2019-2020 Weekday Student Matinee

Welcome, School Groups!

Children's Theatre Company is the nation's largest and most acclaimed theatre for young people that serves a multigenerational audience. It creates theatre experiences that educate, challenge and inspire more than 295,000 people annually. CTC is the only theatre for young audiences to win the coveted Tony Award© for Outstanding Regional Theatre (2003) and is the only theatre in Minnesota to receive three Tony nominations (for its production of A Year with Frog and Toad). CTC is committed to producing world-class productions at the highest level and to developing new works, more than 200 to date, dramatically changing the canon of work for multigenerational audiences.

Children’s Theatre Company offers Weekday Student Matinee performances for your classroom, homeschool, or community educational group. Attending a CTC performance ignites students’ creativity, while supporting your curriculum and learning goals. Each classroom receives a lesson plan in advance with activities designed to engage your classroom through acting, writing and research.  

CTC believes that theatre should be accessible to all students. We offer performances designated for ASL/AD and wheelchair seating is available in all performances. For students with sensory sensitivities, we have headphones, social stories and other tools available. Thanks to our generous sponsors, tickets are highly subsidized based on free and reduced lunch rates.

Which Show is Right for My Students?

2019 – 2020 Student Matinee Shows


Bob Marley's Three Little Birds

Spamtown, USA

The Rainbow Fish


  • Reservation Process
  • 2019 – 2020 Ticket Prices
  • Rush Tickets
  • Homeschools
  • Lunch Space
  • Accessibility
  • FAQ
  • Ticketing Policies
  • Museum Tours
  • Attendance Calculator
  • Off Book Question Submission
Reservation Process
Ticket Prices

Rush Tickets
Reservations for Student Matinee performances are limited to educational groups of 10+.

Rush tickets are available to the public on the day of performance. Rush tickets can be purchased at the CTC Ticket Office and are first come first serve. Tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults.

Rush tickets will go on sale starting at the times below:

Type of Performance  Performance Time Rush Ticket Onsale Time
Student Matinee 10:30am 9:30am
Student Matinee 1:00pm 12:00pm 
Public  Nights & Weekends 2 hours prior to performance


Please be aware of the following:

  • Rush tickets are subject to availability. CTC is almost always able to accommodate a few rush tickets per Student Matinee performance, but cannot guarantee it as priority goes to school groups.
  • It is unusual for school groups to check in with 100% attendance. For that reason, CTC is usually able to make some rush tickets available during the Check-In process, even for sold-out performances.
  • If you are a parent hoping to be seated with your child’s school group, CTC strongly recommends arriving at CTC before your child’s school is scheduled to arrive. Ushers do not save seats for anyone who is not present when a group is seated.
  • If you want to know whether rush tickets are likely to be available, you are welcome to inquire about a day or two before the performance you hope to attend by emailing schools@childrenstheatre.org.
  • Click here for full information about rush tickets to public performances. 


For the 2019-2020 school year, homeschool families have TWO options to access tickets to weekday student matinee performances; group reservations for homeschool groups of 10+ or individual tickets for families.

Homeschool Group Reservations
Homeschool groups of 10+ are can reserve $10 tickets at any time by filling out the ticket request form on the individual student matinee show pages. These tickets can be reserved at any time and can be canceled at any time prior to the final numbers deadline (6 weeks prior to performance). Payment for these tickets is not required until the payment deadline (4 weeks prior to performance). 

New this Season: CTC Homeschool Program 
Children's Theatre Company's Homeschool Program provides student matinee tickets to students who are receiving their education through homeschooling or virtual education. Homeschool Program tickets are $10 each with a $3 per ticket online service fee. There is no minimum ticket requirement; however, payment is required at the time of reservation. These tickets can only be purchased online and can only be purchased by families who are enrolled in the Homeschool Program. 

To access these tickets, families need to join the Homeschool Program and provide one of the following documents: 

  • Letter of Intent to Homeschool for at least 1 student in the household. 
  • Certification or proof of enrollment in a virtual education program. 

Click here to Join the Homeschool Program

After acceptance into the program, families will receive an acceptance confirmation email from CTC. CTC's School Engagement Coordinator will send an access email to all families enrolled in the program when tickets are available for purchase online. These emails will be sent twice per production: the first will be sent one week before the first student matinee performance, and the second will be sent halfway through the run. 

IMPORTANT: Do not unsubscribe or mark CTC emails as spam, as it will prevent you from receiving ticket access emails. 

