LIVE THEATRE HAS A PROVEN, TANGIBLE BENEFIT TO STUDENT LEARNING. AND IT’S FUN!

Our Student Matinees provide young people access to high-quality theatre as a core part of their basic education. Field trips to live theatre have demonstrated enrichment in literary knowledge, tolerance, and empathy among students.

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Student Matinees Highlights

  • Full-Length Shows
  • Affordable Ticketing
  • Study Materials – that meet MN Arts Academic Standards
  • Quality Education Titles

TICKETS

Students – $8 | Teachers – $10 | 1 free teacher ticket for every 15 students.
Register early! Final counts and payment are due 4 weeks before the performance.

Once you start the registration process, you will have five minutes to complete it. Here is the information you will want to have ready to complete your registration:

  • School Name
  • School Address
  • Teacher Name
  • Which Performance you want to attend
  • # students and # adults attending
  • any accessibility requests

Thanks to support from GREAT annual donors and foundations, pick-your-price tickets and assistance to help cover bussing costs are available. To request a scholarship please make a note in the accessibility section of the registration and we will be in contact with you for details. 

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Wonderland

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Jan 12th at 11:00AM  |  Friday, Jan 13th at 11:00AM
VENUE
: Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in 6th-12th grade
SHOW LENGTH: 60 minutes + dismissal & bus loading time

WHAT DOES “NORMAL” REALLY MEAN?
Don’t be late for this very important date! Presented by COLLIDE Theatrical, a St. Paul based company, dedicated to telling theatrical stories through music and dance that consistently thrills audiences with its unique blend of tap, jazz, ballet, and hip-hop, is remounting this show especially for GREAT audiences.

This high-energy show, set to a popular music soundtrack, serves up vivid costumes and dazzling technical dance skills. WONDERLAND takes audiences on a compelling ride as familiar characters experience mental health challenges and discover friendship and acceptance along the way.

This activity is funded in part by United Way of Central Minnesota.


Disney’s Descendants The Musical

PERFORMANCES: Thursday, Feb 2nd – 9:30AM & 12:00PM  |  Thursday, Feb 9th – 9:30AM & 12:00PM
VENUE: The Paramount Center for the Arts, St. Cloud
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in 3rd-12th grade.
SHOW LENGTH: 90 minutes + dismissal & bus loading time

ARE YOU DESTINED TO BE ROTTEN TO THE CORE?
Enter the kingdom of Auradon! Based on the Disney Channel Original Movie, Disney’s Descendants: The Musical asks whether we are destined to walk in our parents’ footsteps or are free to make our own choices. Disney’s beloved heroes and royalty live joyously in Auradon, having banished the evil villains and troubled sidekicks to the Isle of the Lost where they cannot use their powers or magic. Despite the strict separation of heroes and villains, the children of Maleficent, Grimhilde, Jafar, and Cruella De Vil are invited to attend the prestigious Auradon Prep. The four new students have a difficult choice to make: should they avenge their parents by following in their wicked footsteps, or learn to be good?

This activity is funded in part by the Thomas Ritche Youth grant through the Central Minnesota Community Foundation. 


Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed

PERFORMANCES: Tuesday, March 21st – 9:30AM & 11:30AM | Thursday, March 23rd – 9:30AM & 11:30AM
VENUE:
Helgeson Learning Lab Theatre, Waite Park
RECOMMENDED GRADES: This performance will be best for those in PreK-3rd grade.
SHOW LENGTH: 60 minutes + dismissal  & bus loading time

TAIL-SHAKING ROCK TUNES THAT CELEBRATE THE JOY OF WHO YOU ARE!
Rock out and experience the joy of being you! Wilbur the Naked Mole Rat was just like all the other naked mole rats until the day an ordinary hat falls into his tunnel and transforms his life forever. Based on the hit children’s book by Mo Willems, Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience proves that there’s no need to be just like everyone else. With tail-shaking tunes and inspiring messages of individuality, this musical is sure to rock audiences of all ages.