Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre productions are cast exclusively with students from our year-long theatre classes. Only students in our classes will appear in these productions, and their performance is a culmination of the training they receive throughout the year. School of Theatre productions typically run 1-2 weekends with both evening and matinee performances.
The timeless enchantment of a magical fairy tale transports a new generation to the miraculous kingdom of dreams-come-true. Adapted for the stage, with great warmth and more than a touch of hilarity, the hearts of children and adults alike still soar when the slipper fits.
Octavia, Hannah, and other girls from dissimilar backgrounds are thrust into the American industrial revolution of the 1840s when they take on jobs in a New England mill. There they discover the unique rewards of factory work, as Hannah earns money to send her brother to Harvard, while Octavia saves for her own tuition. As Irish immigration provides a wave of cheap labor to the mills, wage cuts and miserable working conditions become the norm -- but the mill girls are determined to gain reasonable pay and conditions. With compelling characters and theatrical staging, the play brings history vividly to life.
If you thought you knew the story of 'The Princess and The Pea,' you may be in for a walloping surprise! Did you know, for instance, that Princess Winnifred actually swam the moat to reach Prince Dauntless the Drab? Or that Lady Larken's love for Sir Harry provided a rather compelling reason that she reach the bridal altar post haste? Or that, in fact, it wasn't the pea at all that caused the princess a sleepless night? Carried on a wave of wonderful songs, by turns hilarious and raucous, romantic and melodic, this rollicking spin on the familiar classic of royal courtship and comeuppance provides for some side-splitting shenanigans. Chances are you'll never look at fairy tales quite the same way again.
Based on the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, our play tells the tale of a prince who wants to marry a princess, but is having difficulty finding a suitable wife because he cannot be certain they are real princesses. One stormy night a young woman claiming to be a princess shows up, so the prince's mother decides to test their unexpected guest by placing a pea in the bed she is offered for the night, covered by 20 mattresses and 20 feather-beds. Only a real princess would have the sensitivity to feel a pea through such a quantity of bedding. The search for a royal princess carries the prince and his family through a host of exciting adventures that will entertain from start to finish!