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Education & Outreach
Student Matinees

Each season, special student matinees of selected mainstage productions are offered for shows which fall during the school year. To enhance the theatre-going experience, complimentary engagement guides and in-school pre-performance workshops are made available to the schools who attend a student matinee performance.

2016/2017 Season

Miss You Like Hell

World-Premiere Musical

Miss You Like Hell

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 10:30 am

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book and Lyrics by Quiara Alegría Hudes
Music and Lyrics by Erin McKeown
Directed by Lear deBessonet
Choreographed by Danny Mefford

La Jolla Playhouse Commission


When a whip-smart, deeply imaginative teenager agrees to take a road trip with her free-spirited Latina mother, neither can imagine where it will take them. Chance encounters with a medley of characters along the way brings them closer to understanding what sets them apart — and what connects them forever. Featuring compelling original songs that are every bit as diverse and eclectic as America, Miss You Like Hell is a new musical that exudes the joy, love and frustration of being a family in a changing country.

Renowned musician and activist Erin McKeown joins director Lear deBessonet (Public Theatre’s The Winter’s Tale) and Pulitzer Prize winner Quiara Alegría Hudes (Water by the Spoonful, In the Heights) in launching this new American musical at the Playhouse.

Recommended for high school aged students.

Freaky Friday

New Musical

Freaky Friday

Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 10:30 am

Mandell Weiss Theatre

Book by Bridget Carpenter
Music and Lyrics by Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey
Based on the novel “Freaky Friday” by Mary Rodgers
and the Walt Disney motion pictures
Directed by Christopher Ashley


When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday is a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films. In this hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic, a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family, and experience first-hand each other’s lives, if only for a day.

Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize winners Tom Kitt and Brian Yorkey are the composer and lyricist behind such hit Broadway shows as Next to Normal and If/Then. Librettist Bridget Carpenter is an accomplished playwright and an award-winning writer for television’s acclaimed Parenthood and Friday Night Lights. Directed by Playhouse Artistic Director Christopher Ashley, following up on last season’s smash new musical Come From Away.

Recommended for middle school and high school aged students.

For booking and more information regarding student matinees, contact Paola Kubelis, Education & Outreach Coordinator, at
(858) 550-1070 x101 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .