Student Matinee Performances

Join Louisville Ballet for a specially-designed student matinee! Educators and students have the opportunity to enjoy a live performance while getting a behind-the-scenes look at ballet and the performing arts. All student matinees are one hour and fifteen minutes long and include excerpts from the production performed by Louisville Ballet. In addition, educators receive a comprehensive Study Guide before the performance to enhance the experience for students.

The Brown-Forman Nutcracker

Wednesday, December 13, 2023
Tuesday, December 19, 2023
Thursday, December 21, 2023
11:00 am – 12:15 pm
Whitney Hall, The Kentucky Center
Suitable for All Ages

Delight in excerpts from both acts of this holiday classic and follow Marie’s journey through the Land of Sweets as she meets the Nutcracker Prince, the Sugar Plum Fairy, and the Rat King!

Pricing + Payment Policies

All student tickets are $10, with one FREE chaperone ticket provided per 10 student tickets. Additional adult tickets are available for $20 each. 

Payment for student matinees is due three weeks prior to the performance. Cancellations may be made until 30 days prior to the performance. After this deadline, field trip reservations become a final sale, and your school is responsible for the full amount due. Adjustments are not allowed for absences on the day of the show.

Bridge the Gap: Funding for Title 1 Schools

Title 1 Schools are eligible for FREE tickets to attend Louisville Ballet Student Matinee Performances. Seats are limited and awards are based on a first-come, first-served basis.

Bridge the Gap Tickets for the 2023-24 school year are available to the following student matinee performances:

          The Brown Forman Nutcracker: Tuesday December 19th OR Thursday, December 21st

Interested schools must fill out the Bridge the Gap Application by November 3, 2023. Awards will be announced on November 10, 2023.

Apply for tickets through the bridge the gap program

Thank you to the 2023-24 Louisville Ballet Community Engagement Sponsors for making the Bridge the Gap program possible: Norton Healthcare, Hardscuffle Inc., Heaven Hill Brands and Republic Bank. 


Do you have questions about our Student Matinees? Send us an email at or give us a call at (502) 583-3150 x251!

Virtual Performances

Can’t join us at the theater? Louisville Ballet offers several virtual performances so you can enjoy the show from your school or home. Find out more by visiting our Virtual Programs webpage.