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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 groups with 50% or more qualifying for free or reduced lunch.

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

For the 2024-2025 Season: The following shows have weekday student matinees on the dates listed below.

1 Sweeney Todd 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Oct 10, Oct 16, Oct 23

Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

After 15 years in exile on a trumped up conviction, Sweeney Todd returns to the grit and grime of Victorian London, bent on reclaiming his life and exacting bloody retribution. With the help of his trusty razors and his plotting landlady and pie-shop owner, Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney tears through a corrupt society proving revenge is a dish best served piping hot. This Sondheim classic is to die for!

3 Liberace Liza 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Dec 4

Liberace & Liza: Holiday at the Mansion (A Tribute)

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Local favorites David Saffert and Jillian Snow are BACK! Join them as they sparkle in this exhilarating night of musical and comical fireworks. Settle in for a glamorous evening as they bring two icons to life. Liberace & Liza delights in some of show business’ wildest and most well known personalities, sharing iconic musical numbers, enchanting costumes and unforgettable laughs. Make your visit to the mansion a holiday tradition!

2 Twelfth Night 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Dec 4, Dec 5, Dec 11

Twelfth Night, Or What You Will

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

When Viola washes ashore, her twin brother Sebastian is lost at sea. Disguises, mistaken identities and unrequited love show them that shipwrecks may be the least of their problems. In one of  Shakespeare’s most enduring comedies, everything — love, mischief, music and libations — exists in exciting excess! 

4 Jaja 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Jan 29, Feb 13

Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

Fresh off of a celebrated Broadway run, Jocelyn Bioh (writer of School Girls: Or the African Mean Girls Play) brilliantly brings the bustling world of a Harlem braiding shop to life! This universal story full of heart and hilarity centers a vibrant group of West African Stylists who create hair magic, community, and comedy in Jaja’s shop. As these “capital S” Stylists and their zany assortment of patrons navigate the complexities of culture, politics, love, and beauty, they illuminate how one finds, builds, and maintains home, even when home feels far away.

5 Virginia Woolf 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Mar 12, Mar 13

Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

George and Martha have invited a young couple — Nick and Honey — over for a nightcap. As the drinks start flowing and skeletons claw their way out of their closets, the couples soon learn that marriage isn’t all fun and games. Hilarious and harrowing, one of the theater’s beloved classics, Edward Albee’s dark comedy is as fresh now as it was at its premiere more than 60 years ago.

6 The Light 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Apr 2, Apr 3

The Light

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Today should be the happiest day of Rashad and Genesis’ lives — he’s planned it all out — the perfect proposal before the perfect concert from the couple’s favorite artist. Things, however, almost never go as planned and when old secrets put their relationship at risk, they are forced to confront their commitment to each other and to justice. This intimate and moving play set amid the Kavanaugh hearings makes the political quite personal, in a real time rollercoaster ride of romance and reckoning.

7 Brothers Size 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
Apr 30, May 1

The Brothers Size

On the U.S. Bank Main Stage

From Academy Award winner Tarell Alvin McCraney (Moonlight, Choir Boy) comes a story of freedom and family. Steadfast and responsible, Ogun Size fights to connect with Oshoosi, his aimless younger brother,  who has recently been released from prison. Weaving together the mundane and the mystic, this play invites us into the Louisiana Bayou, showing us a world of poetry, African mythology, and music. A fresh and contemporary tale of belonging, brotherhood and the ties that bind.

8 Chris Grace 1080X1080
11 a.m. Matinees:
May 22, May 28

Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson

In the Ellyn Bye Studio

Chris Grace is Scarlett Johansson. Or maybe Scarlett Johansson is Chris Grace. Either way, only one of them played a Japanese cyborg in Ghost in the Shell.  In a tour-de-force one-person farce that The Guardian describes as “mind and character bending,” Asian American actor and comedian Chris Grace explores the bounds of an artist’s identity. With the help of an ever-growing pile of wigs, Chris Grace: As Scarlett Johansson celebrates two of Hollywood’s most beloved Asian actors.

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

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