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Court Theatre’s Student Matinee program brings classic theatre to approximately 4,000 Chicago-area high school students per season through a series of deeply discounted weekday performances. Each matinee is enhanced by pre-performance Learning Guides and post-show discussions with cast members that invite students to consider classic stories in a new light.

Our Student Matinees are developed with high school-aged audiences in mind; please call the Box Office at (773) 753-4472 to inquire about bringing younger groups. We recommend a minimum of one chaperone for every 20 students (but you can of course bring more!). As an added bonus, chaperones attend at Student Matinees for free!

Pricing: $12/student | Chaperones are free | All performances are at 10:30am

To reserve seats for your students, please fill out the Groups Form or contact:
Box Office (773) 753-4472 |

2024/25 Student Matinees

A neon cafe sign. East Texas Hot Links
By Eugene Lee
Directed by Resident Artist Ron OJ Parson

Wednesday, September 18
Wednesday, September 25

Red heart-shaped confetti. Falsettos
Music and lyrics by William Finn
Book by William Finn and James Lapine
Produced in partnership with TimeLine Theatre Company
Directed by Nick Bowling, TimeLine Theatre Associate Artistic Director

Wednesday, November 20
Wednesday, December 4

A flower grows up from concrete. A Raisin in the Sun
By Lorraine Hansberry
Directed by Associate Artistic Director Gabrielle Randle-Bent

Wednesday, February 12
Thursday, February 13
Wednesday, February 19 SOLD OUT
Thursday, February 20
Wednesday, February 26

An illustration of the Brandenburg Gate. WORLD PREMIERE

Adapted by Mickle Maher
Based on the graphic novel by Jason Lutes
Directed by Senior Artistic Consultant Charles Newell

Wednesday, April 23
Wednesday, April 30

A person holds a rock over a light source. Light streams around them. An Iliad
By Lisa Peterson and Denis O’Hare
Based on Homer’s The Iliad
Directed by Senior Artistic Consultant Charles Newell
Featuring Timothy Edward Kane

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Our Student Matinees often sell out! If your desired Student Matinee is full, try joining us for an evening or a weekend performance; we offer discounted student group tickets that may be as little as $3 more than the Student Matinee series price. We also encourage you to call the Box Office at (773) 753-4472 to ask about potential availability, and fill out the Groups Form in case there are any openings.

We want to make sure that all students can experience the power of live theatre, and we’re happy to work with schools to make that happen.

Photo by Davon Clark.

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