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 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 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.

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 15-30 minutes before showtime.

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

Reservations are requested by emailing 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.

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

The Productions

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.


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

Entertainment. Engagement. Education.

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