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Virtual goodspeed classroom

This season, let Goodspeed come to you! Schools, corporations, service organizations, and group facilities are welcome to experience the Goodspeed community while still following recommended health and safety guidelines. The Virtual Goodspeed Classroom offers arts based curriculum and workshops surrounding a recent Goodspeed production that are specifically designed for a remote performing arts learning experience. Your group will receive access to view an archival video of a Goodspeed production, while our slate of workshops and activities pull back the curtain on the inner workings of live theater. LEARN MORE 


We've got all the tools you need to plan comprehensive and engaging lesson plans based on our productions.

Teacher's Instructional Guide

The Teacher's Instructional Guide (TIG) is intended for use by teachers who will bring their school groups to attend performances at Goodspeed Musicals. The TIG provides background historical information, teaching ideas and prompts to facilitate students' knowledge and appreciation of the show’s themes and characters. The TIG activities are influenced by state and national standards associated with the arts, language arts and social studies for high school levels. 

Student Guide to the Theatre

The Student Guide serves as a companion to the Teacher’s Instructional Guide (TIG). It includes a plot and character summary, accessible historical and thematic background information to support the lessons in the TIG, and a behind-the-scenes look at the production. It also includes fun facts, theatre terms, and activities. 

Goodspeed Study Guide Library 


Student ticket discounts  

STUDENT RUSH: Starting at 10 a.m. on the day of any evening performance, student rush tickets are only $15 at The Goodspeed or The Theatre. One per student. Valid school ID (i.e, ID card, letter on school stationery) must be presented when the student picks up their ticket.

KIDS NIGHTS: Introduce your favorite young person to the magic of musical theatre. Each adult who buys a regular-priced ticket for the evening performance on specified dates may purchase a $15 ticket for a child age 5 - 18.

Contact the Box Office at 860.873.8668 or boxoffice@goodspeed.org for more information on these programs.


Arts Education Collaboration

Since 2006, this program has engaged young and underserved students in the creative process of musical theatre, and by doing so, made the art form accessible to new generations of theatergoers. Each season, the program exposes over 600 elementary, middle, and high school students to a high-quality musical theatre production, and gives them a special “behind-the-scenes” look into the making of a show. Goodspeed’s resident teaching artists visit schools to lead an arts integrated class that introduces students to the current production at Goodspeed.  Students spend a day at Goodspeed, participate in various workshops with actors in the show, and attend a matinee performance at no cost. Students meet with Goodspeed professionals to learn the many disciplines involved in theatrical production, such as auditioning, music direction, props construction, stage management, painting, costume design, set construction, and technical effects including lighting and sound. The program allows Goodspeed to create an environment for students in which they can interact with all aspects of musical theatre while receiving crucial instruction from professionals in the field. Facilitators for the program include dedicated and talented professionals from Goodspeed’s Artistic, Production, and Administrative Departments committed to maintaining the integrity of the program and ensuring that the young people receive the best experience possible. If your school would like to participate, contact Arts Education Collaboration Coordinator, Nick Palazzo at 860.873.8664 x522 or npalazzo@goodspeed.org. For information on how to support this program, contact Frank Stilwagner, Director of Development at 860.873.8664 x367 or fstilwagner@goodspeed.org.

Goodspeed Musicals Arts Education Collaboration

The Arts Education Collaboration is funded in part by:

  • Julie Andrews
  • Theodore S. Chapin
  • Community Foundation of Middlesex County/Shamrock Fund
  • Maureen E. Dalton
  • Robert Landino
  • George A. and Grace L. Long Foundation
  • William and Alice Mortensen Foundation
  • Newman’s Own Foundation
  • Nancy Ramseyer
  • Hila and Saul Rosen
  • Steve Sauer
  • SBM Charitable Foundation, Inc. Celebrating 16 Years of Grant-Making
  • Don Seifel Jr. and Sue Bonnar
  • Jana and Tom Shea
  • Mr. and Mrs. Luke Williams
  • Mr. and Mrs. John F. Wolter


Participating Schools

  • Bulkeley High School (Hartford)
  • Connecticut International Baccalaureate Academy (East Hartford)
  • East Hartford High School (East Hartford)
  • East Hartford Middle School (East Hartford)
  • Interdistrict School for Arts and Communication (New London)
  • Dr. James Naylor/CCSU Leadership Academy (Hartford)
  • Jumoke Academy (Hartford)
  • Charles H. Barrows STEM Academy (Windham)
  • Windham High School (Willimantic)
  • Windham Middle School (Willimantic)



The Speaker's Bureau
Select members of the Goodspeed Musicals staff are available to speak to area schools, religious organizations, businesses and civic groups on a wide range of topics. For more information, contact Education Manager & Library Director Erin Coffey at 860.873.8664 x521 or ecoffey@goodspeed.org.

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