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.

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It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
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Thursday, December 12 at 10:30 a.m.

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 not.

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

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

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Ann

Thursday, February 6 at 10:30 a.m.

Tony Award-winner Elizabeth Ashley is the legendary Ann Richards in ANN, a no-holds-barred look at the brassy, blue governor who changed the face of Texas politics. Directed by Drama Desk Award-winner Michael Wilson, enjoy the story of an impassioned woman who enriched the lives of others with all the charm, charisma, and persuasion that makes a politician good at her job.

Recommended for high school and college groups: Content Guidelines

Applicable Course Topics: Government, Civics, American History, Women’s History, Women’s Studies, Social Studies, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Theatre Design 

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The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time

Thursday, April 9 at 10:30 a.m.

Fifteen-year-old Christopher has an extraordinary brain but is ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. Now he is on an investigative adventure that will upturn the world of his family and community forever. Based on the award-winning novel, this visionary play is a breathtaking theatrical experience that puts you inside the brilliant mind of a boy who sees the world as most of us can only imagine.

Recommended for high school and college groups: Content Guidelines

Applicable Course Topics:  British Studies, English, Literature, Psychology, Sociology, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Lighting/Projection Design

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Bye Bye Birdie

Thursday, July 16 at 10:30 a.m.

It’s 1958 in Sweet Apple, OH, and the telephones are ringing off the hook. Hip-swinging, rock-and-roll heartthrob Conrad Birdie is coming to town to plant One Last Kiss on his #1 fan, broadcast live on the Ed Sullivan Show. Good old fashioned, teenage rebellion never sounded this catchy.

Recommended for audiences 10 years and older: Content Guidelines

Applicable Course Topics: Music, Music History, Choir, Dance, Theatre, Drama, Technical Theatre, Acting, Directing, Fashion/Costume Design, American History (1950-1960), Vietnam War

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