The Colonial Theatre is passionately invested in the cultural health of our community through our commitment to providing outreach for the underserved and educational opportunities for all ages. Our educational programs are designed to engage children, teens, and adults in the artistic process, cultivate appreciation of the performing arts, and make the performing arts a vital and fundamental part of school and community life.

The Colonial’s Student Matinee Series offers high quality performances that complement school curriculum and illustrate the dynamic relationship between the performing arts and literature, history, science and world cultures. The series also includes events that introduce art forms outside the curriculum. An important resource for area educators, the Student Matinee Series brings quality performing arts experiences to an average of 8,000 school children from more than 120 schools each year, and more than 1,000 home schooled children.

The Colonial Theatre’s workshop programs for students and educators inspire participation in a variety of ways. Students deepen their understanding of and engagement in literature, history, world cultures and performing arts through artist-led workshops and lecture-demonstrations. Post-performance and after school teacher workshops add to teaching strategies by exploring new techniques for using the performing arts to enrich curriculum.


The Charlestown Primary School thanks The Colonial Theatre for scholarship to see Eat Like A Rainbow (June 4).