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Student Matinees

An integral part of our in-school programming, student matinees give students an opportunity to experience professional theater. The experience is enhanced through Rep Immersion Days, workshops with actors, TalkBacks, and Backstage Tours.

Milwaukee Rep offers several shows that will make a great addition to any curriculum. Our Student Matinee experience is designed to go beyond seeing the production. For every matinee, we offer a free PlayGuide and supplemental Teacher Guide to provide context to the show, dynamic discussion questions, and curriculum suggestions. After every 10:30am Student Matinee, with the exception of A Christmas Carol, we offer a TalkBack with the actors. For select productions, schools have the option of booking a full Rep Immersion Day experience. Workshops and Backstage Tours are also available as add-on options.

Student Matinee Pricing
Student Matinee tickets range in price from $5-$15. All 1:30pm Wednesday matinees are $22. A Christmas Carol ranges in price from $7.50-$20. A free chaperone ticket is provided for every 20 student tickets purchased except A Christmas Carol which is $1 per chaperone. Rep Immersion Days are an additional $10, which includes lunch and demonstrations.

How to Book a Matinee
Simply choose your productions and be ready to pay a 20% down payment within 48 hours of reserving tickets. Payment can be in the form of a Purchase Order, Check, Cash, or Credit Card.

Guidelines for attending a show at Milwaukee Rep will be sent to all teachers who reserve tickets.

To book student matinee tickets please contact:
Groups at groups@milwaukeerep.com or 414-290-5340.

For Information regarding day-of activities once your tickets are booked or about Residency Programs contact: Xodia Choate, Education & Engagement Administrator at xchoate@milwaukeerep.com or 414-290-0709. 

2022/23 Season Student Matinees

Titanic The Musical

SYNPOSIS: Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic The Musical returns this fall after a sold-out run. A stirring and unforgettable account of the first and last days of the ship of dreams. This epic musical features real stories of people aboard the most legendary ship in the world from third-class immigrants dreaming of a better tomorrow to first class passengers living a life of fame and fortune.

THEMES: Fate, Technology, Immigration, Class, Friendship, Love, Death.

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 11+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tues. Oct. 4, 2022 – 10:30am
Tues. Oct. 11, 2022 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)
Wed. Oct. 19, 2022 – 10:30am

Wife of a Salesman

Synopsis:
Acclaimed playwright Eleanor Burgess (The Niceties) brings her gift for sharp dialogue and spirited debate back to the Stiemke Studio with this fascinating new play. Important questions of marriage, duty and happiness rise to the surface in this frank exposé of the ways in which the world has, and hasn’t, changed across generations.

Themes: Theater, Social Roles as Performance, Gender Politics, Capitalism & Advertising, Motherhood, Adultery

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 12+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tues. Oct. 18, 2022 – 10:30am

The Nativity Variations

Synopsis:
In a small midwestern town, auteur theater director Jules and her experimental community theater troupe face their biggest and most ambitious challenge yet – staging the Christmas pageant at St. Ignatius Episcopal Church. Modern cynicism meets emotional tenderness in this hilarious and heartfelt World Premiere by award-winning playwright Catherine Trieschmann (One House Over).

Themes: Theater, Religion, Puppets

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 12+

Student Matinee Dates:
Wed. Nov. 30, 2022 – 10:30am

A Christmas Carol

Synopsis:
A Christmas Carol is a tale of love, hope and redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. It’s a dazzling Christmas feast with enough theatrical goodies to fill any sized stocking hung by the chimney with care.

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 6+

Student Matinee Dates:
Thurs. Dec. 1, 2022 – 10:30am
Thurs. Dec. 8, 2022 – 10:30am
Thurs. Dec. 15, 2022 – 10:30am

Much Ado About Nothing

Synopsis:
Laughter, witty wordplay and 1990s nostalgia come together in this joyful and cherished classic, one of Shakespeare’s most delightful romantic comedies. Hilarious slapstick, mistaken identities, and a town full of well-meaning (but mostly ridiculous) characters lead to sheer theatrical delight on the Quadracci Powerhouse stage.

Themes: Gender Politics, Honor, Female Autonomy, Language, Love, Marriage vs Singlehood, Perspective & Reality, Revenge, Societal & Family Redemption, Trickery & Deception

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 12+

Student Matinee Dates:
Wed. Jan. 18, 2023 – 10:30am
Tues. Jan. 24, 2023 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)
Tues. Jan. 31, 2023 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)

The Heart Sellers

Synopsis:
Funny and deeply moving, this World Premiere by Lloyd Suh (The Chinese Lady) gives voice to the Asian immigrant experience in the 1970s when the landmark Hart-Celler Act granted thousands of professional workers a new path to citizenship. With grace and dignity, this powerful play asks: “Would you give up your heart to make a new home?”

Themes: Immigration, Gender roles, Holidays, Traditions, Politics, American Dream

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 14+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tues. Feb. 28, 2023 – 10:30am

Seven Guitars

Synopsis:
What would you do for a chance to live out your dream? This riveting play, Milwaukee Rep’s eighth production in August Wilson’s iconic 10-play American Century Cycle, explores faith, artistry, humor, oppression and love set to the fiery rhythms and intense lyricism of American blues music.

Themes: Agency, Black Manhood, Death, Dignity, Dreams, Sexism, Legacy, Opportunism, Problems with the Judicial System, Systematic Racism

For Which Audiences? Recommended for ages 14+

Student Matinee Dates:
Wed. Mar. 15, 2023 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)
Tues. Mar. 28, 2023 – 10:30am

Programming To Add To Your Experience

Rep Immersion Days and more

Rep Immersion Days
A full day of fun and education as we give students an inside peek into the magic of creating live theater. Students arrive in the morning for demonstrations of the technical side of the production, workshops with various staff members at Milwaukee Rep as well as a boxed lunch for each person. A matinee performance of the production follows lunch. Cost for the Immersion part of your day is $10 per person and includes lunch. The $10 does not include your ticket to see the production.

Beyond the Student Matinee
You can further enhance your Student Matinee experience with Backstage Tours before or after the production, with our Pre- and Post-Show Workshops where an artist from the production can visit your classroom, or our highly successful  that directly teaches literacy skills using the text from the play.

Backstage Tours
At this time we have suspended Backstage Tours due to restrictions around COVID-19. We hope to resume tours again in the summer of 2021.
Take a peek behind-the-scenes at the workings of Milwaukee Rep through a guided Backstage Tour. Groups will see theater at work in our production areas as well as hear the history of our theater and company. Tour routes may differ depending on what is happening in our spaces, but tours will generally cover our props, costumes, carpentry, and paint shops, our administration offices, and our three theater spaces.

Cost: $2/person, minimum $30/group

To book, please contact:  Auburn Matson, Education Associate at amatson@milwaukeerep.com or 414-290-5393.

"The students really enjoyed it and had their eyes opened about lots of theatre things it's impossible for us to expose them to here. Many commented on the career connections that they'd never made in this field. I thought that was really interesting. We have lots of artistic kids, but I think many of them feel that won't benefit them in the workforce. They saw yesterday that there are jobs for people who love the arts."
– Teacher, Barneveld High School

Pre and Post-Show Workshops
Enhance your Student Matinee experience by bringing a professional actor or artist into your classroom! Pre-Show Workshops are designed to prepare students to see our productions. They might get a glimpse into various design elements, participate in an activity based on theme, or learn more about the context of the show they are going to see. Post-Show Workshops give students the chance to discuss the production with an artist from the show, participate in a relevant activity, and reflect on their student matinee experience.

Please note that an actor may not always be available for a workshop depending on the schedule.