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. We encourage teachers to use their own judgment on show appropriateness for their students. Teachers may request a copy of any script to assist in their decision making process.

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

 

To plan your class visit, click BOOK YOUR FIELD TRIP below or contact us at 313-577-0852 or via email groupsales@wayne.edu.

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

2018-2019 Student Matinees

Xtigone

Xtigone

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs
By NAMBI E. KELLEY

DATES:
Tuesday, Oct. 16 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 24 at 10 a.m.

Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)

In present day Chicago, Xtigone mourns the death of her brothers, mowed down by a rival gang. Instead of dealing with the reality of violence in the city’s streets, her uncle intends to bury the bodies without investigation. Will Xtigone risk death by opposing her uncle? Using hip hop, poetry, dance, and dialogue that speaks with an urban voice, this re-imagining of Sophocles’ Antigone tells the story of the ill-fated Xtigone and her quest for her community’s truth.

Includes adult situations.

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As You Like It

As You Like It

Hilberry Theatre
By WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE

DATES:
Friday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 6 at 10 a.m.

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

Knocking down the traditional rules of romance, As You Like It is one of William Shakespeare’s most hilariously subversive comedies. Being removed from the court by Duke Frederick, Duke Senior takes refuge in the wild and wonderful Forest of Arden. Duke Frederick, threatened by Duke Senior’s daughter, Rosalind, banishes her as well. Fearing the unknown, Rosalind and her faithful cousin disguise themselves as boys in order to survive the wilderness. Come along on this topsy-turvy journey into one of the most joyous adventures the Bard ever penned.

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A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Bonstelle Theatre
Based on the story by CHARLES DICKENS
Adapted by JOHN WOLF and TOM AULINO

DATES:
Wednesday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 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.

A Detroit tradition, now in its third joyous year! Join Ebenezer Scrooge on a ghostly adventure in Dickens’ classic story. When the miserly old Scrooge is visited by his former business partner, now deceased, he begins a journey into the past, present and future to learn the true meaning of Christmas. Will the old codger redeem himself? Can the spirits inspire him to a greater purpose? Find out this Christmas at the Bonstelle Theatre. At just 75 minutes, with no intermission, A Christmas Carol is perfect for school groups.

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Angels in America - Part I: Millennium Approaches

Angels in America – Part I: Millennium Approaches

Hilberry Theatre
By TONY KUSHNER

DATES:
Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 10 a.m.

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

In Part I of this two part epic, Prior Walter, a young man living in NYC in 1985, is diagnosed with AIDS. His boyfriend, Louis, struggling to cope with the disease and his own fears, abandons him. Alone, Prior struggles until he’s visited by ancestral ghosts who herald the coming of a fierce angel. At the same time, Joe Pitt, a conservative but closeted Mormon, is offered a high profile job in Washington, D.C., by his mentor, the McCarthyist lawyer Roy Cohn. Joe’s wife Harper, who struggles with her own illness, refuses to move. In the seven-time Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning drama, playwright Tony Kushner explores evolving values in America.

Includes adult situations.

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90th Annual Spring Dance Concert

Company One Dance Concert

Bonstelle Theatre

DATES:
Friday, March 1 at 10 a.m.

Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
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.

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Venus

Venus

Studio Theatre at the Hilberry
The Studio Theatre is only accessible by stairs
By SUZAN-LORI PARKS

DATES:
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.

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Mamma Mia

Mamma Mia!

Bonstelle Theatre
Music and Lyrics by BENNY ANDERSSON and BJÖRN ULVAEUS
And some songs with STIG ANDERSON
Book by CATHERINE JOHNSON
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

DATES:
Tuesday, April 9 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!

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Angels in America - Part II: Perestroika

Angels in America – Part II: Perestroika

Hilberry Theatre
By TONY KUSHNER

DATES:
Tuesday, April 30 at 10 a.m.

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

Following the events of Part I: Millennium Approaches, Perestroika continues the complex and fantastical examination of homosexuality, race, and AIDS in 1980s America. Fighting illness and losing hope, Prior Walter is hesitant to become the prophet as demanded by the Angel. Roy Cohn is hospitalized, diagnosed with “liver cancer,” and under the care of Belize. Harper has disappeared and Joe’s mother has arrived to try to put her family back together. Perestroika is the thrilling conclusion to the is epic tale of love, loss, and destiny.

Includes adult situations.

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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.
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