Student Group Bookings

There’s nothing like experiencing a Shakespeare play live in performance, and there’s nowhere like Bard on the Beach to see Shakespeare! We provide steeply discounted tickets for student groups to select weekday matinees in June and September. Read on for information about the plays, ticket booking and payment processes, students’ day-of experience and more.

SUBMIT YOUR STUDENT GROUP BOOKINGS REQUEST BY COMPLETING THIS FORM.

The Plays

A Midsummer Night’s Dream 

In a tumultuous world, we could all use a little magic to set things right. This comic masterpiece takes us to a place where the natural and supernatural worlds have merged, with elves, goblins, and talking trees guiding the way.

First, the situation facing four young lovers: Lysander believes she has just as much right to marry Hermia as Demetrius, who is Hermia’s father’s choice. But the law says otherwise, so Hermia and Lysander run away together, pursued by Demetrius, who is in turn pursued by the love-struck Helena.

Meanwhile, Peter Quince, the carpenter, gathers his friends and fellow workers to perform a play in honour of an upcoming royal wedding. Bottom, the weaver, believes she should play all the roles because of her extraordinary talent, but settles for just playing the lead. This group also leaves the city so they can rehearse in secret.

The four young lovers and the troupe of stumbling actors enter the enchanted woods on a journey of discovery, to find out who they are, whom they love, and why it matters. This production features an 18-actor ensemble plus dancers from Simon Fraser University’s Contemporary Dance program.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream will play on the BMO Mainstage from June 8 to September 24.

Run time: 2hrs 40mins, including intermission

Romeo and Juliet 

Shakespeare begins his most famous love story with a chorus that reveals the ending. This Season’s production begins at the end, with Juliet in the tomb. We join her as she relives the story, trying to understand the forces that have swept her up, along with her beloved Romeo. Why do the families behave the way they do? What does this society value most? How do we find the space to choose love? Today more than ever, the story of the divide between “two households alike in dignity” is a powerful reminder that with love, it’s possible to heal even the world’s greatest wounds. This production features a 9-member ensemble in a classical setting and gives unique emphasis to Juliet’s perspective.

Romeo and Juliet will play on the Howard Family Stage from August 3 to September 24.

Run time: 2hrs 25 minutes, including intermission

For more information on bringing a student group to a regular performance of these plays, please contact the Education Coordinator.

In A Nutshell Talks

We’ve created this introduction to A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet to support your experience at Bard on the Beach. For an accessible transcript of this recording, please reach out to studentgroups@bardonthebeach.org.

Dates

JUNE
Thursday, June 9 | 1 pm – WAIT LIST ONLY A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Friday, June 10 | 1 pm – WAIT LIST ONLY A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
Tuesday, June 14 | 1 pm – WAIT LIST ONLY A Midsummer Night’s Dream 
SEPTEMBER
Wednesday, September 14 | 1 pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet
Thursday, September 15 | 1 pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet 
Wednesday, September 21 | 1 pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet 
Thursday, September 22 | 1 pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet 
Friday, September 23 | 1 pm A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Romeo and Juliet 

How to Request Tickets

STEP 1 – NOW  Create your online Bard account and add or update your credit card information.

We prefer payment by credit card, but if you must pay by cheque, please indicate this on your booking request form.

Review our Festival Safety Plan as it applies to Student Group Bookings. 

STEP 2 – STARTING APRIL 1  Request your tickets by filling out our online request form.  

If we are able to fulfill your request, we will process 50% of your total payment to the credit card on file and will email you a receipt. If paying by cheque, we will send you an invoice for 50% of your total payment, which must be received within 10 business days of the invoice date.

STEP 3 – ONE MONTH BEFORE PERFORMANCE  Confirm your numbers and make your final payment.  

All payments received are non-refundable. Please contact the Education Coordinator before your final payment to change the number of tickets on your order. Exceptions to our no-refund policy will be considered in the case of student illness.

Final payments for June performances are due on May 18. Final payments for September performances are due on September 7.

Please consult our Festival Safety Plan for any updates.

STEP 4 – TWO WEEKS BEFORE PERFORMANCE Visit our website for tips on planning your day and review our Festival Safety Plan.

Watch A Shakesperience with your students! This FREE introduction to Shakespeare will help your students delight in the many words and worlds of Shakespeare, inviting them to ask questions and engage with Shakespeare in a way that is relevant to the here and now.

STEP 6 – DAY OF PERFORMANCE  Pick up your tickets at the Box Office. If a chaperone other than yourself will be picking up your group’s tickets, please let the Box Office know their name and contact information before the day of your show.

Pricing & Subsidies

  • Student Group tickets are $23 per student. All taxes and fees are included in the ticket price.
  • We provide 1 free chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased. Additional chaperone tickets will be available at 15% off a regularly priced ticket.
  • Thanks to the support of our funders and Festival patrons, we have funds available to subsidize student group tickets through the Bard Education Bursary Fund. These funds, while limited, are intended to make a trip to Bard on the Beach accessible to a wider audience of students and teachers. To apply for a subsidy, please fill out the Student Group booking request form after April 1.
  • Please advise us of any accessibility needs you or your students may have by filling out the booking request form or by contacting the Education Coordinator.

