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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?

Information regarding content/subject matter is available online for every student matinee show. We encourage you to read through this information in order to make an informed decision before making your reservation.

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?

Please fill out the reservation form at the bottom of this page and hit SUBMIT. Once your reservation request is received a TUTS Coordinator will contact you within 24 hours to confirm availability and to make arrangements for payment. While it is preferable to take full payment upfront we understand this may not always be possible. We will work with groups on a case by case basis to find suitable payment options.

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.

Are Student Matinees available to the public?

TUTS student matinees are not available to the public. These matinees are for public, private and home schools only.

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. Please note that starting this year all Student Matinees will be ticketed.

Who do I talk to about special needs/seats/requirements?

For specific requests or more information please contact Elizabeth England at elizabethe@tuts.com or (713)558-8825. In her absence please contact Courtney Wilson at courtney@tuts.com or (713)558-8826. We are eager to work with you in providing the best possible care when it comes to accessible needs and requests.

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 to get seated first and then at your discretion, before the performance starts, you may send students out to the restroom. 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.

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 11:30am, buses should arrive no earlier than 10:45am. 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.

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 groupsales@tuts.com