The Rep’s Student Matinee Program allows school children from across the state to see performances each season for as little as $8 a seat. From Mary Poppins to Macbeth, the opportunity to experience live theatre enhances students’ literary knowledge, empathy for others, and critical thinking skills. Each show is accompanied by a study guide fulfilling Arkansas Curriculum Framework Standards, and talkbacks with the cast are available after each performance.

To book a group, please first carefully read our Student Matinee Policies and then fill out our online Reservation Request Form.

The Student Matinee reservation process is as follows…

  1. Educators/group leaders fill out the Reservation Request Form
  2. Rep Education sends the content information sheet for the requested production.
  3. After reviewing, educators and group leaders confirm reservation.
  4. Invoice is sent. Payment is processed.
  5. Rep Education sends study guide and pre-show reminder email.
  6. Showtime! Enjoy the performance and stay for the post-show talkback.

Please read below to learn more about our 2017-2018 Student Matinee Performance Schedule.


2017 – 2018 Student Matinee Schedule

The Heart is a Lonely Hunter
Thursday, August 31st at 10:30 a.m.

Based on Carson McCullers’ celebrated debut novel, this haunting Southern drama tells the story of a handful of misfits in a 1930s Georgia mill town. Deaf-mute John Singer becomes confidant and confessor to four of the town’s most colorful eccentrics, forever changing their lives by his sympathetic and gentle presence. 

Recommended for high school and college groups.

Applicable courses include: English, Literature, American History, Social Studies, Sociology, American Sign Language, Deaf Studies, Social Justice, African American Studies, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting or Directing 


The School for Lies
Thursday, October 19th at 10:30 a.m.

When an expatriate returns to France after living in England for years, his no-frills style and brutal honesty set him apart from his foppish peers. He decides to spurn popular conventions and social niceties, only to immediately become smitten with an upwardly-mobile young widow who revels in the newest trends and is pursued by a bevy of suitors.  

Based upon Molière’s classic 17th century comedy, The Misanthrope, The School for Lies is a wicked farce adapted by David Ives for contemporary audiences, contrasting high-brow characters with low-brow humor and employing present-day language that breathes fresh air into this rollicking satire.  

Recommended for high school and college groups.

Applicable courses include: English, Literature, Creative Writing, French Renaissance, World History, European History, Social Studies, Sociology, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Classical Theatre, Fashion, Costume Design


The Gift of the Magi
Thursday, December 7th at 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT, a waitlist is available
Thursday, December 14th at 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT, a waitlist is available

 Arkansas Repertory Theatre is proud to present the world premiere of a new chamber musical based upon O. Henry’s beloved holiday story.

Jim and Della may not have much, but they have each other. As December 25th approaches, they each lament their modest means and search for the perfect gift for their beloved spouse. A joyous, bittersweet and life-affirming fable, The Gift of the Magi will warm your heart this winter. 

Recommended for elementary, middle school, high school and college groups.


The Call
Thursday, February 1st at 10:30 a.m.

Annie and Peter are a childless Caucasian couple in their late 30s who decide to adopt a baby from Africa. But when they receive some surprising news about their potential bundle of joy, anxiety and doubt threaten to tear their world apart. Middle-class cultural sensibilities and global divisions come crashing in on their comfortable existence as they are forced to confront their own preconceived notions about just what makes a family a family. As they reach out to friends and neighbors for advice, Annie and Peter become mired in indecision and second thoughts.  

Recommended for high school and college groups.

Applicable courses include: English, Literature, Psychology, Early Childhood Development, Sociology, African American Studies, Women’s Studies, Public Health, Family Law, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting or Directing


Mamma Mia!
Thursday, March 29th at 10:30 a.m. SOLD OUT (waitlist only)
Thursday, April 5th at 10:30 a.m. Limited Seating

Young bride-to-be Sophie desperately wants her father to walk her down the aisle. But there’s a catch – she’s not sure which of her mother’s old flames is “the one.” So, she invites all three, hoping she’ll learn the truth, which unleashes an out-of-control flood of memories – and irresistible pop music – into all of their lives.  

Set to the infectious songs of Swedish super-group ABBA, Mamma Mia! is a smash hit that has played to sold-out audiences around the world. Sing along with a phenomenal score that includes the hits “Dancing Queen,” “The Winner Takes It All,” “Lay All Your Love on Me,” and of course, the title song. 

Recommended for high school and college groups.

Please read the student matinee policies carefully before making reservations.


Once reservation dates are filled, groups will be wait listed and notified of their status. If any seats become available, they will be offered to the groups on the wait list.


  • $8 per ticket for all non-musical productions
  • $10 per ticket for musical productions

Each school or organization receives one complimentary ticket for reservations over twenty. All additional adult chaperones accompanying the group will be admitted at the student price.


  • Bus parking for the student matinees can be found along the street downtown and in the form of metered parking.
  • There are no free parking lots in the immediate vicinity.
  • Schools are encouraged to drop their students off in front of or alongside The Rep.
  • Bus drivers can either find a free parking or use the metered parking.
  • Free parking for buses can be found under the I-30 on/off ramp on Sherman Street. 

Student Matinee groups will be invoiced upon reservation confirmation. Payment for the reserved seats is due four weeks before the show date. Failure to make payment arrangements by the deadline could result in loss of reservation. Cancellations are only accepted four or more weeks in advance of the performance date. We regret that we cannot provide refunds.

All matinees begin 10:30 am. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before show time.

Seating is assigned at the discretion of Rep Management. With varying sizes of groups, schools are seated to allow the majority of them to sit together. For this reason, we cannot honor specific seating requests.

Arkansas Repertory Theatre is wheelchair accessible and can offer sign interpreted performances with prior notice. Please let us know your group’s specific needs in the online Reservation Request Form and we are happy to accommodate.

Cancellations are only accepted four or more weeks in advance of the performance date. We regret that we cannot provide refunds. Schools can be added to the wait list of any sold-out production, but it does not guarantee a spot.


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