THE THEATRE FOR THE PEOPLE | 2018-19 Student Matinee Series

A one-of-a-kind field trip opportunity for grades K-12! Students experience some of the best dance and music the world has to offer at the Auditorium Theatre – a National Historic Landmark. You’ll also receive a FREE Classroom Companion that connects to National Learning Standards that will help prepare your students for the performances.

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Too Hot to Handel: The Jazz-Gospel Messiah

Friday, January 18, 2019 @ 11AM :: $10/PERSON

Celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s concept of creating a “beloved community” as people from all across the city and beyond come together to be a part of this “joyously interactive, everybody-clap-your-hands experience” (Chicago Tribune). You and your students will experience the powerful voices of Rodrick Dixon, Alfreda Burke, and Karen Marie Richardson – joined by famed Detroit pianist Alvin Waddles and over 100 Chicago musicians and singers – as they put a blues, jazz, gospel, and rock twist on Handel’s classic oratorio.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, Music, Social Studies, and Writing/Literacy.

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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Friday, March 8, 2019 @ 11AM :: $12/PERSON

The legendary multi-cultural company celebrates their 60th anniversary – and the 50th anniversary performing at the Auditorium Theatre, their Chicago home. Our most popular Student Matinee, Ailey’s annual performances are “always a highlight of the Chicago season” (Chicago Sun-Times) and “a Chicago dance tradition, if we ever had one” (Chicago Tribune).  The Student Matinee ends with company founder Alvin Ailey’s signature work Revelations, an enduring masterpiece that has been an audience favorite since the company’s inception.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, Dance, and Social Studies.


American Ballet Theatre – Whipped Cream

Friday, April 12, 2019 @ 11AM :: $15/PERSON

America’s National Ballet Company® gives the Midwest premiere of Alexei Ratmansky’s Whipped Cream on the Auditorium Theatre’s landmark stage. Called “a bewitching success” by the Los Angeles Times and visually enchanting” by The Wall Street Journal, this whimsical story ballet follows a young boy after he overindulges in sweets and falls into a sugar-induced delirium! Set to a 1924 score by Richard Strauss and featuring colorful costumes and jubilant sets by pop-surrealist artist Mark Ryden, Whipped Cream is “a candyland triumph” (The New York Times) for students of all ages!

Curriculum Connection: Dance, Music, Reading/Literature, and Visual Art


What Young People & Educators Say:

“Whoa! Would you look at this place!”
— 3rd grade student upon entering the Auditorium for our Alvin Ailey Student Matinee in 2017.

“When my students saw Too Hot to Handel, the look on their faces was priceless!
— 3rd Grade Teacher

“After my students took a field trip to the Auditorium Theatre, one of my students wrote a two page essay on his own time describing everything that he saw from the moment they left school on the bus to head downtown, to walking into the theatre, to the performance itself, describing the experience with all of his senses. He truly enjoyed the entire experience!
— 4th Grade Teacher

Call 312.341.2357 or click here to start your order today!


Thank you to our 2018-19 Season Student Matinee Sponsors: