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2023-24 Matinee Tickets Now On Sale

Tickets are now on sale for Northrop’s 2023-24 student matinees—with options for in-person, livestream, and on-demand viewing.

Matinee offerings include two highly interactive and energetic performances by Step Afrika!—co-presented with Ordway, a world-class contemporary dance experience by Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, a shadow puppetry Show & Tell with Manual Cinema and the exuberant 62nd Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert.

New! Purchase up to 20 student matinee tickets online with a credit card or by calling the Northrop Box Office at 612-624-2345. Orders of 1-20 tickets must be purchased in advance online or by phone. For orders of 21 or more tickets, reservations may also be placed using the website form and an invoice will be issued for your order. Please note, Student Matinee tickets are non-refundable. In case of school closures, tickets may be exchanged for a future Student Matinee. View the Student Matinee ticket policies for details. For more information or questions, please email matinees@umn.edu.

2023-24 Student Matinees

Three dancers wearing white appear on stage in front of musicians playing percussion. One dancer appears in the center, jumping in the air with their arms outstretched behind them.

Northrop and Ordway Present

Thu, Oct 12* & Fri, Oct 13, 10:30 am CT
In-person / Livestream*
On-demand through Oct 20

Second Matinee Added

UMN Marching Band Student Matinee event page

Northrop and UMN School of Music Present

Fri, Nov 10, 10:30 am & 1:00 pm 
On-demand Dec 1-22

Hubbard Street student matinee event page

Northrop Presents

Thu, Jan 25, 10:30 am CT
In-person / Livestream 
On-demand through Feb 2

Manual Cinema student matinee event page

Northrop Presents

Thu, Feb 29 10:30 am CT
In-person / Livestream
On-demand through Mar 8

Student Matinee Highlights

In person

$3.50 per person

On demand

$25 per classroom
$5 per homeschool

Study materials

that meet MN Academic Standards

Q&A sessions

with the artists

Programming specific to K-12 students

by world-class artists

Providing Access to the Arts

Northrop proudly engages students in meaningful experiences that expand their worldview and provide the hope and joy the arts offer through its K-12 matinee program. The program provides students and educators high-quality and affordable arts programming with expanded access online and flexible on-demand options that fit school schedules. Each performance is augmented with additional study materials that meet learning standards, as well as resources to guide students about arts performances.

Access To Arts Education Matters

  • Research shows that children who study the arts demonstrate stronger overall academic performance, helping to produce creative thinkers that employers need in an increasingly complex workforce.

  • K-12 students involved with the arts show higher levels of success in math and reading skills, and additional skills are strengthened in communication and problem-solving abilities.

  • Exposure to the arts help K-12 students improve ACT/SAT test scores, perform higher on standardized tests, and achieve higher GPAs. These students are less likely to drop out of school and three times more likely to receive a bachelor's degree in higher education.

  • Both state and federal laws require K-12 schools to provide arts education for students to foster a more well-rounded education.

Student Matinee

Arts education impacts Minnesota students by strengthening their skills in:

  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Expression and evaluation skills
  • Empathy and valuing others
  • Collaboration
  • Creative-thinking and innovation

2019 Report provided by Minnesota Citizens for the Arts through study results of 2016 by Creative MN




Reserve In-person Tickets

To reserve more than 20 tickets for any in-person student matinee and pay by invoice, please fill out the form below.

To purchase 1-20 tickets now with a credit card for any In-person, Livestream, or On-demand events, please click the "Buy Now with Credit Card" option or call the Northrop Box Office at 612-624-2345. Box Office hours through Aug 25 are Mon-Fri, 10:00 am-3:00 pm (Fri phone only 2:00-3:00 pm). Beginning Aug 28: Mon-Fri, 10:00 am-5:00 pm.

Need help? Contact us at matinees@umn.edu

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Select the Performance(s)

Select the Student Matinee Performance(s) You Will be Attending In-person
In-person: Fri, Oct 13, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
–Sold Out– In-person: Thu, Oct 12, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Fri, Nov 10, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Fri, Nov 10, 1:00 pm | Ticket price: $3.50 per person
In-person: Thu, Jan 25, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person

View the Manual Cinema: Ada/Ava Student Matinee event page
Recommended for grades 3-12

Advisory: This performance includes loud music and flashing lights.

In-person: Thu, Feb 29, 10:30 am | Ticket price: $3.50 per person

Need help? Contact us at matinees@umn.edu