Let ACT Contemporary Theatre’s stage be your classroom!

ACT’s unique Engage the Stage program invites students to experience a theatre production in a dynamic learning environment.

Explore the magic and the making of theatre through up-close conversations with theatre professionals about their craft, careers, and connection to the play.

➤ Hear directly from the actors and members of the creative team about their artistic process

➤ Watch an excerpt from our professional production to see them in action with full costumes, set, and production elements

➤ Discuss further in a deep-dive Q&A

Energize your classroom with experiential learning and new perspectives. Ignite passion and curiosity in the arts as we actively demonstrate how theatre activates your curriculum – and your life.

Engage the Stage introduces students to different approaches to creative pathways, and shows how culture, academics, art, tech, and science collaborate in powerful storytelling.

The actor in context: How do actors use their own lived experience 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/student, 1 free chaperone per 10 students. Additional 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. For questions, email groups@acttheatre.org.

Students and chaperones are invited to use their Engage the Stage ticket to return and see a regular public performance for free! 


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 75 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 groups@acttheatre.org 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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