Student Matinees

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Each year, we offer Season for Youth Student Matinees during the regular school day. Available at reduced rates for school groups, these performances engage and expose youth to the wonders of live, professional theatre and help inspire and build the next generation of theatre lovers!  We hope you and your students will join us!

With a literary lineup like this,  you don’t want to miss out! Be sure to request tickets for your class today!

Agatha Christie's Murde r on the Orient Express Adapted for the stage by Ken Ludwig

The story you are about to witness is one of romance and tragedy, primal murder, and the urge for revenge! 

Wax your mustache and hop on board the Orient Express for a ride you won’t soon forget! A snowdrift has halted the train in its tracks…with a killer on board. Over the next 48 hours, Hercule Poirot must find the villain before he or she strikes again. Back by popular demand!
Approximate length: 2 hours      Recommended for: Age 12+

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SYNOPSIS: The exotic Orient Express is about to go off the rails. With a train full of remarkable suspects and an alibi for each one, it’s the perfect mystery for detective Hercule Poirot. Isolated and with a killer in their midst, Poirot must identify the murderer – in case he or she decides to strike again.

THEMES: The morality of murder, the insufficiency of the law, and justice by jury

LANGUAGE: Contains some mild adult language. Specific words include: “hell” and “goddamnit”

SMOKING: Theatrical smoke and prop cigarettes may be used onstage.

DRINKING/DRUG USE: Multiple mentions of drinking alcohol.

VIOLENCE: Yes. There are multiple mentions of suicide and a flashback of one in the show. There are several other murders with visuals of fake blood. There will be gunshot sounds.

POTENTIALLY SENSITIVE TOPICS OF DISCUSSION: Murder of a child, kidnapping, obstruction of justice

LENGTH: Approximately 2 ½ hours with an intermission

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A Christmas Carol By Charles Dickens; Adapted by Edward Morgan  and Joseph Hanreddy  Music by John Tanner

Knoxville’s longest-running holiday tradition!

For more than three decades, Knoxvillians have returned year-after-year to experience this timeless story of hope and redemption. This season, make A Christmas Carol part of your holiday tradition. You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll create a wonderful memory… and you will leave the theatre with a warm heart and renewed spirit!
Approximate length: 2 hours       Recommended for: Age K-12

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The Giver Adapted by Eric Coble  From the Newbery Award-winning book by Lois Lowry

From one of the most popular young adult novels of our time. 

Jonas’ world is perfect. It’s safe. Controlled. Without war or pain. Without color. Where every person is assigned a role in the community.  At age 12, he’s chosen to be keeper of the community’s memories from The Giver, the only person with memories of real pain and joy. As Jonas begins to experience these memories, he is faced with a decision:  conform to society’s expectations or control his own destiny.
Approximate length: 2 hours       Recommended for: Age 10+ 

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To make your visit a memorable one, we offer several incentives:

  • Each student ticket is only $6 each
  • One complimentary ticket is available per 10 student tickets. [A maximum of 25% of the group may be comprised of chaperones to ensure that as many students as possible have the opportunity to attend our productions. Exceptions will be made for homeschools.]
  • Study guides will be sent to you prior to the performance to help you prepare your students.

Interested groups can also request post-performance discussions with the actors and/or technicians or tours of the facility to further broaden the educational experience.

Ticket Subsidies:

Student ticket subsidies (STS) for schools are available through the Tennessee Arts Commission (TAC). The application and guidelines can be accessed here
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As a part of the Season for Youth program, discussion guides are available for teachers and are mailed out. Interested groups can also request post-performance discussions with the actors and/or technicians or tours of the facility to further broaden the educational experience.

Note: We are unable to admit children under five (5) years of age. Due to fire code restrictions, lap-seating is strictly prohibited.

Read more about the major benefits for students who attend live theatre!

Please make your reservations as early as possible as reservations are made on a “first come, first served” basis. Student matinees frequently sell out, in which case schools/classes are placed on a waiting list for admission. Students younger than 5 will not be admitted into the theatre auditorium. Changes made to an order after the payment deadline are not guaranteed and are subject to availability.  More information is available by calling the CBT Box Office at (865) 974-5161.

Please send payments to:

University of Tennessee
Clarence Brown Theatre
Attn: Box Office
206 McClung Tower
Knoxville, TN 37996-0420