The Old Globe provides thousands of free tickets to area students to see special matinee performances of many of our shows. This opportunity is provided to the community to allow students access to live, professional theatre of the highest quality.
The California State Department of Education created core Content Standards in the Arts “aimed at the development of aesthetic appreciation and the skills of creative expression.” The Old Globe Student matinee program supports schools’ efforts to introduce young people to live theatre and to gain an appreciation for the art form.
An integral part of the free matinee program is the free in-classroom, pre-performance workshop designed to enhance the theatre-going experience. As part of our Production Guides program, our trained, professional Teaching Artists use an interactive approach to engage students in understanding the play and concepts of the theatrical production. This approach to aesthetic education allows students opportunities to make personal connections to the work of art and to reflect on what they have experienced and learned. The matinee program is a valuable tool to the teacher attempting to incorporate the Five Component Strands of the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) Standards.
The Education Department also provides free Study Guides to all teachers participating in the free student matinee program. These resources offer pre and post-show learning activities as well as background information on the play, the playwright, and more. The Study Guides are available to everyone on the website.
If you have any questions about this program, please contact GlobeLearning@theoldglobe.org.