Education Program FAQs

When are your matinees released for reservations?

Our curriculum-based matinees that take place November –May are released in August.  A reminder email is sent to those on our education email list a few days before the release.  If you would like to be on our education email list for releases, please email education@sandlercenter.org.

Who may attend a Sandler Center Foundation Education Program matinee?

Our matinees are open to students from private schools, public schools, and homeschool groups.

What is the cost to attend a matinee?

The cost is just $10 per student.  One free adult seat will be included per 10 student seats purchased.  Additional adult seats above this allotment are $20 per adult.  This adult rate is discounted to $10 for additional chaperones requested from Title I schools.  Transportation and related costs are the responsibility of each school/group.

Is funding available to assist groups that have a financial need?

Funding is available for Title I schools in Hampton Roads to attend a matinee at no cost.  If you are requesting a reservation on behalf of a Title I school and seeking funding, you will have an opportunity to note that on the reservation request form.  Please be prepared to answer questions about the percentage of students you have received free/reduced lunch, how your students would benefit from the program, and how you would use the program to support or enhance your curriculum.

When will we be invoiced?

Approximately four weeks in advance of the matinee, you will receive a reminder email confirming your student and adult count.  An invoice will then be emailed to you and payment is due in full in advance of the performance.  Checks should be written out to Global Spectrum, L.P.  If a W-9 is required, please email education@sandlercenter.org.

How long are the performances?

Our matinees are each approximately one hour in length.  It will be noted if a performance length varies from this.

If my group requires accessible seating, what do I do?

On the reservation request form, you will be asked, “Do you have any special requests or special needs in terms of seating?”.  If you have guests requiring accessible seating, please respond to that question with specifics on how many patrons and any unique circumstances.  Christine Layne, our Director of Education and Programs, will reach out to coordinate seating and bus parking should you have such a need.

For transportation planning, when do we need to arrive?

We ask for you to arrive 20-30 minutes prior to the start of the matinee so that we can have everyone seated in the theater before the performance begins.  Following the performance, we ask that you allow ample time for students to exit the theater, load the buses, and wait for all the buses to safely depart.