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.

Before booking a group, please first carefully read our Student Matinee Policies, found on the following tab.

Here are the steps to take to make Student Matinee reservations:

  • Educators/group leaders thoroughly read the production information, content sheets, and Student Matinee Policies.
  • After reviewing the provided materials, educators and group leaders fill out the Reservation Request Form.
  • The Rep’s Box Office will then contact each teacher to finalize the booking and payment.
  • Payments may be made in installments with the first payment due following the initial booking.
  • Final payments are due 4 weeks before the performance. After final payments are made, no adjustments can be made to group numbers.
  • Rep Education will send a study guide and pre-show reminder email.
  • Showtime! Enjoy the performance and stay for the post-show talkback.

2019 Student Matinee Series

Willy Wonka Jr.

Wednesday, June 26 at 10:30 am - RESERVATIONS OPEN NOW

The scrumdidilyumptious adventures of Willy Wonka’s chocolate factory light up the stage this summer at The Rep. Featuring many of the enchanting songs from the 1971 film, generations of candy lovers will delight in this devilishly delicious adaptation of Roald Dahl’s classic tale, brought to life by a company of young artists. Grab your golden ticket to see Willy Wonka Jr.!

Recommended for all ages: Content Sheet

Applicable Course Topics: Film Studies, Children’s Literature, Music, Musical Theatre, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Singing, Dancing, Directing, Fashion/Costume Design

Million Dollar Quartet

Thursday, September 12 at 10:30 a.m. - RESERVATIONS OPEN NOW

Four musical legends. A once-in-a-lifetime recording session. On December 4, 1956, in Memphis at Sun Studios, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, and Jerry Lee Lewis gathered to meet with legendary producer Sam Phillips. What happened next was pure rock and roll magic. With a collection of hit songs that includes “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” “Great Balls of Fire” and “Hound Dog,” this Tony Award-winning musical is guaranteed to bring down the house!

Recommended for middle, high school, and college groups: Content Sheet

Applicable Course Topics: Music, Music History, Rock and Roll, American History, Musical Theatre, Singing, Dancing, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Fashion/Costume Design

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m. - RESERVATIONS OPEN NOW

Ring in the holidays with an entertaining spin on a familiar holiday favorite. Set in a 1940s radio station on Christmas Eve, enjoy a live radio version of Frank Capra’s classic 1946 film as the actors on stage transform into dozens of characters from Bedford Falls. Faced with the threat of scandal and financial ruin, George Bailey experiences a crisis of faith and wishes he had never been born. Divine intervention arrives in the form of Clarence (Angel Second Class), who is on a mission to restore George’s will to live... and earn his own wings in the process. Every life impacts countless others, whether we know it or no

Recommended for all ages: Content Sheet

Applicable Course Topics: Film History, WWII, Mass Communication History, Radio History, Entertainment History, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Fashion/Costume Design


Please read the following policies carefully before making reservations.


  • Reservations are requested by filling out the Reservation Request Form
  • The Rep’s Box Office will then contact each teacher or group leader to finalize the booking and payment
  • Once reservation dates are filled, groups will be waitlisted and notified of their status. If any seats become available, they will be offered to the groups on the waitlist.


$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. Payments may be made in installments, but the final payment is due four weeks before the show date. Failure to make payment arrangements and deposit by the deadline will 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.


Concessions will be on sale for students and teachers at each production. Sodas, water, and The Rep’s famous cookies are each $1 (cash only).


Arkansas Repertory Theatre provides educators with descriptions, content sheets, and age recommendations for each production. With these materials, what is suitable for students is at the discretion of the educators and administrators. If you have additional questions about content, please email


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 waitlist of any sold-out production, but it does not guarantee a spot.

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