Free Student Matinees Application

Fall 2023 Application

The Old Globe's Department of Arts Engagement is pleased to offer seven (7) free student matinee opportunities for Fall 2023, and all schools and accredited homeschooling programs are eligible to receive an award. To apply, this form must be filled out completely and submitted by 11:59 PM on August 6, 2023.

We will continue accepting applications after this date, but those submitted by the deadline will be given priority consideration. Awards will be announced by August 11.

Please read the following instructions carefully:

  • Limit one application per school for up to 80 tickets. Please work with your principal and fellow teachers to combine requests.
  • Schools must not exceed a ratio of one adult per 10 students. Adults serving as 1:1 aides for their respective students will not count against this ratio.
  • Awards come with a mandatory pre-show workshop. Failure to meet this requirement will result in forfeiture of your award and may affect your school's future program eligibility.
  • Request an accurate number of tickets. A large percentage of unused tickets may affect your future program eligibility, but also hurt the chances of other deserving schools.
  • All schools are required to arrive at the theatre no later than 9:30 AM for a 10:15 AM load-in, and a 10:30 AM curtain.
With the ever-evolving pandemic, these dates are subject to changes and cancellations pending school district announcements, CDC recommendations, and Old Globe-adopted protocols. Please read our COVID policy to ensure you're prepared for your trip upon arrival.

I have read all the instructions.*

I have read the COVID policy. (*

Do you require a travel reimbursement in order to attend?*

Please note the max of 80 per school.

Below, you will find the synopses for all the shows we are offering for this fall's free student matinees program. Please read them all very carefully and note that:

  • Run times will not be known until about one month prior to the show.
  • Content warnings, if applicable, will be shared to awardees when available to The Old Globe and could change closer to the date of your trip.

Our program provides the opportunity for students to experience theatrical performances of the highest professional standards. No changes are made to the productions for the sake of young audiences. Teachers and administrators should be conscious of shows with strong language and adult themes. They should plan post-show discussions and activities to help students put these elements into context and to include the theatrical experience in the larger learning environment. Our pre-show workshops will help teachers in this regard.


An Asolo Repertory Theatre Production
Book by Joe Masteroff
Based on the play by John Van Druten and stories by Christopher Isherwood
Music by John Kander and lyrics by Fred Ebb
Directed and choreographed by Josh Rhodes

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome to Cabaret! It’s 1931 Berlin, and inside the Kit Kat Klub, British nightclub singer Sally Bowles keeps the delirious party raging. But no amount of booze, music, and dancing can slow the ominous march of a changing Germany as it draws ever closer. Featuring an iconic score from Kander and Ebb—including “Maybe This Time,” “Mein Herr,” “Don’t Tell Mama,” and, of course, the title song—this Tony Award–winning musical is reimagined in a visionary new staging by Globe favorite Josh Rhodes (Guys and Dolls, Bright Star). BroadwayWorld calls this production, “Hands down the most cohesive, well-rounded, fully conceptualized staging of this musical that I have seen to date. My friends, this is how you do Cabaret.”

Content warning: TBA

MFA Shakespeare Production

Apologies, but a title has not yet been selected. Please mark your interest as you may withdrawal your request without penalty once the show is announced.

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas!

Book and lyrics by Timothy Mason
Music by Mel Marvin
Original production conceived and directed by Jack O'Brien
Original choreography by John DeLuca
Directed by James Vásquez
Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage
Old Globe Theatre
Conrad Prebys Theatre Center

Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! is a wonderful, whimsical musical based upon the classic Dr. Seuss book. Max the dog narrates, as the mean and scheming Grinch decides to steal Christmas away from the holiday-loving Whos, leading The Grinch to discover there is more to Christmas than he bargained for. San Diego audiences will experience the magic of this annual theatrical event as the Donald and Darlene Shiley Stage in the Old Globe Theatre, part of the Globe's Conrad Prebys Theatre Center, will once again transform into the snow-covered Whoville, right down to the last can of Who-hash. Dr. Seuss's How the Grinch Stole Christmas! features the classic holiday songs "Santa for a Day," "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch," and "Welcome, Christmas (Fah Who Doraze)."

What grade levels do you teach?*

Please select all that apply.

Are you a Title I school?*

For elementary and middle school classes, please select ALL the dates for which you are available.*

For middle and high school classes, please select ALL the dates for which you are available.*

What would be your first choice? No guarantees, but we will try our best to accommodate all requests.*

What would be your second choice? No guarantees, but we will try our best to accommodate all requests.*

Please double-check your contact information as inaccuracies can lead to delayed or forfeited awards, or even future eligibility for our program.

Thank you for completing your application for this upcoming season of our Free Student Matinees program! After submitting, please wait for the confirmation page to load for further information. Please save as proof of submission as you will not get a confirmation email. Please do not email The Old Globe to ask for a confirmation.