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Visiting Student Groups

Enhance your students' experience at OSF with pre- and post-show activities, events and classes.

Student Backstage Tours

Kate Mulligan leading a 2014 Backstage Tour
Backstage Tour (2014): Kate Mulligan. Photo: Jenny Graham


The Student Backstage Tour reveals “the show behind the show” and what it takes to produce a play. Plus, a three-hour set change is condensed into a five-minute time-lapsed video. This walking tour includes indoor and outdoor spaces, so ask students to dress accordingly. Large groups are usually divided and/or combined with other school groups to ensure a quality tour for all participants. Reservations are required; please include tour reservations with your ticket order. $14.00 per student during the value season. 10:30–11:45 a.m. Available spring and fall, Wednesday–Sunday. 


Note: The Student Backstage Tour includes a flight of stairs between each stop, totaling three flights of stairs with 10-minute intervals of sitting in between. A stairless tour is available with at least three days notice. To order stairless tour tickets, please call 866-545-6337.

At this time Student Backstage Tours may not be purchased online. Please call Group Sales to register: 866-545-6337, Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Workshops
2014 Workshop
Workshop (2014). Photo: Jenny Graham.


Two hours of on-your-feet exercises, led by one or two company members, designed to explore the themes, characters and language of the plays your students will see on their visit to OSF. 

$175 per group. Limited to 15–50 participants. Sessions led by one company member are also offered for groups of 15–20 at $125 per group. Tuesday–Sunday, 9:30–11:30 a.m., March 3–June 11 and September 8–November 1.

At this time Workshops may not be purchased online. Please call Group Sales to register: 866-545-6337, Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Prologues

Prologue (2014): Juan Parada. Photo: Jenny Graham.


A must for every group! These dynamic, 30-minute introductions to the plays are presented by a company member. Students who attend Prologues, especially for plays with challenging themes or complex language, such as Shakespeare’s, are better able to understand the plays and get more out of the experience. Prologues introduce characters, themes, language and other background information and are offered for every play in the season. They are recommended for Much Ado About Nothing, Fingersmith, Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land, Sweat, Pericles, Long Day's Journey Into Night, The Happiest Song Plays Last, Antony and Cleopatra, Head Over Heels and The Count of Monte Cristo.

To accommodate as many school groups as possible, groups will be combined for Prologues. Groups of 15–50: $60; groups of 51–80: $75. Tuesday–Sunday before performances.

At this time Prologues may not be purchased online. Please call Group Sales to register: 866-545-6337, Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Exploring Design


Exploring Design (2014): Christine Albright-Tufts. Photo: Jenny Graham.


What inspires the designs for this season's production? What factors influenced the designers' choices? These questions and more are answered in a one-hour exploration of the creative process. Students discover how the words of the script are turned into a production on stage by investigating visual research, drawings, photos from previous productions and fabric samples. 

$85 per group. Limited to 15–50 participants. Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m., March 3–June 11 and September 8–October 31.

At this time Exploring Design may not be purchased online. Please call Group Sales to register: 866-545-6337, Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Discussions


Discussion (2014): Nancy Rodriguez. Photo: Jenny Graham


Spend a stimulating hour with a company member reflecting on one or more plays your group has seen. $80 per group. Limited to 15–50 participants. Wednesday–Sunday at 9:30 a.m. or 10:30 a.m.  

 
At this time discussions may not be purchased online. Please call Group Sales to register: 866-545-6337, Monday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Post-Show Discussions

Discussion (2014): Wayne T. Carr. Photo: Jenny Graham.


A member of the cast talks with students after Special Matinee performances in the Angus Bowmer Theatre lobby. Each lasts approximately 30 minutes and is free.