Education & Engagement

Student Matinees

We seek to inspire future audiences by providing opportunities for middle and high school students to experience the power of theatre. Our Student Matinee Series encourages the creative and cultural growth of students by bringing them into the theatre for performances held exclusively for school groups.


2024/25 Season Student Matinees


Crumbs from the Table of Joy by Lynn Nottage
September 11 – 29, 2024

Hope in the heart of Brooklyn

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Explore 1950s Brooklyn with 17-year-old Ernestine Crump in this compelling story that sparkles with charm. Amid social upheaval and family challenges, follow the Crump family’s journey for the American Dream. Delicately weaving humor, heart, and nostalgia, it’s an unforgettable theatrical celebration that invites you to revel in the power of hope and resilience.

What the Constitution Means to Me by Heidi Schreck 
October 16 – November 3, 2024

Democracy up for debate

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An exploration of the history of the Constitution turns into a hilarious and heartfelt journey into American identity. From teenage debates to adult reflections, this unforgettable tour de force will leave you feeling patriotic and energized. Brace yourself for laughter, a touch of chaos, and a front-row seat to democracy like you’ve never seen.

The Christmas Case of Hezekiah Jones by Howard L. Craft and Mike Wiley
November 26 – December 15, 2024

From the North Pole to North Carolina

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Embark on a whimsical journey with Dizzle Jollyworth, one of Santa’s frontline elves. We find him struggling to find purpose in his North Pole life when he’s dispatched to North Carolina on a special mission – to reignite Christmas magic for a grief-stricken toymaker. Join us for a festive world premiere of a Christmas tale made just for you.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 
January 29 – February 16, 2025

Attention must be paid

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Bear witness to the tragic unraveling of Willy Loman, a weary salesman chasing the elusive American Dream. Amidst family strife and shattered illusions, his journey becomes a haunting exploration of identity, disillusionment, and the relentless pursuit of success. Experience one of the most powerful and enduring plays in American history.

Confederates by Dominique Morisseau
March 5 – 23, 2025

History isn’t a straight line

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This groundbreaking play weaves a tapestry of parallel struggles for two brilliant Black women living centuries apart. Sara, a Union spy during the Civil War, and Sandra, a modern-day university professor, confront intersecting biases of racism and sexism that feel all too familiar. It’s a radical, highly theatrical exploration that challenges perceptions and resonates with humor and intelligence.

Little Shop of Horrors by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken                                                                                            April 9 – 27, 2025

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As hilarious as it is outrageous, this wild musical is a cult-classic set to a Motown groove. A mysterious plant promises fame and fortune to the downtrodden Seymour and his failing flower shop. But as the plant grows, so does its appetite. Will Seymour succumb to the allure, or can he resist the plant’s insatiable cravings?


All matinees begin at 10:30am 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 $10.00 per student for each production (including taxes and fees). Teachers and chaperones receive one free ticket for every fifteen student tickets purchased. Invoices will be sent upon your reservation request. Payment in full is due two weeks in advance of each performance.

Questions? Contact Jeff Aguiar, Director of Education and Engagement, jaguiar@unc.edu.