Student Matinees begin at 11am and are always on a Friday. There will be an optional talk-back with some of the performers immediately following the performance. Student tickets are $10 each and one complimentary chaperone ticket is provided for every 10 student tickets purchased.
Thanks to generous support from our donors, Berkeley Playhouse grants money to schools in need to help cover part of their transportation costs associated with attending a student matinee. Please note that due to the high demand for bus subsidies, we regret that we may not be able to fulfill all requests. If your school is awarded a bus subsidy, it will be paid in the form of a reimbursement check following your student matinee. Click here for the bus subsidy form
Book by Thomas Meehan Music by Charles Strouse Lyrics by Martin Charnin Based on Little Orphan Annie by permission of The Media Tribune Services, Inc.
Leapin’ lizards! One of the most popular musicals of all time returns to Berkeley Playhouse in an all new production that’s going to “shine like the top of the Chrysler building!” In 1930s depression era New York, young orphaned Annie is determined to find the parents that left her on the doorstep of the New York City Orphanage, run by the soused and sour Miss Hannigan. When Annie is chosen by billionaire Oliver Warbucks to spend the holidays at his mansion, she leaves behind the only community she’s ever known, and her daily life of “hard knocks” and “maybe’s” turns into one of cinemas and Roll’s Royce’s. . . and an opportunity to discover the truth about her parents. Filled with adventure, mayhem, and the discovery of what family truly means, Annie
is a true Broadway classic.
Book by Terrence McNally Music by Stephen Flaherty Lyrics by Lynn Ahrens Based on the novel Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow
One of the most acclaimed American musicals of the last twenty years, Ragtime
is a sweeping epic of hopes and dreams in a changing America at the turn of the 20th century. Just beyond the gaze of lady liberty, the stories of three evolving and distinct communities in New York are woven together to create a fabric that blankets a new era in the land of opportunity. A Jewish immigrant seeking a new life in America is awakened to the possibilities of success; a mother from an upper-class suburban family sees that privilege and comfort may not be as desirable as she once thought; and a gifted African-American musician, prolific in the dissonant and romantic melodies of ragtime, learns that love and passion can spark the wheels of change. Peppered with great historical characters from Houdini to Henry Ford to Booker T. Washington, Ragtime’s
Tony Award-winning score draws upon the unique sounds of the American soundscape—heard from Harlem to the Lower-East-Side—to create a truly remarkable theatrical event.
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald Music & Lyrics by Benj Pasek and Justin Paul Based on the book “James and Giant Peach” by Roald Dahl
From the Oscar-winning team that brought you the music of La La Land and the hit Broadway musicals Dear Evan Hansen
and A Christmas Story
comes an all new adventured filled family classic based on the beloved story by Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
). Sent to chop down an old fruit tree by his devious aunts, young James discovers a magic potion that turns an ordinary peach into a massive, oversized GIANT! Finding himself at the center of this king-sized peach and surrounded by life size insects (with larger than life personalities), the peach falls from the tree, rolling into the nearby ocean—and these new cohabitants from very different communities must face even bigger problems—hunger, dangerous foes, and learning how to communicate when facing challenging decisions. A journey of epic proportions, James and the Giant Peach
is the lyrical, hummable, and fantastical musical for families of all ages.