Want to share the love of live theater with your children?  Below are some terrific options. 

Cleveland Playhouse Children's Series

Annually, NEST submits a group order at the end of August to secure the best pricing for tickets to the Children's Playhouse Series, held at the Cleveland Playhouse.  This is an excellent opportunity to introduce and offer live theater to your children over the age of 2.   (Children under 2 are not permitted to these educational performances).   Some performances are geared towards a specific age group, however, I have found all ages will be able to appreciate every performance and find something of value.  All shows for the Playhouse are $7 if we meet a minimum of 10 per show, which we seem to do.

Performance Schedule:

Descriptions for shows Oct thru May are found here. 

Age recommendations are listed, but I have found these to be enjoyable even for older students.

Oct 27 - 10am - Hansel and Gretel  (ages 5-13)
Dec 6  -  noon - A Very Electric Christmas  (ages 5- 12) 
Jan 26 - noon - Mr Popper's Penguins  (ages 5 -12)
Mar 1  - noon  - Darius and Twig  (ages 12 and up)
Mar 9  - noon  - Gruffalo  (ages 3-8)
Apr 13 - noon - Guess How Much I love You and My Little Storybook   (ages 3-8)
May 3  - 10am - Journey to Oz  (ages 5-12)
May 3  -  noon - Secret Life of Suitcases  (ages 5-14)
May 4  - 11am - Lula del Ray  (ages 5 and Up)

FEB 23 - 9am  - Middle School Workshop - New this year!  (ages 12-15)
Deadline has passed.  If you are interested in any of these shows, please contact for a waiting list. 
All shows have recommended ages or grades. However it is recommended to see beyond those suggestions as homeschoolers. If your older students are into set design, lighting, sound and direction, they can enjoy the simplest of performances looking for these elements and could present an elaborate breakdown, presentation for you at home. Additionally, the younger ones, will also enjoy the sites and sounds of the more mature performances, as each performance is no longer than 55 mins. Having seen many of these performances, there is so much to learn from attending each performance no matter the subject matter. As homeschoolers we have full control over how deep or light we wish to explore a topic with our children. It is up for interpretation, always.

Please see the website for full descriptions.  Note: there are other times and dates for these shows, however in order to receive a group rate, the dates listed above are the ones selected for NEST Homeschool Group Purchases.

 Magical Theater Company - Barberton, OH

Past performances have been very well organized.  They use a professional core of adult actors supported by very talented young actors.  There is a study guide available prior to the show to make the most of the event.  Matinee Tickets sell out quickly!

Location:     565 W. Tuscarawas Ave, Barberton, Ohio
Time:          10 am shows
Cost:           $9 for 1984
Payment:     Send payment via PayPal to using the "send money to friends and family option".  (This is the only way to ensure there are no fees included, as this is a free service provided and no fees are collected).

Indicate in the notes section:
  1. Parent first and last name
  2. Mailing Address
  3. Email address
  4. Number of tickets per show
  5. Date of each show

Dec 8th - Narnia: The Lion, the Witch & the Wardrobe

Payment deadline - Nov 10th

Adapted by Joseph Robinette from the story by C.S. Lewis

There’s only one way to get to Narnia this Christmas…

The magical tale of love, faith and giving – perfect for the holiday season. The struggle for control over Narnia and the triumph of good over evil will delight and enthrall you and your students.

Most enjoyed by students Grades 1 and up

Feb 2nd - 1984

Payment deadline - Jan 5th

Adapted by Robert Owens, Wilton E. Hall Jr., and William A. Miles, Jr. from the novel by George Orwell

A chilling depiction of man’s fate in a society where Big Brother is always watching and individuality is forbidden. Witness the power of admonition – a power that seems to grow, not lessen with the passage of time.

Most enjoyed by students Grades 7 and up

Talespinner Children's Theatre TBD 

RSVP:           Nov. 11, 2017 by noon to

Weathervane Playhouse - TBA 


Payment:     Paypal via friends and family to include how many tickets you are purchasing.