Student Matinees

For educators who value world-class live performances, SPA offers a Student Matinee Series. These special performances introduce thousands of students to live performance every year. They also provide classrooms with contextual lessons for social studies, critical literacy and creative writing. 

Student Matinees include deeply discounted tickets to daytime performances, study guides and partial reimbursements for bus transportation. 

All schools are eligible for the ConocoPhillips Transportation Assistance Program. Participation is easy.

See The Peking Acrobats for just $8!

Friday, February 7, 2014 at 11:00 am.

PLUS, for every 10 tickets purchased, get an additional ticket FREE!

Call 713-632-8113 for details.

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Click to print and mail the 2013/14 Student Matinee Order Form

Student Matinee Prices: Regular tickets $8 and Premium tickets $10*

*Premium ticket prices are for seats in Orchestra Pit, Orchestra Rows A‐V, Boxes and Grand Tier.

Magik Theatre's Splat the Cat

  • 10:00am, Thursday, October 17, 2013, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
  • 12:00pm, Thursday, October 17, 2013, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center
  • 10:00am, Friday, October 18, 2013, Cullen Theater, Wortham Center

It's Splat's first day of school and he's worried. What if he doesn't make any new friends? Just in case, Splat decides to bring along his pet mouse, Seymour, and hides him in his lunchbox. The teacher, Mrs. Wimpydimple, introduces Splat to the class and he soon starts learning all his important cat lessons. But when Seymour escapes and the cats do what cats do (they chase mice!), Splat's worried again. Maybe now he'll lose all his friends, old and new! Just in time, wise Mrs. Wimpydimple takes charge and teaches everyone an important new lesson. Maybe Cat School  is going to be okay after all!
This World Premiere musical from Magik Theatre is sure to delight students, teachers, the young and the young at heart. Click here to purchase tickets!

Study Guides:

Grade 1-2
Grade 2-3

​The Peking Acrobats

  • 11:00am, Friday, February 7, 2014, Jones Hall
This troupe of China's most gifted performers, complemented by live musicians playing traditional Chinese instruments, returns to Houston for one night only! THE PEKING ACROBATS have redefined audience perceptions of Chinese acrobatics. For more than 50 years they have held audiences of all ages spellbound with vibrant presentations of their ancient folk art. They perform daring maneuvers atop a precarious pagoda of chairs; they are experts at trick cycling, precision tumbling, somersaulting and gymnastics. They defy gravity with amazing displays of contortion, flexibility and control. They push the envelope of human possibility with astonishing juggling dexterity and incredible balancing feats, showcasing tremendous skill and ability. Click here to purchase tickets!

Study Guides:

The Peking Acrobats Study Guide

Please Note:
  • Reservations and advance payment for Student Matinees are required.
  • A nonrefundable deposit of 10% is required to hold a reservation. The remainder of the balance is due 7 business days prior to the scheduled performance.
  • If seats are reserved less than 7 business days before a performance, payment in full is due at the time of the order.
  • There are no refunds or exchanges for unused or unneeded tickets. Additional tickets are subject to availability.
  • Student Matinees that do not meet a minimum number of reservations are subject to cancellation.  
  • An adult chaperone for every 10 students attending a Student Matinee performance is strongly recommended. Both students and chaperones must purchase tickets.
  • All seating is assigned on a first-come, first-served basis as reservations are paid in full.

 Call (713) 632-8113 for more information or to make a reservation. 

 Need Help with Transportation?

Conoco Phillips
Through the generosity of ConocoPhillips, the Transportation Funding Assistance Program makes it possible for SPA to reimburse schools a percentage of the cost of transporting students to the theater for student matinee performances. All schools are eligible. All that is needed is a copy of the invoice for transportation rental for the field trip. 

A copy of the invoice can be submitted by fax, email, or mail.  If submitting paperwork by fax, the number is 713-632-8122.  If submitting paperwork electronically, email  Or mail the paperwork directly to: Society for the Performing Arts, ATTN: Education Department, 615 Louisiana St., Ste. 100, Houston, TX 77002

Jesse H. Jones Hall    615 Louisiana Street, Suite 100    Houston, Texas 77002-2715    713.227.4772
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