Student Matinee Series

Announcing the 2022-23 Student Matinee Series!

Take your students to the Auditorium Theatre — a National Historic Landmark —for an enriching field trip that they will always remember! You’ll also receive a FREE Classroom Companion that connects to National Learning Standards and helps prepare your students for the performances. Grades K–12 welcome!

A non-refundable 25% deposit is required in order to place your order. Everyone, including chaperones, must pay the admission fee. A one-time $10 service fee is applied to each group.


or contact us at [email protected] or 312.341.2300.

Add a workshop to your student matinee. Review the workshop packages today. 

Ensemble Español Spanish Dance Theater

Friday, September 30, 2022 | 11AM | $10

Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month at the Auditorium Theatre! Introduce your students to contemporary and traditional dance and the music of Spain through flamenco, folklorico, and Escuala Bolera dance. Explore a magnificent mosaic of world cultures — Latin, North & South America, Asia, Middle East and Europe — with the company of 40 professional dancers, singers, and musicians.

Curriculum Connection: Foreign Language, World Studies, International Dance and Music, Social Studies, Hispanic Heritage Month

Click here to download the Curriculum Companion

Step Afrika!

Friday, January 13, 2023 | 11AM | $10

Step Afrika! brings rhythm, agility, and pure energy to the stage and will leave your students inspired. As the first professional company. Dedicated to the tradition of stepping, experience the blend of percussive dance styles practiced by historically African American fraternities and sororities; traditional African dances; and an array of contemporary dance and art forms into a cohesive, compelling artistic expression. Performances are much more than a dance show; they integrate songs, storytelling, humor and audience participation.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, World Studies, Dance, Social Studies, Music, Counseling for Higher Education

Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater

Friday, March 10, 2023 | 11AM | $15

The trailblazing Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater is living history! The “extraordinary Ailey dancers” (Chicago Tribune) are known for their incredible artistry and mastery of modern, ballet, hip-hop, and everything in between. The Student Matinee ends with Alvin Ailey’s Revelations, one of the most widely-seen modern dance works in the world. Supplemental materials can be found on their website at along with more information, such as the recent PBS American Masters documentary.

Curriculum Connection: African American Studies, World Studies, Dance, Music, Social Studies

What Students Are Saying

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

Thank you to our Student Matinee Sponsors: