Performances for Students

Performances for Student Groups

A love of the arts starts with arts education! We offer opportunities for students groups to experience exceptional live theatre at the Arvada Center throughout our theatre season. 

Theatre for Young Audiences (TYA): Engaging performances specifically designed for young audiences, 1 hour long and geared towards K-5th graders. This year bring, your K-5 students on a field trip to see Lyle the Crocodile.

Student Matinees: Specially scheduled performances for students, typically during school hours, to expose them to theatrical productions. These are full length shows and typically run over 2 hours and are geared for older students.

Special matinee performances of Waitress, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Once Upon a Mattress, Clybourne Park and A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder geared specifically for students are held on select Thursdays at 10:30 a.m.

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Lyle the Crocodile

January 21 - February 28, 2025

Theatre for Young Audiences

Bring a group to see our 2025 TYA Title: Lyle the Crocodile

Interested in bringing your class or group to see a show? Reserve your spot for our Spring 2025 Theatre for Young Audiences production of Lyle the Crocodile! Fill out our TYA Request Form below to bring your class next spring. It plays January 21 - February 28, 2025 in our Main Stage Theatre.


For any other show at the Arvada Center please fill out the Student Matinee Request Form - keep reading for more details and to find the link.

Student Matinees

Special matinee performances specifically for students are held on Thursdays at 10:30 a.m. plus one Tuesday 10:30 a.m. performance in December for Once Upon a Mattress. The rate is $22 per student and non-staff chaperones for all shows.

For Title I schools tickets are $16 per student and non-staff chaperones for all shows. School staff and teachers are free of charge. Each 10:30am Student Matinee performance includes a special Talk Back after the perofrmance with members of the cast and/or creative team.

Additionally, school groups with 10 or more students can attend any scheduled performance of these productions with arrangements through the Student Matinee Request Form. Tickets are $22 per student and non-staff chaperone for all shows.  For Title I schools tickets are $16 per student and non-staff chaperones for all shows. School staff and teachers are free of charge.

Please note that any performance that isn't specifically a 10:30 a.m. Student Matinee will not have a Talk Back after the show.

Teachers can add a hands-on arts workshop, drama class, or gallery visit to any theatre reservation for a full day of arts programming. A list of offerings per age group can be found at this page.

Please fill out the form below to connect with Scottie Woodard, Theatre Education Coordinator, to book a student matinee for your student group!


2024-2025 Theatre Season

We're excited to be offering Student Matinee performances for every production in our 24-25 Theatre Season! Read more about the titles and dates below.


Student matinee: September 12

Jenna is a waitress and expert pie-maker trapped in a small town and a rocky marriage. Faced with an unexpected pregnancy, Jenna fears her dreams are out of reach - until a baking contest and a handsome doctor offer up a sweet taste of happiness.

Based on the 2007 film by the same name, Waitress features original music and lyrics by Grammy winning musician Sara Bareilles (“Love Song,” “Brave”) and a book by Jessie Nelson. This delicious musical celebrates the power of friendship and chosen family, following your dreams, and the joy of a perfect pie.

Dracula - A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really

Student matinee: October 24

A revenge fantasy to sink your teeth into! One part horror, one part humor, playwright Kate Hamill upends the sexism in Bram Stoker’s vampire classic in a thrilling, gory and funny new adaptation. 

Who are the real monsters, and who is actually in distress? Dracula’s Victorian tropes of fainting ladies and evil villains get turned on their heads. Fierce, feminist and frightening, Dracula: A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really drives a gleeful stake through the heart of the patriarchy itself.

Once Upon A Mattress

Student matinees: December 12 (Thursday) and 17 (Tuesday). 

Prince Dauntless’s outspoken Queen mother and quiet King father decree that no one in the kingdom may marry until their son finds someone sensitive enough to be a true princess. Will goofy, awkward Winnifred the Woebegone from the swamp finally be the one to pass the seemingly-impossible test?

In this laugh-out-loud musical version of "The Princess and the Pea," Once Upon a Mattress redefines what it takes to be a princess. Perfect for the whole family, this hilarious tale zany enough to launch the Broadway career of Carol Burnett celebrates the uniqueness in all of us.

Clybourne Park

Student matinee: March 13

The scene is one house on Clybourne Street in Chicago’s South Side. In 1959, a Black family moves in. In 2009, a white family does. In between, everything changes - attitudes, demographics, and property values. Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and the Tony Award for Best Play, Clybourne Park is a razor-sharp satire about the politics of race, housing, and gentrification.

Loosely inspired by Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun, Bruce Norris's pitch-black comedy takes on the specter of gentrification in our communities, leaving no stone unturned in the process.

A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder

Student matinee: May 8

Getting away with murder is just so much fun. Charming and cunning, Monty Navarro discovers he’s in line for an earldom in the aristocratic D'Ysquith family. Eighth in line, to be exact. Monty plots to speed up the line of succession through any means necessary - all while juggling his mistress, his fiancee, his reputation, and an increasing body count that’s raising suspicions of the law.  

Each of the eight heirs stand on the chopping block of Monty’s ambitions, hilariously played by one scene-stealing actor swapping from role to role. This Tony Award-winning musical romp gleefully tells the story of wrongfully getting what is rightfully yours.

Content Warnings

Please note that Waitress, Dracula - A Feminist Revenge Fantasy, Really, and Clybourne Park include mature content and recommended for upper middle grades, high school and college.

Please click on the title to review the synopsis of any of these shows and determine their suitability for your group.

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