Homeschool tickets will be released to homeschool families according to the schedule below: 


Release date #1

Release date #2

Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams

September 17, 2019

October 1, 2019

Snow White

October 1, 2019

October 29, 2019


October 29, 2019

November 26, 2019

Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds

January 22, 2020

February 18, 2020

Spamtown, USA

February 18, 2020

March 10, 2020

The Rainbow Fish

March 10, 2020

March 24, 2020


April 21, 2020

May 12, 2020

Homeschool tickets are NOT available for:

  • Any student who attends a public, private, or charter school including part-time preschools or daycares. These groups are welcome to access tickets through a field trip with their school, $15 day of show rush tickets or by attending a public performance.
  • Friends/family who are not directly involved with your students' homeschool education (e.g. grandparents, neighbors, etc.).

Please note: 

  • Homeschool groups are subject to Student Matinee ticketing policies.
  • All student matinee sales are final. Paid tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged. 
  • A $3 online service fee will be applied to each Homeschool Program ticket. 
  • CTC does not provide refunds or exchanges for unused tickets. CTC does not provide refunds or vouchers for anyone absent on the day of the performance. 
  • It is considered an abuse of the student matinee program to resell, trade, or auction CTC student matinee tickets for profit. 
  • Lap passes are available for performances on the UnitedHealth Group Stage for students ages 3 and under. Lap passes are $5 each and can be purchased on the day of the performance. Lap pass tickets are NOT available for Snow White or Spamtown, USA in the Cargill theatre. 
  • Membership in the CTC Homeschool Program is valid for 2 school years before it needs to be renewed. You will receive an email when it is time to re-apply. 

Lunch Space

CTC offers a limited number of lunch space reservations for schools that come from a great distance, schools combining a trip to CTC with a trip to Mia, or schools that will miss lunch while at CTC. 

The lunch space, located in our lobbies, allows for a picnic-style lunch on the floor. CTC does not provide tables, chairs, or refrigeration. Garbage cans are provided. Lunch Space may be shared between multiple groups. 

Lunch space reservation fee: $25 (nonrefundable)
Request lunch space when requesting tickets. Lunch space is limited and therefore not guaranteed for every group.

Please note:

  • No food or beverages are allowed in the theatre. (Please inform an usher if you or a student have a health concern.)
  • Concessions are not available for purchase during Weekday Student Matinees.
  • The lunch space is available for 45 minutes immediately following your performance.
  • School groups must use the trash bins designated by the theatre to dispose of all trash before leaving the space.
  • For the health and safety of people with severe allergies, please ask everyone in your party to pack a lunch that is nut free.
  • Lunch space must be reserved prior to arriving for your field trip. 

Children's Theatre Company is committed to ensuring that field trips are successful for all students. To help us do so, please indicate any special needs such as visual or hearing impairments, mobility limitations, sensory sensitivities etc. in your ticket request form or contact us at schools@childrenstheatre.org.

Audio Description/American Sign Language
Student Matinee performances: 

19-20 Season
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 at 10:30am
Snow White
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 at 10:30am
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, December 4, 2019 at 10:30am
Three Little Birds
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 10:30am and Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:30am
The Rainbow Fish
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, April 1, 2020 at 10:30am
ASL/AD performance is on Wednesday, May 13, 2020 at 10:30am

Accessibility for Deaf and Hard of Hearing:
American Sign Language interpreted student matinee performances are available. Please let us know if you plan on utilizing these services. If you are unable to attend the scheduled performances listed above, we are sometimes able to schedule additional ASL interpreted performances. We request at least 3 weeks notice to schedule interpretation. Both the United Health Group and Cargill Stages are equipped with Assistive Listening Devices (ALD) for students who require additional audio support in performances. 

Wheelchair Access:
Children’s Theatre Company’s performance spaces, classrooms, and restrooms are accessible according to ADA guidelines. Please note that the balconies in the UnitedHealth Group Stage are NOT accessible by an elevator. The UnitedHealth Group Stage wheelchair seating is in Row O the Cargill Stage wheelchair seating is in Row A. Accessible restrooms are located in the Target and Cargill Lobby. If you or a student requires wheelchair seating, please make note in your reservation or email schools@childrenstheatre.org so that we can better serve you.
Accessibility for the Visually Impaired:
Audio Described student matinee performances are available. If you are unable to attend the scheduled performances listed above, we are sometimes able to schedule additional Audio Described  We request at least 3 weeks notice to schedule this service. CTC is happy to reserve seats close up for students with visual impairments. Touch tours available upon request.

Accessibility for Sensory Processing Sensitivities:
Students are welcome to enjoy the show however they see fit (moving, reacting, vocalizing etc) however we understand that sometimes the theatre experience may be a sensory overload for some students. Students are welcome to bring fidgets, manipulatives, or support objects. Noise canceling headphones are available upon request. Both United Health Group and Cargill Lobbies have a live feed monitor that allows students to watch from the lobby if needed. United Health Group has a quiet room that allows students to hear and see the play with a separation from the audience.

