Student Matinees at McCarter

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

Each production is followed by a post-show discussion with the artists involved and is augmented by teacher resource guides specifically designed to meet New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards in the Visual and Performing Arts and national Common Core standards. McCarter performances are an excellent and effective tool for enhancing many areas of study, including Language Arts, 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.
McCarter encourages the attendance of one adult chaperone per 25 students.

Student Matinee FAQ
Theater Etiquette Guide (PDF)



McCarter is dedicated to making the arts accessible to students regardless of their economic circumstances. Thanks to the generous support of our funders, McCarter is able to provide a limited number of partial and fully-subsidized student matinee tickets to Title 1 Schools. In addition, if transportation is a barrier for your school’s attendance, please reach out and ask about our Bus Mini-Grant program. For more information about financial assistance for student matinees, please contact Christine Murray at


When a Chicago teenager is sent to live with her grandmother in South Carolina, she finds herself on a powerful journey toward discovering her place in this world and in her family. Adapted from the best-selling book, Crowns weaves faith and fashion together into an inspirational, joyous coming-of-age musical celebration of resilient, triumphant African American women, and their church hats.

March 22, 2018
Grades 7-12
Matthews Theatre


Turning Off the Morning News

From the Tony Award-winning playwright who brought us the smash hit Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike, Christopher 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


Enrich your students’ experience of a Student Matinee performance and deepen the overall impact of your trip to the theater through a McCarter In-School Enhancement Program available at an additional cost. For more information, please email