Student Matinee Series

Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin


The Student Matinee Series features of variety of internationally renowned performing artists that will perform a special 60-minute daytime performance for K-12 students. These performances enhance classroom learning by bringing history, science, and the arts to life via tangible, memorable experiences.

All participating schools will receive in-depth study materials, containing lesson plans and arts-integration opportunities that can be incorporated into the classroom.

Contact Anthony Smith at or Leah Townsend at for more information about school experiences at the Marcus Performing Arts Center.



The Student Matinee Series is generously supported by Bader Philanthropies, Inc.Greater Milwaukee Foundation, and the Herzfeld Foundation.

MPAC Student Matinee FAQ

To ensure your field trip experience is as seamless as possible, please review the following FAQs as some of our policies may have changed.

How much are seats?
Thanks to the support of our funding partners, student matinee tickets are available at a significantly lower price than our public performances.

Title One Schools = $2.00 per student

Non-Title One Schools = $5.00 per student

One chaperone ticket provided at no cost for every 10 student tickets purchased.

When is payment due and how do I pay?
Once your invoice has been issued, MPAC requests payment a minimum of (30) days in advance of your performance. Payment made earlier than 30 days before your performance will be provided with priority seating.

All student matinee sales are final. Paid tickets cannot be refunded or exchanged.

How do I reserve seats?
Reservations should be made online through our website. Alternatively, they can be arranged by calling our Student Matinee Coordinator at (414) 755 – 3945. Once your reservation is made, you will receive a Reservation Contract within five business days.

Your Reservation Contract includes a breakdown of the number of seats you are reserving. These numbers will be used to create an invoice, which represents the total amount due for your participation. Once invoiced, please contact the Student Matinee Coordinator directly to add or subtract seats. Seats are subject to availability at the time of making your reservation. Reservations will NOT be accepted 30 days prior to the performance.

When will I receive tickets?
We do not issue physical tickets. Marcus Performing Arts Center front of house staff will greet you upon arrival and assist groups to their designated seats.

Can I choose my own seats?
Unfortunately, it is not possible for teachers to select their seats for Student Matinee performances. All seats are weighted equally and are assigned based on the overall seating needs of the performance. Requests for Accessibility or other special needs are welcomed and we will do our best to honor such requests.

Is there a waitlist?
Yes, when each performance reaches its capacity, those non-reserved schools will be placed on a waitlist and will be notified if any spots become available.

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 a fill out the online registration form.

· Step 2: Six weeks before the show, confirm how many adults and students will be attending.

· Step 3: Four weeks before the show, submit payment via check or credit card.

· Step 4: Enjoy the show!

Can I buy ticket day of show?
Rush tickets will NOT be sold to parents, community members, or students NOT included in your school reservation to limit transmission.

Can we bring a homeschool group?
Absolutely! We require a minimum group size of 10 to make a school group reservation.

How many chaperones can we bring?
We recommend a ratio of one adult per 10 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 one adult per five students, plus special education support staff.

What if I need to cancel my reservation?
Once your Reservation Contract has been signed and returned and payment has been received refunds will no longer be issued. If attendees have not issued payment then they must reach out to the Student Matinee Coordinator and make the necessary adjustments.

Two weeks prior to the performance teachers, faculty and/or staff will receive a logistics packet in the mail detailing what area they should be dropped off and what door they should enter/exit through along with in-house theatre etiquette.

We ask that you leave backpacks and other bags either at school or on the bus. They are not permitted in the theatre, the exception being bags with medical supplies or necessities for students with special needs.

What time should we arrive?
MPAC recommends that you arrive at least thirty minutes prior to the performance, in order to accommodate seating, lunch drop-offs, and pre-show use of restrooms. Please feel free to arrive up to forty minutes early if you believe you will need more time. Arrival time does not affect seating.

How long is the performance?
Unless otherwise noted, all performances are 60 minutes in length and sometimes offer an optional Q & A after this time.

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.

Study Guide
Yes, resource guides will be emailed to the educator that made the reservation and will also be made available on our website. Study guides will be available in late August. Study guides include summaries, videos, podcasts and background information about the performance to help your students engage.


Ozomatli at the Marcus Center Student Matinee series


September 22, 2022 at 10am

Recommended Grades K-6
Ozomatli presents Ozokidz, a special set geared towards performing for young people. Original music captures the innovation and liveliness that Ozo fans love, while educating children on everything from respecting nature to germs and skateboarding! Dance and play along to the Latino-hip-hop-reggae rock of this genre defying LA band.




National Geographic LIVE: Untamed! 
October 20, 2022 at 10am

Recommended Grades K-12
Filmmaker Filipe DeAndrade believes animals saved his life—and he wants to return the favor. Now the star of Nat Geo’s digital series Untamed works to save the animals that saved him.

In this presentation, DeAndrade will talk about finding your passion in life and living it with intent. Along the way, he’ll bring you face to face with lions, sharks, snakes, jaguars, jumping spiders, whales, and one of the rarest animals in the world—a hawk moth caterpillar that resembles a venomous snake.

View the National Geographic Student Guide

View the National Geographic - Filipe DeAndrade - Educator Guide

Step Afrika! at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee


Step Afrika! 
January 20, 2023 at 10am

Step Afrika! blends percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional West and Southern African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic experience. Performances are much more than dance shows; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation. The blend of technique, agility, and pure energy makes each performance unique and leaves the audience with their hearts pounding. 

The Milwaukee Ballet at the Marcus Center

Milwaukee Ballet
March 24th, 2023 at 10am

Recommended Grades 9-12
Milwaukee Ballet II, Milwaukee Ballet’s second company, is the next generation of dancers. They have dedicated a year of their lives to ballet, training and performance in pursuit of a professional career. Milwaukee Ballet II (MBII) is a unique program designed to take excellent ballet students and transform them into artists, ready for the professional world. 

MB II matinee will provide a mixed repertory program demonstration of classical and contemporary dance, including Aurora’s Wedding from The Sleeping Beauty.

Nrityagram at the Marcus Performing Arts Center in Milwaukee

April 27, 2023 at 10am

Recommended Grades K-12
Nrityagram is located outside Bangalore, India and was founded in 1990 by Odissi dancer Protima Gauri, who converted ten acres of farmland into a setting for the study, practice and teaching of dance.The Nrityagram Dance Ensemble is devoted to bringing Odissi- one of the oldest dance styles in the world-to audiences worldwide. Although steeped in and dedicated to ancient practice, the Ensemble is also committed to carrying Indian dance into the twenty-first century.