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Student Matinees


2019/20 SEASON

West Side Story

Based on a conception of Jerome Robbins
Book by Arthur Laurents, Music by Leonard Bernstein and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim
Directed by Mark Clements
September 17 -October 27, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse

One of the greatest love stories ever told featuring the music we all love including unforgettable songs like “Maria," "Tonight," “I Feel Pretty” and "America."

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: Oct. 1 at 10:30am 

» Rep Immersion Day: Oct. 16 and 23 at 8:30am/11:00am 

» Other Matinees: Oct. 2 and Oct. 9 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation: Middle School and High School  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Love, loyalty, revenge, society & class, race, youth

The Niceties

By Eleanor Burgess | Directed by Annika Boras
September 25 -November 3, 2019
Stiemke Studio

It’s an entertaining and thought-provoking nail-biter that will have everyone talking.

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: Oct. 15 at 10:30am 

» Other Matinees: Oct. 23 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation: High School  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Race, history, power, age, identity, social justice

The Nerd

By Larry Shue |Directed by JC Clementz
November 12 - December 15, 2019
Quadracci Powerhouse

From the much-loved playwright of The Foreigner comes a new production of one of the funniest plays ever written.

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: Nov. 26 at 10:30am 
» Rep Immersion Day: Dec. 3 and Dec. 11 at 8:30am/11:00am

» Other Matinees: Nov. 20 and Dec. 4 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation: Middle School and High School  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Selflessness, selfishness, gratitude, social awareness

A Christmas Carol

November 26 – December 24, 2019 
By Charles Dickens |Adapted by Mark Clements
Pabst Theater

A tale of love, hope and redemption with just the right blend of beautiful music, lively dancing, stunning sets and eye-popping special effects. Join Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and Scrooge in this holiday classic the whole family will love.

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: Dec. 5, Dec. 12 and Dec. 17 at 10:30am 
Age Recommendation: Elementary, Middle and High School
Relevant Themes/Topics: Forgiveness, compassion, choices, family, guilt, memories and transformation

The Legend of Georgia McBride

By Matthew Lopez

January 14 - February 9, 2020
Quadracci Powerhouse

Filled with music, humor, and plenty of sequins, this joyful new play is a reminder that the path to prosperity and fulfillment may sometimes take an unexpected turn.

Other Performances 

» Other Matinees: Jan. 29 and Feb. 5 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation:  High School  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Gender identity, acceptance, love, responsibility

Hedwig and the Angry Inch

Text by John Cameron Mitchell, Music and Lyrics by Stephen Trask
Directed by Mark Clements
January 28 - March 8, 2020

Stiemke Studio

Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, this genre-bending musical sensation is one of “the best rock musicals ever.”

Other Performances 

» Other Matinees: Feb. 26 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation:  High School*
*Recommended for mature audiences because of explicit content, strong language and adult themes.


By Danai Gurira | Directed by May Adrales
March 3 - March 29, 2020

Quadracci Powerhouse

Written by actress-playwright Danai Gurira (Black Panther, The Walking Dead) comes a stunning tale of hope and resilience set in the midst of the Liberian Civil War. Nominated for six Tony awards, including Best Play.

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: March 17 at 10:30am 
» Rep Immersion Day: March 11 at 8:30am/11:00am

» Other Matinees: March 18 and March 25 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation:  Mature Middle School and High School  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Hope, survival, choice, resilience, brutality, power, sisterhood, community.

Destiny of Desire

By Karen Zacarías | Directed by José Luis Valenzuela
April 21 - May 17, 2020
Quadracci Powerhouse

This fast-paced comedy inspired by popular telenovelas is filled with forbidden love, revenge, glorious music and burning passion, making it the perfect guilty pleasure.

