A class trip to a McCarter Theatre performance offers you and your students the opportunity to experience some of the finest theater in the nation.  

Each production is augmented by resource guides and post-show discussions specially designed to meet the requirements of the Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts. McCarter Theatre offerings are a wonderful tool for enhancing many areas of study, including Language Arts, Literacy, Social Studies and World Languages. In-School Enhancement Programs are also available, at an additional cost, to enrich the performance experience.

PRICING: $15 student tickets, $20 Adult tickets.
A Christmas Carol Pricing: All tickets $25.

McCarter encourages the attendance of one adult chaperone per twenty-five students.

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2017-2018 Season 

A Red Orchid Theatre's

Buried secrets, blackmail, and false identities race onto the stage in Simpatico, a tragicomedy about the slippery netherworld of thoroughbred racing from Pulitzer Prize-winning dramatist Sam Shepard. McCarter is proud to collaborate with the multi-award-winning Chicago theater company A Red Orchid Theatre to bring this riveting American drama to Princeton, starring Tony and Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon (Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Nocturnal Animals) and the acclaimed Red Orchid ensemble.

September 28, 2017
Grades 9-12
Berlind Theatre


Janis Joplin exploded onto the music scene in 1967 and almost overnight became a rock 'n' roll queen. Her unmistakable voice, laced with raw emotion and southern comfort—and inspired by the greatest Blues singers from Aretha Franklin to Bessie Smith—made Joplin the must-see "rock mama" from Monterey to Woodstock. Fueled by a live band and psychedelic performances of her unforgettable songs “Piece of my Heart,” “Me and Bobby McGee,” and “Cry Baby,” A Night With Janis Joplin is a powerful celebration of the women who made the music that changed history.

October 26, 2017
Grades 8-12
Matthews Theatre


Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a magical journey through Christmas past, present, and future and watch as our entire community—including 35 members from the greater Princeton area—bring this story to life around you! This exciting production will usher you into the spirit of the season with all the joy, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers. Share the happiness of Dickens' perennial masterpiece and join us in celebrating this McCarter tradition with your friends and entire family. 

December 6, 7, 12, 13, 14, 2017
Grades 3-12
Matthews Theatre


Charlie and Jake, a couple of small town Irishmen, hope to hit it big when they’re hired as extras for an epic American movie filming in their scenic County Kerry village. Winner of the Lawrence Olivier Award for Best Comedy, two actors portray a colorful cast of dozens in this rollicking tale that pits harsh reality against Hollywood endings.

February 1, 2018
Grades 9-12
Berlind Theatre


Adapted from the best-selling book by the same title, Crowns weaves faith and fashion together—with a generous dose of "hattitude"—into an inspirational musical celebration of women and their church hats. Regina Taylor returns to direct the 15th Anniversary production of this joyous gospel musical (which premiered on our Matthews Theatre stage in 2002) that will truly lift your spirits!

March 22, 2018
Grades 7-12
Matthews Theatre


From the Tony Award-winning playwright who brought us the smash hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and SpikeChristopher Durang returns to McCarter with his newest play and latest cast of eccentric characters. Turning Off the Morning News is a black comedy about two sets of neighbors. Cliff and Salena have just moved in; the family across the street are at best peculiar, and at worst, stark raving mad!  Should the new neighbors ignore their bizarre behavior, or invite them to dinner?

May 24, 2018
Grades 10-12
Berlind Theatre

If you have any further questions regarding McCarter Student Matinees, please write to us at or call
(609) 258-6511 and leave a message with your name, contact information, and question.

McCarter Theatre is dedicated to ensuring that economically disadvantaged students have access to live theatre. To find out if your school is eligible for financial assistance for Arthur Lithgow Student Matinee Series tickets, please submit this survey along with your reservation request.

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