Our Mission
We produce theatre and theatre education in Tucson that entertains, educates, and enlightens children, adults, and families.

Live Theatre Workshop
3322 E Fort Lowell Rd
Tucson, AZ 85716
Reservations: (520) 327-4242

Student Matinees

There’s nothing like seeing a play live in the theatre, and Live Theatre Workshop has two shows available per year. We create 60-75 minute interactive original musicals that are filled with adventure and laughter geared towards Kindergarten – 8th graders.


Fall 2023 Show

The Girl Who Swallowed a Cactus

by Eric Coble

Student matinees on Fridays 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17
If these dates do not work for your organization, please contact Stephen Frankenfield at stephen.f@livetheatreworkshop.org to discuss other possible options.

Showtime at 10am

School is out for the summer, the weather is hot and the boredom is heavy. But 8-year-old Sheila and her pack of pals aren’t going to let the summer heat wear them down. When their fantastical junkyard fort draws the attention of a walking, talking, surprisingly well-dressed coyote, the adventurers suddenly find themselves deep in the desert, facing The Council of Howls, The Sting Brigade, The Death Cactus and much more. It's a whirlwind adventure about how we affect the environment and the animals with whom we share the planet, and how we take on the mission of saving the world from ourselves. A unique twist on traditional storytelling, where a bit of moonlight brings a menagerie of found objects to life, this original play shows the power of memory and imagination and will captivate and inspire audiences of all ages.


Spring 2024 Shows

La Bella and the Beast

by Michael Martinez

Student matinees on Fridays 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/16, 2/23, 3/1
If these dates do not work for your organization, please contact Stephen Frankenfield at stephen.f@livetheatreworkshop.org to discuss other possible options.

Showtime at 10am

La Bella and the Beast is a new adaptation of the classic story that celebrates friendship, family, and joining forces with unlikely characters in order to overcome the impossible. Bella and her Nana encounter a ridiculous prince who has claimed their land as his own and uses his strength to steal the voice of Bella’s Nana. They summon a very silly fairy, La Maga Fantastica, who transforms the prince but who accidentally creates other hilarious problems that literally tie them together. . The unexpected group must learn to work together to save the day, become better versions of themselves, and learn how to match their strengths and forgive each other’s weaknesses. The audience becomes part of the story as this mismatched group adventures through danger, silly scrapes, and problems.


The Big Dipper: Calendar, Compass, and Clock

Created by Lisa Sturz / Red Herring Puppets

Student matinees on Fridays 4/5, 4/12
If these dates do not work for your organization, please contact Stephen Frankenfield at stephen.f@livetheatreworkshop.org to discuss other possible options.

Showtime at 10am

LTW’s Children’s Theatre partners with Red Herring Puppets to produce “The Big Dipper”. What is the most easily recognizable star pattern in the sky? Discover the mystery and science of the Big Dipper through stories from the ancient Chinese, Micmac Indians, Greek, and Aztec cultures, and the Southern slaves following the “drinkin gourd” to freedom. Combining skillfully crafted marionettes and shadow puppets, we see how the stars can be used to tell time, track the seasons, and find your way at night.

Red Herring Puppets has created a stellar production exploring the folklore and science related to the Big Dipper. This familiar star pattern is seen most of the year by more than half the world’s population and can be used to tell time, keep track of the seasons, and guide our way at night. The show features beautifully crafted marionettes and shadow puppets with tales from ancient Greece, China, the Micmac Indians on Nova Scotia and southern slaves seeking freedom in the north.

Red Herring Puppets is an award-winning professional puppet company located in Tucson Arizona. Lisa Sturz, owner and artistic director has worked with Jim Henson Productions, Walt Disney Imagineering, Lucasfilm, PBS, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and many more.


Booking a performance

You and your students can sign up for a field trip to our theatre campus and experience a live production on our beautiful Children’s Theatre Stage. We can accommodate up to 91 guests. This includes a question and answer session with the performers, writers, composers, and technical artists who produce these shows. Connect with us for availability as these shows fill up fast.

Do you have more than 91 guests? Book a second performance in collaboration with our workshops, and experience a field trip that your students will never forget. In this experience your day would look like:

Group A - Students enjoy a live performance
Group B - Students experience our exciting acting workshops

Bring your packed lunch and enjoy our beautiful courtyard (then the groups switch)

Group B - Students enjoy a live performance
Group A - Students experience our exciting acting workshops

Add educational workshops to enhance your students' experience

Watch your students shine as they explore what it’s like to become actors themselves through our education theatre workshops. Some workshops we provide are:


Need help with transportation? We partner with The Act One Foundation. Act One makes the arts accessible to thousands of children and families in Arizona each year through field trips for K-12 students from Title I schools and the Culture Pass program. For more information contact Act One: https://act1az.org/in-person-field-trips/

Part of our mission at LTW is to provide accessible theatre and theatre education to all. If you didn't find an option that best suits you and your school, please contact us as we have many customizable ways to provide the best creative outlet for you and your students. Let’s explore your options today!


Booking Information


Stephen Frankenfield
Field Trip Coordinator