Lyric Arts began providing high-quality theatrical experiences for school groups with School Day Matinee performances of our family-friendly productions in 1999. Since then, we have expanded our offerings to include Tours & Workshops, available both throughout the year and immediately following our School Day Matinee performances, which can be customized to meet your groups' specific needs.

Field Trip Reservation Forms

Click on the yellow buttons below to book a School Day Matinee Performance or a Tour & Workshop!

School Day Matinees

Every year, Lyric Arts provides School Day Matinee performances of our season's most family-friendly production. These selections are specifically designed to entertain students while also introducing them to the performing arts and classic storytelling in a professional setting.

School Day Matinees are made available to school groups (including home school and daycare groups) of 10 or more students at the special price of $9 per ticket. Plus, teachers receive one free ticket with every 12 student tickets reserved. Tickets may be paid for in advance or invoiced once a final count is given on the day of the performance. Please note: invoices are not available for home school or daycare groups. Also, as a courtesy to our patrons, children under the age of 5 will not be admitted.


Flora & Ulysses

Feb 19, 20 & 21—10 am & 1 pm

Can a little squirrel change the human heart? After a near-death experience with a vacuum cleaner, a squirrel is rescued by Flora Belle Buckman, a 10-year-old self-proclaimed cynic. She names him Ulysses and soon discovers he has been reborn a superhero, with powers of strength, flight, and the ability to type poetry on Flora’s mother’s typewriter! Together, they embark on an unpredictable adventure, which has the power to awaken the possibility of hope--even for someone as cynical as Flora.

Based on the 2014 Newbery Medal winner by best-selling author Kate DiCamillo, this laugh-out-loud play is bursting with heart and filled with eccentric and endearing characters sure to delight the entire family.

Available School Day Matinee Performances

Wednesday, February 19, 10:00 am—150 seats available
Wednesday, February 19, 1:00 pm—SOLD OUT!
Thursday, February 20, 10:00 am—50 seats available
Thursday, February 20, 1:00 pm—50 seats available
Friday, February 21, 10:00 am—80 seats available
Friday, February 21, 1:00 pm—100 Seats Available

Tours & Workshops

When you bring your students to a School Day Matinee, you can also include a backstage tour and a hands-on theater workshop for your group! Get a full tour of the theater (stage, backstage, makeup & dressing rooms, scene shop and costume shop), then stay for a fun workshop taught by a member of the cast or Lyric Arts staff member. It's a highly interactive, engaging way to introduce all ages to the world of theater!

Fees are $4 per student (teachers and adult chaperone fees are waived) and we can accommodate up to 100 students. The Tour & Workshop begin immediately following the School Day Matinee performance. 

We also offer standalone Tours & Workshops independent of School Day Matinee performances. Price subject to workshop and/or tour requirements.

Lyric Arts will design a workshop or series of workshops to meet the needs and interests of your students. We will work with you to customize a program that works with your schedule and learning goals. We will also provide the teaching artist, classroom, and performance space.

Example topics:

  • Acting

  • Audition Prep

  • Improvisation and Sketch Comedy

  • Musical Theater

  • Shakespeare (study and performance)

  • Play Writing

  • Technical Theater and Design

  • Theater History

Don’t see the topic you want? No problem–we’ve got experience in designing a wide range of curriculum beyond the topics listed above. Simply email us for more information!

Booking School Day Matinees, Tours & Workshops

Performance times for matinees are determined by the first group to book a performance on each day. Morning performances need to begin between 10:00 am and 10:45 am. Afternoon performances need to begin between 1:00 pm and 1:45 pm. Tours & Workshops are held immediately following a School Day Matinee performance.

For School Day Matinees, please reserve early, as some performances fill quickly. Reservations are for general seating. No tickets will be issued. Your reservation guarantees your seats. Seating in the theater is based on group size.

To book a School Day Matinee performance for your group, fill out the "Book a School Day Matinee" form above, or contact Marcie Berg, Box Office Manager, during regular Box Office hours (Monday–Friday, 11am–5pm) at 763.233.0812 or by email. Please indicate if you would like to add a Tour & Workshop in your reservation request.

For standalone Tour & Workshops, fill out the "Schedule a Tour & Workshop" form above, or contact Kayli McIntyre, Education Program Manager, at 763.233.0804 or by email.

Please note that reservations are not finalized until a confirmation email with a completed reservation form is received.