LCT's School Matinees allow your students to experience the magic of live, professional theatre. Performances take place at our theatre located in downtown Lexington. We have shows available throughout the school year for a variety of grade levels and subjects! All school matinees include a post-show Q&A and access to our Educational Play Guide for the production.


At Lexington Children's Theatre, we want every student in Kentucky to have an incredible theatre experience. We understand the needs of schools and that having a ticket that is affordable is essential, which is why we keep our ticket prices low while maintaining our professional high quality.

Tickets for school matinees are $9.50 a seat, and every 10th seat that you reserve is FREE (discount will appear on invoice).

We do need the total number of everyone who will need a seat in the theatre and are included in the group's order, including teachers, chaperones, bus drivers who are watching the show, etc. 

Grant & Subsidy Resources

LCT is committed to providing arts education and theatre experience to young people regardless of their economic barriers. Take a moment to explore some resources you can apply for to make LCT's programming even more accessible. 

Fayette County Teachers and Students: LexArts Arts in Schools Impact Grant

Kentucky public or private schools (PK-12): Kentucky Arts Council's TranspARTation Grants

Upcoming Shows

Click on the logos below to learn more about each of our shows for next season!

Recommended for PreK - Kindergarten

Recommended for 1st - 3rd Grade

Recommended for 4th - 8th Grade

Frequently Asked Questions

Most of our shows are performed on LCT's Main Stage or Learning Stage, both of which are conveniently located in our building at 418 W. Short Street, Lexington, KY 40507. Elf The Musical Jr will take place right across the street from LCT in The Lexington Opera House at 401 W Short Street.

Face masks are not currently required in our building, but patrons are welcome to wear them if they wish. We ask that anyone who is sick wear a mask and practice frequent handwashing to help keep everyone else in the theatre healthy!

Unfortunately, LCT does not have space in our building for groups to eat lunch outside of shows. 

Triangle Park is a lovely outdoor space one block from our theatre and could be a good option for smaller groups as it has several tables around the park. Larger groups might want to check out our field trip sponsor Gattitown, which has several lunch and play options and is a fifteen-minute drive from our theatre.

The Lexington Convention Center and The Square are not open for large group seating, please do not go there to eat lunch unless you are able to arrange a visit with them ahead of time.

Every 10th ticket that you reserve is free. For example, book 52 seats, and 5 of those are free of charge, so you pay for 47 of the 52 seats. Every person who plans on attending the production must be included in the total number of seats ordered. We then only charge you for nine of every ten tickets you order. How you use your free tickets is up to you! Please note that individual tickets not ordered through the school (parents, for example) will be sold at the chaperone rate of $15 rather than the school group rate and we cannot guarantee that they will be able to be seated with the school group.

Individual tickets to a school day show can be purchased at the chaperone rate of $15. Individual tickets must be paid for at the time of ordering, and there are no refunds for individual tickets. At least one week's notice is required to be seated with a group already attending, please do not arrive at the theatre without having previously purchased your ticket, we cannot guarantee that we will have a seat for you or that you will be able to sit with your group.

Seats may always be added to an order, subject to availability. Up until 30 days before the date of your performance, you may cancel any number of seats, up to and including canceling the entire booking. After the 30-day cancelation deadline, you may decrease up to 10 seats from your order until 1 week before the performance, at which point no additional seat reductions can be made. All changes to an order must be placed by the school, by the person who initially placed the order, and must be communicated to and approved by LCT prior to arrival for the show.

School matinee bookings may be canceled up until 30 days before the performance date. After this deadline, you may only reduce up to 10 seats. For more information, read "What if I need to change my seat total?" above.

If your school day is canceled, we will do our best to reschedule you to a different performance of the same show, or if that is not possible to another show later in our season. A refund will be issued if rescheduling is not possible after exhausting all avenues. If LCT has to cancel a show for any reason, you will receive a full refund as well.

Payment is due no later than the day your group attends the performance. You can mail a check to the theatre, please include the invoice number in the memo of the check. You are also welcome to hand a check to our staff when you arrive if that is easiest for you! Receipts will be emailed to the person who made the reservation within 1-3 days after the show.

Got more questions?

Contact Chris, our Sales & Outreach Manager at 859-254-4546 extension 223 or