Student Matinee Series


The Stocker Arts Center Student Matinee Series is made up of weekday performances designed with students in mind. We welcome public, private, charter and home schoolers, as well as the general public at these performances. We encourage teachers to make group reservations early – and the general public to buy tickets early – as some of the shows do sell out! You can buy your tickets for these shows both online at the Stocker website and at the Box Office, which is open from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday and one hour prior to Student Matinee performances.

All Student Matinee performances are held in the Hoke Theatre unless otherwise noted.

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Tickets for the Student Matinees Series events are $5/each.

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Group Reservation Information

Our Ticket Reservation Confirmations are sent to you by email!

Group Reservations for Student Matinee performances are taken by phone at (440) 366-4040, during regular Box Office hours, 11am to 5pm, Monday through Friday. Reservation Confirmations are emailed and must be signed and returned to the Stocker Box Office by the date indicated in order to guarantee your reservations. Because we’ve saved that number of seats for you and your group and not sold them to others, there are no refunds or exchanges for no-shows after your signed Ticket Reservation Confirmation is received at the Stocker Box Office.

We enthusiastically welcome everyone to these performances! Stocker Arts Center is accessible for students with special needs, including parking, seating and restrooms. Wheelchair seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. A Hearing Assistance System with free headset is available in the Hoke Theatre for our guests who are hearing impaired. Please note: A driver’s license or credit card will be required when you borrow the Hearing Assistance headset and will be given back to you when the equipment is returned. Please indicate specific needs for your group when you reserve your tickets so we are ready to assist when you arrive.

One free ticket will be provided for adults accompanying every 20 students. Additional chaperones and parents are welcome to attend the performances at the published ticket prices.

Lunch requests

If your group plans to eat lunch at Stocker before or after the performance, please let the Box Office know that information at the time you make your reservation. Please confirm that information on your Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Please be aware that if we do not know that information prior to your arrival we may not be able to accommodate your group for lunch.

Be on Time

We are contractually obligated to start Student Matinee performances on time! Theatre doors open 30 minutes before the announced curtain time. Please be respectful of the performers and other audience members and be here no later than 15 minutes prior to start time to allow us enough time to seat you. Once the show begins we will not be able to let you into the theatre until an appropriate break in the performance so that your late arrival does not disrupt others.

Performance Study Guide Information

When the performing company or artist provides us with Study Guides, we provide a link on our website under the information about that particular show. That way, everyone who will be attending can have easy access to these performance enhancements. We will try to have the links up on our website as soon as we get them. If no Study Guide is provided by the company or artist, no link will be showing. We encourage everyone attending the shows to utilize these resources so that you are better prepared for the performance.

BUS FUNDING PROGRAM – on hiatus until the Student Matinee Series is able to resume.
Need a Ride? We May Be Able to Help!

Stocker Arts Center is committed to offering the highest quality educational performing arts experiences for students and educators. If you want to bring your class to one of our Student Matinee Series performances but don’t have funds available for transportation, please let us know. Stocker Arts Center has limited funds available to assist with school bus transportation costs to our Student Matinee shows (excluding the rental productions, if applicable). We also have limited funding available for students who need assistance with the cost of tickets in order to attend.

Most years, bus and student ticket funding applications for Fall performances are considered starting in September and applications for Spring performances are considered starting in November. Funding will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority given to Lorain County schools, until funds are exhausted for the school year. These opportunities are made possible through the generous support of the Beth K. Stocker Trust.

1. The teacher must complete and return a funding application and quote for the estimated cost of bus transportation to Stocker Arts Center following the instructions on the application. While the program is on hiatus, no applications are available. Most funding communication is done via email – please provide your email address clearly on the funding application.
2. A confirming email will be sent when your application is received. Please email to confirm receipt if a confirmation email is not received within one week of submission of your application.
3. It is the school’s responsibility to reserve buses through its normal channels. Stocker Arts Center is not responsible for reserving or scheduling bus transportation.
4. You must attend the designated performance to receive bus reimbursement.
5. Following your trip, it is the school’s responsibility to provide the transportation invoice for your scheduled field trip. Bus reimbursement cannot be made until your final transportation invoice is received by Stocker Arts Center. Reimbursement will be made after the performance within 30 business days of receipt of the final invoice.
Please Note: In general, Stocker Arts Center remits payment to the school or school system that has been approved for bus funding, NOT the transportation company. It is the school’s responsibility to pay the transportation company. Bus funding is paid to the school as a reimbursement of that cost.
All communication regarding Stocker Arts Center’s bus and student ticket funding should be directed to: Administrative Associate, Stocker Arts Center, 1005 North Abbe Road, Elyria, OH 44035.

Group Payment Information

Payment by cash, check, credit card or purchase order is due by the date listed on the Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Payment must cover the tickets reserved and confirmed when you return your Ticket Reservation Confirmation. Because we’ve saved that number of seats for you and your group and not sold them to others, there are no refunds or exchanges for no-shows after your signed Ticket Reservation Confirmation is received at the Stocker Box Office.

Single Tickets

Single tickets for the Student Matinee Series events are for sale online at and at the Box Office, which is open from 11am to 5pm Monday through Friday and one hour prior to Student Matinee performances. Please call (440) 366-4040.