Student Matinee Series

Each year, over 7,000 students attend Wheelock Family Theatre productions and enjoy live theater! Learn more below about how Wheelock Family Theatre can make a difference in your student’s life this year. 

Download our 2022 Field Trip Flyer to learn more about our upcoming season of shows and scheduled student performances.

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WFT@BU is committed to promoting a safe campus environment. Our policy is regularly reviewed and the most up-to-date information will be posted on our website.  Performers will be un-masked and abide by both BU and Actor’s Equity regulations. All WFT on campus staff are BU Covid-19 compliant. We also strongly encourage all visitors to campus to be vaccinated.

In accordance with current University safety protocol, audience members are required to wear a mask indoors at all times. WFT@BU will not be requiring audience members to show proof of vaccination or a negative Covid test. WFT@BU will not be socially distancing in the theatre. There will be no eating or drinking allowed in the theatre or the lobby. Any person with symptoms that could be related to COVID-19 should not attend WFT@BU. To learn more about our safety protocols, please click here.

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Now Booking Season 40 Productions — The Wizard of Oz & Make Way for Ducklings

For most accurate date availability, please contact WFTgroup@bu.edu.

The Wizard of Oz
February 11th – March 6th, 2022

  • February 17th — High Availability

  • March 2nd (Accessibility Performance*) — High Availability

Make Way for Ducklings
May 6th – 29th, 2022

  • May 13th — High Availability

  • May 18th — High Availability

  • May 25th — High Availability

  • May 26th (Accessibility Performance*) — High Availability

*Learn more about WFT Accessibility Performances here.

Student Matinees typically sell out. In order to best accommodate your group, please reach out early!

PRICING

Tickets to student matinees are $12 for all students, teachers and chaperones.  All tickets MUST be reserved in advance and coordinated through the Group Sales Coordinator to ensure seating for all attendees and the discounted student matinee ticket price. Tickets cannot be bought separately through the Box Office.

PAYMENT

Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an invoice. Group organizer must acknowledge the receival of this invoice by mail or email. The full payment of your reservation is due no later than the day of your attendance. 

Should your group decide not to attend, please let the Groups Manager at WFTgroup@bu.edu know as soon as possible.

SEATING

Wheelock Family Theatre has two seating areas: the orchestra and the mezzanine. Orchestra seating is located directly in front of the stage with a sloped floor, the mezzanine is a directly behind the orchestra with steps to the seats. If your group has specific seating needs, please note that at the time of inquiry. 

Students from allover Boston join WFT for the Student Matinee Series. Whether it is your first show, or your 100th, Wheelock Family Theatre is the best place to enjoy an experience that will last your students a lifetime.

WHERE ARE YOU LOCATED?

Wheelock Family Theatre at Boston University is located at 180 Riverway in Boston’s Fenway Neighborhood. For directions to our theatre, please click here.

WHERE DO WE PARK?

For busses, we have a convenient drop-off area directly in front of the theatre’s doors. Students may be dropped off here by school busses. Please unload busses and other vehicles on the Riveway, please look for our staff member to assist you with your group.  .

For vans or cars, garage parking is available in the MASCO parking garage at 375 Longwood Avenue 02215.  Parking for vehicles and vans at MASCO is at market rates during weekday matinee performances. Bus parking is NOT available on the premises and is therefore the responsibility of each driver. 

HOW LONG IS THE SHOW and WHAT TIME DOES IT START?

Our Wheelock Family Theatre shows generally run 100 to 120 minutes and usually has one 15-minute intermission. To find out the length of the particular show you are attending, please inquire after the show has opened. Performance start times for all student matinees is 10:30am

Study Guides and Social Stories


Teachers can enrich their children’s theatre experience with our Study Guides, prepared with helpful background information for each production and available for download from the Resources page, beginning two weeks before the opening of each show.

Social stories were originally developed for children on the autism spectrum, but we have found that they are helpful for preparing any child who is very young or has never been to the theatre before. WFT@BU offers this general social story, as well as a customized one for each of our productions on our Resources page. We hope you will find them helpful!

School and Community Partnerships


WFT@BU partners with schools and community organizations through performance attendance, drama workshops for students, and professional development workshops that train teachers to integrate drama into the classroom. For additional information contact Jeri Hammond at 617-353-2994 or WFTEd@bu.edu

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School Partnerships

School partnerships are the fastest-growing program within the WFT@BU Education Program. School Partnerships usually begin by framing a public, private, or home school’s attendance at a stage production with a pre- and post-show educational package called a DramaShop.

Participating teachers receive a WFT@BU Study Guide before attending the play, with narratives connecting the play to history and/or literature, as well as numerous drama-related activities that are fun to do, connect to specific Massachusetts learning standards, and prepare the students and teachers to more deeply appreciate the play.

Our School Partnerships are designed to deepen in subsequent years, as the schools and the theatre get to know one another better. Once teachers, administrators, and parents begin to see how students are positively influenced by their interactions with cast members and artist-educators, schools will often ask for classroom workshops, artist-in-residence programs, and teacher professional development.

The goal of every School Partnership is to eventually move from direct services for students to teacher professional development. When classroom teachers develop the ability to infuse drama-related teaching and learning strategies across the academic curriculum, not only does their teaching become energized, but they are better able to serve the needs of ALL students. And their drama expertise resides in the school culture, not outside of it.

Community Partnerships

Community partnerships pair WFT@BU with non-school organizations, such as church groups, senior citizen centers, out-of-school programs, community theatres, and youth groups.

A good example is our community partnership with the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusett (GSEM). The WFT@BU-GSEM Partnership began in April, 2002, when Girl Scouts from throughout greater Boston came to watch two deaf teenagers star in our production of The Trumpet of the Swan. Their troop leaders received Study Guides with descriptions of many drama activities connected to the play. They also participated in the DramaShop, which consists of a pre-show workshop and discussion about the play and a post-show question-and-answer session with members of the cast.

Rather than making specific connections to State learning standards as the school partnerships do, community partnerships use the study guides and DramaShop to connect with teamwork, character-building, and other life skills valued by community organizations like the GSEM.

If your school or community organization is interested in working with WFT@BU to create a collaborative partnership, please contact Jeri Hammond at 617-353-2994 or WFTEd@bu.edu.