School Performances | Getting There
This theater in St Paul hosts a wide variety of plays, musicals and other performances. Homeschool families are welcome at the highly affordable school performances.
The Ordway is also home to the Flint Hills International Children's Festival, held every spring.
Education Hotline: 651-282-3115
Education Sales: educationsales(at)ordway [dot] org
Performing Arts Classroom Series and Flint Hills International Children's Festival performances and Global Arts Workshops are 50 to 60 minutes in length. Broadway Songbook Series performances are approximately 90 minutes in length.
Cost per child/student: $3.50
Cost per adult/educator: $3.50
Cost per lap seat: $3.50
Minimum group size: individual homeschool families and homeschool groups of less than 10 may order school-group-rate discounted tickets to school performances
Maximum group size: the Music Theater seats 1900 and the Concert Hall seats 1100.
Registration:: Call the Education Hotline at 651-282-3115 to order tickets.
The season Pre-Sale begins in mid May of each year and is your first and best chance to reserve tickets to the following season of school performances. Pre-Sale orders may be placed by phone call to 651-282-3115, by mail to Education Sales, 345 Washington St, St Paul, MN 55102, or by fax to 651-215-2135. Mailed and faxed orders received prior to the Pre-Sale start date are processed at the end of the first day of the sale in the order in which they were received. All pre-sale orders must be paid in full by mid-August or ticket orders will be canceled and released.
The season On-Sale starts at the end of August.
Note: Individual tickets are not issued. Groups receive a one-page confirmation/receipt. Group organizers should plan to carefully verify the date, time and number of seats for each performance and to contact the Education Sales at 651-282-3115 immediately if they find an error in their order.
Seating: Groups are assigned seats based on group size, accommodation needs, and grade-level. Groups may request seating in a certain area when reservations are made but those arrangements cannot be guaranteed as the Ordway's first priority is accommodating special needs followed by seating groups together. The Ordway provides wheelchair seating, infrared listening system units, ASL interpretation, and audio description, but please note that at least two-weeks notice is required for any accommodation needs.
Groups should allow the ushers to seat the entire group before attempting to rearrange seating or making trips to the restrooms, etc.
Groups are dismissed in an pre-determined order which is announced after the performance. Groups, individuals, and individuals within groups should not attempt to leave the theatre until they are dismissed. Homeschoolers will be among the first to be dismissed.
Target grade level: varies with performance, options for K–12th grades.
Sibling policy: Everyone in attendance must have a ticket regardless of age, including babes in arms. Parents are asked to use their best judgment as to whether or not their younger children will be disruptive to other audience members.
Parent/guardian/educator policy: All children must be accompanied by a parent or other responsible adult.
Cancellation policy/Cancellation deadline: All Pre-Sale orders must be paid in full by mid-August or ticket orders will be canceled and released. Any changes or refund requests must be made at least six weeks prior to the performance and are made by contacting Education Sales at 651-282-3115. Refunds are contingent on the Ordway's ability to resell the returned seats.
Gathering place recommendations: By the stairs on the north end of the lobby. Ordway requests that groups plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time.
Additional information: No food, drink or gum is allowed in the auditorium. All pages, mobile phones, MP3 players and other electronic devices should be turned off before the performance begin. No photography or videography of performances is allowed.
Study guides are posted online three to four weeks prior the performance. Group leaders should plan to complete and return the survey in the back of the study guide.
For more information,, contact the Ordway's Education Hotline at 651-282-3115 or educationsales [at] ordway.org or visit ordway.org/education/performances/ or learn.ordway.org/performances/.
Parking information: There are numerous parking ramps within easy walking distance. The closest ramps are The St. Paul, RiverCentre, Lawson Commons, Kellogg Street Ramp, and Landmark Towers. More detailed information about parking in Saint Paul can be found at www.smart-trips.org
Driving directions: The Ordway is located in downtown Saint Paul at 345 Washington St. The entrance is on Washington St between W 5th St and Kellogg Blvd. The Ordway is directly across the street from Rice Park and is on the same block as River Centre, Xcel Eneergy Center, and the Roy Wilkins Auditorium as well as kitty-corner from The Landmark Center.