For Schools

History Theatre offers unique education and enrichment opportunities for learners of all ages beyond the shows on our stage. Our programs use the art of theatre to let learners explore and enjoy topics in history and current social issues, as well as discover the power of their own voices and stories through engaging live performances on History Theatre’s stage, interactive plays in schools, and hands-on workshops in the classrooms.

Thank You - Seats to Stage Residency


History Theatre’s Seats to Stage capstone event featured work developed through artist residencies at four St Paul high schools led by History Theatre teaching artists and performed by the high school students. Many thanks to the Minnesota State Arts Board for their support of this program.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

Performing At Your School

History Theatre is proud and excited to offer elementary schools (K-5) performances of our play Tales Along the Minnesota Trail!

Tales Along the Minnesota Trail
Book and lyrics by Laurie Flanigan Hegge
Music by Marya Hart With
additional material by Jim and Pat Northrup

Here’s what you should know about Tales:

  • It’s a fun interactive musical about Minnesota History and cultures
  • Our show explores the language and culture of the Ojibwe and Dakota people
  • The show also explores the history of the Voyageurs, Loggers and Homesteaders in Minnesota
  • Tales is in alignment with and supports the Minnesota State Standards in Social Studies
  • You will see a 35 minute performance followed by a Q&A with the actors
  • We will provide a comprehensive Study Guide with games and activities to enrich student learning
  • We give each student a free pass to the Minnesota Zoo.

We’re booking performances for October 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21, 2015.

The show is perfect for small or large groups (from 50-500) of multiple classes grades K-5.


Contact Education Manager for pricing information. 


Performing at History Theatre

History Theatre presents performances of our mainstage show Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried.

Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried
Adapted  for stage by Jim Stowell

Based on the quintessential book about the Vietnam experience, The Things They Carried is the powerful telling of a soldier’s journey from his innocent years in a small town in western Minnesota, to the jungles of Vietnam as a young American soldier, and back again. It is a powerful, clever, and provocative story of loss and redemption.

Mainstage performances:

  • 10am Matinees: October 27, 28, 29, 30; November 2, 3, 4, 5, 6
  • 7:30pm shows: October 30, 31

The show is perfect for small or large groups of multiple classes grades 9-12.


Contact Group Sales for pricing information.


Paul de Cordova, Education Manager
Phone: 651-292-4323 ext. 115

If you are looking for information about bringing a group of students to History Theatre, please contact Jill Vaughn, Group Sales Manager:


Workshops in Your School

History Theatre believes there’s more to history than what students read in books. Young people make history every day: their own history. To help students explore this idea we’ve created the Seats to Stage Residency program.

When you engage the Seats to Stage Residency you can expect:

  • Experienced, professional teaching artists lead your students through a proven curriculum.
    For the spring session of Seats to Stage, the roster of teaching artists includes Shá Cage, Hope Cervantes, Shanan Custer, Paul de Cordova, Annie Enneking, Laura Esping, Ellen Fenster, Brian Grandison, Taj Ruler, Eric Webster, and Emily Zimmer
  • Students will produce poems, narratives, monologues and scenes that explore and express their personal history
  • An 8-session residency will focus primarily on writing and a 12-session residency will layer in acting instruction
  • All sessions will be 45 minutes to an hour depending on your schedule


For up to 15 students:

  • 8 Sessions – $750
  • 12 Sessions – $1,000

For 15 to 30 students:

  • 8 Sessions – $1,500
  • 12 Sessions – $2,000

During fiscal year 2016 Seats to Stage activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.