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Northern Stage offers student matinees of selected professional main stage productions. In this season, we will bring stories of peace and healing to our community — 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.

Northern Stage offers a complimentary conversation (talkback) with the cast after all student matinees. For select productions, we also offer study guides and short context videos to enrich the student matinee experience. 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 Pussycat Foundation, each student is admitted for $19, 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 $19. One adult chaperone will be admitted free of charge for a group of 10 students or more. Every 10 additional students will admit one adult chaperone at a discounted rate of $34. Any additional adults will pay regular ticket prices. Please note: we are required by the State of Vermont to charge sales tax for all public performances.

To request a Student Matinee Booking, please CLICK HERE.

A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. As you fill out the Student Matinee Booking google form, you will need to supply the following information: what percentage of students in your school receive free or reduced lunches, how much money your school has budgeted for field trips/arts enrichment, and whether or not you have funding available from other sources and then you will supply that information on the Student Matinee booking google form.

The 2018-2019 Student Matinee Series dates and times are as follows:


by J.T. Rogers

Inspired by the true story of the back-channel talks, unlikely friendships, and quiet heroics that led to the 1993 Oslo Peace Accords between the Israelis and Palestinians, Oslo is a deeply personal story set against a complex historical canvas, a story about the individuals behind world history and their all too human ambitions. Oslo is “thrilling, a colossus,” raves Ben Brantley of The New York Times. At this cultural moment when finding common ground is paramount, “Oslo gives us hope” (Joe Dziemianowicz, Daily News). Winner of the 2017 Tony Award for Best Play. We’re thrilled to present this regional premiere.

Click here to download the Oslo Study Guide
Click here to download the Oslo playbill

Advisory: Ages 13 and up for mature themes and strong language.
Warning: Electronic cigarettes are used in this production. They do not contain nicotine or tobacco.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours and 40 minutes including one 15-minute intermission

Wednesday, September 26, 10:00 AM

Dear Elizabeth

by Sarah Ruhl

A tale of love and longing, Dear Elizabeth follows the beautiful and bittersweet friendship between Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Lowell. Across oceans, continents, and three decades, these esteemed poets found a marriage of true minds in their eloquent correspondence. They traded hundreds of vibrant, witty, and passionate letters that now spring to life on stage. This intimate story paints a portrait of two ordinary – and quite extraordinary – lives.

Click here to download the Dear Elizabeth playbill
Click here to download the Dear Elizabeth Study Guide

Advisory: Appropriate for all ages, but ideal for 12 and up, due to some adult themes and language.
Approximate Run Time: 1 hour, 50 minutes, including one 15-minute intermission

Wednesday, October 24, 10:00 AM

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

Book by Dennis Kelly
Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin

This Tony Award-winning musical follows the struggles of Matilda against her neglectful parents and cruel headmistress. An avid reader and brilliant young girl, Matilda dreams of a better life. With the help of her kind teacher Miss Honey, the other students in her class, and a touch of magic, Matilda takes a stand against the evil forces in her life. The addictively raucous score propels this heartwarming story of empowerment.

Advisory: Appropriate for all ages, 5 and up.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 40 minutes

Wednesday, November 28, 11:00 AM
Wednesday, December 5, 11:00 AM
Wednesday, December 12, 11:00 AM


Book by Enda Walsh
Music & Lyrics by Glen Hansard & Markéta Irglová

Winner of eight Tony Awards, Once is a truly original theatrical experience. Based on the hit movie, and featuring an ensemble of actor/musicians who play their own instruments on stage, Once tells the enchanting story of a Dublin street musician who is about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs. A musical collaboration becomes much more as their songs and lives become intertwined. Hansard and Irglová’s Oscar-winning music will take audiences on a heartbreakingly romantic journey.

Advisory: Ages 12 and up for mild and limited profanity.
Approximate Run Time: 2 hours, 15 minutes

Wednesday, April 24, 10:00 AM
Wednesday, May 1, 10:00 AM

Space is limited! To reserve space for your student group, contact Box Office Manager Susan Dicken at (802) 296-7000 x134 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!