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Student Matinees

The 2017-18 Student Matinee shows will be announced soon! Be sure to check back!

Student Matinee FAQ

How do I know if the content is suitable for my students?

TUTS creates and provides online content guides for every show. The content guides contain a detailed synopsis; as well as, various discussion questions and projects and activities that encourage students to engage with parents and/or teachers about the performance/show.

What is the chaperone policy?

The policy is one chaperone (parent or teacher) per every ten students.

How do I reserve and pay for tickets?

You will need to fill out a reservation form and either provide credit card information or mail a check with your reservation form to TUTS (payment is due upon receipt). If you are mailing a check, we recommend you also fax a copy of the check with your reservation form to hold your seats. Otherwise, your seats are not confirmed until we receive payment.

What is the deadline to pay?

Full payment is due at the time of registration. If you are not able to pay the full amount upfront, please let us know and we will work with you, on a case by case basis.

If we are unable to use all of our tickets, will we be issued a refund?

Your tickets, once paid in full, are non-refundable and non-exchangeable.

Can the bus driver come see the show with us?

Bus drivers are welcome to see the show. They will need a ticket just like everyone else. Please keep in mind, it is at least a one-mile walk to get from where the buses park to The Hobby Center. Also, it may not be possible to seat bus drivers with their school.

Are the shows available to the public?

TUTS student matinees are not available to the public.

Are seats reserved?

Seats are assigned by the size of the school and where we are able to fit everyone in; kind of like a puzzle. We do consider requests based on special needs such as a need for accessible seating, etc.

Will my seats be together?

Your group will be seated together as long as they are all ordered on the same reservation form. When you arrive, we ask that your group enter the venue together and stay together until everyone is seated.

How is seating handled?

Student matinee performances are non-ticketed. The seating chart is put together based on the number in your group and where we can best accommodate each size of group.

Who do I talk to about special needs/requirements?

Please call the Group Sales department directly to discuss any special needs or requests for your group. We will work hard to make sure your needs are met.

Do you have accessible seating?

A limited amount of accessible seating is available on every level. Please make sure you write out what your specific need is or please call the Group Sales department directly to discuss your request.

How are restroom breaks handled?

We ask that your group stay together, get seated first and then at your discretion, before the performance starts, you may send students out to the restroom. When possible, we have volunteers monitoring the bathrooms. We understand that with no formal intermission, people in your group may need to get up during the show. We allow this as long as it is done as quietly as possible.

Where do the buses park?

To help facilitate traffic in the Theatre District, we have been asked to have buses park on the far right lane of Allen Parkway service inbound, between Gilette & Crosby. We will include a map and bus driver directions in all confirmation packets sent approximately 2 weeks prior to the show week.

Where do we park, if coming by car?

The Hobby Center parking garage is located behind The Hobby Center. You can enter going west on Walker or east on Rusk. There is also metered street parking available on surrounding streets. These meters now take credit cards.

How much is parking?

Depending on where and how long you park, it can cost anywhere from $2 to $10. If you park in The Hobby Center Garage you will need to pay at the kiosk (located by the stairs on the Walker side of the garage) before you leave the garage.

What time should we arrive at the theatre?

For performances starting at 9:30am, buses should arrive no earlier than 8:45am. For performances starting at 11:15am, buses should arrive no earlier than 10:30am. For performances starting at 10:00am, buses should arrive no earlier than 9:00am.

Do you allow cameras inside?

Yes, we allow cameras inside, but you may only take pictures before and after the performance. No photos or videotaping are allowed during the performance.

Is there an intermission?

There are no formal intermissions during a student matinee performance.

Is there an open concession stand?

No food or beverages are offered during student matinees.

Do you allow food and beverage in the theatre?

No food or beverages are allowed in either the theatre or the lobby. If your group is planning a picnic after the performance, your bus will have to circle back to drop lunches off.

Is there a place for my students to eat lunch nearby?

If you are looking for picnic options, Tranquility Park (across the street from The Hobby Center) and Sam Houston Park (South of The Hobby Center by two blocks) are popular destinations for school groups. Restaurants within walking distance are The Downtown Aquarium and the Hard Rock Café. Spaghetti Warehouse on Commerce Street is also a popular destination for school groups, but it is not within walking distance.

Is there a place we can store our students’ lunches during the show?

No food or beverages are allowed on The Hobby Center campus. Lunches need to stay on your bus. If your group is having a picnic lunch, the bus will have to come back after the performance to drop off lunches.

For more assistance, call Group Sales at 713.558.8888 or email

TUTS Education can bring your students to the next level!
  • Take a field trip to The Hobby Center!
  • Classes in The Community – Musical Theatre classes designed for you!
  • Educator in-service training will teach you to use song, dance and acting to your curriculum to enhance your students’ learning experience!
  • Call TUTS Education at 713.558.8801 or email to learn more.