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Student Matinees

As part of its mission, PlayMakers is dedicated to nurturing succeeding generations of audiences. Our Student Matinee Series seeks to encourage the creative and cultural growth of middle and high school students by bringing them into the theatre for performances held exclusively for school groups.

All Matinees begin at 10:30 a.m. and are followed by group discussion between students and members of the cast and artistic staff when time and schedules allow. Study guides for each production are sent in advance to help prepare students for the performance they will see.

Tickets for the Student Matinee Series are only $8.50 per student for each production. Teachers and chaperones are admitted free of charge. PlayMakers requires school groups to bring one teacher or chaperone for every 15 students. Invoices will be sent upon your reservation request. Payment in full is due one week in advance of each performance. Please contact Jenny Wales, jwales@unc.edu, to make your reservation.

THE MOUNTAINTOP    
by Katori Hall
Student Matinee : October 3, 2013

On the evening before his assassination, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., is visited by a mysterious woman who leads him to confront his innermost thoughts and fears. The Mountaintop includes adult language and some violent imagery – we recommend this play for high school students.

METAMORPHOSES
by Mary Zimmerman; based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses
Student Matinee: November 13, 2013

Set in and around a pool of water, Metamorphoses presents the poetic myths of Midas, Orpheus and Eurydice, Eros and Psyche, and others to juxtapose the ancient and contemporary in breathtaking storytelling and gorgeous imagery, exploring the timeless theme of love in all its forms.  Metamorphoses contains mild adult language – we recommend this play for students ages 13 and older.

THE TEMPEST
by William Shakespeare
Student Matinees: November 15; November 21 and December 4, 2013

Shakespeare’s tale of shipwrecks and magic is appropriate for all ages, however, due to its classical language, we recommend this play for students ages 12 and older.

PRIVATE LIVES
by Noel Coward
Student Matinee: February 6, 2014

Divorced lovers land in adjacent honeymoon suites on a glorious evening on the Riviera igniting a timeless battle of the sexes. This sophisticated British comedy, with its razor sharp wit and quick barbs, will most likely be appreciated by high school students.  The play contains alcohol use, cigarettes and some mature themes.

ASSASSINS
Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim; Book by John Weidman; based on an idea by Charles Gilbert, Jr.
Student Matinee: April 10, 2014

A theatrical tour-de-force combining Sondheim's signature blend of intelligently stunning lyrics and beautiful music with a panoramic story of our nation's culture of celebrity and the violent means some will use to obtain it, embodied by America's four successful and five would-be presidential assassins. Assassins contains graphic sexual language, gun violence and drug use.  We recommend this play for high school students.