Student Matinees

Have fun. Laugh. Be Moved. Engage.

For so many Minnesotans, their introduction to theater was a field trip to the Guthrie for a student matinee, where they saw important stories that illuminate our common humanity come to life. 

We are strongly committed to nurturing a positive learning environment that values thoughtful questioning, recognizes mistakes as learning opportunities and encourages honest and open dialogue. The resources on this page were developed to help you create the best educational experience for your students when they attend our theater. 

Request student matinee tickets



We are dedicated to providing students with artistic experiences regardless of their ability to pay. Pricing is based on your school’s free and reduced lunch percentage and current student enrollment. Subject to availability.

  • Regular price student matinee tickets: $16 ($20 for A Christmas Carol)
  • 65% or higher free and reduced lunch: Free for up to 20% of student enrollment, $5 for each additional ticket
  • 64%-50% free and reduced lunch: Free for up to 10% of student enrollment, $5 for each additional ticket
  • 49%-30% free and reduced lunch: $10 tickets

Homeschool Groups

We honor student rates for homeschool groups of any size. Please contact Group Sales at 612.225.6244 for more information.

Grant Opportunities

To inquire about Guthrie grant opportunities, contact Group Sales at 612.225.6244 or 1.877.225.6211 (toll-free) or email  
Group Sales hours are Tuesday - Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For additional funding opportunities check out Target's Field Trip Grants program.


Download the Student Matinee Guide to learn more about the student matinee experience. 

Matinee day timeline

  • Upon your arrival

    A member of the Education Team will hop on your bus to greet your group. As you enter the building, make sure to check in at the front desk. We recommend groups arrive 20-30 minutes early.

  • 9:45 – 10:15 a.m.

    Optional 30-minute pre-play presentation (advance reservation required).

  • 10:30 a.m.

    Performance begins. Useful information: First Timer's Guide to the theater.

  • Post-show

    Optional 30-minute post-play discussion (advance reservation required).

2019–2020 Student Matinee dates

With the exception of Emma, student matinees for the 2019-2020 Season are full. To join the waitlist, email

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