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Announcing Our 29th Mainstage Season

The upcoming 2024-2025 Mainstage Season at Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts intertwines exceptional storytelling, timeless classics, and captivating music and imagery.

Matthews, NC (June 7, 2024) — Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts, renowned for its acclaimed theatre education programs, camps, and vibrant live performances, is thrilled to unveil its highly anticipated 2024-2025 Mainstage Season. Celebrating its 29th year, the community-based theater has earned a distinguished reputation for delivering top-tier, engaging performances and enriching theatre classes, and the upcoming season is poised to uphold this tradition of excellence.

“Audiences of all ages are in for a special treat as we embark on an extraordinary journey together, weaving stories, creating memories, and celebrating the magic of theatre,” says Matthews Playhouse Executive Director, Sarah Baumgardner. “The selection for this season's lineup has been carefully curated to highlight the exceptional talent of our local actors and production teams, to ensure that every show achieves the utmost quality.” The 29th Mainstage Season at Matthews Playhouse is as follows: 

One Year to Die by Charles LaBorde

Performances: September 20-29, 2024

A gripping new play developed in collaboration with Dennis Delamar. One Year to Die tells the poignant story of two American women who await official word regarding their sons' fates during World War II. Recommended for ages 16 and up.

Scrooge! The Musical

Performances: December 13-22, 2024

The timeless musical adaptation of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol is back, bringing its classic tale to the stage once more! Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Bright Star - A Musical by Steve Martin & Edie Brickell

Performances: January 17-26, 2025 

Based on a true story and featuring the Tony®-nominated score by Steve Martin and Edie Brickell, Bright Star sweeps audiences into a tale of love and redemption in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina of the 1920s and '40s. Recommended for ages 12 and up.

Charlie & the Chocolate Factory

Performances: Feb 21-March 2, 2025

Audiences will be captivated as Charlie Bucket and his friends venture into the whimsical world of Willy Wonka's iconic Chocolate Factory. Recommended for ages 8 and up. 

Peter & the Starcatcher 

Performances: July 11-27, 2025

Prepare to be transported on a thrilling voyage with this Tony® Award-winning play that reimagines the timeless tale of how a downtrodden orphan transforms into the iconic Peter Pan. Recommended for ages 8 and up.

Announcing Our NEW! Three-Show Season Ticket Option!

In addition to the new season, the theatre has unveiled a new Three-Show Season Ticket option for patrons who wish to reserve their tickets at a discounted price before they go on sale to the general public on August 1, 2024.

In addition to saving money on tickets, Matthews Playhouse Season Ticket holders will have access to additional perks. Those who are interested in this option may visit for more information. 

2025 School of Theatre Productions

Matthews Playhouse School of Theatre students will present a series of plays and musicals for young people in the spring of 2025. Students who participate in our Fall 2024 (starting in Sept 2024) and/or Winter 2025 classes (starting in Dec 2024) are eligible to audition and perform in these productions:

Magic Tree House: Dinosaurs Before Dark KIDS

March 28-29, 2025

Join Jack and Annie on a magical journey through time in this delightful musical adaptation of Mary Pope Osborne's beloved book series, filled with catchy songs and thrilling discoveries.

Arabian Nights

March 29-30, 2025

Follow Scheherazade's riveting tales in the staged version of One Thousand and One Nights, exploring themes of love and the power of storytelling.

Meerkat Mail

April 5, 2025

Sunny, a curious meerkat, sets off on an enchanting adventure in this stage adaptation of Emily Gravett's beloved children's book. Featuring plenty of laughter and surprises, this story shares valuable lessons in courage & friendship.

Disney's Aladdin Jr.

April 4-6, 2025

Dive into the dazzling world of Agrabah with Aladdin and friends in this musical adaptation, brimming with catchy tunes, mesmerizing choreography, and the one-of-a-kind magic of the Arabian Nights.

The theatre is also pleased to announce the 6th Annual Halloween Haunted Trail will return in late October! Details on this event will be announced in the coming months. 

Ticketing and Pricing Information

Tickets for Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts productions can be purchased online by visiting Prices vary depending on the production, with discounts available for groups, students, seniors, and members of the military. 

Volunteer and Sponsorship Opportunities

Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts relies heavily on the support of volunteers and sponsors to continue providing quality theatre experiences to the community. There are various volunteer opportunities available, including ushering, concessions, and backstage crew.

Corporate and individual sponsorship opportunities are also available, providing businesses and individuals with a unique opportunity to support the arts and make a difference in the community.

About the Matthews Playhouse 

The Matthews Playhouse of the Performing Arts is a community-based non-profit theatre committed to enriching the lives of children, adults, and families by inviting them to participate in the world of performing arts and education. We commit to this mission by ensuring the excellence of our cultural programs for the participation and enjoyment of the people in our community. 


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