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Bring your classes to the theatre!
Alley Theatre's Student Matinee Programs creatively supplement critical thinking and communication skills both inside and outside the classroom.

The program includes...

  • An experience of high quality professional theatre
  • Discounted tickets to selected performances. ($12.50 per person)
  • One complimentary chaperone ticket for every 20 tickets purchased for students.
  • Play-specific Teacher Guides
  • Teacher Preparation Workshop
  • Opportunities to collaborate with Alley Theatre teaching artists and staff members before and after students see the plat. (These workshops are free to Title I schools. Private schools and non-Title I public schools pay a nominal fee for pre- and post performance workshops.)

Alley Theatre is offering student matinees for three Hubbard Stage productions this school year. All the student matinee performances begin at 10 a.m.

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Tuesday, October 16, 2012 Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012  

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Wednesday, November 14, 2012 Thursday, December 6, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012 Tuesday, December 11, 2012 
Tuesday, November 20, 2012 Wednesday, December 12, 2012 
Tuesday, December 4, 2012 Thursday, December 13, 2012
Wednesday, December 5, 2012 Wednesday, December 19, 2012 

If you are interested in brining a small number of students to evening performances or to other productions, please consider participating in the School Night Program.

What's next?

Determine which Alley Theatre plays are appropriate for your particular students and families before purchasing tickets. It is the responsibility of the school representative and principal to determine whether a play is appropriate for their particular group. Alley Theatre does not censor or edit the content of a play for the Student Matinees performances.

Choose a representative teacher, parent or staff member. This person will be responsible for communicating your school or organizations concerns to the Alley Theatre and for keeping other participating adults informed of program information and schedules.

Select the preferred show dates and the total number of tickets including students, teachers and adult chaperones. Please note the Hubbard Stage has 824 seats. 

Complete the online application Student Matinee Application. The sooner you submit an application the better.  Applications are accepted until all the student matinees are past or sold out.

Student Matinee Process

Once an application is approved, representatives need to coordinate with school administrators and organize the Student Matinee trip.  Don't forget that we provide one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 20 purchased for student matinees.

The Alley Theatre Group Sales Department will send you a contract of your reservation request. To confirm your reservation, you must provide the appropriate signatures for the contract and return to the Group Sales Department within (5) business days of receipt. If the signed contract is not received in time, the reservation will be automatically cancelled without notice.

Submit payment for tickets on or before the payment deadlines.  Student matinee tickets cost $12.50 per person.

We will only accept ONE single check, cash, or credit card (AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, and Visa). We do not accept Purchase Orders. There are NO refunds or exchanges. If payment is not made in time, the reservation will be automatically cancelled without notice.

The school representative must arrange transporatation to and from the Alley Theatre. Alley Theatre provides assistance with loading and unloading buses with a police officer to coordinate traffic. Parking information and other key details will be sent to school representative.

The dates and time for the Teacher Preparation Workshops are yet to be determined.

Approximately three weeks before the play opens, the Alley Theatre Education & Community Engagement Department will provide school contacts with a play-specific teacher guide and inquire about scheduling pre-and/or post-performance workshops.

Pre-performance workshops are highly recommended for schools and teachers new to the Alley Theatre.  The purpose of the pre-performance workshops is to introduce students to the world of the play and enable them to begin thinking critically about theatre as an art form.  Post-performance workshops are highly recommended for teachers who are studying the plays and integrating the performances into their curricula.  The focus of the post-performance workshops is how to help students digest and connect to the production.

Pre-and post-performance workshops are facilitated by an Alley Theatre teaching artist at the school.  The pre- and post-performance workshops are free to any Title I school with a paid reservation to an Alley Theatre production.  Pre- and post-[erfprmance workshops for home school groups, private schools and non-Title I schools cost $25 per workshop with a paid reservation to an Alley Theatre production.

Student Matinee performances are not ticketed (actual tickets are not printed or distributed.)

Seating for the student matinees is determined by the Director of Education & Community Engagement to accommodate students with special needs, dismissal and latecomers. The time of arrival on the day of the performance and the size of various groups do affect the seating assignments. 

Lobby doors at the Alley Theatre open at 9 a.m. The student matinee performances begin at 10 a.m.

Selection Criteria
In order to be approved for the Student Matinee Program, several factors will be taken into consideration. Each application will be assessed in the following categories:

  1. Past participation in the Alley Theatre programs with a good track record
  2. Clear ideas about how to connect school curricula to the Alley Theatre productions and vice versa
  3. Passionate about arts and culture
  4. Wilingness to collaborate
  5. Supportive Community (parents and staff)

We are very aware of the enormous challenges and pressures facing teachers, principals, youth groups and students today. We want to honor and recognize the extraordinary individuals who are giving their students the best of themselves and the best of available cultural and learning resources. If you are ready to make this committment and enrich your life and lives of your students, please complete the online Student Matinee Appliction today.

If you have any questions about any component of the Student Matinee Program, contact Andrew Hager, School Programs Manager for Education & Community Engagement at 713.315.5439. 

If you have questions concerning contracts or payment, please contact Damon Price, Group Sales Manager at 713.315.3346.

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