School Matinees

Registration is now open for 2018-2019 School Matinee programs! Programs sell out quickly and reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. All seats are $3 per person. No one will ever be turned away due to an inability to pay.

How to Book a Reservation:

  • Review the below policies and upcoming events.
  • Click “Register Now” to open a new registration form.
  • Complete the registration form using your contact information and your school’s contact information.  You will need to estimate how many students will attend, as well as how many chaperones / teachers will attend.  Schools and groups are asked to limit chaperones to one adult per 10 students.  These numbers may be adjusted slightly (depending on availability) up until the registration deadline, approximately 6 weeks before the performance.
  • Once you submit your reservation request, you will receive a copy of your request via email. Please note: this is not a confirmation of your request, but a record of what we have received.  
  • Requests will be reviewed in the order they are received. After your request has been reviewed, you will receive a “Reservation Confirmed” email, or a notification that your group has been placed on a waiting list if the performance is full.

If you do not receive these emails, your reservation request was not completed properly. Please contact us directly at 507.457.1716 or for assistance.

Groups should plan to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the performance and will be seated in order of arrival.

All events last approximately 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Study guides with pre- and post-performance activities and discussion topics will be made available for download on this page and emailed to groups attending each performance.

Policies and Procedures


Please fill out the online form to request your reservation.  If you have difficulty completing the online form, please contact our Audience Services Manager directly at 507.457.1716.  After filling out the form, you will receive an email regarding your request. Your group is not confirmed until you receive email confirmation from us.


All student matinee sales are final and become your group’s responsibility for payment once the reservation deadline has been reached and a final invoice has been sent (approximately 6 weeks prior to the performance). Reservations are billed for the number of tickets reserved, including additional approved seat requests. If your numbers decrease after the reservation deadline, you will still be responsible for your reservation total at the time of the deadline. There are no refunds or exchanges.

Final Numbers and Cancellation Deadline

You may slightly adjust seats in your reservation, or cancel, up until the reservation deadline date, approximately 6 weeks prior to the performance (deadline date will be listed in your “Registration Confirmed” email).  After the reservation deadline, your group is responsible for full payment of your reservation. If changes are known ahead of the reservation deadline, either for additional seat requests or a cancellation, please notify us as soon as possible; this allows us time to accommodate your request and others. As we are unable to resell tickets on short notice, cancellations or decreased numbers are only accepted prior to the reservation deadline. Depending on availability, we can sometimes accommodate additional seat requests after the reservation deadline.  


An electronic invoice will be emailed to you once the reservation deadline has been reached. Payment may be mailed to the Performance Center ahead of the performance, or a check may be hand-delivered upon arrival on the day of the performance.

We currently do not require a paid deposit to make Student Matinee reservations; however, groups who do not adhere to our policies and deadlines may be required to make payment immediately upon reservation or lose Student Matinee eligibility.

Weather Policy

In the event of inclement weather, we will notify your group by email of performance changes or cancellations; schools or groups who are unable to attend a performance due to changes made by Saint Mary’s University Performance Center will not be responsible for payment. 


Saint Mary’s Performance Center strives to make the arts available to everyone.  We offer many services for patrons with special needs. When you register, please advise of any accessible seating, listening devices, ASL interpreter or other accommodations your group may need. 


Please plan to arrive at the theatre 20-30 minutes in advance of the performance start time. Groups will be seated in the order in which they arrive. Please ensure your students do not skip any seats as they are entering the theatre. If you would like students to sit in a particular order, please have them lined up in this order before you enter the theatre. Any further rearranging of students should be done after your entire group is seated to avoid delays in seating additional groups.

Cell Phones and Devices

Please make sure all cell phones and devices are off and out of sight during the show.  Photography or recording of any nature is strictly prohibited in the theatre.  If you would like group pictures, staff will be happy to assist you in the lobby.


If your bus will be waiting during the performance, please ask them to park in the lot adjacent to the baseball field. Buses may not stand or wait in the turnaround lane in front of the theatre. This area is for drop off and pick up only.


700 Terrace Heights
Winona, MN 55987

8 a.m. - 4 p.m., weekdays


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This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a Minnesota State Arts Board Operating Support grant, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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