Book a Field Trip

Once you have filled out the Field Trip Reservation Request form NCT's Education Booking Manager will work with you to make sure you and your students have the best field trip experience possible.

Planning for 2019-20, NCT’s education department has created sample curriculum guides for all five shows.


For an idea of some of the curricular connections each show in our 2019-20 season will touch on, click the title for a sample guide.

Return to Sender
Auntie Claus
Secret Soldiers: Civil War Heroines in Disguise
Hans Christian Andersen
Pete the Cat


Grade-Specific Curriculum Standards provide suggested Tennessee Academic Standards that are addressed by attending the performance and discussing the questions included in the document.
Show standards are below.

Detailed Curriculum Guides with activities that can be integrated into your classroom lesson plans are posted a month in advance of each show, and will be posted below.

Post-Show Q & A's

Would your class enjoy a Q & A with some of the cast and tech staff after watching the show? With prior notice, NCT is happy to facilitate a session for students to ask about the play or how certain theatrical tricks were produced.

Q & A's can only happen after an 11:45 am performance. Between the conclusion of the 10 am performance and before the 11:45 am performance begins the actors are busy preparing for their second performance and are unable to speak with audience members.

Teachers - scroll down for information on Curriculum Standards, Educator Previews, Field Trip Guides, Homeschool Performances, and Curriculum Guides from past shows.

Request a Workshop! We offer Workshops for all of our shows. Ask Catherine about workshops when you book your trip. More information is available here

NCT's school matinees at 10 am and 11:45 am are specifically set up for school groups of 10 or more. 

Individuals wanting to attend weekday performances may contact the group sales office for information on availability, but for individuals, tickets can only be purchased on the day of the performance after school groups have been checked in.

2019-20 NCT Curriculum Guides

2019-20 Curriculum Guides become available a few weeks before each show opens.

Students from H.G. Hill attend  Holes

Students from H.G. Hill attend Holes

"NCT's amazing productions speak to the heart, soul, and minds of children of all ages. We have always made use of the teaching materials that accompany every production we attend because they are so well designed to help our students go deeper into the material. With the Curriculum Guides, students gain a deeper understanding of the individual production and of theater attendance in general.  We look forward to our visits every year."

- Jodi McDaniel, Abintra Montessori School

NCT's Student Matinees generally run Tuesday - Friday at 10 am and 11:45 am, and last between 60 and 75 minutes.  All groups are welcome to attend any available student matinee and reservations are required.

Educator Previews

Each show in our season offers one preview performance on a Thursday evening at 6:30. That performance is our Educator Preview Event. Educators and a guest are welcome to attend this performance on us.

This FREE event includes a wine and cheese reception followed by a 45-minute workshop where NCT education staff members demonstrate lessons designed to explore some of the curricular connections of the production. This workshop qualifies for professional development hours in many districts, and is intended for adults only. The reception begins at 5 pm, and the workshop begins at 5:30 pm.

Learn more about NCT's Homeschool Days