Welcome School Groups!

Experience stunning choreography, elaborate scenery, beautiful costumes and a live orchestra in our kid-friendly matinees. Prior to the show, teachers receive a comprehensive study guide, which includes a synopsis of the performance and fund activities related to the show and utilize Common Core State Standards. Student Matinees are for elementary through high school student groups only. This includes public, private, and home-schooled groups.

With gratitude, Student Matinees are supported by donations to Milwaukee Ballet’s The Angel Program.


Prepare to be terrified by Michael Pink’s international sensation, based on Bram Stoker’s legendary novel. Discover more.

Friday, October 26, 2018 | 11 am

Available for 5th grade and up. Tickets are $8, $12 and $15.

The Nutcracker

Celebrate Milwaukee’s favorite holiday tradition with the Tannenbaum Family as the children experience a magical adventure in the Land of Toys and Sweets. Discover more.

Friday, December 7, 2018 | 11am
Wednesday, December 12, 2018 | 11am
Thursday, December 13, 2018 | 11am

Tickets are $8, $10, and $15.

A Midsummer Night's Dream

William Shakespeare’s enchanting tale is set to the music of Felix Mendelssohn in the ballet by Bruce Wells. A Shakespeare curriculum to go with the show will be available September 4, 2018. Discover more.

Friday, May 31, 2019 | 11am

Tickets are $8, $12, and $15.

Preparing for the Performance

Our study guide will be emailed to you about three weeks before the performance. This conforms to Common Core State Standards.

We can also provide a “Ballet Prep Workshop” where we visit your school to present information about pointe shoes, partnering, choreography and sets. This on-site workshop costs $75 and is ideal for Grades Pre-K through 12. The workshop must be scheduled no later than one week prior to the show date.

Book now by contacting Lori McNichols | 414.902.2126

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Who can attend Student Matinees?

    Student Matinees are only for elementary through high school student groups, including public, private and home-schooled students. We do not sell tickets to these shows to individuals or non-academic groups.

  • Does every person need a ticket?

    Every person needs a ticket including students, teachers and chaperones. If you’re not sure how many you’ll need, reserve more than you’ll expect to use. It’s much easier to reduce your ticket count when you receive your final invoice than add more tickets at a later date.

  • How long is the performance?

    Running times vary by performance. For Swan Lake, the running time is two hours, including an intermission.

  • Can siblings or family members of students attend?

    Children aged 3 and under, family members or other guests cannot attend the student matinees with the school group. The performances are designed for students, teachers, and chaperones only.

  • How soon should I reserve tickets?

    We reserve tickets in the order they are received so the sooner the better! Although we will make every possible attempt to accommodate your seating preference, we can’t make guarantees and may need to split large groups into multiple seating locations.

  • When can I access the Study Guide?

    We will email you the Study Guide about 3 weeks before the show. It will also be on this website.

  • When do we find out where we are sitting?

    We will email you final seating location within one week of the performance date.

  • Can we bring lunch for our students?

    If you’d like your students to enjoy lunch at the theater, please make arrangements directly with Marcus Center for the Performing Arts by calling Faye at 414.273.7121 ext 314.

  • How and when do I pay?

    Final payments are due 4 weeks prior to the performance date. You can pay by check or credit card, with one check per group made payable to Milwaukee Ballet. We do not accept payments over the phone and no refunds or exchanges are allowed once final payment is made.

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