Student Nights

Engaging Young People in the Performing Arts

Our Student Nights program, as part of our broader Performing Arts Education initiative, provides tickets to select Lensic Presents events free of charge to students in grades 9 through 12, college students, and current educators.


Below is a list of our upcoming Student Nights performances, as well as information about reserving tickets. If you meet the criteria for Student Nights and would like to sign up, please email Acacia Barnett at with "Student Nights registration" in the subject line of your email.

Upcoming Student Nights

All Met: Live in HD Encores. For a 2016-17 schedule, click here. 

NT Live in HD Encore: The Audience
August 24 / 7 pm
Nominated for three Tony Awards, The Audience, written by Peter Morgan and directed by two-time Tony Award winner and Academy Award-nominated director Stephen Daldry, sees Helen Mirren reprise her Olivier-winning performance as Queen Elizabeth II, following her Academy Award win for the same role in The Queen.

Lensic Presents: Mike Daisey - The Trump Card
September 19 / 7:30 pm
Acclaimed monologist Mike Daisey (“The Secret War”) takes on the unexpected political rise of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump.

NT Live in HD Encore: A View from the Bridge, by Arthur Miller
September 20 / 7 pm
Following its smash-hit original broadcast, the Young Vic’s “magnetic, electrifying, astonishingly bold” production of A View from the Bridge returns to cinemas due to audience demand. The great Arthur Miller confronts the American dream in this dark and passionate tale.

NT Live in HD: The Threepenny Opera
September 29 / 7 pm
A darkly comic new take on Brecht and Weill’s raucous musical, this bold, anarchic production is brought to you by a creative powerhouse. With Olivier Award-winner Rory Kinnear (Hamlet, Othello, James Bond) as Macheath, alongside Rosalie Craig (As You Like It, My Family and other Animals) as Polly Peachum, and Haydn Gwynne (The Windsors, Drop the Dead Donkey) as Mrs Peachum.

(Note: Viewer discretion advised. Adult themes, language, and content.)

NT Live in HD Encore: Frankenstein
October 29 / 7 pm
National Theatre Live’s thrilling broadcast of Frankenstein returns to The Lensic for a Halloween encore! This thrilling production features Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game) and Jonny Lee Miller (CBS’s Elementary, Trainspotting) alternating roles as Victor Frankenstein and his creation.

The Met Live in HD: Don Giovanni (Mozart)
encore October 23 / 6 pm
Simon Keenlyside makes his Met role debut as the unrepentant seducer in Tony Award winner Michael Grandage’s staging of Mozart’s masterpiece. (est. run time: 3:45)

NT Live in HD: The Deep Blue Sea
November 16 / 7 pm
Helen McCrory (Medea and The Last of the Haussmans at the National Theatre, Penny Dreadful, Peaky Blinders) returns to the National Theatre in Terence Rattigan’s devastating masterpiece, playing one of the greatest female roles in contemporary drama.

When Hester Collyer is found by her neighbours in the aftermath of a failed suicide attempt, the story of her tempestuous affair with a former RAF pilot and the breakdown of her marriage to a High Court judge begins to emerge. With it comes a portrait of need, loneliness, and long-repressed passion. Behind the fragile veneer of post-war civility burns a brutal sense of loss and longing.

The Met Live in HD: L’Amour de Loin (Saariaho) – Met Premiere!
encore December 10 / 6 pm
L’Amour de Loin (“Love From Afar”) had its premiere at the Salzburg Festival in 2000 and is one of the most highly praised operas of recent years. Susanna Phillips stars in this yearning medieval romance. (est. run time: 3:00)

The Met Live in HD: Nabucco (Verdi) – First Time in HD
encore January 7 / 6 pm
Verdi’s early drama of Ancient Babylon stars Plácido Domingo, who adds a new role to his repertory as the title character. Liudmyla Monastyrska sings the tour-de-force role of Abigaille, Nabucco’s willful daughter. (est. run time: 3:05)

The Met Live in HD: Roméo et Juliette (Gounod) – New Production!
encore, January 21, 2017 / 6 pm
Vittorio Grigolo and Diana Damrau reunite for an electrifying new production of Gounod’s opera, based on the great Shakespeare play. (est. run time: 3:30)

The Met Live in HD: Rusalka (Dvorák) – New Production!
encore, February 25, 2017 / 6 pm
Kristine Opolais stars in a new production of the opera that first won her international acclaim, Dvorák’s fairytale opera about the tragic water nymph Rusalka (est. run time: 4:05)

The Met Live in HD: La Traviata (Verdi)
encore March 11, 2017 / 6 pm
Sonya Yoncheva brings her acclaimed interpretation of the doomed courtesan Violetta Valéry to Live in HD audiences for the first time, opposite rising American tenor Michael Fabiano as her lover, Alfredo. (est. run time: 2:55)

The Met Live in HD: Idomeneo (Mozart) – First Time in HD!
encore March 25, 2017 / 6 pm
James Levine conducts a rare Met revival of Mozart’s Idomeneo, set in the aftermath of the Trojan War. The production features  Matthew Polenzani in the title role. (est. run time: 4:20)

The Met Live in HD: Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky)
encore April 22, 2017 / 6pm
Anna Netrebko reprises one of her most acclaimed roles as Tatiana, the naïve heroine of Tchaikovsky’s opera, adapted from Pushkin’s classic novel. Dmitri Hvorostovsky stars as the title character, who rejects Tatiana’s love until it’s too late. (est. run time: 4:00)

Lensic Presents: The Reduced Shakespeare Company
May 11, 2017 / 7:30 pm
The Reduced Shakespeare Company performs a witty original comedy that combine The Bard’s most famous characters and greatest lines.

More About Reserving Tickets through Student Nights

  • Once you are registered with the Student Nights program, you’ll receive a confirmation email with a promo code. You can enter it in the "promo code" box on to reserve your tickets for any of the performances listed on this page. Please note: the promo code box is on the upper-right side of your screen, and you must click "submit" after you enter. Click the "Purchase" button for the performance you'd like to attend, and our ticketing system will show you which seats are available. Once you reserve your tickets, they will be held at will call the night of the performance. Student Nights tickets are only available online.
  • Student Nights tickets must be reserved online in advance (no walk-ups) at least two hours before the performance begins. No exceptions.
  • If you have logged on to our website to get tickets and no seats are available, it means we are out of the allotment of free tickets. However, we still have tickets available for the student price of $5. You can purchase $5 tickets at the box office or by calling 505-988-1234.

If you have questions about the Student Nights program, please contact Acacia Barnett at 988-7050 ext.1217 or


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