Education sits at the core of Round House Theatre’s mission. Round House’s Student Matinee Program provides school groups with a comprehensive, exceptional theatrical arts experience through a package of opportunities designed to engage, educate, and entertain. Seeing a great play does not simply introduce students to the world of theatre; it excites curiosity, incites empathy, and encourages independent thinking, proving to be an invaluable educational tool for holistic learning in the modern world.

    • Student Matinee performances begin at 10:00 am
    • Performances are at Round House Theatre, 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda (one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda Metro station)
    • High school students are all offered one FREE ticket through our unique Free Play program, which may be applied to one of our regularly scheduled evening performances or to your group attending a Student Matinee.
    • One free adult chaperone ticket for every 10 student tickets
    • Study guides help teachers and students prepare for and follow up the performance
    • Post-Show Discussions immediately follow every Student Matinee performance


2017-2018 Student Matinee Schedule

The Book of Will – December 6, 2017 at 10:30 am

What if there were no Shakespeare plays? The Book of Will reveals how easily the unthinkable could have come to pass by introducing us to the characters who kept it from happening. Students will witness a crucial facet of Shakespearean history through a comedic and highly accessible lens, learning about how great works of literature stand the test of time. By depicting the humble, everyday heroes who compiled the First Folio, The Book of Will links literature with loyalty, reminding students that patience is as important as genius, and shedding new light on how our love of Shakespeare began.

Handbagged – February 15, 2018

Maggie and Liz—the Queen and her Prime Minister. Moira Buffini’s Handbagged will immerse students in one of the most consequential and controversial periods in recent British history while painting dual portraits of two world-famous (and occasionally infamous) women. Funny and feminist, Handbagged encourages students to explore the nature of power, the responsibilities of a leader, and the role of women in the modern world. Specially revised for American audiences, this play will broaden students’ knowledge of modern history while maintaining an engaging and entertaining atmosphere throughout.

Sloppy Firsts – March 16, 2018

Life’s tough when you’re 16. Especially when your mom doesn’t understand you, your sister is perfect, and your best friend just moved away…In Sloppy Firsts, students will enter the world of Jessica Darling, a whipsmart, would-be writer who confides only in her diary. Adults and adolescents alike will connect to Jessica’s search to define her identity—a narrative that emphasizes the power of writing and of shaping one’s own story. Rebellious, vulnerable, and always relatable, Jessica Darling gives students a chance to see themselves onstage and will challenge them to find their own voices—and make themselves heard.

“Master Harold”… and the Boys – April 18, April 25, and May 2, 2018

South Africa, 1950. Apartheid is law. And in a decrepit, Port Elizabeth teashop, a struggle takes place for the soul of a young boy. The modern classic “Master Harold”… and the Boys introduces audiences to the white, adolescent Hallie, and to Sam, the strong and moral Black man who raised him. Hallie—lonely, angry, and scared—will seem all too familiar to students, even as his racist attitudes towards Sam become increasingly apparent. A searing portrayal of lost innocence,“Master Harold”… and the Boys will familiarize students with a tragic segment of world history, while asking them to confront the ways in which the play remains relevant today.

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For more info or to book tickets, contact the Round House Box Office at 240.644.1099 x1073 or email Registrations are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registrations are not final until they have been confirmed via contract.

Let your students explore unique ways to tell stories through theatre and visual arts at your own school through our After-School Residencies. Arranged through your school’s PTA or after-school coordinator, students are able to participate in these opportunities in the comfort of a known environment, and to take advantage of school-sponsored transportation.

  • Classes feature a multi-arts approach to bringing stories to life onstage. Students will create theatre through acting, playmaking, and design. Our classes encourage creativity while introducing the art form of theatre and developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence.
  • Classes are taught by professional teaching artists with backgrounds in theatre and education.
  • Our staff will work with partnering schools to ensure that After-School Residency content is tailored to the interests and grade level of participants. All classes have the opportunity to culminate in an informal sharing for family and friends.

To inquire about Round House Theatre coming to your school email or call 301.585.1225. We are happy to bring one of our listed after school programs or to work with you to create one specifically for your students.

2017 – 2018 Residencies

Theatrical Adventures – It’s a Jungle Out There!

Grades K-2

Explore the wild side of the animal kingdom in a classroom via Round House Theatre’s multidisciplinary approach to theatre. Each week, students will discover new creatures—from the smallest mouse to the most magnificent dragon—through creative dramatics, song, movement, and visual arts.

Destination Imagination!

Grades K-2 

Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school!  Each week students encounter a new and exciting location—from Outer Space to Antarctica—using their imaginations! The residency exposes students to a variety of cultures and experiences, while introducing the fundamentals of theatre through movement, music, design/ visual arts, and drama.

Stories OnStage!

Grade K-2

Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school!  Students explore various elements of theatre using a different story each week.  We will bring the world of the story to life using acting, movement, music, and design.  Our classes encourage creativity while introducing the art form of theatre and developing critical thinking, cooperation, and confidence.

Fractured Fairy Tales OnStage!

Grades 3-5

Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school!  What if Goldilocks and the Three Bears decided to become friends? What if the princess refused to kiss that frog? Students reinvent their favorite fairy tales and learn how to tell them in a whole new way using acting, movement, music, and design. The possibilities are endless! Led by Round House Theatre teaching artists, students create their own adventures by taking control of stories and characters, and re-imagining them through improvisation and playmaking.

Myths and Tall Tales

Grades 3-5

Round House Theatre brings their multidisciplinary approach to theatre to your school!  From Apollo to Annie Oakley, from Zeus to Pecos Bill, there are countless stories of great “larger-than-life” characters to discover in this exciting class! Students will explore amazing Myths and Tall Tales from around the world and ultimately create stories of their own. This residency will culminate in an open session and sharing of student work.

Make Me Laugh – The Art of Improv!

Grades 3-5

Round House Theatre brings the fun and games of theatre to your school!  Tickle your funny bone! Students will learn to think quickly, make big choices, and create collaboratively while exploring the humor of everyday life through improvisational games and exercises.

After-School Acting

Grades 3-5

Enter the world of make believe, where you can be anyone you want to be. Led by Round House Theatre teaching artists, students will learn the basics of acting, improvising, and interacting with people on stage.