Experience the Magic of Live Theatre

Bring your students to a matinee performance of our mainstage productions. Student matinees include a study guide to prepare before the show and a talkback with the production to deepen learning after the show.

  • All Student Matinees begin at 10:30 am
  • Student tickets are $12/student or free for eligible schools*
  • Chaperone tickets are free
  • Each student show comes with a study guide and post-show talkback with the production and education staff
  • Workshops with artists are available for all shows for an additional fee.
  • All productions are suitable for students in 8th grade and older unless otherwise indicated.

*If you are a Chicago Public School where the majority of your students qualify for free and reduced lunches, you may be eligible for free tickets. Contact us at education@northlight.org to confirm your eligibility or indicate your interest via the reservation form below.

Click below to reserve your tickets for the 23-24 season!

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Student Matinees for the 2023-2024 School Year

To reserve tickets for a student matinee performance of one our mainstage productions, please complete the google form.

Tuesday, September 26 at 10:30am & Tuesday, October 3 at 10:30am
By Noah Haidle
Directed by Jessica Thebus
“A truly must-see show. Epic and beautifully written.” (Chris Jones, New York Daily News)
Ernestine Ashworth spends her 17th birthday agonizing over her insignificance in the universe. Soon enough, it’s her 18th birthday. Even sooner, her 41st. Her 70th. Her 101st. Five generations, an infinity of dreams, and one cake baked over a century.


Thursday, December 14 at 10:30am
Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the original by Frederick Knott
Directed by Georgette Verdin
A new version of the celebrated murder mystery that inspired Hitchcock’s masterpiece!
Tony Wendice married his wife Margot for money, neglected her, got jealous of her affair, and now he wants her dead. In his meticulous planning of the perfect crime, Tony spins a web of suspicion and deception that will ensnare them both in this edge-of-your-seat adaptation of a modern classic.


Thursday, February 8 at 10:30 am, Thursday, February 15 at 10:30am, & Thursday, February 22 at 10:30am
By Sylvia Khoury
Directed by Hamid Dehghani
A suspenseful drama about family and sacrifice that’s a 2022 Pulitzer Prize Finalist
Taroon once served as an interpreter for the U.S. military in Afghanistan. Now that the Americans have withdrawn — along with their promises of protection — Taroon spends his days in hiding, a target of the increasingly powerful Taliban. On the eve of his son’s birth, he must choose between staying safe but trapped in his sister’s apartment or risking his life to see his child.


Thursday, April 25 at 10:30am & Thursday, May 2 at 10:30 am
By John Patrick Shanley
Directed by BJ Jones
A world premiere from the author of Moonstruck, Doubt, and Outside Mullingar
Fran is chronically single, has piles of bills, and finds Owen obnoxious. Owen has a bad back, runs a laundry, and thinks Fran is gloomy. And then he asks her out. After years of putting the rest of her family first, Fran is ready to make the leap toward her own romantic dreams. Little does she know that even bigger challenges are headed her way.

Study Guides

All matinees include a study guide to help teachers better prepare their students for the show. Study guides for this school year will be made available one month prior to each matinee.

Selling Kabul Study Guide

Pre/Post-Show Workshops


  • Northlight Teaching Artist can conduct a pre and/or post-show workshop at your school around the themes and theatricality of our current production. 
  • A member of the show’s artistic team will lead a pre-show workshop, preceding the student matinee at 9:00am, which connects students directly to the artists involved in the production to learn first-hand how the show is created. 
  • Prices start at $110 per hour.

If you have any questions about student matinees, contact us at education@northlight.org