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The Old Globe is committed to supporting area schools through strong, standards-based initiatives that enhance arts literacy for students of all ages.
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. Our trained, professional Teaching Artists use an interactive approach to engage students in understanding the play and concepts of the theatrical production.
Thank you for your interest in our free student matinee program. Our application window for student matinees is now closed. Please check back for more details later.
For more application information, please email freestudentmatinees@TheOldGlobe.org or call (619) 238-0043 x2147.
As an alternative, you may purchase tickets at a discounted rate for our regular evening and weekend performances through group sales. Please contact our Group Sales Manager by email for more information.
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In honor of the Globe holiday favorite Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, over a thousand children every year from Title One Schools in San Diego County are invited to participate in the Grinch Initiatives, special programs designed to foster an appreciation of both literacy and live theatre and to enhance the theatre going experience of San Diego's students.
The Old Globe is delighted to provide student matinee performances of Dr. Seuss’s How the Grinch Stole Christmas!, called Seussabrations. Free tickets are provided to children enrolled in Title One schools in San Diego County. Our goal is to make these tickets available to children who might not otherwise be able to attend.
The Old Globe provides preparation activities for all schools attending our free student matinees. Teachers attending Grinch performances with their classes participate in a unique professional development workshop at The Old Globe. A study guide with lesson ideas tied to state curriculum standards is provided on this website. In addition, the Book Buddies program encourages children to pledge to read six books before seeing their performance of The Grinch as a way to cultivate a love of reading in students.