Student Matinee Week Questions?

Where is Santa Cruz Shakespeare's The Grove theatre located?

Our outdoor theatre space, The Grove, and our box office is located at 501 Upper Park Road in Upper DeLaveaga Park in Santa Cruz, CA. Our offices are located in downtown Santa Cruz.

What time would the play start?

10:00 AM. After each performance there will be an optional discussion between the cast and students.

How many student-to-teacher ratio is required?

A ratio of 15 students to 1 teacher/adult chaperone is required.

How long is the play?

The run time of the student matinees are typically 2 hours and 30 minutes long with a 20 minute intermission.

Who do I contact for questions?

Alexandra Schroeder, Education Coordinator at 831-460-6396 x5 or

How much are tickets for students and chaperones?

Student tickets are $10. For every 15 students attending the matinee, 1 free ticket is offered for a teacher or chaperone. Additional chaperone tickets are $25 each. Tickets are free for Title I schools.

Are there scholarships available for low to no cost tickets?

Title I schools may attend for free. Schools for whom the $10 student ticket is prohibitive, may apply for a further subsidized $5 ticket. To apply for low to no cost tickets, please fill out the Scholarship Section in the Student Matinee Order Form.

How do I pay for tickets?

Credit Card: Once signed up, you will receive an invoice via email with a credit card form to fill out. Please mail your credit card information to Santa Cruz Shakespeare, 500 Chestnut Street, Ste 250, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Check: Please mail checks made out to Santa Cruz Shakespeare to 500 Chestnut Street, Ste 250, Santa Cruz, CA 95060.

Need to pay by Purchase Order?: Please call or email our office to arrange payment. 831-460-6396 x5 or

Will we receive individual tickets, or a confirmation number?

You will receive a confirmation invoice number and a list of the seats your students will be sitting in. We will also mail your tickets to your school closer to the date of the performance.

How do I sign up for the Matinee Week at SCS?

To sign up to see a performance during Matinee Week, please fill out our Student Matinee Order Form.

When is the deadline to sign up for the Matinee Week?

Our deadline is August 19, 2019. If there is availability at performances after that time, tickets will be offered on a limited basis later in the summer.

Does SCS provide transportation?


Can a bus fit in The Grove parking lot? Where do we park?

Yes, up to 8 school buses can fit in our parking lot, with additional room for about 40 automobiles. More cars can be accommodated if there are fewer busses. Please contact us to let us know if you will be traveling by bus or multiple cars.

Are there picnic benches to use if we decide to bring a lunch to The Grove?

Yes. We have just a few picnic tables in the lobby area to be used on a first come first served basis. Students may eat their lunches in the theater where they’re sitting before, during, or after the matinee performance.

Where will the students be sitting?

We offer two types of seating for students. Our classic seating is on chairs throughout the theatre. For a more intimate experience, however, students may sit on the ground right in front of the stage. Please specify what type of seating you are requesting at the time of purchase. We recommend bringing blankets or towels for students who want to enjoy the groundling experience.

Is there an accessible sitting area, or listening devices available?

Yes. Our space is wheelchair accessible and we have assisted listening devices available for use.

Is there any advance material I can use to prepare my students for the performance?

Yes, we will be sending a theatre packet with information about the production, including things to watch for, and etiquette guidelines for attending a theatre performance in The Grove a couple weeks before your scheduled matinee.

How do we find information about Matinee Week in 2020?

Check back in next year around mid-December for information about what play we will perform for the next Matinee Week.

Are there lesson plans provided that correspond with the performance at Matinee Week?

If you would like lesson plans that include interactive ways to get students excited about Shakespeare, please sign up for our Educators Day that will take place in Spring 2019. For more information about Educators Day, please click here.