2021-2022 VIRTUAL

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 have been challenged to re-imagine this program and what it looks like but have been creative and resilient with our ideas.

For our 2021-22 Experience PPAC season, the Providence Performing Arts Center has selected four (3) amazing, pre-recorded performances for you to choose from. These titles all tie to high school (10th grade) curriculum, but for this year, all high school students can participate in viewing our virtual offerings. One (1) is from the Broadway cannon and the other two (2) are rooted in culture.

(Student Attends with Parent/Guardian)

We have selected four (4) touring Broadway shows from our season that 75 students (per title) will be able to register for, with a plus-one ticket for a parent/guardian to accompany them. These tickets will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and will be available for the following performances:

Memphis - Experience PPAC

MARCH 9, 2022



Everyone’s invited to the joyous Broadway hit that New York Magazine hails as “smart and big-hearted” while The New York Times declares it “makes you believe in musical comedy again!” The Prom is a new musical comedy about big Broadway stars on a mission to change the world and the love they discover that unites them all.

Variety raves, “It’s so full of happiness that you think your heart is about to burst.” And The Hollywood Reporter cheers, “It’s comic gold!”

You belong at The Prom!

Curriculum Connections: Fine Arts, Social Studies, Language Arts, History, Culture, Self-Esteem and Self-Expression.

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 25 minutes including intermission



Memphis - Experience PPAC

MARCH 23, 2022


This is OKLAHOMA! as you’ve never seen or heard it before – reimagined for the 21st century, and the Tony Award-winner for Best Revival of a Musical.  Direct from an acclaimed run on Broadway comes an OKLAHOMA! that looks and sounds like America today. Funny and sexy, inviting and illuminating, “A smashing OKLAHOMA! is reborn. Daniel Fish’s wide-awake and altogether wonderful production is thrilling!” (The New York Times)


Without changing a word of text, this bold interpretation “lets us experience Rodgers and Hammerstein’s greatness anew.” (The New Yorker)


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

Runtime: Approximately 2 hours and 45 minutes including intermission




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