Literature Alive - Student Field Trip Program

October 4-20, 2023
Grades 7 and up

  • January 31 - February 16, 2024
    Grades 9 and up

April 9 - May 3, 2024
Grades K - 4

June 5 - 14, 2024
Grades 9 and up


Bring Your Students to see Professional Live Theatre in West Hartford

Dear Educators,
On behalf of Playhouse on Park in West Hartford, I would like to invite you to be part of our Literature Alive school field trip program for the 2023-24 season. Literature Alive is an opportunity to extend the classroom by bringing students to the theater during the day for a matinee performance. As part of your field trip experience, we are happy to provide:

See below for our offerings this season, we have shows appropriate for young children in Pre-K all the way through High School. If there is a particular date you don’t see here listed within the run of a show, please email me and we can see about making arrangements. I look forward to welcoming you and your students!

Jill Zarcone
Director of Education, Playhouse on Park

For questions or to book your field trip please email or call 860-523-5900 x16.

Teachers and paraprofessionals chaperoning the trip attend for free!

Or let us come to you!

Info here.

2023 - 2024 Season 15 Offerings

Grades 7 and up


By Jessica Bedford, Kathryn MacMillan, Charlotte Northeast, & Meghan Winch

Three actors, one newbie, and two self-professed Janeites, tackle the entire canon of Jane Austen’s works – in just 80 minutes. A fun, funny, and fast-paced romp that will delight fans of Austen and newcomers alike. Fall in love with Emma, Elinor, Mr. Darcy, and more. It is a truth universally acknowledged that an audience in possession of high spirits must be in want of a ticket to this big-hearted comedy.

 Available - October 4 - 20

School Day Matinees: $12 Per Student

Grades 9 and up


by Kate Hamill

An irreverent, darkly comic, modern take on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s famous sleuth and sidekick, this fast-paced romp re-examines the world’s most famous detective story with a bold new feminist lens. In this highly theatrical, small-cast escapade, oddball female roommates Sherlock (yes, it’s also a girl’s name—wait, is it a girl’s name? Is it even a name?) Holmes & Joan Watson join forces to emerge from pandemic fog as a deeply codependent, quasi-dysfunctional Odd Couple adventure duo—solving mysteries and kicking butts, until they come face to face with a villain who seems to have all of the answers.

Available - January 31 - February 16

School Day Matinees: $12 Per Student

Grades K - 3

Judith Viorst's


Book and Lyrics by Judith Viorst

Music by Shelly Markham

Alexander is having a bad day. A terrible day. A horrible day. To be quite honest, it's a terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Not only does he wake up with gum in his hair, but his mother forgets to pack him dessert, and his best friend decides he's not his best friend anymore. It is enough to make anyone want to go to Australia. But then, everybody has bad days, sometimes. In this delightful adaptation of her popular book, Judith Viorst sets Alexander's rather trying life to music and brings to the stage one of America's feistiest characters. Alexander's struggles with life's daily dramas will not only entertain but educate young audiences as they identify with Alexander and the obstacles he encounters.

Available - April 9 - May 3, 2024 | Sensory Friendly performance May 5th at 10:00am

Produced by special arrangement with DRAMATIC PUBLISHING, Woodstock, Illinois

School Day Matinees: $7 Per Student

Grades 9 and up


by Lydia R. Diamond

An original play inspired by the book Curveball, The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann. this sensational theatrical event knocks it out of the park with a high intensity glimpse into the world of the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Against all odds, Toni Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play baseball. Filled with humor and the love of the game, this intimate and profoundly relevant portrait of America will have you cheering along.

Available - June 5 - 14, 2024

School Day Matinees: $12 Per Student