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Recommended: Grades K-8
The Carver Center'sYouth Matinee Series engages children, teachers and families through the performing arts by igniting imaginations and introducing students to the diverse cultures of our global community. These performances open doors to greater knowledge and understanding of our world, and foster appreciation for the arts and learning.
All performances are free, but require reservations. All matinees begin at 11:00 am and last approximately an hour.
For assistance with online registration, call the Carver Box Office (210-207-2234), M-F, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Start. 11 a.m.
Running time. 60 minutes
Arrivals. Schools and groups should arrive between 10:15 and 10:45 a.m.
Seating. All tickets are General Admission seating; however, depending upon attendance estimates, assigned sections may be implemented. The Carver reserves the right to administer and designate all seating at every matinee.
ADA Accessibility and Accommodations
Accessibility. ADA entrances are located at the north and south sides of the venue. Convenient unloading is available beside the venue on Center Street. ADA seating is available only on the Orchestra Level. The Balcony is not ADA accessible. Designated Parking is available in the parking lot behind the venue (accessible from Center Street) and at 215 N. Hackberry.
ADA Accommodations. This includes, but is not limited to, wheelchair seating, limited mobility, and vision If a guest requires an accommodation, call the Carver Box Office, 210-207-2719, or email email@example.com
The Carver provides sign language interpreters to those guests who request such an accommodation. Either the guest in need or a member of their party must request this service a minimum of two (2) weeks prior to the performance. This may be done via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone 210-207-2719.
Ticket Categories (Descriptions)
Adult Daycare/Special Needs Groups. Public and private adult daycare and Special Needs providers can reserve group tickets, but should make reservations for best-estimate attendance. Group size at the event my not exceed your reservation request.
CoSA Community & Senior Centers. Official City of San Antonio Community and Senior Centers only. All accommodations for Senior Citizens and Special Needs individuals will be made on the Orchestra Levels Youth groups may be assigned Balcony or Orchestra seating.
General Public. The general public not eligible for any other ticket types can reserve tickets in limited quantities.
Homeschool Family. Only individual families can reserve "Homeschool Family" requests. Group reservations for not permitted. If individual families wish to sit together at the performance, all parties must wait in the lobby to be seated as a group if space permits.
Schools, Public/School, Private. Only TEA affiliated Public and Charter Schools (including Texas Virtual Public Schools Network) and TPSAC Private schools can reserve "School" tickets. Homeschool groups and co-ops are not eligible for school reservations.
All School registrations will be reviewed for eligibility. If we determine your request to be ineligible, you will be contacted to correct your ticket request.
Social Service Agency Youth Groups. Public and private social service agencies, such as group homes, children's and family shelters, etc., can reserve "Social Service Agency Youth Group tickets."
When can I register?
September 2019- December 2019 matinees: August 30, 2019.
January 2020 - May 2020: November 1, 2019.
30 days prior to event (effective 11/1/2019); Limit 6 tickets.
Can I register for multiple events in the series at one time?
No, each matinee requires a seperate registration.
My School group is larger than 100 attendees, but ticket requests are capped at 100. What do I do?
You must complete two registration requests.
Place your initial request for 100.
Later in the registration process you will be asked for the total number of tickets needed for your group if greater than 100.
Enter the total number of tickets needed in that space.
Once you have completed the registration, you will need to place a second registration for the remaining balance of your ticket needs.
You will need to fill out all the requested information again.
What if I don't know how many will be attending on the day of the event?
Register the number of attendees that are most likely to attend the event. Two weeks prior to the event, we will contact you to confirm your group's final attendance. Do not order in large excess of your best estimate as attendance will be reviewed and a history of lower group attendance than tickets requested for future events may affect your group's ticket allocations.
Can homeschool households and co-ops register as a group or school?
No. (See Ticket types above.)
I'm trying to register, but when I enter my quantity it says the amount requested isn't available. What's up with that?
Each ticket type has been allocated a preset quantity. All tickets requests are pulled from the total tickets available. Regardless of the type of tickets being requested, when the total amount distributed reaches capacity, tickets will no longer be distributed.
Can I register other than online?
No. All orders must be made through Eventbrite.
Can I update my registration information?
Yes, you may update your registration information online up to the sales end date, or thereafter by contacting the Carver Box Office: 210-207-7211, email@example.com.
Tickets and Seating
I did not receive tickets.
We do not issue printed tickets. You will be required to check-in upon arrival. You will need to confirm the number of people in your group at check-in.
Is there reserved seating?
Yes and no. All tickets are General Admission, so you are technically being given access to one seat in the theatre with no guarantee where it will be located. Seating is typically on a first-come, first seated basis; however, we reserve the right to designate assigned seats or sections based upon the registrations received for each matinee. The Carver will determine available seating locations for all matinees.
We ordered tickets individually, but we want to sit together. Can we do that?
We do not guarantee that space will be able for you to sit in a group. If you are meeting others at the venue and wish to sit together, arrive early and request to be seated only after all guests in your party are present. If you request to be seated before your entire party is present, you are not permited to save seats.
How do we change our ticket quantity?
Additional tickets. If you require more tickets and they are still available, place an additional order online. If the performance is soldout we are not able to fulfill your request.
Fewer tickets. If you need fewer tickets and it involves 10 or more tickets, call the Box Office for assistance, 210-207-2234.
Group Reservations. All registered attendees will be contacted two weeks prior to the scheduled matinee. You must confirm your registration within three business days of being contacted or your reservation will be cancelled and your tickets will be released.
All others. You will receive an RSVP by email to confirm your attendance.
No-shows, No call-ins (Schools, Groups, Centers)
The absence of a large group tremendously impacts our performances, as well as others who were not able to attend due to ticket unavailability.
In the event you confirmed your attendance but do not attend the event AND did not previously contact the Box Office to cancel, all your existing reservations for the season will be cancelled and you will not be able to place new reservations or reorder. We will also communicate with the Order "Contact" as well as the registered school or organization's administration to discuss the matter.
How do we cancel our reservation?
You can cancel your reservation using your Eventbrite Confirmation Order number, or call the Box Office for assistance, 210-207-2234.
Parking and Unloading
We strongly advise our guests coming from the Downtown area or from I-37 to NOT use Commerce or Houston Streets to get to the venue, due to frequent delays caused by trains. We recommend using Nolan, Iowa or Montana Streets, which offer railway overpasses or underpasses.
Buses. If arriving by bus, buses may unload passengers on Hackberry Street in front of the Carver Center. After unloading, drivers may proceed north on Hackberry to park, or west on Mesquite and Swiss Streets. Do not park in the Brackenridge Learning Center or Taylor Mortuary lots.
Personal Vehicle: Individuals arriving by vehicle may park free at 215 N. Hackberry, in our Center St. lot, located behind the theatre or on any available side streets. The streets are not metered.
Senior Center Vans and Handicapped Parking. Seniors and handicapped individuals should unload on Center Street, just north of the theatre, where an ADA ramp is conveniently located. Using the side entrance also reduces the number of stairs required to enter the facility. After unloading, drivers may park in our Center Street lot, located behind the theatre, which offers designated Handicapped Parking spaces.
Travel Reimbursement (Schools Only)
Do you offer transportation assistance for schools?
Yes, transportation funds are available for public, charter and private schools. To receive information on reimbursement, select "Yes" when asked during the registration process.
Your school group must have at least 25 attendees and you must attend the event.
Reimbursements are capped at $125 per bus/driver, and are limited to your actual expense if less than $125
Reimbursement forms are available to view/print online.
Reimbursements are processed after you have submitted invoices (not estimates) for bus services