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Arts Education Field Trip

Arts Education Field Trip

Goodspeed’s Arts Education Field Trip is a unique opportunity to immerse your students in the educational and exciting world of musical theatre at the home of the American musical. The first part of the field trip begins with a visit from Goodspeed’s resident professional teaching artists. Teaching artists may travel to your school if it is located in Connecticut to complete the first day of the program. If not, an option for out-of-state schools is explained below. Teaching artists will lead an arts-integrated workshop that relates to Goodspeed’s current production. Goodspeed teaching artists design the initial workshop to make the show as accessible as possible, to include all students, and to address relevant Common Core Standards. Teaching artists create study guides customized to the show, and they will share these documents with students and teachers during the class. 

The second part of the experience begins when students travel to Goodspeed on the day of a show. Prior to seeing the show, students will participate in two workshops led by actors from the production. Goodspeed’s resident teaching artists meet with actors to create lesson plans to ensure that the classes achieve specific educational goals. Then, students enjoy a delicious picnic lunch on the banks of the Connecticut River before attending a performance at The Goodspeed or Terris Theatre. Tickets to the show are not included and need to be booked separately. Lastly, Goodspeed invites students to stay for a talk with members of the cast.

This program is customizable depending on the needs of the school and it is available to schools located outside Connecticut. Schools coming from out of state may choose to stay over in a local hotel so that both days of the experience happen on the Goodspeed campus. For a list of possible accommodations, please click on the link to “plan your visit” below. Goodspeed teaching artists have extensive experience working with students of all grade levels, with a wide range of abilities, and from various socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds. Our goal is to make your Arts Education Field Trip a valuable and unforgettable educational experience for all your students.   

Day one sample schedule for Connecticut school with 50 students participating:

Goodspeed staff visit your school to lead arts integrated classes that relate to the current production. The group of 50 students should be broken into two groups. Groups A and B will have 25 students in each class. Goodspeed teaching artists will offer the same class to both groups of 25 students. The duration of these classes is customizable based on the needs of the school.  

Day one sample schedule for out-of-state school with 50 students participating:

11:50 a.m. – Arrival at Goodspeed Musicals

12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. – Students participate in an Arts-integrated class with Goodspeed teaching artists that relates to the current production.

1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. - Full Goodspeed campus tour (includes the Goodspeed’s Costume Rental Facility, the Goodspeed Opera House, The Scherer Library of Musical Theatre, and the Stillman Production Center). *School must provide its own transportation between locations.   

Day two sample schedule for Connecticut or out-of-state school:

10:15 a.m. – Arrival at Goodspeed Musicals

Students break into Group A and B.

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  – Groups A and B participate in separate performing arts classes that relate to the current production by professional actors in the production.

11:30 a.m. to 12:30 a.m.  – Groups A and B change spaces and participate in different performing arts classes that relate to the current production by professional actors in the production.

*Workshop topics are to be determined. Workshops are usually dance, music, or acting focused. Cast members work with Goodspeed’s resident professional teaching artists to plan each class. Each class is based on a lesson plan and specific learning objectives.      

12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Included bagged lunch for 50 students. Bagged lunches include the choice of turkey, ham, or vegetarian sandwiches, an apple, large cookie, and bottle of water. A local family-owned café prepares the lunches. They make the sandwiches and bake the cookies the morning of the trip, and the café uses high quality ingredients. Special dietary needs can be accommodated with advance notice.

2:00 p.m. to end of show – Students attend Goodspeed’s current production.

5 min. Talkback after the show concludes – Students have a chance to ask actors and Goodspeed resident teaching artists questions. 


• Total fee for the sample Arts Education Field Trip experience (not including the price of tickets or teacher lunches) for 50 students: $3,800
• The fee breaks down to $76 a student for the program outlined above. There is no added cost for teachers to attend the educational portion of the program. Teacher lunches are an additional $11 each.
• Schools are responsible for providing their own transportation.
• Goodspeed can accommodate a maximum of 100 students per visit.
• Group ticket discounts are available for parties of 20 or more. The price of tickets is not included in the fees above.    

Booking the experience:

Please contact Education Manager & Library Director Josh Ritter at or 860.873.8664 x522. 

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