If you have any questions about any of our access services or need an accommodation not mentioned above, please contact School Engagement Coordinator at schools@childrenstheatre.org

The Basics:

What time is the performance?
Most Weekday Student Matinee performances begin at 10:30am. The Rainbow Fish has an additional 1:00pm student matinee performance option. 

How long is the show?
Runtimes are subject to change throughout the rehearsal process as directors, designers, and actors start to tackle the script and material. Group Lead will receive an email with a more precise run time when that information becomes available for each production.

Anticipated run times are below:

19-20 Season
Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams
- approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes including intermission 
Snow White- approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes without an intermission. 
Cinderella- approximately 2 hours including intermission 
3 Little Birds- approximately 1 hour without an intermission 
Spamtown, USA- approximately 2 hours including intermission 
The Rainbow Fish- approximately 1 hour without an intermission
Annie- approximately 2 hours including intermission 

How much do tickets cost?
Thanks to grants and our generous donors, student matinee tickets are available at a significantly lower price than our public performances. Tickets start at $10 and are discounted even more for schools with 20% or more free and reduced lunch. Click here for a full breakdown of our prices.

Reservations & Ticketing

Who can attend a Weekday Student Matinee?                    
K-12 educational groups can make a reservation for a Weekday Student Matinee performance at Children’s Theatre Company. Minimum group size is 10. Eligible groups include schools, homeschool co-ops, and daycares.

I’d like to bring a school group. What should I do?
We know that it is a lot of work to plan a field trip, so we keep it as simple as possible. Here’s the reservation process:

  • Step 1: Choose your show and submit an online Ticket Request Form found on the top right-hand corner of each student matinee show page.
  • Step 2: Six weeks before the show- confirm how many adults and students will be attending. 
  • Step 3: Four weeks before show- submit payment via check or credit card.
  • Step 4: When you arrive- check in at the Ticket Office with your day of show headcount.
  • Step 5: Enjoy the show! 

Can I buy a ticket day of show?
Yes, if seats are available. Parents and other members of the public are welcome to purchase day-of-show rush tickets to Weekday Student Matinee performances. To purchase rush tickets, visit the CTC Ticket Office as early as 9:30am for the 10:30am performances or 12:00pm for 1:00pm performances. If available, rush tickets are $15 for students and $20 for adults. 

Can we bring a homeschool group?
Absolutely! We require a minimum group size of 10 to make a school group reservation. Individual homeschool families can join the CTC Homeschool Program which allows homeschool families to purchase student matinee tickets online. Click here for more information about options for homeschool families. 

How many chaperones can we bring?
We recommend a ratio of 1 adult per 15 students. We understand that some students require more help and supervision than others, and for that reason, you are welcome to bring up to a ratio of 1 adult per 5 students. Adult tickets in excess of a 1:5 ratio are at an additional cost reflective of price without subsidy support. Click here to determine how many adults you can bring with our ticket calculator.  (Exceptions granted for Special Education/medical support staff.)

Can we add tickets to our order?
Additional tickets are always subject to availability. Group Lead may add students to your reservation at any time. Payment due upon reservation if made after the order is paid or within four weeks of performance. You may not add parent chaperones to your order after Payment Deadline. Parents who were not included may purchase rush tickets, subject to availability.

Day of Show Experience

Can we meet the actors?
Most Weekday Student Matinee performance features a brief (10- to 15-minute) “Post-Show Artist Talk Back” with actors and crew members.

Can we get a backstage tour?
We are occasionally able to offer backstage tours for an additional fee. Contact schools@childrenstheatre.org for more information.

Can we eat lunch there?
Yes, subject to availability. You may request to reserve lunch space following your performance. Groups may also utilize the outdoor courtyard between CTC and Mia. For more details on lunch space reservations, please see Lunch Space Policies.

Will the concession stand or gift shop be open?
No. The concession stand and gift shop are closed during all Weekday Student Matinee performances. If you’ll need snacks, please plan accordingly as there is nowhere to purchase snacks in close proximity to CTC.

Day of Show Logistics

Where do I go when we arrive?
School buses may pull into the driveway on 3rd ave S. Group lead should check in at the Ticket Office window. After the Group Lead checks in, you will be directed to the United Health Group Stage or the Cargill Stage.

How does Check-In work?
Check-In begins 1 hour prior to the performance at the CTC Ticket Office window. Your entire group must be present before you check in. Group Lead must provide a final head count of adults and students present day of the show to receive a Check-In Pass. After Group Lead receives the Check-In Pass, you will be directed to the lobby where Group Lead will give the Check-In Pass to the usher to be added to the seating queue.

How does seating work?

