Experience PPAC is a statewide education initiative that was launched during the 2019-2020 season at the Providence Performing Arts Center. This program enables 10th grade students from across Rhode Island to attend matinee performances of select touring Broadway productions with their high school at no cost, with busing provided. Due to COVID-19, we were challenged to re-imagine this program, presenting pre-recorded titles on our virtual viewing platform and limited in-person experiences for students and a parent/guardian but we are BACK, live and in-person, for 2022-2023 school year.


Working in close partnership with each school district, Experience PPAC supports the core curriculum work that teachers and students are doing in the classroom, bringing it to life through this experiential learning opportunity. Show specific study guides will be provided to registrants prior to attending their selected performance so that they may engage with the educational material, creative concepts, and lessons before the show. Additionally, post-show talk backs with the cast and crew will be offered as an added learning experience when available.


** Tickets and busing to Experience PPAC performances are FREE for registered schools; these tickets are not available to the public. This program is an Education/Outreach offering for 10th grade students in the state of Rhode Island and their teachers/chaperones only.


Registration will close at 5:00pm on Friday, January 13, 2023.

March 23, 2023 at 11am


Welcome to HADESTOWN, where a song can change your fate. This acclaimed musical by singer-songwriter Anais Mitchell and director Rachel Chavkin is the winner of 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical and the Grammy Award® for Best Musical Theater Album. It intertwines two mythic tales – that of young dreamers Orpheus and Eurydice, and that of King Hades and his wife Persephone – as it invites you on an unforgettable journey to the underworld and back. Performed by a vibrant ensemble of actors, singers and dancers, HADESTOWN invites you to imagine how the world could be. 


Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, History, Culture, Music and Storytelling.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes including intermission




April 20, 2023 at 11am


Divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived.


From Tudor Queens to Pop Princesses, the SIX wives of Henry VIII take the mic to remix five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of 21st century girl power! This new original musical is the global sensation that everyone is losing their head over.  The New York Times says SIX “TOTALLY RULES!” (Critic’s Pick) and The Washington Post hails SIX as “Exactly the kind of energizing, inspirational illumination this town aches for! The Broadway seasons got supercharged!”


Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Biography, History, Culture, Music and Self-Expression.

Runtime: Approximately 80 minutes with NO intermission






For more information on Experience PPAC, please contact Dana Brazil, Director of Outreach and Engagement, at dbrazil@ppacri.org or (401) 574-3132.