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Dear Educators,

On behalf of Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, I would like to invite you to be part of our Literature Alive school field trip program for the 2019-2020 Season.
Literature Alive is an opportunity to extend the classroom by bringing students to the theater during the day for a matinee performance.

As part of your field trip experience, we are happy to provide:

See below for our offerings this season, we have shows appropriate for young children in Kindergarten all the way through high school.

If there is a particular date you don’t see here listed within the run of a show, please email me and we can see about making arrangements. I look forward to welcoming you and your students!

Michael Hinton
Acting Director of Education, Playhouse on Park

Teachers and paraprofessionals chaperoning the trip attend for free!

2019-2020 Season Offerings

Grades 6-12
A Shayna Maidel

by Barbara Lebow
Directed by Dawn Loveland Navarro

October 30 - November 17, 2019

School Day Matinees: $10 Per Student


A powerful and poignant drama of survival and strength about two sisters trying to reconnect after years of separation brought on by the Holocaust. Rose came to the United States from Poland at the age of four and is now completely “Americanized,” while Lusia is a survivor of the concentration camps who has, at last, found her way to America. A Shayna Maidel connects to your school’s history curriculum by presenting the past in a way that explores family, faith, and forgiveness in the pursuit of a better future.

Grades Pre-K - 5
Merrilee Mannerly

Based on the Mom’s Choice Award Winning Book, Merrilee Mannerly and her Magnificent Manners By Cynthia Dokas Whipple and Mary Ambrogio Cashman
Music and Lyrics by William Squier and Jeffrey Lodin

December 3-6, 10, 12, 13 17-20, 2019

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student

Merrilee Mannerly loves good manners - in fact, she's practically an expert. Imagine Merrilee's surprise when a princess from a land of no manners moves in next door and invites her to a birthday party. With her grandmother's magnificent Manifesto of Manners in hand, Merrilee Mannerly is ready to help her new friend, Princess Posy, host the best party ever! Along the way, silliness ensues, friendships are formed, and the two girls discover the real secret behind good manners. 


Friday, December 6th at 9:30am
Saturday, December 7th at 10:00am

SENSORY FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES  Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. If you need wheelchair accessible seats, please contact Elizabeth Simmons. Made possible by the generous support of The Miracle League of CT.

Grades 8-12
Pride and Prejudice

by Kate Hamill, based on the novel by Jane Austin

February 19 - March 8, 2020

School Day Matinees: $10 Per Student

This isn’t your grandmother’s Austen! Bold, surprising, boisterous, and timely, this Pride and Prejudice for a new era explores the absurdities and thrills of finding your perfect (or imperfect) match in life. Lizzy Bennet is determined never to marry, but can she resist love? This effervescent adaptation is the ideal companion for students reading Austen’s work in literature courses.

Grades PK - 4

Music by Brian Lowdermilk
Book and Lyrics by Lauren Gunderson

May 26-29, June 2, 4, 5, 9-12, 2020

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student

A Mystery Science Musical For Young Audiences! Fly through the solar system with Dr.  Wonderful and her amazing adventure team of Newton (the dog), Ben (the human), and Mom (the Mom)! Girl-detective-noir meets science-geek-chic in this super cool astronomical musical theater event that will take you across the universe with fun, flair, and science. Written by Lauren Gunderson (Playhouse’s critically acclaimed Season 10 play THE REVOLUTIONISTS).

Sensory Friendly Performances
Friday, May 29th at 9:30am
Saturday, May 30th at 10:00am

Sensory Friendly productions at Playhouse on Park are produced with guidance from The Miracle League of CT and professionals from the local autism community. Made possible by the generous support of The Miracle League of CT.


Playhouse on Park has some funding available to allow students in need of financial assistance to attend productions. Please contact Michael Hinton or phone at (860) 523-5900 ext. 16 to discuss whether your school group can take advantage of some of this funding.