Student Performances 

» Student Matinee: May 5 at 10:30am 
» Other Matinees: April 29 and May 13 at 1:30pm 
Age Recommendation: High School*

*Due to mature themes in scenes of stylized romance and sensuality, instances of profanity and moments of comic violence.  
Relevant Themes/Topics: Fate, cultural touchstones, class, gender and race


Student Matinee Pricing

 Student Matinee tickets range in price from $5-$15. All 1:30pm Wednesday matinees are $22. A Christmas Carol ranges in price from $7.50-$20. A free chaperone ticket is provided for every 20 student tickets purchased. Rep Immersion Days are an additional $10, which includes lunch and demonstrations.

How to Book a Matinee

Simply choose your productions and be ready to pay a 20% down payment within 48 hours of reserving tickets. Payment can be in the form of a Purchase Order, Check, Cash, or Credit Card.

Guidelines for attending a show at The Rep will be sent to all teachers who reserve tickets.

To book a student matinee please contact:
Jess Shake at 414-290-5340 or


Milwaukee Rep offers several shows that will make a great addition to any curriculum. Our Student Matinee experience is designed to go beyond seeing the production. For every matinee, we offer a free PlayGuide and supplemental Teacher Guide to provide context to the show, dynamic discussion questions, and curriculum suggestions. After every 10:30am Student Matinee, with the exception of A Christmas Carol, we offer a TalkBack with the actors. And for select productions, schools have the option of booking a full Rep Immersion Day experience!

Rep Immersion Days

A full day of fun and education as we give students an inside peek into the magic of creating live theater. Students arrive in the morning for demonstrations of the technical side of the production, workshops with various staff members at The Rep as well as a boxed lunch for each person. A matinee performance of the production follows lunch. Cost for the Immersion part of your day is $10 per person and includes lunch. The $10 does not include your ticket to see the production.

Rep Immersions will be offered for:

Student matinee performance at Milwaukee Repertory Theater
Cast Of Mice and Men 2015/16 Season.

Beyond the Student Matinee

You can further enhance your Student Matinee experience with Backstage Tours before or after the production, with our Pre and Post Show Workshops where an artist from the production can visit your classroom, or our highly successful Reading Residency program that directly teaches literacy skills using the text from the play.

Backstage Tours

Take a peek behind-the-scenes at the workings of The Rep through a guided backstage tour. Groups will see theater at work in our production areas as well as hear the history of our theater and company. Because The Rep is a working theater, tour routes may differ depending what is happening in our spaces, but tours will generally cover our props, costume, carpentry, and paint shops, our administration offices, and our three theater spaces.

Cost: $2/person, minimum $30/group

To book, please contact:  Auburn Matson, Education Administrator or 414-290-5393.

Pre and Post-Show Workshops

Enhance your Student Matinee experience by bringing a professional actor or artist into your classroom! Pre-Show Workshops are designed to prepare students to see our productions. They might get a glimpse into various design elements, participate in an activity based on theme, or learn more about the context of the show they are going to see. Post-Show Workshops give students the chance to discuss the production with an artist from the show, participate in a relevant activity, and reflect on their student matinee experience.

Please note that an actor may not always be available for a workshop depending on the schedule.

Rep Residency Programs 

Reading Residency 
Built around a production from The Rep’s season, a Teaching Artist will explore reading comprehension skills such as summarizing, predicting, text analysis, character development, plot structure, visualization, and making connections to historical and literary themes. The residency has yielded positive results in text evidence, social emotional skills, and theater appreciation. After the students experience the Rep Immersion Day which includes a matinee performance, an actor from Milwaukee Rep’s company will also visit your classroom!

Middle School Track:  20 in-school sessions (including an actor visit), and 1 Rep Immersion Day. In 2018/19, the Middle School track is available for Two Trains Running. $1,575

High School Track: 10 in-school sessions (including an actor visit), and 1 Rep Immersion Day. The High School Residency curriculum will be a direct application of literacy skills through a detailed examination of a script, using the tools theater artists employ to create a production. In 2018/19, the High School track is available for Two Trains Running. $825

Reading Residencies are designed to work in tandem with a visit to The Rep to see a production. Tickets to a Milwaukee Rep production are not included in the price of a residency. Ticket prices range from $5-$15. All 1:30pm Wednesday matinees are $21.

To discuss what programming would work best in your classroom, contact Jenny Toutant at or 414-290-5370.

