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Pay What You Can Shows


We believe that theatre should be accessible to all!


If you are unable to see a show at full-price, Matthews Playhouse offers a Pay-What-You-Can performance for most productions. This program extends the availability of the arts to those on a limited budget. Not only do we make the arts more accessible to the community, we also donate a majority of the proceeds to our local non-profit partner for the production. Your ticket purchase helps others in YOUR community!


In general, PWYC shows are:

  • General admission seating, first come first served

  • Tickets ONLY available at the door

  • Suggested minimum donation $10

  • Proceeds benefit our non-profit partner for the show

Frequently Asked Questions

How much do people usually give for a PWYC performance?

The suggested donation amount is $10 – but it is up to YOU!  Give $5, $10, $20 – Whatever you like!

What if I cannot afford to make a donation?

That is OK, too!  We are glad to have you at the theatre and hope you enjoy the performance.

What payment methods are accepted?

We accept cash and credit cards at the door for PWYC performances. 

Please be prepared with exact change so we can quickly serve everyone.

Can I purchase or reserve tickets in advance?

There are no advanced sales for Pay What You Can shows - all sales must be done in person at the box office the evening of the performance. We do recommend arriving an hour prior to show time, as Pay What You Can tickets sell out quickly.  The theatre will open 30 minutes prior to show time.

Are there assigned seats for PWYC shows?

For these specific performances, all seating is general admission and is first-come, first-served.

How is my donation used?

For PWYC performances, we donate the majority of the proceeds to the non-profit partner featured for that specific performance.  Learn more about each show's non-profit partner by visiting the individual show pages on our website.

Sister Act, 2022
Photo Courtesy of Nick Morris Photography

2023-2024 Season Pay-What-You-Can Performances

Young Frankenstein

  • Thursday, July 11th at 7:30pm

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