Children's Matinee Series

2019 – 2020 Children’s Theatre Matinee Series

Sponsored by:
Daniel & Laura Keller
Wightman/Wieber Foundation
and Ohio Arts Council

Erie County School District (Only) FREE

All Other Students & Chaperones $4.00 each

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Selected with state and national educational standards in mind. Our programs explore historical events, celebrate cultural heritage, and set the stage for learning.

We are proud to present performances throughout the school year for those teachers who make the community their classroom and wish to introduce their students to live theater.

The children’s matinee productions are for are area school students and home school students in grades K-12.

*Lesson plans are available for most of the performances and can be found at

For reservations call 419.626.1950 or 877.626.1950
or e-mail: Geoffrey Stuck


Tuesday April 21, 2020 - 10:00am

Sandusky State Theatre
107 Columbus Avenue, Sandusky, OH 44870 - directions

John Henry is a well-known figure of American folklore. Born in poverty in rural West Virginia, John Henry’s incredible size and strength became legendary as he worked laying track for the railroads that crisscrossed the countryside in the late nineteenth century. No one could match his skill or his endurance, until the invention of the steam-powered driver, that is. We remember John Henry for his famous contest with this newfangled machine. John won the day, but died soon afterwards of a broken heart. John Henry realized that ordinary men could not compete with the iron workhorses of the industrial revolution and that the days of men like him were numbered. John Henry, uses storytelling, drama, and music to bring the story of an American legend to life. It is a tale that speaks to young and old alike and carries a strong contemporary parallel about the importance of our humanity in the face of changing technology.

Runtime: 50 minutes plus Q&A Session

Grades: K-8

Music: contains live music (electric guitar)
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