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Whether backstage, onstage, or in the audience, live theatre is an experience like no other. QCT’s education department offers a variety of ways to infuse your classroom with the electric excitement and joy of live theatre.


QCT offers in-person and virtual options for theatre workshops at your school or community organization. Topic, format and duration (i.e. single-, multi-day or multi-week residencies) of workshops will be tailored to suit your classroom’s needs.

Skills learned through these workshops include:

  • Public Speaking
  • Collaboration/Teamwork
  • Problem Solving
  • Creative Thinking

Examples of lesson include:

  • Playwriting
  • Physical Theatre
  • Storytelling
  • Acting Shakespeare

Schedule your workshop today!

Target audience: K-12th grade
Class size should be limited to 30 students
45-minute workshop = $60 (The time frame and length of the classes/workshops are flexible.)
Connections to National Core and Illinois State Learning Standards are available upon request.

Backstage Tours

Give your students the opportunity to see what happens “behind the curtain.” Tours of Quincy Community Theatre, located within the Oakley-Lindsay Center in downtown Quincy, are available for school, community or private groups.  In the tour, students will learn that more is needed to put on a show than just the actors; theatre is a collaborative art form!
Tours: $3/person
A workshop can be added to the tour for an additional fee.

Student Previews

Each school year, QCT offers special showings of our Fall Student Theatre Play and Winter Student Theatre Musical for school groups. Tickets are only $3 per person; attendance is determined through a lottery system.

Flora & Ulysses

October 18; 9am or 1pm
Play · Approx. Run Time: 90 minutes · Target Audience: 1st -8th grade

Based on the book by Kate DiCamillo • Adapted for the stage by John Glore

An imaginative 10-year-old, Flora Belle Buckman, is in for a surprise when she witnesses an incident involving a self-propelled vacuum and a squirrel. This adventurous and heartfelt story of flying superheroes, poetry, and friendship will delight audiences of every age.

Disney Moana Jr.

February 21; 9am or 1pm
Musical · Approx. Run Time: 60 minutes · Target Audience: K – 8th grade

Music and Lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, Opetaia Foa’i, and Mark Mancina • Book Adapted by Susan Soon He Stanton • Music and Orchestrations adapted and arranged by Ian Weinberger • Based on the 2016 Disney film Moana

Disney’s modern classic follows the strong-willed Moana as she and the demigod Maui set sail across the Pacific on an epic journey of self-discovery and camaraderie. With colorful characters drawn from the rich mythology of Oceania, an unforgettable score, and empowering messages of bravery and selflessness, Moana Jr. asks how far each of us will go to unlock the hero within.

Seating to these performances is limited. Enter the lottery for a chance to bring your class to experience live theatre this school year. Click here or call the box office at 217-222-3209.

QCT on the road

Lions In Illyria

By Robert Kauzlaric

Play · Approx. Run Time: 45 minutes · Target Audience: K-5th grade

Animals rule the world in this magical modern-language retelling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night. A young lioness named Violet is shipwrecked on the weird and wonderful shores of Illyria, where she quickly finds herself entangled in the wild (and wooly) drama of its residents. This high energy comedy is the perfect way to introduce Shakespeare to an elementary school audience! Each booking of Lions in Illyria includes an exclusive QCT study guide to help prepare your students for the show.

Contact Head of Education/Student Theatre Director Brendan Shea today to learn how your classroom can partner with QCT.
217-222-3209 or

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