Student Matinees

The Rep’s Student Matinee Program allows school children from across the state to see performances each season. 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.

Policies and Protocols

Bus Drop-off / Parking
Schools are encouraged to drop their students off in front of or alongside The Rep. There are no free parking lots in the immediate vicinity. Free parking for buses can be found under the I-30 on/off ramp on Sherman Street. If available, busses can park along Main, 6th, 7th, or 8th streets in the form of metered street parking. Meters accept coins only.

Seating
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.

Accessibility
Arkansas Repertory Theatre is wheelchair accessible and can offer ASL-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.

Tickets
We are proud to announce that our student matinees are provided at no cost to teachers, students, or schools.

Arrival Time
All matinees begin at 10:30 a.m. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before showtime.

Concessions
Due to the ongoing risk of COVID-19, concessions will not be provided at student matinees until further notice.

Reservations
Reservations are requested by emailing boxoffice@therep.org. The Rep’s Box Office will then contact each educator or group leader to finalize the booking and payment. Make your reservations as early as possible!  If a matinee performance is fully booked, groups will be wait-listed and notified of their status. If any seats become available, they will be offered to the groups on the waitlist.

Suitability
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 boxoffice@therep.org.

The Productions

Guys & Dolls

A Musical Fable of Broadway
Based on a Story and Characters of Damon Runyon
Music & Lyrics by Frank Loesser
Book by Jo Swerling and Abe Burrows

“Luck be a lady!”

With its brassy, immortal score, this oddball romantic comedy is considered by many to be the perfect musical. Will Nathan Detroit find a location for the secret craps game? Will Adelaide finally get a wedding after her fourteen-year engagement? Will what happened in Havana, stay in Havana? This fun, new production, filled with exciting choreography, is the perfect outing for family and friends during the holiday season.

Rated PG for adult situations.

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Thursday, December 8 at 10:30 a.m.

GUYS & DOLLS production art

Little Shop of Horrors

Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman
Music by Alan Menken
Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith

“Suddenly, Seymour.”

There’s a new breed of plant in town — foul-mouthed… R&B-singing… carnivorous. And if Seymour doesn’t stop “Audrey II”, it just might take over the world! Don’t miss a fresh, new vision of this ridiculous, beloved musical, from the Associate Choreographer of Broadway’s Hamilton. You’ll laugh. You’ll scream. You’ll give up gardening for good.

Rated PG-13 for adult situations and violence.

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STUDENT MATINEE

Thursday, April 13 at 10:30 a.m.

Entertainment. Engagement. Education.

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