Student Matinee Series

2017-2018 Student Matinee Series

Northern Stage offers student matinees of selected professional main stage productions. In our 2017-18 season, we are opening doors — of the heart, the imagination, and the spirit — through our work onstage and off. We hope you will work with us to allow the students in our region the opportunity to experience live theater. Your partnership allows us to change lives, one story at a time.

Student matinees include a study guide and context video, distributed to all teachers/classrooms before attending the production, and a post-show conversation (talkback) with the cast immediately following the performance. Optional pre and post-show workshops are available to further enhance the theater-going experience. See below for more information on workshops.

Made possible through the generosity of Hypertherm Owner’s Philanthropic Endeavors (HOPE) Foundation and the Couch Family Foundation, each student is admitted for $15, and every ten students admits one adult chaperone free of charge. Additional adults are $34 each, tax exempt. If you attend a public performance, all students are $15. If there are over ten students, one adult chaperone will be admitted free of charge. All additional adults are $34 each, regardless of seating section. Please note: we are required by the State of Vermont to charge sales tax for all public performances.

The 2017-2018 Student Matinee Series dates and times are as follows:

A Doll’s House

by Henrik Ibsen

A new version by Robert Kropf

Henrik Ibsen, the father of modern drama, argued that everyone, man or woman, had a right to be who they wanted to be. In A Doll’s House, protagonist Nora epitomizes struggles against the constraints of social conformity as she confronts her identity and the state of her marriage. Though Ibsen was writing in the 19th century, his masterpiece remains just as relevant as when it was written. As Mark Lawson writes, “Our culture is in moral chaos, with inquiries, trials, and debates agonizing over what we should think about politics, money, journalism, medicine, and sex, themes to which Ibsen…urgently returned.” – The Guardian

Advisory: Ages 13 and up*

Friday, September 22, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, September 27, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, October 25, 10:00 AM

Robert Frost: This Verse Business

by A.M. Dolan

For nearly fifty years, Robert Frost “barded” around the country with his poetry, dry wit, and “promises to keep,” performing some of the greatest verse in the English canon and sharing his “wild surmises” on religion, science, poetic form, whatever was on his mind. Starring Emmy winning and Tony nominated actor Gordon Clapp, This Verse Business not only gives us Frost, the rascally wit of the platform, but also a personal view of Frost at his cabin.

Advisory: Ages 12 and up*

Wednesday, October 18, 10:00 AM

Disney’s The Little Mermaid

by Doug Wright, Music by Alan Menken, and Lyrics by Glenn Slater and Howard Ashman

Adapted from Hans Christian Andersen’s beloved tale, this Disney classic will delight Northern Stage audiences of all ages. Mermaid Ariel is fascinated by the world and lives of people on dry land and longs to someday join them though her father, King Triton, forbids it. With music by eight-time Academy Award winner Alan Menken, this beautiful tale of love will capture your heart with its irresistible songs including “Under the Sea,” “Kiss the Girl,” and “Part of Your World.”

Advisory: Appropriate for all ages, 5 and up*

Wednesday, November 29, 11:00 AM – SOLD OUT
Wednesday, December 6, 11:00 AM – SOLD OUT

Only Yesterday

by Bob Stevens

Paul McCartney and John Lennon together again for one night only. This intimate play by Hollywood writer Bob Stevens (The Wonder Years, Murphy Brown, Malcolm In The Middle) brings to life a little known night when John and Paul were becoming the most famous young men on earth. Stranded in a hotel room in Key West, they do what many young men do when they’re bored–get drunk. They have some laughs, but as their talk turns serious, they bond over the revelation of traumatic childhood events they have in common and find inspiration for the music that changed our lives.

Advisory: Ages 12 and up*

Wednesday, February 14, 11:00 AM


by Ayad Akhtar

Amir Kapoor is a successful Pakistani-American lawyer who is rapidly moving up the corporate ladder while distancing himself from his cultural roots. Emily, his wife, is a white artist whose work is influenced by Islamic imagery. When the couple hosts a dinner party, what starts out as a friendly conversation escalates into something far more damaging. Winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize. “In dialogue that bristles with wit and intelligence, Mr. Akhtar…puts contemporary attitudes toward religion under a microscope, revealing how tenuous self-image can be for people born into one way of being who have embraced another…” – The New York Times

Advisory: Ages 16 and up for strong language*

Wednesday, March 14, 10:00 AM

Space is limited! To reserve space for your student group, contact Box Office Manager Danielle Cohen at 802.296.7000 x121 or

*Please note: Advisories are subject to change as our productions go through the rehearsal process. Each child is different; please use your own discretion when deciding what is right for your students.

We look forward to seeing you at the theater!


We are now offering a pre- or post-show Stage-to-School Workshop to enhance the experience of students who attend our matinees. We will send two theater professionals from our company to engage your classroom further through discussion and exercises relating to the themes of the play. We work with individual schools to tailor the session to your students’ needs and your curriculum, to engage your students in active learning, and to provide further background into the historical and cultural context of the play.

You can add a one-hour Workshop to your Student Matinee experience for $80.

If you have questions or would like to book a workshop, please email or call us at 802-296-7000.