Bring a School Group

The Shaw Festival connects young minds with professional theatre in exciting and inspiring ways. Teachers and students with a passion for theatre will be wowed with access to world-class facilities, artists, and technicians. Our theatre programs have something for everyone – from teachers looking for professional development opportunities to school groups looking for enrichment activities, and for every young person that has ever dreamed of participating in the world of live theatre.

We have a program for YOU!

 

Education Partners

Shaw à la carte!
These activities are available with the purchase of group theatre tickets.


Backstage Tours

An hour-long tour of the Festival Theatre reveals the secrets that bring our work to the stage. FREE for student groups.

Pre-Show Talks

Learn more about the production you are attending with one of our company members. $3 per person.

Post-Show Chats

After the play, book a Q & A with members of the Ensemble. $3 per person.

Workshops

An hour-long session with Shaw professionals. We will gladly customize a session for your group. Here are some of the exciting workshops offered. $20 to $25 per person.

Acting I Creating a character I Dance I Acting through song I Vocal skills I Scene study I Accents I Stage combat 
Stage pratfalls I Manners of the mandate I Theatre makeup I Costume design I Set design I Stage management


Call Group Sales at 1.800.511.7429 to book or customize your package.

Planning a class trip to the Shaw Festival and wondering what’s suitable for your students?
Here are our suggestions for the 2016 Season plays.

Festival Theatre

ALICE IN WONDERLAND – Grade 3+
A WOMAN OF NO IMPORTANCE – Grade 7+
SWEENEY TODD – Grade 9+

Court House Theatre

UNCLE VANYA – Grade 9+
“MASTER HAROLD” …AND THE BOYS – Grade 8+
THE ADVENTURES OF THE BLACK GIRL IN HER SEARCH FOR GOD – Grade 9+

Royal George Theatre

OUR TOWN – Grade 6+
MRS WARREN’S PROFESSION – Grade 10+
ENGAGED – Grade 8+

Studio Theatre

THE DANCE OF DEATH – Grade 12+

 

Students are some of our most enthusiastic audience members and we want to ensure their visit is memorable. To that end, please take the time to review these theatre etiquette tips with your students:

  • Stash your coats and backpacks at Coat Check on your way into the theatre.
  • Be nice to the ushers; they may be famous one day. And besides, it’s good karma!
  • Text or talk to your friends pre-show or during intermission – not during the show.
  • Impress everyone around you before the show by reading the house programme and saying loudly “So good to see Nicole Underhay back at The Shaw”.
  • We invite you to take photos when the house lights are on – pre-show, at intermission and post-show – please share your experience using #shawfestival
  • During the performance, out of respect and for the safety of our performers, there is no photography permitted and we ask that you turn off your cell phones.
  • Laugh, cry, sigh – but don’t talk. You hear the actors and they hear you.
  • Actors get hungry too – they will hear if you’re eating, unwrapping candy, or sharing gum. Wait until intermission or after the show to unwrap candy and merchandise.
  • Love the show? Want to share with your friends? Tweet @Shawtheatre, follow shawfestival on Instagram, comment on our Facebook page or subscribe to our YouTube channel!

Tips for Teachers

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early.
  • Assign one chaperone for every fifteen students.
  • Remind students to use washrooms before the show and during intermission.

We want to extend our most sincere thanks to all teachers who bring their students to the Shaw Festival, and for supporting theatre and arts education!

$25 Student Group Tickets

Student groups can book $25 tickets in any seating location at Special Matinee performances, marked SM on the calendar. Students can also see great theatre for $30 in balcony Blue seating for any Festival Theatre regularly-priced performance. Valid student ID required. Price does not include applicable taxes.

Contact our Box Office at 1.800.511.7429 to book.

Need help getting here?

School groups booking tickets to Festival Theatre productions of Alice in Wonderland, A Woman of No Importance and Sweeney Todd may receive a subsidy of $200 towards the cost of bus transportation.

Call us at 1.800.511.7429 for details.

The Bus Subsidy Program is supported by Niagara Airbus.