Student Matinees

2019-20 dates announced below!

MRT Student Matinees provide many students with their first exposure to professional theatre. It gives them the opportunity to experience literature in a different way, often resulting in a deeper connection to the story and characters. Attending MRT meets many MCAS and NHCF requirements.

Student Matinees start at 10:30 a.m. To enhance your educational experience, teachers are provided with copies of the script and classes can stay for a Post-Show Discussion with members of the cast. MRT provides PlayGuides for select productions.

2019-20 Student Matinee Dates

Recommended for ages 16 and older; adult content/language, references to sexual abuse/assault/abortion/drug use/transgenderism.
Approximately 90 minutes.

Student Matinees at 10:30 am:
Wed. Sep. 25, 2019
Tue. Oct. 1, 2019

"A theatrical hug for turbulent times," according to Variety, Tiny Beautiful Things is based on the book Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar by Cheryl Strayed (Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail) Unlike conventional advice columnists, Cheryl Strayed answered hundreds of letters for two years with surprising candor and an often bruising, brutal honesty. Both hilarious and heartbreaking, Tiny Beautiful Things is her personal account of life as Dear Sugar.

Recommended for ages 16 and older; adult content/language, off-stage violence, references to genocide/murder.
Approximately 2 hours, 15 minutes

Student Matinees at 10:30 am:
Tue. Oct. 29, 2019
Thurs. Nov. 7, 2019

"It's a riveting play that's part mystery, part history lesson, and part unabashed jukebox musical concert," according to Broadway World. The story of a young woman, who attempts to piece together her family history 30 years after her father fled from Cambodia, Rock Band celebrates the resilient bond of family and the enduring power of music.

Recommended for ages 10 or older.
Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes

Student Matinees at 10:30 am:
Tue. Dec. 10, 2019
Tue. Dec. 17, 2019
Wed. Dec. 18, 2019

As the events of Miss Bennet unfold upstairs at Pemberley, the servants below find themselves in the midst of a scandal; an unwelcome visitor has stumbled into the kitchen in the middle of the night - Mr. Darcy's nemesis and Lydia's incorrigible husband: Mr. Wickham.

Recommended for ages 14 and older; some adult content, aftermath of church bombing that killed four girls, racism.
Approximately 90 minutes.

Student Matinees at 10:30 am:
Wed. Feb. 26, 2020
Tue. Mar. 3, 2020

The show is currently playing in Chicago, and the Chicago Tribune said, "A remarkable show! It is totally different from any revue you ever saw!" The show brings to life her song "Four Women," her tribute to the four little girls killed in the 1963 church bombing in Alabama.

Recommended for ages 10 and older.
Approximately 2 hours.

Student Matinees at 10:30 am:


In 1840 in Lowell, MA, a group of factory workers began publishing the world's first magazine written solely by women; it was called The Lowell Offering. This is the story of the magazine's editor, Harriet Farley, and a labor activist, Sarah Bagley - and the rise and fall of their friendship, the magazine, and Lowell's "Mill Girl" culture. 

New for the season: MRT is excited to offer FREE Teacher Previews on the first Wednesdays and Thursdays of each show.

How to book a Student Matinee:

  • It's simple! Bookings are first-come, so email your request asap to Include: the play, date, total number of students and chaperones, and your contact information.
  • Once you sign the Agreement and provide a 50% deposit, your tickets are booked! The balance is due 2 weeks before the show.
  • Student tickets are $9 and chaperones are free.
  • All matinees include a free Post-Show Discussion with the cast (if requested in advance), and select plays include a PlayGuide with educational articles and resources.
  • Partners in Education (PIE) grants for are available first-come; please mention this need in your booking request.

For further information, visit MRT.ORG.


Partners in Education (PIE)

Each year, Merrimack Repertory Theatre receives generous funding to provide student tickets to schools facing economic hardships. Through the PIE program, students attend a matinee at low or no cost.

For more information about the Partners in Education program or for a grant application for your school, please contact the MRT contact above.

Funding provided in part by

Aubert J. Fay Charitable Fund
Trustees of the Ayer Home
Ted & Connie Lapre Fund
Lowell Polish Cultural Council
Linda Trudel Endowment Fund
Ronald M. Ansin Foundation
Nathaniel & Elizabeth P. Stevens Foundation
Top of the Hill Fund

This program is also supported in parts by grants from local cultural councils, local agencies which are supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.