Student Matinees

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.

SCHOOL GIRLS; OR, THE AFRICAN MEAN GIRLS PLAY

By Jocelyn Bioh

THE CRITICALLY-ACCLAIMED COMEDY THAT’S TAKING THE THEATRE WORLD BY STORM COMES TO THE REP STAGE.

As the reigning queen bee of Ghana’s most exclusive boarding school, Paulina has her sights on the 1986 Miss Universe pageant. But the arrival of a new transfer student from America changes the game. This fearless comedy confronts our conceptions of self-esteem and beauty; “ferociously entertaining, as heartwarming as it is hilarious” (The Hollywood Reporter).

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CONTENT GUIDELINES

The student matinee performance for School Girls… will be on Thursday, March 10th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

INTO THE WOODS

Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by James Lapine

THE ENCHANTING, BRILLIANT MUSICAL THAT VENTURES BEYOND “HAPPILY EVER AFTER”

Little Red has strayed far from the path, Jack’s found a 2nd beanstalk, Prince Charming’s eyes are wandering, and there’s a Witch living next door. Stephen Sondheim’s most popular musical turns the world of fairy tales topsy-turvy, reminding us that granted wishes often bring complications. Filled with exquisite music and brilliant lyrics, this innovative new production is sure to enchant as it ventures beyond “happily ever after.”

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The student matinee performance for Into The Woods will be on Thursday, April 28th, 2022 at 10:30 a.m.

Policies and Protocols

Please read the following carefully before making reservations:

Reservations
Reservations are requested by filling out the Reservation Request Form found HERE.  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 wait-list.

Tickets
We are proud to announce that this is the first year tickets to our student matinees will be FREE!

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

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.

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

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 Education Associate Bridget Davis at [email protected]

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