The Armory
128 NW Eleventh Ave, Portland, OR 97209 · 503-445-3700 · www.pcs.org
The Armory

Student Matinees FAQ

We would be happy to mail or hold your tickets at will call. Please let us know your preference. When possible, we ask that you distribute the tickets to your students before the group enters the theater.

A packed house is always a better experience for the performers and the audience, so please let us know as soon as possible about any tickets you may not need by emailing education@pcs.org. This allows us to release them to our wait list, or for resale, to maximize the number of people who get to enjoy the show and minimize our potential loss of income. We’re very happy to reserve additional seats even at the last minute, so please let us know if your group size increases.

We recommend a 10:1 ratio of students to chaperones, but we understand that every group has different needs. Let us know if we can assist in your planning.

We recommend that you plan to arrive at least 30 minutes prior to showtime. Our Thursday matinees begin at 11 a.m. and we suggest building a little extra travel time in case of unexpected traffic or bridge closures.

Yes, but space at The Armory is sometimes limited or unavailable. Please contact us at education@pcs.org in advance, so we can reserve a location and set up tables for lunch during intermission or after the show. If you plan on having students buy food here at the theater, please contact catering@pcs.org in advance so our team can meet your needs. Keep in mind that backpacks and bags should be left on the bus and not brought into the theater during the performance.

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is located at 128 NW Eleventh Ave., one block north of Powell’s Books, between Couch and Davis (map). Due to current construction on our block of Davis Street, the best place to de-board is between 11th and 12th Avenue on Davis from the west heading east.

  • Q&As: 20-minute discussions with the cast and crew immediately after every Thursday matinee.
  • Prologues: Brief lectures from 6:55-7:10 p.m., preceding Tues.-Fri. main stage shows.
  • Workshops: Interactive explorations of select plays, at your school or at The Armory.
  • Tours: Explore our building before the show to peek backstage and learn about our LEED certified renovation.
  • Resource Guides: Available to download for each production.
  • A response is good! If you’re telling a story to a friend, and they really respond or show they're listening and enjoying it, you want to keep telling the story — and tell the story even better! So, the more an audience listens, laughs, and responds, the more the actors want to tell the story. In this way, the audience actually helps make a performance great.
  • The actors can hear you talking. If an audience member is not paying attention, the actors know it. Have you ever had a conversation with someone and felt that they’d rather be someplace else? This is the EXACT feeling actors get when people in the audience are talking.
  • The actors can see you. Even though the actors are pretending to be other characters, it is their job to “check in” with the audience in order to tell the story. This is another way in which theater greatly differs from movies. Film actors can do a take over and over to try to get it right. Theater actors have one chance with an audience and want to make sure they are communicating clearly. Imagine trying to tell a group of fellow students something only to see them slouching, pretending to be bored, or sitting with their eyes closed in an attempt to seem disinterested and “too cool” for what you have to say. Think about it.
  • No cell phones, candy wrappers, gum, etc. Always turn off cell phones and put them away. Do not eat or chew gum inside the theater. These things disturb the people around you, as well as the actors. As much as you might be tempted to text a friend about the cool play you're watching, please wait until after the show is over to send any texts.
  • Be mindful of other patrons, both in the theater and in the lobbies. Please don't run in the lobby area, and help us take care of our elderly patrons by opening a door for them or helping them get by. They will be so appreciative! Keep in mind that Portland Center Stage is welcoming you into our home on this field trip. Please treat our home with respect, just as we look forward to treating you with respect!

Portland Center Stage at The Armory is committed to identifying & interrupting instances of racism & all forms of oppression, through the principles of inclusion, diversity, equity, & accessibility (IDEA).

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