A Christmas Carol Student Matinee, 2016

Student Matinees

At The Rep, we are pleased to provide student matinee performances of selected Mainstage productions.

More than 5,000 young people attend student matinees at The Rep each season. Immediately prior to the performance, students are invited to a free pre-show docent presentation, designed to introduce the content, themes and production elements of the show they are about to see.

In addition, a free interdisciplinary study guide is provided to teachers at least two weeks prior to performance dates. Study guides include information about the play, playwright and production, as well as background articles and discussion questions.

All Student Matinee tickets cost $10 each.

Contact us at (314) 968-7344 or [email protected] for more information or to make your reservation.

2019-2020 Mainstage Season

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Angels in America: Part One

  • Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Performance at 10 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:15 am

Grade recommendation: 12th grade and up

A towering epic that unveils new depths with each passing year, Tony Kushner’s Tony- and Pulitzer Prize-winning masterpiece arrives on The Rep's stage for the first time. Featuring Kushner’s revised script that fueled acclaimed revivals on Broadway and London’s West End, this contemporary classic explores the harrowing AIDS crisis in 1980s America through powerful theatrical magic and biting dialogue by one of America’s greatest living playwrights.

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The Lifespan of a Fact

  • Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Performance at 10:30 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:45 am

Grade recommendation: 10th grade and up

Celebrated author John D’Agata has just written a sublime and shattering magazine essay that chronicles a teenager’s suicide. But is the story true? When the world’s most neurotically precise fact checker starts dissecting the author’s work, it begins to split at the seams. As the final deadline looms, hard facts square off against emotional truths in a funny and searing high-stakes showdown.

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Pride and Prejudice

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019​​​​​​

  • Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Performance at 10:30 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:45 am

Grade recommendation: 7th grade and up

In a world of opulent estates and lavish private balls, where women’s entire futures hinge on marriage, Elizabeth Bennet stands apart. With a vibrant wit and a headstrong sense of pride, Elizabeth places her own needs first and refuses to marry for mere convenience. But she meets her match in the unlikely figure of Mr. Darcy. Beginning as a testy battle of words and ideas, their relationship blossoms into a romance between two passionate intellects who play by their own rules.

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Mojada: A Medea in Los Angeles

  • ​​​​​​Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Performance at 10:30 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:45 am

Grade recommendation: 12th grade and up

The Greek tragedy Medea is reborn through the experiences of a young immigrant family living in modern day Los Angeles. Shrouded in evocative mysticism, this tale of love, loss and transformation pulses with an escalating sense of danger. In this fresh retelling, Medea and Jason grapple not only with their own star-crossed marriage, but with the weight of the sacrifices demanded in the battle between assimilation and tradition.

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The Mystery of Irma Vep

  • ​​​​​​Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Performance at 10:30 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:45 am

Grade recommendation: 8th grade and up

Classic horror, B-movie mysteries and wild farce get tossed into a blender in this feverish, supernatural sprint. On a dark and stormy night, the howls of a werewolf echo across the moors, a newly-revived mummy stirs in its sarcophagus and a mysterious portrait holds the key to an ancient family curse. Two actors bring this diabolical tale to life, with the help of a few dozen costume changes and a lot of wigs.

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Dreaming Zenzile

  • ​​​​​​Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Performance at 10:30 am, Pre-show presentation at 9:45 am

Grade recommendation: 9th grade and up

At her final concert, on the eve of her death, South African musical legend Miriam Makeba delivers the performance of her life, raising the conscience and the consciousness of a people. But the ancestors are calling – transporting her through the music and fractured memories of her past on a spiritual journey of reconciliation. Written and performed by international music sensation Somi Kakoma, this world premiere musical is an electrifying portrait of a revolutionary artist’s singular voice and vision.

Student Matinees at The Repertory Theatre of St. Louis FAQ
 

How do I make a reservation for my school group?

