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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 Matinees for 2021/22 Season

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 or 414-290-5340.

For Information regarding day-of activities once your tickets are booked or about Residency Programs contact: Auburn Matson, Education Associate at or 414-290-5393. 

2021/22 Season Student Matinees

A Christmas Carol

SYNPOSIS: Make up for lost time with family and friends this holiday season as our full ensemble production joyfully returns to the historic Pabst Theater. A Christmas Carol is one of the best-known and loved stories in the English language. During the course of one memorable Christmas Eve the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future help Scrooge discover it is never too late to change his miserly ways. Enchanting music, dance, costumes, scenery and special effects will once again fill the theater to tell this timeless tale of love, hope and redemption. Featuring Lee E. Ernst as Ebenezer Scrooge, it’s the perfect way for audiences of all ages to celebrate the season.

THEMES: Tradition, Generosity, Greed, Forgiveness, Regret, Poverty and Community

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 6+

Student Matinee Dates:
Thursday, December 2, 2021 – 10:30am
Thursday, December 9, 2021 – 10:30am
Thursday, December 16, 2021 – 10:30am

Toni Stone

SYNPOSIS: Declared the Best New Play of 2019 by The Wall Street Journal, this sensational theatrical event knocks it out of the park with a high intensity glimpse into the world of the first woman to go pro in baseball’s Negro Leagues. Against all odds, Toni Stone blazes a path in the male-dominated sports world, shattering expectations and creating her own set of rules. Follow Toni’s journey as she fights for love, equality and a chance to do what she wants the most — play baseball. Filled with humor and the love of the game, this intimate and profoundly relevant portrait of America will have you cheering along.

THEMES: Racism, Sexism, Misogyny, Perseverance and Resilience.

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 12+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 – 10:30am

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, January 19, 2022
Wednesday, January 26, 2022

As You Like It

SYNPOSIS: The Beatles meet the Bard in this rollicking, celebratory musical take on William Shakespeare’s As You Like It. Its 1960s British Columbia and love is in the air as a handful of cross-dressing lovers lead to mistaken identities, hilarious mishaps and loads of laughs. Interwoven into Shakespeare’s classic romantic comedy, the production features over 20 Beatles songs performed live including “She Loves You,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and “Let It Be.”This perfect prelude to summer will have you rolling with laughter and singing along to some of the best songs ever written.

THEMES: Love, Injustice, Gender, Deception, Loyalty, Nature

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 10+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tuesday, March 1, 2022 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)
Tuesday, March 8, 2022 – 10:30am
Tuesday, March 15, 2022 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, March 2, 2022
Wednesday, March 16, 2022

New Age

SYNPOSIS: Told through music, movement and lyrical storytelling, New Age follows four women at different junctures in life as they contend with their sexuality, insecurities and legacies. Cass loves art and continues to redefine herself after divorce, Lisette recounts how she became a writer as she faces health challenges, Candy has carved out a life for herself and despite struggles remains upbeat, and Liberty, the youngest of the group, begins her career as a rock musician. Edgy, joyful and authentic, Pulitzer Prize finalist Dael Orlandersmith’s distinctive style brings the stories of these resilient women to life as they prove that they are defined by much more than age.

THEMES: Sexuality, Resilience, Insecurity, Legacy, Friendship

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 16+

Student Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, April 13, 2022 – 10:30am

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, April 6, 2022

Titanic - The Musical

SYNPOSIS: Winner of five Tony Awards, Titanic The Musical is 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. Rarely produced due to its size and complexity, this stunning and majestic musical sails into the intimate Quadracci Powerhouse for the theatrical event of the year!

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

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 11+

Student Matinee Dates:
Tuesday, April 26, 2022 – 11:00am (Immersion Day)
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 – 10:30am
Wednesday, May 11, 2022 – 10:30am

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, April 20, 2022
Wednesday, April 27, 2022

2021/22 Season Shows Available For Public Performances Only

Steel Magnolias

SYNPOSIS: In Chinquapin, Louisiana everybody who is anybody gets their hair done at Truvy’s beauty shop – where the women are all sass and brass. Through clouds of hairspray and over the buzz of blow dryers, six southern spitfires gather each week to gossip and support each other through thick and thin. But those bonds are tested when the ladies face a life-changing event. Infused with heart and humor, Steel Magnolias is a hilarious story of love, loss and enduring friendship.

THEMES: Love, Resilience, Identity, Community, Friendship, Health, Acceptance

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 13+

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, November 17, 2021
Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Antonio's Song / I Was Dreaming of a Son

SYNPOSIS:Antonio’s Song is a poetic journey of a dancer/artist/father questioning the balance of his passions – art, culture, family. From the streets of Brooklyn to Russia’s ballet training studios, Antonio struggles to reconcile multiple ethnic identities. He wrestles with the legacy of stereotypes of masculinity while discovering the beauty of becoming a father. Dael Orlandersmith’s powerful poetry is intermixed with original movement, music and evocative projected imagery to create a wholly unique and stunning performance by the breathtaking Antonio Edwards Suarez.

This production will feature our Act II Community Conversation series

THEMES: Manhood, Race, Fatherhood, Culture, Generational Impact of Abuse

FOR WHICH AUDIENCES? Recommended for ages 16+

Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, February 9, 2022

Murder on the Orient Express

SYNPOSIS: Board the exotic and mysterious Orient Express as it takes off into the opulence and grandeur of the 1930s, with a train full of suspects, each with a motive and an alibi. This dazzling new adaptation of Agatha Christie’s masterpiece is filled with twists, turns and larger-than-life characters. Join beloved detective Hercule Poirot as he battles the clock to figure out “whodunit” in this murder mystery that’s perfect for the holiday season.

THEMES: Deception, Justice, Morality, Crime, Class, Identity


Wednesday 1:30pm Public Matinee Dates:
Wednesday, June 22, 2022
Wednesday, June 29, 2022

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 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.