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An interactive student experience

ACT’s unique Engage the Stage Matinee invites students to experience a theatre production in a dynamic learning environment. Recommended for 6-12th grade and college classrooms. Engage the Stage is a 90-minute presentation and performance featuring each of the productions in our 2023/24 Season. Each Engage the Stage features:

➤ A performance excerpt from the production 

➤ The actors and creative team in conversation about their artistic process 

➤ A deep-dive Q&A between the students and the actors and creative team 

➤ Engage the Stage attendees will receive a voucher to return to see a public performance of the production (Subject to availability. Voucher may be exchanged for a ticket at the door starting one hour before your selected performance, if seats are available.)  

Tickets: $12 per student, To book your group, complete the form found here.

The actor in context
Discover how actors use their own lived experiences in service of a play and performance.

February 13 at 11am

The practicality and poetry of metaphor
As 3 generations of women cook together on stage, how do we bring out the metaphors of recipes and legacy while also actually cooking stew? 

March 26 at 11am

The theatricality of history
How do 3 actors create an epic sense of scale and bring history alive in a way that only theatre can? 

May 7 at 11am

Tickets: $12 per student, 1 free chaperone per 10 students for grades 6-12. Additional/college chaperone tickets are $12. To book your group, complete the form found here. A member of our Box Office will follow up to confirm your reservation. 

ACT sometimes may make available free tickets upon request to Title 1 Schools. Financial assistance to other schools is determined on a case-by-case basis. 

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Join us in Winter 2024 for ACT’s 49th year of A Christmas Carol!

A snowy Christmas Eve comes vividly to life, brimming with memorable characters, ghostly apparitions, and visits to the past, present, and future as miserly Ebenezer Scrooge discovers the power of charity and redemption. Share the timeless magic – and unforgettable theatricality – of Charles Dickens’ glorious tale of rediscovering compassion and joy this holiday season with your students. 

Watch this space in the spring for 2024 A Christmas Carol dates!
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Please plan on arriving at least 15-30 minutes prior to showtime to allow for seating and settling.  

Check our website for background information, resource guides, and basic information about the play. You can also request a script and other support materials by contacting Artistic Associate Shana Bestock

Engage the Stage experiences are 90 minutes, with 30-40 minutes of performance and 30-40 minutes of discussion.

A Christmas Carol runs 90 minutes, no intermission.

Contact the Box Office via to coordinate and confirm number of attendees, price, and dates.

Yes – depending on availability of seats. Additional seats purchased day of will be $12.

Absolutely! We welcome homeschool groups! 

We suggest at least one chaperone per 20 students. You can bring as many as you want. Additional chaperones above the 1:10 ratio will need to purchase a ticket. Chaperones are required to remain with their group at all times. Additional Chaperone tickets are $12.
You’ll have a chance to meet and ask the actors questions in our Engage the Stage Q&As. 

For A Christmas Carol matinees, there will be no time for any Q&A following the show.

Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate groups backstage 

No, unfortunately we don’t have room for that.

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