A message to our patrons regarding COVID-19


Student Matinees occur on designated weekday mornings for select productions. Your students will enjoy an exciting performance followed by an engaging, open discussion with members of the cast on the themes and ideas specific to the play during our popular Post-Show Talk Back!




Pennsylvania Core Standards

English Language Arts: Grades 6-12

CC.1.2.8.G: Evaluate the advantages and disadvantages of using different mediums (e.g., print or digital text, video, multimedia) to present a particular topic or idea.

CC.1.2.9-10.G: Analyze various accounts of a subject told in different mediums (e.g., a person’s life story in both print and multimedia), determining which details are emphasized in each account.

CC.1.2.11-12.G: Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in different media or formats (e.g., visually, quantitatively) as well as in words in order to address a question or solve a problem.


CC.1.3.8.A: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summery of the text.

CC.1.3.9-10.A: Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

CC.1.3.11-12.A: Determine and analyze the relationship between two or more themes or central ideas of a text including the development and interaction of the themes; provide an objective summary of the text.


CC.1.3.8.C: Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

CC.1.3.9-10.C: Analyze how complex characters develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

CC.1.3.11-12.C: Analyze the impact of the author’s choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama.


CC.1.3.8.G: Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by directors or actors.

CC.1.3.9-10.G: Analyze the representation of a subject or a key scene in two different artistic mediums, including what is emphasized or absent in each treatment.

CC.1.3.11-12.G: Analyze multiple interpretations of a story, drama, or poem (e.g., recorded or live production of a play or recorded novel or poetry), evaluating how each version interprets the source text.


CC.1.4.8.H: Introduce and state and opinion on a topic.


CC.1.4.8-12.M: Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events.

National Core Arts Standards



a. Imagine and explore multiple perspectives and solutions to staging problems in a drama/ theatre work.

b. Imagine and explore solutions to design challenges of a performance space in a drama/theatre work.

c. Develop a scripted or improvised character by articulating the character’s inner thoughts, objectives, and motivations in a drama/theatre work.


a. Apply criteria to the evaluation of artistic choices in a drama/theatre work.


a. Recognize and share artistic choices when participating in or observing a drama/theatre work.

b. Analyze how cultural perspectives influence the evaluation of a drama/theatre work.

c. Apply personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs to evaluate a drama/theatre work.


a. Respond to a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence, personal aesthetics, and artistic criteria.

b. Apply the production elements used in a drama/theatre work to assess aesthetic choices.

c. Assess the impact of a drama/theatre work on a specific audience.

Grade Hs proficient


a. Apply basic research to construct ideas about the visual composition of a drama/theatre work.

b. Explore the impact of technology on design choices in a drama/theatre work.

c. Use script analysis to generate ideas about a character that is believable and authentic in a drama/theatre work.


a. Respond to what is seen, felt, and heard in a drama/theatre work to develop criteria for artistic choices.


a. Analyze and compare artistic choices developed from personal experiences in multiple drama/theatre works.

b. Identify and compare cultural perspectives and contexts that may influence the evaluation of a drama/theatre work.

c. Justify personal aesthetics, preferences, and beliefs through participation in and observation of a drama/theatre work.


a. Examine a drama/ theatre work using supporting evidence and criteria, while considering art forms, history, culture, and other disciplines.

b. Consider the aesthetics of the production elements in a drama/theatre work.

c. Formulate a deeper understanding and appreciation of a drama/ theatre work by considering its specific purpose or intended audience.


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