School Tour

For generations, young people have experienced theatre for the first time in their lives with the American Stage School Tour. Each school year, a team of professional theatre artists travels to your school with staged adaptation of classic children’s literature.


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It’s not easy to take those first steps into a place where nobody really knows you yet…but somehow you do it. And that new place opens itself up to make some space for you. Based on Jacqueline Woodson’s most popular picture book, a #1 New York Times bestseller illustrated by Rafael López. Adapted by Woodson with music and lyrics by Toshi Reagon, The Day You Begin is a poignant and heartening musical about finding courage to make new friends, hear new stories, and see your own magic in the world.


Pinellas County Schools

Bring a performance to your school!
$475 for up to 200 students
(25% off for a 2nd same-day performance)

Hillsborough County Schools

Book a field trip to the Tampa Theatre!

$7 per student/ticket

An interactive study guide connected to Florida State Standards
Post-show chatback with the cast!

To schedule a performance, contact us at or 727.823.1600 ext 212

Book a school performance

Experience American Stage’s popular School Tour on our MainStage and at the Tampa Theatre!

A relaxed performance environment
Sensory friendly accommodations, such as a pre-show “touch tour”

Tampa Theatre

Wednesday, October 18 at 10:30am

American Stage MainStage

Saturday, October 21 at 11am
Sunday, October 22 at 11am

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Write-ON! is an outreach residency in several Pinellas County School classrooms. American Stage Teaching Artists instruct students in the art of playwriting at both the middle and high school levels. This initiative is a grant-funded, subsidized program that the schools do not have to pay for, and is a way we can really give back to the community. Each residency ultimately ends with a reading of the student-written works by a group of professional actors. In addition to having a group of professional actors come in and read the work of the students, a select number of student-written plays are chosen to be showcased at the Lift Every Voice: New Play Festival. 

Si Se Puede!, is a Spanish-language component to our playwriting curriculum that works within ESOL classrooms in the Pinellas County School District.

student Matinees

American Stage offers a number of special performances for student audiences through our Student Matinee program, including live onsite productions and digital productions for your students.

Experiencing live theatre empowers us all to be bolder, wiser, and more compassionate on stage and in life. Through our student matinee program, many students have the opportunity to see a play for the first time, and to foster a love for powerful storytelling and the performing arts.  We select plays in our season that support what local educators are teaching in their classrooms.

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- Post show Chatback with the cast & crew

- In-person or virtual workshop with your class connected to Florida State Standards in Language Arts & Theatre

About the Show:

"Mr. Wolfe is the kind of satirist, almost unheard of in today's timid theater, who takes no prisoners" - New Yorker

Redefining our ideas of what it means to be African American in contemporary America. “The Colored Museum,” a satire, takes us on a journey through eleven “exhibits” that illuminate African American stereotypes old and new and return to the powerful soul and spirit of what it means to be African American citizens.

Age recommendation: Grades 6-12

Complimentary tickets to 1 chaperone per 10 students booked

Be curious. Be creative. Be YOU!

Experiencing and creating live theatre ignites curiosity, fosters belonging, and heightens creativity; inspiring growth for artists, audiences, and communities on stage, and in life.American Stage Education provides opportunities for intellectual, social, and emotional growth through inclusive and accessible programs. Discover our classes for youth and adults, summer camps, productions for young audiences, and enriching collaborations with schools and community groups.