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Bring Your Students to see Professional Live Theatre in West Hartford

Dear Teachers,

On behalf of Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, I would like to invite you to be part of our Literature Alive school field trip program for the 2018-19 Season.
Literature Alive is an opportunity to extend the classroom by bringing students to the theater during the day for a matinee performance.

As part of your field trip experience, we are happy to provide:

See below for our offerings this season, we have shows appropriate for young children in Kindergarten all the way through high school.

If there is a particular date you don’t see here listed within the run of a show, please email me and we can see about making arrangements. I look forward to welcoming you and your students!

Elizabeth Simmons
Director of Education, Playhouse on Park

Teachers and paraprofessionals chaperoning the trip attend for free!

Solomon Schechter preschoolers attended Freckleface Strawberry!

2018-2019 Season Offerings

Grades 6 - 12

By Rick Elice
Music by Wayne Barker

Oct. 2 - 5, 2018
Oct. 9 - 12, 2018

School Day Matinees: $10 Per Student

A wildly theatrical, hilarious and innovative retelling of how a miserable orphan came to be The Boy Who Would Not Grow Up, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER upends the century-old legend of Peter Pan. From marauding pirates and jungle tyrants to unwilling comrades and unlikely heroes, PETER AND THE STARCATCHER playfully explores the depths of greed and despair and the bonds of friendship duty and love. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, a dozen brilliant actors play more than 100 unforgettable characters using their enormous talent, ingenious stagecraft and the limitless possibilities of imagination.

Grades PK - 4

Music by John Kavanaugh
Book & Lyrics by Jeremy Desmon

Dec. 4 - 7, 2018
Dec. 11 - 14, 2018
Dec. 19 - 22, 2018

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student

Based on the books by Margaret and H.A. Rey and the Play, Owned by Universal Stage Production Everyone’s favorite mischievous monkey and his friend in the yellow hat sing and dance up a storm in this adventure-filled musical. All You-Can-Eat Meatball Day came just once a year. George had been waiting all month for that day, a day almost bigger than his birthday! On Meatball Day, George helped his friend, Chef Pisghetti, cook some delicious meatballs and serve them to the hungry crowd. But this year, the crowd had vanished! Something was keeping people away... something pretty big. And that something was Phinneas T. Lightspeed and his speedy Meatballs-o-Matic machine. In despair, Chef Pisghetti vows to cook no more. Determined to help his friend, George goes on a mission to enter the Chef's meatballs in the world-famous Golden Meatball Contest in

Sensory Friendly Performances
Sunday, December 9, 2018 at 10am
Friday, December 14, 2018 at 9:30am

Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. Made possible by the generous support of The Miracle League of CT.

Grades K - 4

Book by Timothy Allen McDonald Lyrics by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller Music by Timothy Allen McDonald, Jonathan K. Waller, David Weinstein, Stephen Gabriel Based on the book, "Flat Stanley" by Jeff Brown

May 21 - 24, 2019
May 28 - 31, 2019
June 4 - 7, 2019

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student


Based on the best-selling book series, Stanley folds his way around the world with his flat-tastic hijinks. Stanley Lambchop is your ordinary, everyday, run-of-the-mill, ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. That's just the problem... for Stanley, life is too normal. He wants to travel the world, do something amazing, something no one's ever seen before. Careful what you wish for, Stanley! One night, the bulletin board on the wall above Stanley's bed comes loose and falls – right on top of Stanley! The next morning, Stanley Lambchop wakes up flat. Not just a little flat... really, REALLY flat! In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley – the ultimate exchange student – scours the globe for a solution to his unusual problem. He's stamped, posted and cancelled from Hollywood and France to Honolulu and beyond. And, whether he's thwarting a robbery at the Louvre Museum in Paris, or "hanging ten" off the coast of Hawaii, Stanley is closing in on his goal of being a three-dimensional boy once more.



Friday, May 31, 2019 at 9:30am
Saturday, June 1, 2019 at 10am

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES  Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. If you need wheelchair accessible seats, please contact Elizabeth Simmons. Made possible by the generous support of The Miracle League of CT.

Grades 9-12

by Dale Wasserman

A boisterous, ribald and ultimately shattering, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is the unforgettable story of a mental hospital and its inhabitants. When a brash new inmate arrives, the rigid program of the ward, which is headed by the tyrannical Nurse Ratched, is thrown up for grabs. In a world where sanity means conformity and following the rules is the only way to survive, ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO’S NEST is a powerful exploration of both the beauty and the danger of being an original. This Tony-award winning adaption by Dale Wasserman pays homage to the original storytelling of the Classic novel by Ken Kesey, while adding a chilling, poignant edge that captivates and enthralls audiences.

Nov. 7 - 9, 2018
Nov. 13 - 16, 2018

School Day Matinees: $10 Per Student

Grades 9-12

by Aaron Posner
Based on the book by Chaim Potok

This award-winning play by Aaron Posner, based on the best-selling novel by Chaim Potok (the same writers of Playhouse on Park’s sold-out hit, THE CHOSEN) tells the story of Asher Lev, a young Jewish painter torn between his Hassidic upbringing and his desperate need to fulfill his artistic promise. When his artistic genius threatens to destroy his relationship with his parents and community, young Asher realizes he must make a difficult choice between art and faith. This stirring adaptation of a modern classic presents a heartbreaking and triumphant vision of what it means to be an artist.

May 1 - 3, 2019
May 7 - 10, 2019

School Day Matinees: $10 Per Student


Playhouse on Park has some funding available to allow students in need of financial assistance to attend productions. Please contact Elizabeth Simmons by email or phone at (860) 523-5900 ext. 15 to discuss whether your school group can take advantage of some of this funding.