Your Visit

Health & Safety 

Please review our Festival Safety Plan before requesting tickets and before your visit to our Festival.

Before the Show 
  • Check out A Shakesperience and Discovery Zone for educational resources
  • Visit our maps and directions page for driving, transit, and parking directions
  • Plan for everyone in your group to arrive 1 hour before show time. Groups arriving less than 30 minutes in advance may miss some of the performance.
  • Plan your lunch: Students are welcome to bring packed lunches to eat before the show. Snacks, sandwiches, and beverages will also be available at our cashless concession (debit and all major credit cards accepted; no cash).
      • Takeout and café options are available nearby on Cornwall Avenue. If walking off-site, please arrive at least 1.5 hours before the show begins. Consider ordering ahead to allow time to walk there, pick up your food, and be back in the Bard Village 1 hour before your show starts.
  • Students are welcome to dress casually, but we suggest dressing for the weather. We recommend wearing a sweater or jacket and comfy shoes.
  • Please review Bard’s Festival Safety Plan before your day, as some processes may require additional pre-show time.
At the Show 
  • Tickets should be picked up by the chaperone whose name is on the order starting 1 hour before show time. If another adult will be picking up the tickets, please notify our Box Office staff ahead of time.
  • The Bard Village, including cashless concession and boutique, will open 1 hour and 15 minutes prior to showtime.
  • All seats are reserved, and we ask that all students sit in the seat noted on their ticket. However, students are welcome to trade tickets with other students in their group before entering the theatre.
Classroom Workshops 

Enrich your visit with a Bard in the Classroom workshop or a Bard in the Virtual Classroom session! We’d be delighted to come to your school to run a workshop, or to connect with your class virtually. If you’re travelling from farther away, it may be possible to organize a workshop at the BMO Theatre Centre in Vancouver, where we design and rehearse our productions. Please email workshops@bardonthebeach.org to find out more.

FAQs





When can I request tickets?

Booking requests are now open! June ticket requests will be considered immediately. September ticket requests will be held in reserve and considered in mid-May. Sign up for our newsletter to receive notifications about Student Group Bookings. 





Who is eligible for Student Group rates?

Groups of elementary, middle, and secondary, and home learner students are eligible for Student Group Rates to our Student Matinees. We invite post-secondary and life-long learner groups to take advantage of our adult Group Rate (15% off a regularly priced ticket) – please contact the Box Office for more information. For other reduced rate options, please consider our C-zone pricing and Global BC Youth Rate; both are available at regularly scheduled performances throughout our entire Festival season.





When do you hold performances for student groups?

Performances for student groups are scheduled as select weekday matinees in June and September. Please see above for all performance dates available at the Student Group Rate. 





We would like to see a Bard on the Beach performance but can’t make any of the dates. Can you put on more Student Matinee performances?

We would love to perform more for students, but as an outdoor summer festival we are extremely limited in what we can offer to schools in June and September. We invite school groups who can’t attend one of our Student Matinees to take advantage of our regular Group rates (15% of regularly priced tickets) or our Global BC Youth Rate to come to a regularly scheduled performance during our Festival. 





Can the performances be offered earlier in the day to better accommodate busy student schedules?

Many teachers have told us that it is difficult to organize a field trip that runs outside of school hours, and we hear you! However, to comply with labour union regulations, 1 pm is the earliest we can offer our Student Matinees.





What is the deadline for submitting a booking request?

You may submit a booking request at any time after April 1, 2022, and our Education Coordinator will be in touch as soon as possible about availability. If there are tickets available for the performance you would like, we will reserve them when we receive your request and will charge your credit card for 50% of the total cost of your tickets. If the tickets you’ve requested are not available, we will take your details, put you on a waiting list, and let you know if spaces become available.





We’ve been put on a waiting list. What are our options?

We keep schools on a waiting list and contact them if spaces become available. There may be tickets available for other performances, so it’s worth checking with us. We also invite students to attend the Festival at any other time throughout the season at the Global BC Youth Rate (Please note: infants and children under 6 years of age are not permitted, and patrons under 14 must be accompanied by an adult).





Our school is too far away to attend Bard. Will you be touring at all?

Unfortunately, we do not currently tour our productions. However, we do offer other in-person and virtual programs for schools both inside and outside the Lower Mainland through Bard Education.  

We highly recommend checking out A Shakesperience, our new 60-minute film that introduces students to the many words and worlds of Shakespeare, inviting them to explore how Shakespeare resonates for them today (and it’s FREE!).  

To find out more about Bard Education’s programs, please click here or email workshops@bardonthebeach.org. 





What is the Student Group Rate?

The Student Group Rate for 2022 is $23 per ticket (includes all taxes and fees). We offer one free adult chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets you purchase. Additional chaperone tickets can be purchased at the regular Group Rate price (15% off a regularly priced ticket).





