Student Matinees at McCarter

A class trip to McCarter is an excellent and effective tool for enhancing many areas of study, including Language Arts, Social Studies, and World Languages.

McCarter student matinee performances are typically followed by a facilitated, 30-minute post-show discussion with members of the acting company. McCarter post-show discussions allow students to pose questions to actors and share collectively with their peers in making meaning of the performance and highlighting elements of personal resonance.

Student Matinee FAQ




To reserve tickets, please complete and submit the McCarter Student Matinee Reservation Form. A Patron Services representative will contact you to discuss your reservation including:

  • The details of the contract
  • McCarter Theatre’s student matinee policies
  • The non-refundable deposit payment required to hold your reservation
  • Logistics on the day of your scheduled student matinee

For questions please email


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


McCarter is dedicated to making the arts accessible to students regardless of their economic circumstances. If transportation is a barrier for your school’s attendance, please contact us to inquire about financial assistance at

September 19 at 10:30AM and September 26 at 10:30AM

Empire Records

A world-premiere musical adaptation of the ‘90’s cult-classic film of the same name with an original rock score by Zoe Sarnak and book by original screenwriter Carol Heikkinen. Overflowing with optimism, rooftop dancing, and the spirit of punk rock, Empire Records tells the story of a band of idealist misfits fighting to save their beloved record store from a corporate takeover. 

Recommended for grades 7-12
CONTENT ADVISORY: This production contains adult themes and language.


Thursday, October 10 at 11:00AM

Duel Reality

An all-ages epic, gravity-defying spectacle from the acclaimed cirque company The 7 Fingers (Water for Elephants, Pippin). Inspired by Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet, two feuding families engage in a battle of skill, each competition more daring than the last – while a pair of star-crossed lovers struggles to escape the showdown.

Recommended for grades 1-12
CONTENT ADVISORY: This production includes stylized depictions of violence.


December 12 at 10:30AM and December 18 at 10:30AM

A Christmas Carol

McCarter's annual holiday tradition returns with magic, music, and merriment for all. Follow Ebenezer Scrooge on a fantastical journey through Christmases past, present and future and enjoy this classic story as it comes to life around you. Create magical memories with the ones you love as this festive spectacle ushers you into the spirit of the season with all the delight, wonder, and generosity that Scrooge himself discovers.

Recommended for grades 6-12


January 30 at 10:30AM and February 6 at 10:30AM

Here There Are Blueberries

A celebrated new production from Moisés Kaufman and the Tectonic Theater Project (The Laramie Project). Based on real events, Here There Are Blueberries tells the story of newly discovered historical photographs and the shocking truth behind them—what they reveal about the perpetrators of the Holocaust, and our own humanity.

Recommended for grades 7-12
CONTENT ADVISORY: This production engages with the subject of Nazis and the historical events surrounding the Holocaust. The production contains loud sounds and photographic flash.


Thursday, April 3 at 10:30AM

Legacy of Light

In Princeton, New Jersey, a brilliant astrophysicist tries to become a mother. Meanwhile—300 years earlier, in France—a mathematician, scientist, and lover to Voltaire finds out she’s about to become one. From the writer of Native Gardens and Destiny of Desire comes a bright and funny new play about life, the universe, and parenthood.

Recommended for grades 7-12


May 15 at 10:30AM and May 22 at 10:30AM

Primary Trust

An absorbing and open-hearted comedy about new beginnings, NY Times Critic’s Pick, Primary Trust explores the inner and outer lives of Kenneth, a dedicated loner with a passion for drinking Mai Tais on weeknights. When he begins to face a world he’s long avoided, will he have the courage to embrace a new start in life?

Recommended for grades 7-12
CONTENT ADVISORY: This production contains alcohol, strong language and adult themes.