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ASOLO REPERTORY THEATRE

Box Office: 941.351.8000 / 800.361.8388

 

Teachers! Bring your students to Asolo Rep to experience the thrill of live theatre first-hand. 

Every year we select productions with discussion topics and themes that make both curricular and personal connections for student audiences. When you make plans to attend an Asolo Rep production, our Education department will provide the tools you need to explore these powerful stories interpreted by exceptional artists. 

Performance dates will be available as of May 24, 2017.
As of that date you may use the form provided here:

For more information contact Education@asolo.org or 941.351.9010 ext. 3307

 

Main Stages Student Matinees include interactive classroom workshops, talkbacks with cast members following each performance, and Production Guides developed around the Asolo Rep performance and unique curriculum connections for each piece. Some performances may also offer Educator Workshops and/or Educator Preview options.

 

EVITA
A legend in her own lifetime.
November/December, 2017 |  Mertz Theatre  | Recommended for grades 8 and up
Lyrics by TIM RICE
Music by ANDREW LLOYD WEBBER
Directed and Choreographed by JOSH RHODES

The crowning dramatic achievement of Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, winner of eight Tony Awards, including best musical and best score, Evita is among the most passionate and memorable productions in musical theater history. Eva Perón used her beauty and charisma to rise from her poverty-stricken roots on the outskirts of Buenos Aires to become the powerful and controversial First Lady of Argentina at the age of 27. She won international acclaim and adoration as a champion of the poor, while glamour, power and greed made her the world’s first major political celebrity. With an electrifying score inspired by Latin, pop and jazz including the riveting anthem, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” this iconic musical is set to dazzle with a spectacular new staging at Asolo Rep.

SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE

Whose words can change the world?
February/March, 2018  |  Mertz Theatre  |  Recommended for grades 9 and up
Adapted for the stage by LEE HALL
Based on the screenplay by MARK NORMAN and TOM STOPPARD
Directed by RACHEL ROCKWELL

Tom Stoppard and Mark Norman’s brilliant seven-time Academy Award-winning film, including Best Picture bursts to life on the Asolo Rep stage. Promising young playwright Will Shakespeare is tormented by writer’s block while two competing theatre managers are demanding new comedies replete with romance, adventure and maybe a funny bit with a dog. To his rescue comes the beautiful and vibrant Viola, Will’s greatest admirer and the inspiration he’s been longing for. But Viola has a secret and Will finds himself star cross’d. This sweeping romantic comedy is a love letter to the arts, as Viola proclaims: “I will have poetry in my life. And adventure. And love. Love above all.”

 

RAGTIME
Three families, one American classic.
May 2018  |  Mertz Theatre  |  Recommended for grades 8 and up
Book by TERRANCE MCNALLY
Music by STEPHEN FLAHERTY
Lyrics by LYNN AHRENS
Based on the novel “Ragtime” by E.L DOCTOROW
Directed by PETER ROTHSTEIN

It’s the dawn of the 20th Century in New York...  a time of enormous change, of new ideas, and everyone is moving to the music of Ragtime. This epic Tony Award winning musical depicts the struggles, successes, hopes and dreams of a white, upper-middle class family in New Rochelle, an African-American musician and his girlfriend in Harlem, and a Jewish immigrant and his daughter on the Lower East Side. Interwoven with their stories are the newsmakers of the era including Harry Houdini, Booker T. Washington, J.P. Morgan and Henry Ford. Minneapolis director Peter Rothstein has scaled down this originally massive musical into an intimate, elegant production that resonates in today’s world to the very heart.




Want to bring a school group to a public performance not listed here? Contact us to inquire about bringing a group to any public performance.

Please inquire about costs and funding opportunities, including transportation subsidies. Do not let cost be a barrier to your school!


HOW CAN I REQUEST TICKETS BEFORE THE 2017-18 SCHOOL YEAR EVEN STARTS?
WHAT IF I DON’T KNOW MY CALENDAR OR CLASS SIZE?


While some teachers feel empowered to make immediate reservations in the spring, others are understandably cautious about evaluating enrollment and other variables before making commitments. Unfortunately, this due diligence sometimes penalizes careful planners – which is never our intent – because shows sell out quickly. 

We want everyone to have the chance to speak up for the performances that interest you! Here’s how it works…

This year, we will accept performance requests as of May 24, 2017. You will tell us:

  • Your school and contact info
  • Your first, second, and third choice of performances
  • Your date preferences
  • Your best estimate of a head-count for students and chaperones attending
  • Nothing must be signed, and no payments will be due.

We will contact you in the fall to confirm a reservation:

  • You will update your numbers at that time.
  • You will receive a deadline to submit a signed reservation agreement.
  • You will receive a deadline for deposit and balance due, or instructions for scholarship/subsidy options if applicable.
  • If you are not able to confirm a reservation at that time, we will continue to offer seats to other waiting schools.