You can make a reservation by contacting us at (314) 968-7344 or [email protected]. In order to make a reservation, you will need your school’s mailing address, phone number, as well as the date of the show you would like to see and the total number of seats (making sure to include all students, teachers, chaperones, etc.) you would like to reserve.

Once your reservation request has been confirmed, you will be sent a contract packet. You must sign and return the agreement form in order to hold your reservation.

What if I need to make changes to my reservation?

You can make changes to your reservation by contacting us at (314) 968-7344 or [email protected]. Please note that any changes to your reservation must be at least three weeks before the performance date.

How can I attend the pre-show?

Our free docent-led pre-show presentation begins 45 minutes before the curtain time of each performance. If you would like your group to attend, please contact us at (314) 968-7344 or [email protected]. Seating is limited. 

What time should I plan to arrive?

If you are attending the pre-show presentation, please plan to arrive one hour before the scheduled curtain time of the mainstage performance. There will be no pre-show seating for late arrivals.

If you are not attending the pre-show, please plan to arrive 30 minutes before the scheduled curtain time of the mainstage performance. 

How do I get to The Rep?

Printable Driving Directions to The Rep

Please share with the bus driver and others planning to drive to the performance.

Where should I park?

The Rep cannot accommodate motor coach and bus parking on site. Motor coaches and buses should arrive early to drop off students, at which time drivers will be given directions for parking and pick-up procedures. Please note that bus and motor coach parking is not within walking distance of The Rep, so if your bus driver is planning to see the show, you will need to make other arrangements.

Groups that are driving themselves or carpooling will need to park in the Garden Park Plaza Parking Garage located on Garden Avenue down the street from the theatre. You will be issued a parking pass two weeks before the performance, which should be placed on your dashboard after parking. 

Where do I go when I arrive?

All groups will need to check-in when they arrive, including those attending the pre-show. The check-in will be located in the lobby next to the circle drive doors off Edgar Road.

How will I get my tickets?

We do not issue tickets for student matinee performances. Your group will be assigned specific seats in the theatre based on your reservation. When you arrive, an usher will escort you to your assigned seats.

When and how do I pay for my seats?

Full payment is due three weeks prior to the performance date. Payment information will be included in your contract packet, which will be sent to you once your reservation has been made. Credit card payments can be processed over the phone at (314) 968-7344. Checks or money orders should be made payable to THE REPERTORY THEATRE OF ST. LOUIS. Cash payments are not accepted.

Do you sell food or drinks?

Food and drinks are not sold during student matinee performances. No food, drinks (including water), or gum will be allowed inside the theatre. Travel cups and water bottles will be stored in the lobby during the performance to limit distractions inside the theatre.

Can I sit in the front row?

Seating locations are assigned in the order that full payments are received. If you have a student requiring wheelchair or special seating, please let us know in advance so that we may accommodate you.

When and how do I get the study guide?

Study guides for each show are available to download from The Rep website approximately two weeks before the first student matinee performance of that show. A link will be sent to those with reservations when the guide is available. Study guides are student-focused and include background information on the play and the playwright, context information for the production, and ways in which the play relates to your students’ lives.

Check out our study guide page for the current season’s publications, updated throughout the season. 

How long is the performance?

Performance times vary for each show, but a show will typically run about 2 hours and 30 minutes, and include a brief intermission. Run times are sent out as soon as possible for educators to plan accordingly.

* Please note that our student matinee performance of Angels in America: Part One will have an extended runtime, as well as an earlier start time. 

How should I plan for lunch?

The Rep lobby features café-style seating for groups wishing to eat onsite. Outdoor seating is also available, weather permitting. Lunches will be stored in the theatre lobby during the performance. Shows will typically have a 15-minute intermission, which can be used for a quick snack break. Students will be directed back to their seats as quickly as possible following the intermission, so please plan food choices accordingly.

Do you offer student matinees for Studio Theatre shows?

We do not currently offer student matinee performances for our Studio Theatre shows.