School Matinees

Booking Your Field Trip

For many Detroiters, their introduction to the performing arts was a school matinée with Theatre and Dance at Wayne. Instill a lifelong appreciation of the arts in your students by booking a 2018-2019 school matinée today.

School groups of 10 or more may reserve tickets with no deposit due until September 30. A non-refundable deposit of 25% must be paid by September 30, 2018.

With post-show talkbacks available, the school matinée experience offers a deep dive into the show. Study guides are also available to help teachers connect each production to their curriculum. Teachers may request a copy of any script to assist in their decision-making process. We encourage teachers to use their own judgment on show appropriateness for their students.

Scroll down to see which shows are available as school matinée performances.


“The first play I ever saw was a school matinee of “Romeo and Juliet.” As I watched what had seemed like a mildly interesting story come to vivid life in front of me, I became spellbound. That performance led to my lifelong love of the theater, especially Shakespeare. Teachers, never underestimate the importance of taking your students to see a live performance. It can be life-changing.” — Lisa Volker

School Matinée Terms & Conditions

Please read the School Matinée Terms & Conditions before ordering your students’ tickets.

Available School Matinees

Company One

Company One Dance Concert

Bonstelle Theatre

School Matinee Date
Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Price per person: $5
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Company One is comprised of Wayne State University dance students. Members are given the opportunity to create their own choreography, work with professional guest artists, and get involved in their community. The resulting work is performed several times, in multiple settings ranging from classrooms to proscenium theatres.



Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, March 26 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 3 at 10 a.m.

Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Traveling from her home in southern Africa for what she hoped would be a better life, Saartjie Baartman became an unfortunate star on the 19th Century London freak show circuit. This Obie Award-winning play, written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks, gives vibrant life to the story of a young black woman’s journey to London, her rise to fame as the “Hottentot Venus,” and her eventual relationship with a French scientist. Inspired by the true story of Baartman, Venus is a tragic-carnival, an intense and devastating journey honoring the life of Baartman and examining the way we live and love today.

Includes adult situations.

Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia!

Bonstelle Theatre
And some songs with STIG ANDERSON
Originally Conceived by JUDY CRAMER
MAMMA MIA! was originally produced in London by Judy Cramer, Richard East and Björn Ulvaeus for Littlestar in association with Universal. Additional Material & Arrangements MARTIN KOCH

School Matinee Date
Friday, April 5 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, April 11 at 10 a.m.

Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Over 54 million people all around the world have fallen in love with the characters, the story and the music that make Mamma Mia! the ultimate feel-good show. A mother. A daughter. Three possible dads. And a trip down the aisle you’ll never forget!

Other Ticket Options

Single Tickets: Tickets to individual shows may be purchased beginning July 5, 2018. Learn more.
Group Tickets: Adults buying ten or more tickets receive up to $10 off each tickets. Learn more.
Season Tickets: Subscribers receive a discount of up to 25% off and enjoy exclusive benefits. Learn more. Learn more.

Please visit Box Office for contact information and ticket policies.