Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids

The Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program broadens the horizons of kids by fostering a lifelong appreciation of performing arts through introduction to live, professional theatre.


Marilyn Rodman knew theatre could have a profound effect on kids, so she encouraged her husband Don to send kids to a show instead of yet another sporting event. In 2001, Don sent 2,000 kids to see Beauty and the Beast, and they never looked back.

Theatre for Kids distributes tickets to young people in need of positive experiences through a trusted pool of non-profit youth organizations, as well as public and private schools. Each group receives an agreed upon number of tickets to bring kids they serve who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend a show. In addition to kids who do not have the economic means to attend, tickets are shared with kids with cognitive, behavioral, and medical challenges that make it difficult for them to attend a show with a “typical” audience. Marilyn believed every kid should have access to musical theatre.

More than 70,000 kids have experienced the wonder and joy of theatre since that first show in 2001.

About the Program

Show History

Since 2001, Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids has introduced more than 70,000 kids to live theatre productions.

  • Annie
  • Beauty and the Beast
  • Billy Elliot
  • Blue Man Group
  • A Chorus Line
  • A Christmas Story
  • Cinderella
  • Evita
  • Finding Neverland
  • Hamilton
  • In the Heights
  • Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
  • Jungle Book
  • Lion King
  • Little Women
  • Mamma Mia!
  • Matilda
  • Million Dollar Quartet
  • Music Man
  • Newsies
  • The Nutcracker
  • Peter Pan
  • Phantom of the Opera
  • The Producers
  • Radio City Christmas Spectacular
  • Sound of Music
  • South Pacific
  • Stomp
  • Tuesdays with Morrie
  • War Horse
  • West Side Story
  • Wicked
  • Wizard of Oz
  • Hadestown


Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids distributes tickets to youth-focused non-profit organizations as well as public and private schools in Greater Boston. Each group commits to filling their seats with kids who would otherwise not have the opportunity to go to the theatre. 

  • America SCORES Boston
  • ARC of South Norfolk Family Autism Center
  • Artists for Humanity
  • Asberger/Autism Network
  • Boston Arts Academy
  • Boston Center for Youth & Families
  • Boston Education Fund
  • Boston Medical Center Pediatrics
  • Boston Police Athletic League
  • Boys & Girls Club Brockton
  • Boys & Girls Clubs of Dorchester
  • Brighton High School
  • Canton Public Schols
  • Catholic Charities
  • Crossroads
  • DCF Kids Fund
  • Elizabeth Seton Academy
  • Epiphany School
  • Family Nurturing Center
  • Father Bills’s & Main Spring Family Shelters
  • Friends of the Children-Boston
  • Germantown Nieghborhood Center of Quincy
  • Hockomock Area YMCA
  • Holbrook Public Schools
  • Horizons at Dedham Country Day
  • House of Possibilities
  • Housing Families
  • Italian Home for Children
  • Key Program
  • McKinley Elementary School
  • Milton Public Schools
  • Mother Caroline Academy
  • Mpact – Boston Public Schools
  • Old Colony YMCA Family Shelters
  • Quincy Public Schools
  • Randolph Public Schools
  • Robert F. Kennedy Children’s Action Corps
  • School on Wheels
  • South Boston Neighborhood House
  • Sportsmen’s Tennis & Enrichment Center
  • St. Peter’s Teen Center
  • Student Athletes Rising
  • Tierney Learning Center Teen Program
  • Trinity Boston Foundation
  • Wang YMCA
  • West End House

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On Tuesday, November 2, the Marilyn Rodman Theatre for Kids program welcomed 500 kids to the Citizen’s Bank Opera House for the premiere of “Hadestown.”

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About Marilyn

Marilyn Rodman impacted countless individuals throughout her life, most notably the thousands of children for whom she advocated.