Ordway Center for the Performing Arts

345 Washington St
Saint Paul, MN 55102

School PerformancesGetting 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.org

School Performances

Open the door to the performing arts for your students through the Ordway’s highly affordable weekday school matinee performances featuring exceptional performers from around the world!

Individual homeschool families may order school-group-rate discounted tickets to school performances.

  • Music and Movement Series, 50–60 minute performances for kindergarten through 12th grade for just $5
  • Young Audience Series, 50–60 minute performances for preschool through 3rd grade for just $4
  • Broadway Mixtape Live!, 90 minute performances for 6th–12th grade for just $5
  • Flint Hills International Children's Festival, 50–60 minute performances for preschool through 8th grade for just $5, plus free outdoor performances and activities in the park.
  • Special Engagement Series, full-length hit shows for 4th–12th grades for just $10

Maximum group size: the Music Theater seats 1900 and the Concert Hall seats 1100.

Resevations:: 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 preschool through 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: In the nook by the south stairwell. Ordway requests that groups plan to arrive 15 to 20 minutes prior to the scheduled performance time. For larger groups, house management may opt have ushers seat group members as they arrive if time permits.

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: 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/school-performances/.

Getting There

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.


Information subject to change. Please check with Ordway Center for the Performing Arts for the most current information. Last updated on Tue, Dec 19, 2017.