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

Student Matinees

Planning a field trip is easy!

You can book now and pay later. We create resource guides and wrap-around activities for all shows — and each matinee performance includes a post-show Q&A with the actors. Tickets for student matinees are $15, and free for Title I schools.

To request a reservation online for your school group, please fill out a School Group Ticket Request form:

School Group Ticket Request

The following shows in the 2021-2022 Season have upcoming weekday student matinees.

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11 a.m. Matinees:
Nov. 4

Frida … A Self Portrait

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Set on the eve of Frida Kahlo’s death, this intimate show plunges into the brilliant, nuanced world of Kahlo’s tumultuous, extraordinary life. Brazilian writer and performer Vanessa Severo cracks open a powerful portal between herself and the celebrated Mexican painter, bringing breathtaking physicality and raw honesty to this stunningly creative production.

  • Recommended for grades 8 and above. Contains adult situations and language, drug use. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes, no intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Dec. 8, Dec. 9, Dec. 15

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Winner of five Tony Awards including Best Play

This Broadway smash hit takes you inside the mind of Christopher, an exceptionally intelligent 15-year-old boy on the autism spectrum. Now, it is seven minutes after midnight and Christopher is under suspicion of killing his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, with a garden fork. Determined to find the true culprit, Christopher carefully records each fact of the crime. Ultimately, his detective work takes him on a deeply personal quest that upturns his world.

  • Recommended for grades 8 and above. Contains adult situations, domestic violence, explicit language, and strobe-like lighting effects. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes, including one intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Jan. 26, Feb. 3

The Great Leap

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

From the acclaimed playwright of Cambodian Rock Band!

San Francisco. 1989. Basketball standout Manford Lum is a fast-talking, dominating teenager on the street courts of Chinatown. But when he elbows his way onto a college team traveling to Beijing for a “friendship” game, the outcome isn’t what anyone expects. Lauren Yee uses her father’s basketball heroics and the student-led demonstrations that rocked the world as a springboard for this moving story that keeps the tension rising right up until the final buzzer.  

A co-production with Artists Repertory Theatre.

  • Recommended for grades 8 and above. Contains adult language. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 2 hours, including one intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Feb. 17, Feb. 24

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Brilliantly innovative, moving, and wickedly funny, this genre-bending, fourth-wall-smashing musical sensation tells the story of one of the most unique characters to ever hit the stage. Hedwig, a German emigrant, is out to set the record straight about her life, her loves, and the operation that left her with that “angry inch.” Part rock concert, part cabaret, part stand-up comedy routine, this one-of-a-kind musical proves time and again that an indomitable spirit can’t ever be tied down.

  • Recommended for grades 9 and above. Contains adult situations, strong language, and sexual references. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes, no intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Mar. 16, Mar. 17

August Wilson’s Gem of the Ocean

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

An iconic story of freedom, justice, and salvation from the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Fences.

Pittsburgh, 1904: Amidst boiling racial tensions, Citizen Barlow arrives at the home of Aunt Ester, a 285-year-old healer, who helps him seek redemption from a mistake that’s cost another man his life. She sends Citizen on a powerful, mystical journey to the City of Bones in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean — where he must understand the past in order to forge his own future.

  • Recommended for grades 9 and above. Contains adult language and themes, smoking. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 30 minutes, including one intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Apr. 13, Apr. 21, Apr. 27

Freestyle Love Supreme

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Before Hamilton, before In the Heights, there was Freestyle Love Supreme. Now — direct from Broadway — the original hip hop musical phenomenon from Thomas Kail, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Anthony Veneziale is coming to Portland.

  • Recommended for grades 8 and above. Possible adult language — this show is unscripted. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes, no intermission.
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11 a.m. Matinees:
Jun. 1, Jun. 2, Jun. 9

Rent

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Don’t miss this sensational, iconic musical hot off its 25th Anniversary! Rent took Broadway by storm with its deeply resonant look at a deadly virus, financial precarity, and love as a radical act. As a group of young artists fight for justice and visibility during the AIDS crisis, they revel in the beautiful bonds of friendship and chosen family. With its profound message of joy and hope in the face of uncertainty, this timeless musical reminds us to measure our lives with the only thing that truly matters — love.

  • Recommended for grades 8 and above. Contains adult situations and language, drug use. Learn more by calling 503-445-3700.
  • Run time: Approximately 2 hours and 20 minutes, including one intermission.

All titles, artists, age recommendations, dates, and run times subject to change.

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