  • Seating begins approximately 30 minutes prior to the performance. 
  • Group Lead gives Check-In Pass to the usher to be added to the seating queue.
  • Your entire group must be present to be seated. Seats cannot be saved.
  • Seating for Weekday Student Matinees is assigned by CTC ushers in order of group arrival. We cannot guarantee that families or friends within your group will be seated side-by-side as your group may be split between rows.
  • Please take the seats that are assigned to you by the ushers. You can rearrange seating within your group after it is confirmed that everyone has a seat.
  • Late arrivals will be seated at the discretion of CTC management.

Can my group sit together?
Seating for Weekday Student Matinees is assigned by CTC ushers in order of group arrival. We do our best to keep groups together, but we cannot guarantee that families or friends within your group will be seated side-by-side as your group may be split between rows. Please be prepared to take the seat assigned to you by the usher. After your entire group is seated, you are welcome to rearrange yourselves as needed.

Does everyone in my group need a ticket?
Yes. At CTC, all patrons, regardless of age, are required to have a ticket (including infants). Lap passes are available for students under 3 years old for shows on our United Health Group Stage (Circus Abyssinia: Ethiopian Dreams, Cinderella, 3 Little Birds, The Rainbow Fish, and Annie). Due to fire code and capacity, we are unable to provide lap passes for student matinee performances of Snow White or Spamtown, USA. Lap passes are $5 and can be purchased on the day of the performance. For more information, please see our Lap Seat Policy page.

What if there is a snowstorm?
During inclement weather, allow extra travel time. CTC does not cancel or delay performances due to weather. No refunds or exchanges will be made if your school group is unable to attend your scheduled performance for any reason. A refund will be offered only if CTC cancels a performance. For details on Cancellation & Refund Policies, please refer to the Weekday Student Matinee Ticketing Policies that govern all Student Matinee performance sales.

Weekday Student Matinee Ticketing Policies


  • Submission of a Ticket Request Form is not a guarantee of a reservation. If CTC is able to accommodate your request, a Reservation Confirmation & Invoice will be sent via email within 2 weeks.
  • If you do not receive a Reservation Confirmation & Invoice email after 2 weeks, please contact CTC’s School Engagement Coordinator at schools@childrenstheatre.org to ensure your order went through.
  • A minimum group size of 10 is required to make and maintain a reservation for a Weekday Student Matinee performance. Groups under 10 may purchase tickets to public shows


  • All Student Matinee sales are final. Paid tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.
  • CTC does not provide refunds or exchanges for unused tickets. CTC does not provide refunds or vouchers for anyone absent on the day of performance.
  • Tickets cannot be resold or given to anyone outside of your organization and cannot be resold for profit.
  • Lap passes are available for performances on the UnitedHealth Group Stage (Circus Abyssinia, Cinderella, 3 Little Birds, The Rainbow Fish and Annie) for students ages 3 and under. Lap passes are $5 each and can be purchased on the day of the performance.
  • Lap passes are NOT available for Snow White or Spamtown,USA. 

Final Numbers/Cancellation Deadline:

  • You may drop seats from your reservation or cancel altogether until Final Numbers/Cancellation Deadline, six weeks prior to performance; unless payment has already been made. 
  • After Final Numbers/Cancellation deadline passes, you are responsible for payment for all seats in your reservation.
  • Student tickets may be added at any time as long as seats are still available. 


  • Payment is due four weeks prior to performance via check, credit card, or cash.
  • Reservations unpaid upon deadline may be released at CTC’s discretion and may forfeit any awarded transportation subsidy funds. 
  • Payment due immediately upon reservation if made within four weeks of performance.
  • Returned ISF checks will be charged a service fee of $30. Future orders from that organization must be paid by credit card or cash. 

CTC does not require a paid deposit to make Student Matinee reservations; however, groups that violate Final Numbers/Cancellation and/or Payment Deadlines may be required to make payment immediately upon reservation or lose Student Matinee eligibility.

Student Matinees are intended as an affordable educational opportunity for students and their educators. If you are looking for a family experience, please click here for tickets to our public performances.

Weather cancellation policy:

  • CTC does not issue refunds if your school/district closes due to weather or fails to attend your scheduled performance for any reason.
  • Refunds will be issued only if CTC cancels a performance. Groups will be notified via email no later than 7:00am on the morning of your field trip if the Student Matinee performance has been cancelled. 

Museum Tours

Children’s Theatre Company is located next door to the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Interested in booking a tour or self-guided visit at the Minneapolis Institute of Art on the same day as your CTC performance? After you receive your performance date, contact Mia to schedule your tour. All school groups wishing to visit Mia must have a reservation. Email tours@artsmia.org with any questions.

Click here to request a Mia Tour.

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