School Subscription 
This unique subscription program geared toward high school students includes classroom workshops that provide in-depth theatrical learning experiences for students. It introduces students to theater through multiple points of contact, giving a breadth of knowledge on how literature is brought to life on our stages and fosters a deeper appreciation for the art. Through engaging in four stories that represent different aspects of the human condition, students learn about cultural diversity and learn to empathize with people that might be different than themselves.

We do this through inviting each student to:
» Attend four different productions at The Rep
» Participate in workshops and discussions led by actors and Education staff in their classroom before and after each performance;
» Participate in one Rep Immersion Day, a full-day experience featuring demonstrations by our production staff of how they bring each production to life;
» Explore the different careers in the arts during a Backstage Tour of The Rep; and

» Respond to their experience through writing informal reviews of two of the productions

Program Cost: $1,150, including transportation. Tickets to the four Milwaukee Rep productions are not included in the price of the residency. Ticket prices range from $5-$15. All 1:30pm Wednesday matinees are $21. The number of students and chosen performances will influence the total cost of the program. 

Rep Education Program Standards 

Rep Education programs are designed to engage students in meaningful experiences that explore interdisciplinary topics and concepts connected to the art seen on Rep stages. All programs work to develop students’ skills in three primary areas:
» Reading Comprehension (e.g. text evidence, reading enjoyment)
» Social-Emotional Learning (e.g. relationship skills, social awareness)
» Theater Appreciation (e.g. understanding and appreciation of theater topics) 

Because these three areas are based largely in English Language Arts and theater, Rep Education program objectives and measures are aligned to both Common Core and National Arts standards. Our programs can also be aligned to the Wisconsin Model Academic standards, when applicable. This allows us to best offer students holistic experiences at The Rep and in the classroom that support and enhance existing grade-level curriculum.

While specific standard-aligned objectives vary from program to program, Rep Education is happy to work with you to determine how our programming can best support your curriculum. Whether your students are attending a Student Matinee or participating in a residency experience, our arts-integration can be applied across grade levels and subjects, including (but not limited to):
» Social Studies (history, geography, political science and civics, behavioral sciences)
» Math
» Early Learning
» Music
» Art and Design 

Example program standards can be found below.

(Literature, Speaking and Listening)

Grade 8
Cite the textual evidence that most strongly supports an analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to the characters, setting, and plot; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how particular lines of dialogue or incidents in a story or drama propel the action, reveal aspects of a character, or provoke a decision.

Analyze the extent to which a filmed or live production of a story or drama stays faithful to or departs from the text or script, evaluating the choices made by the director or actors.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Present claims and findings, emphasizing salient points in a focused, coherent manner with relevant evidence, sound valid reasoning, and well-chosen details; use appropriate eye contact, adequate volume, and clear pronunciation.

Integrate multimedia and visual displays into presentations to clarify information, strengthen claims and evidence, and add interest.

Grades 9-10
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text.

Determine a theme or central idea of a text and analyze in detail its development over the course of the text, including how it emerges and is shaped and refined by specific details; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze how complex characters (e.g., those with multiple or conflicting motivations) develop over the course of a text, interact with other characters, and advance the plot or develop the theme.

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 9-10 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.

Grades 11-12
Cite strong and thorough textual evidence to support analysis of what the text says explicitly as well as inferences drawn from the text, including determining where the text leaves matters uncertain.

Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to produce a complex account; provide an objective summary of the text.

Analyze the impact of the author's choices regarding how to develop and relate elements of a story or drama (e.g., where a story is set, how the action is ordered, how the characters are introduced and developed).

Initiate and participate effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grades 11-12 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively. 


Anchor Standard #1. Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work.
Anchor Standard #2. Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.

Anchor Standard #4. Analyze, interpret, and select artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #5. Develop and refine artistic work for presentation.
Anchor Standard #6. Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.

Anchor Standard #7. Perceive and analyze artistic work.
Anchor Standard #8. Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.

Anchor Standard #11. Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural and historical context to deepen understanding.