Students and Educators Series

Bringing essential, human stories to life on stage and off.

At Atlantic, we are driven by the belief that theater can challenge and transform our ways of thinking and urge us to reflect on our role in society. Our Students and Educators Series offers educators the opportunity to engage their students both at the theater and in the classroom through workshops, study guides, educator preview nights, and student matinees with post-show discussions.

Matinees for Young Audiences Request Group Tix

James and the Giant Peach Student Matinee Photo


Our Students & Educators Series introduces young audiences to the art of simple and honest storytelling through theater and presents the opportunity for Pre-K through Middle School aged children to attend one of our two Atlantic for Kids productions each season.



Music by Doug Besterman
Lyrics by Dean Pitchford
Book by Timothy Allen McDonald
Based on the Novel by Dean Pitchford
Music Direction by Britt Bonney
Directed & Choreographed by MK Lawson

Charley Maplewood has never been one for parties—that would require friends, which he doesn’t have. Well, unless you count his monster friends, but they’re only imaginary. But now that he’s turning ten—the big one-oh—he decides to throw a birthday party for himself, complete with a “House of Horrors” theme. Of course things don’t work out as he plans. Will Charley be able to pull it together before the big one-oh . . . becomes the big OH-NO!?

The Big One-Oh! is a triumphant new musical for the whole family based on the book of the same name. Recommended for kids 5+ but welcomes children of all ages.


High School Matinees Request Group Tix

Students and Educators photo

Learn & Engage

High School aged students may also attend one of six Atlantic productions each season. With every student matinee, Atlantic offers an extensive toolkit of educational enrichment: an in-school workshop conducted by one of Atlantic’s Teaching Artists, an in-depth study guide and lesson plans tailored to the production and academic curriculum, and a post-show discussion with the play’s cast and creative team.

For Educators

Educator previews allow for teachers, teaching artists, and administrators to see a show and engage in a post-show forum with Atlantic’s education and creative teams. These collegial discussions of the show’s themes and subject matter strengthen educators’ understanding of the Atlantic and inform the study guides utilized during in-school workshops. With this added preview, Atlantic’s productions can be seamlessly integrated into the classroom.

Upcoming in the Series


December 3, 1pm

Study Guides Production History

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Each main stage show is accompanied by a comprehensive study guide developed by Atlantic’s Education Team in alignment with the New York Department of Education’s Blueprint for Teaching and Learning in Theater. Atlantic’s study guides take educators and their students deeper into the story. Each guide provides a variety of discussion starters, activities, and a relevant contextual basis to immerse students in the world of the play before attending the show.

Current Study Guides





Interested? Get In Touch

Are you interested in bringing your group of students to an upcoming Atlantic production? Feel free to email us at to learn more.