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School Matinees and Resources

Shakespeare's on the matinee menu for 2024!

UMass Theater is excited to be offering a student matinee of one of the most renowned works in the ENglish language in May 2024. 

For this performance, we offer an online resource packet to help teachers prepare their classes for the event, as well as a post-show Q&A with select members of the creative team and cast.

by William Shakespeare
directed by Milan Dragicevich
The Rand Theater, Bromery Center for the Arts
Student matinee May 1 at 10 a.m.
Lovers find one another as mistaken identities abound, lost bonds are magically restored, boisterous passions are exhausted, and the swirling music plays on and on and on. Shakespeare’s comedy is full of whimsy and wordplay, humor both clever and crass, and larger-than-life characters who are complex, human, and intimate. We invite you to join us for the Elizabethan festival of epiphany, when the world is turned upside down in a long night of revelry that takes players and audience alike on a journey through the heights and depths of the human emotional experience. 

Runtime approx. 2 & 1/2 hours with intermission
Recommended for audiences age 12 and up; some raucous humor and gags

Tickets are $5/student, free to chaperones. Resource packets and post-show Q&As are free.

If you'd like to bring a group to our student matinee, please fill out our form.

Due to the themes and language in our productions, we generally recommend our matinees for middle and high school students and highly suggest that teachers go over the study guide with their students so that they can be prepared for any issues raised by the performance. If you have questions about the suitability of a particular show for your student group, please contact us.