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Booking Your Field Trip

For many Detroiters, their introduction to the performing arts was a field trip to attend a show at Theatre and Dance at Wayne. Instill a lifelong appreciation of the arts in your students by booking a field trip 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.

With post-show talkbacks available, the field trip 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.

Questions? Contact Devon Redmond at 313-577-0852 or email groupsales@wayne.edu.

Scroll down to see which shows are available as field trip performances.

Group Sales Brochure

Download a copy of our 2020-2021 Group Sales Brochure which includes school matinee information.

School Matinée Terms & Conditions

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2019-2020 School Matinees

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. 11 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.

Bus Stop

Bus Stop

The Beloved Broadway Comedy

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 William Inge

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.

The hysterical story follows a group of bus passengers who are forced off the road due to a howling snowstorm and find themselves gathered at a cheerful roadside diner while waiting for the roads to clear. Among the travelers are Cherie, a nightclub singer on the run, Bo, a brash young cowboy who’s desperate to make Cherie his bride, Carl, the intrepid bus driver, and Grace, the diner’s owner who more than fancies Carl. The original Broadway production was nominated for four Tony Awards including Best Play, Best Featured Actress in a Play (Michigan’s own Elaine Stritch), Best Scenic Design, and Best Director.

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.
Friday, 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 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.

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

2020-2021 School Matinees

Superior Donuts

Superior Donuts

Hilberry Theatre
by Tracy Letts

School Matinee Date
Wednesday, September 30, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Celebrated playwright Tracy Letts (August: Osage County) brings his unique wit and style to Superior Donuts, the 2009 comedy set in a rundown donut shop in Uptown Chicago. Arthur, the shop’s owner, a former 1960s radical, has settled into his later years, accepting the shop’s downward turn. His energetic assistant, Franco, an African American youth from the neighborhood, believes the shop can become a community hotspot by updating the store with healthy menu options and lively music. This “odd couple” find themselves at generational odds in this warm and humorous comedy featuring the new Hilberry Graduate Acting Company.

“…a soulful play, full of humor and humanity…drawn with deep affection.” — Variety

“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

Everybody Show Artwork

Everybody

Underground at the Hilberry*
by Brandon Jacobs-Jenkins

School Matinee Date
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
Due to the limited number of available sets, no complimentary chaperone ticket are issued for performances in the Underground.

A finalist for the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Everybody is a modern riff on Everyman, one of the oldest plays in the English language. Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, who The New York Times calls “one of this country’s most original and illuminating writers,” adapted this allegorical play for a contemporary audience to explore how modern society determines whether we’ve each been good or evil in our life. At each performance, Everybody is chosen from amongst the cast by lottery, as they follow their journey toward life’s greatest mystery.

“A very meta and saucy adaptation.” — Time Out New York
“Fills the heart in a new and unexpected way.” — The New Yorker

With only one school matinee available and only 100 seats, this will book quickly. Please note that the Underground is only accessible by stairs. Visit our accessibility page for details.

It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play

Hilberry Theatre
Adapted by Joe Landry

School Matinee Dates
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

This beloved American holiday classic comes to captivating life as a live 1940s radio broadcast. With the help of an ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, It’s a Wonderful Life is created on stage in a magical experience that no one should miss. Everyone will enjoy this “old time radio” production, live on stage, as we bring this holiday story of miracles and merriment to you this season.

Our Lady of Kibeho show art

Our Lady of Kibeho

Hilberry Theatre
by Katori Hall

School Matinee Dates
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Friday, February 17, 2021 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 1981, a village girl in Rwanda claims to see the Virgin Mary. She is denounced by her superiors and ostracized by her schoolmates—until impossible happenings begin to appear to all. Skepticism gives way to fear, causing upheaval in the school community and beyond. Written by Olivier Award-winning playwright, Katori Hall, Our Lady of Kibeho is an exploration of faith, doubt, and the power and consequences of both. Ms. Hall is also the recipient of the National Black Theatre’s August Wilson Playwriting Award and the Lorraine Hansberry Playwriting Award, among many other accolades.

Company One Dance Concert

Company One Dance Concert

Music Hall (Downtown Detroit)

School Matinee Date
Friday, April 2, 2021 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.

The Comedy of Errors show artwork

The Comedy of Errors

Hilberry Theatre
by William Shakespeare

School Matinee Dates
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Friday, April 23, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
One complimentary chaperone ticket issued for every 15 tickets purchased.

Identical twin boys and ­— believe it or not — their identical twin servants, are separated at birth during a tragic shipwreck. Twenty-three years later, their father, along with the son he saved, Antipholus, and his son’s servant, Dromio, arrive in a new country in an ongoing search for the lost brothers. Meanwhile, Antipholus’s twin, who is also named Antipholus, has also arrived with his own servant, Dromio, who too shares a name with his own lost twin. Comedy and chaos reign as mistaken identities rock everyone in town and leave its population questioning their sanity. Trade logic for laughter as Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors comes to life at the Hilberry.

All My Sons show artwork

All My Sons

Underground at the Hilberry*
by Arthur Miller

School Matinee Dates
Friday, May 7, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Tuesday, May 11, 2021 at 10 a.m.
Price per person: $10 (Title I schools: $5 per person)
Due to the limited number of available sets, no complimentary chaperone ticket are issued for performances in the Underground.

Inspired by a true story, All My Sons follows an American family as they struggle with greed and loss after the end of World War II. Joe Keller, the father, was a successful businessman who, with his partner, manufactured airplane parts for the military. When those parts were found to be defective, resulting in the death of twenty-one pilots, the two were tried for their crime. His partner went to prison but Joe was exonerated. This dark stain consumes the family, who lost their youngest son, a pilot, during the war, and reignites tension when their eldest son announces his plans to marry his lost brother’s fiancé. The American dream is interrogated in this fierce drama written by acclaimed American playwright, Arthur Miller.

With only one school matinee available and only 100 seats, this will book quickly. Please note that the Underground is only accessible by stairs. Visit our accessibility page for details.

Other Ticket Options

Single Tickets: Tickets to individual shows in our 2019-2020 season are available now. Tickets to individual shows in our 2020-2021 season may be purchased beginning July 1, 2020. Learn more.
Group Tickets: Adults buying ten or more tickets receive deep discounts on each ticket. Learn more.
Season Tickets: Subscribers receive a discount of up to 20% off and enjoy exclusive benefits. Subscriptions to our 2020-2021 season go on sale January 14, 2020. Learn more. Learn more.

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