public Theatre may request immediate or next day payment.
Payment may be in the form of cash, credit card, check or purchase order.
The Public Theatre will only issue refunds when school has been cancelled due to bad weather. Download the PAYMENT AND SNOW CANCELLATION POLICIES for details.