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.

Testimonial

“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.

Venus

Venus

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

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
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

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!

2019-2020 School Matinees

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Sweat

Sweat

2017 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Drama

Hilberry Theatre
By Lynn Nottage

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, Nov. 5 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 13 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Filled with warmth humor and tremendous heart, Sweat tells the story of a group of friends who have spent their lives sharing drinks, secrets, and laughs while working together on the factory floor. But when layoffs and picket lines begin to chip away at their trust, the friends find themselves pitted against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat.

“Keenly observed and often surprisingly funny—but ultimately heartbreaking—the work traces the roots of a tragedy with both forensic psychological detail and embracing compassion. Ms. Nottage…is writing at the peak of her powers…” — The New York Times

A Christmas Carol

A Christmas Carol

Dickens’ holiday tale returns!

Bonstelle Theatre
Based on the story by Charles Dickens
Adapted for the stage by John Wolf and Tom Aulino

School Matinee Date
Wednesday, Dec. 4 at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

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 families.

The Winter's Tale

The Winter’s Tale

Shakespeare’s Wistful Tale of Loss and Romance

Hilberry Theatre
By William Shakespeare

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, 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.

A romance, a comedy, a fairy tale, two worlds in contrast. These are the elements that have made Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale a delight for audiences for almost 400 years. In Sicilia, King Leontes believes his wife, Hermione, is having an affair with his childhood friend Polixenes. As his unfounded jealousy consumes him, he puts his wife on trial and abandons their newborn child, Perdita, in the wild. But as with all fairy tales, the child survives and, now living in Bohemia, blossoms into a free-spirited young woman. Here she meets and falls in love with a young man who, unbeknown to her, is son to her father’s former friend. In a magical twist that must be seen to be believed, she might just find the homecoming she’d never expected.

Company One Dance

Company One Dance Concert

One Day Only!

Bonstelle Theatre

School Matinee Date
Friday, Feb. 28 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $5
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Company One, one of our acclaimed student-produced dance companies, present a one-concert only performance of their work at the Bonstelle Theatre.

Tobacco Road

Tobacco Road

An American Classic

Underground at the Hilberry
The Underground at the Hilberry is accessible by stairs. If you have a mobility concern, please call the box office (313-577-2972) 24 hours in advance so we can assist you.
by Jack Kirkland. Based on the novel by Erskine Caldwell

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, March 24 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 1 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
Because of the small size of the Underground, there are no complimentary chaperone tickets issued.

During the Great Depression, a family of Georgian farmers struggled as their once profitable tobacco crop slowly dies. Jeeter Lester, the father, lives in squalor with his wife Ada, their two children, Dude and Ellie May, and his mother. When the family learns that the house and property are now owned by the bank, Jeeter is given a chance to earn money so that they may keep living there, but he refuses. Desperate to save their family, the once-proud father makes sacrifices that will impact their lives in ways unimaginable.

Mary Poppins

Disney + Cameron Mackintosh’s

Mary Poppins

Bonstelle Theatre
Original Music and Lyrics by Richard M. Sherman Robert B. Sherman, Book by Julian Fellowes
New Songs and Additional Music and Lyrics by Anthony Drewe and George Stiles
Co-Created by Cameron Mackintosh
A Musical based on the stories of P. L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, April 14 at 10 a.m.
Wednesday, April 17 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Everyone’s favorite practically perfect nanny takes the stage in this supercalifragilisticexpialidocious musical adventure. Disney and Cameron Mackintosh’s Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven Tony Awards, including Best Musical. An enchanting mixture of irresistible story, unforgettable songs, breathtaking dance numbers and theatrical magic.

Stage Kiss

A SUPERB ROMANTIC COMEDY

Stage Kiss

Hilberry Theatre
by Sarah Ruhl

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, May 4 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Art imitates Life. Life imitates Art. When two actors with a history are thrown together as romantic leads in a forgotten 1930s melodrama, they quickly lose touch with reality as the story onstage follows them offstage. Stage Kiss captures Sarah Ruhl’s singular voice. It is a charming tale about what happens when lovers share a stage kiss—or when actors share a real one.

“A gift and a rarity: a superb new romantic comedy that’s moving, smart and flat-out hilarious… You will have difficulty breathing. Stage Kiss is that funny.” — Jesse Green, New York Magazine

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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