More than 5,000 young people attend a student matinee at CPH each season. Students attend a pre-show workshop designed to help connect the themes of the play to their own lives, participate in a question and answer session with the artists following the performance and bring home a student guide that provides academic and real world connections to the production.
All educational materials support the common core standards.
Familia. Amor. Tradición. These values are at the heart of mariachi music and the community where Lucha cares for her mother battling dementia. So when an old mariachi recording reawakens her mother’s memory, Lucha vows to learn and perform the song live. Join Lucha as she recruits band members, tracks down instruments, and stands up to long-held traditions to make her dream a reality. Set in the 1970s and performed with live music and plenty of humor, American Mariachi is a joyous, heartwarming story of family, memory, and the power of song.
Content Advisory: Mild profanity and innuendo; recommended for ages 11+
1989. An American college basketball team travels from San Francisco to Beijing for a “friendship game” against a Chinese squad. Far from friendly, the matchup quickly becomes a high-stakes battle, as the American coach fights for his reputation and his Chinese counterpart fights for his life. Caught in the middle, a young Chinese American player must prove his mettle on the court while unravelling a long-kept secret. Cultures and generations clash in this kinetic, darkly comic sports drama.
Content Advisory: Heavy profanity and some sexual innuendo; racist and xenophobic comments; descriptions and potential images of Tiananmen Square massacre; recommend for ages 14+
Welcome to Tinselville, USA! It’s this holly-jolly town’s world-famous annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, and you are invited to join in the fun! This family-friendly, one-of-kind musical variety show features original pop, rock, gospel, and jazz holiday tunes as well as new arrangements of your favorite Christmas carols. With sing-a-longs, kicklines, and cameos from beloved characters, Light It Up! is a celebration of family, friends, community, and each person’s ability to make every day brighter.
Content Advisory: Recommended for ages 8+
Inspired by Cleveland’s past, present, and future, I’m Back Now is a poignant family drama that transcends time and space. At 19, Sara travels to Cleveland to meet her birth mother Elle. As she strives to reconcile the legacy she thought she knew with her actual origins, Sara discovers that she is a descendant of Sara Lucy Bagby, the last woman ever prosecuted under the Fugitive Slave Act. Traveling through time from the 1860s to today, the play weaves together three generations of one Black family in a deeply felt meditation on the histories we carry.
Content Advisory: Strong language, discussion of enslavement, and death of loved ones; recommended for ages 13+
Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson are back on the case! An investigation into the Bohemian king’s stolen letters cascades into an international mystery filled with spies, blackmail, and intrigue. With world peace at stake, Holmes and Watson join forces with American actress Irene Adler to take down cunning criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty and his network of devious henchmen. Five actors play over 40 roles in this brand new adventure that has danger—and laughter!—around every corner.
Content Advisory: Onstage violence, comic mischief, gunshots, and sexual innuendo; recommended for ages 12+
The Allen, Helen and Outcalt theatres are located at Playhouse Square
1407 Euclid Avenue Cleveland, OH 44115
Administrative Offices and Education Center
1901 E. 13th Street, Suite 200 Cleveland, OH 44114 (216) 400-7000
7401 Detour Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44103