We would like to come but can’t afford it. Are subsidies available?

Thanks to the support of our funders and Festival patrons, we have funds available to subsidize student group tickets through the Bard Education Bursary Fund. These funds, while limited, are intended to make a trip to Bard on the Beach accessible to a wider audience of students and teachers. To apply for a subsidy, please fill out the Student Group booking request form after April 1. 





What is the booking process?

Please see ‘How to Request Tickets’ above. 





How many tickets can we buy?

You may request as many tickets to a Student Matinee as you like; however, in the interest of fairness, we may limit individual group sizes for performances with high demand.





When are payments due?

Please see ‘How to Request Tickets’ above for payment deadlines. 

Final payments will be automatically charged to your credit card on your payment deadline. If you are paying by cheque, Bard must receive your payment by the deadline. We may not be able to hold bookings with late payments. Please arrange in advance for credit card details to be updated, cheques to be made, and any reimbursement made with your school’s accounting department. 

Please remember that there are no refunds once payment has been processed. The only exception to this policy is in the case of student illness. Please see our Festival Safety Plan for details. 





How can I make payments?

We prefer that payment be made by Visa or MasterCard. To pay by credit card, add your card to your patron account. Credit cards will be automatically charged on the respective due dates (see ‘How to Request Tickets’ above). Receipts will be sent to the email on file. 

If you must pay by cheque, please indicate this on your booking request form. Please note that cheques must be received by the given payment deadlines. We may not be able to hold bookings with late payments. 

If you need assistance with setting up your credit card or if you have any questions, please contact the Education Coordinator. 





What if some of our students cannot go? Can we get a refund?

All payments are non-refundable.* We understand that students can be unpredictable and that your numbers may change, but as a not-for-profit organization, we rely on our ticket sales. If your numbers change before your final payment, we can decrease the number of seats in your booking and adjust your balance accordingly. If you need more seats, we can add tickets to your order, subject to availability. To adjust your order, please contact the Education Coordinator. 

*The only exception to this policy is in the case of student illness. Please see our Festival Safety Plan for details.





Can I adjust my order after it has been booked?

We will do our best to fulfill requests for additional tickets at any time, based on availability. Please be aware, it might not be possible for us to book additional seats in the same section of the theatre as the original booking.  

All payments are non-refundable. So, if you would like to reduce the number of tickets in your booking before the final payment deadline, the cost can’t be lower than the amount you have paid on account. 

To adjust your order, please contact the Education Coordinator.





If we cannot make our original performance, can we change to a different one?

There are a limited number of performances for schools, so it may not be possible to move groups into a different performance. If we have the capacity to do so, you may be able to make a one-time change before your final payment date. Please inquire with the Education Coordinator.





How many adult tickets can we include in our booking?

We recommend one adult chaperone for every 15 students attending. To help with this, we provide one complimentary chaperone ticket for every 15 student tickets purchased. We also provide complimentary tickets for Education Assistants who will be supporting a student during the show. Additional adult tickets can be booked at a discount of 15% off a regularly priced ticket. Please contact the Education Coordinator for more information. 





Can you mail the tickets to us?

We do not mail tickets to student group. They are only available for collection from the Box Office on the day of the performance. This is to prevent any misplaced tickets, which can cause difficulties and delays for large student groups and may cause your students to miss parts of the performance. 





Will our group be sitting all together?

We generally seat groups together; however, it may sometimes be necessary to split groups into different sections, to better accommodate accessibility needs or to provide groups with more central seating. If this is something you’re interested in, please let us know on your initial request form. Our shows use reserved seating, so we require that you sit in the specific seats assigned to you and that chaperones sit among the students.





What happens in these plays?

Please see above for a brief overview of our productions. If you have any questions about content, please reach out to the Education Coordinator. 





Are the Festival site and venues accessible?

Yes! We encourage and foster an open and welcoming environment for patrons with disabilities. Please indicate on your booking request form if anyone in your group will need accessible seating or other accommodations. That way, we will be able to reserve your seats and provide the best experience for your students. If you have any questions about accessibility at Student Matinees, please contact the Education Coordinator.





Do you allow food in the venues? Is it possible for our students to bring their own lunches?

Our cashless concession is open one hour before the show and during intermission. We also allow outside food and non-alcoholic drinks on our site. Students are welcome to bring their own food into the Village, where there are a limited number of picnic tables and benches where they can eat. Out of consideration of others, we ask that everyone please refrain from eating in the theatres. Be sure to arrive in time for students to eat before the show begins. 





Where can we park our school bus?

The best options for bus parking are the boat-launch lot behind (north of) our Festival site or the lot outside the Museum of Vancouver and the H.R. MacMillan Space Centre. Please check our Directions & Parking page or EasyPark for available parking rates and options. 

Contact

Please contact Melanie Hiepler, Education Coordinator, at studentgroups@bardonthebeach.org.