Extras & Talkbacks

Join the Twin Cities art discussion

Join us one hour prior to the curtain of most of our performances, and enjoy our lively and popular Ordway Extras. These lecture demonstrations are led by arts and cultural experts and practitioners. Here, patrons are encouraged to ask questions and are able to gain a bit of insight and knowledge about our Twin Cities arts scene and visiting performers. Held in the spacious and comfortable Target Atrium, these captivating exchanges provide a unique opportunity to go behind the scenes of a great performance!

Free admission for those who purchase tickets to the evening’s performance.

Ordway Pre-Show Extras

Musical Theater Series

Prior to most Wednesday night Musical Theater Series performances, join us for a behind-the-scenes look into the issues that intersect with the production’s social relevance. These 30 minute “happenings” may delve into a show’s historical background and significance; let you in on some of the technical wizardry that makes our productions so spectacular; explore a show’s social issues and themes; or all of the above. You may experience a mini-concert, discussion, or lecture, and you will certainly gain an enhanced Ordway experience!

Music & Movement Series

Prior to most Music & Movement Series performances, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about that evening’s performance genre(s) and topics through lecture, dialogue, and demonstration of a particular art form. The Ordway Extra presenters are primarily Twin Cities-based and have expertise on the evening’s topics, connecting the touring performance to the local art scene. The intention of the Extra is not only to educate audiences, but also to engage and recognize local scholars and artists whose work parallels that of the invited national and international performances.

View previously recorded Ordway Extras >

Family Series

Don’t miss out on the free Play & Learn lobbies one hour before each performance at the Ordway. Filled with art activities, music and movement demonstrations designed to enhance the performance; it’s fun for the entire family!

Ordway Post-Show Talkbacks

After most Wednesday night Musical Theater Series performances and each dance performance, audiences are invited to join members of the show’s cast, creative team, and dance company members in the Target Atrium for a 20 minute Q&A Talkback.

Post-Show Mingles

After most Musical Theater Series and Music & Movement Series performances, the Target Atrium Bar will remain open. Stay for an opportunity to meet members of the show’s cast, creative team, musical guests and dance company members.

Upcoming Ordway Extras & Talkbacks

  • Most Extras & Talkbacks take place in Target Atrium, 2nd floor of the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts
  • Extras start at 6:30 PM
  • Play & Learn lobbies start at 10:00 AM
  • Talkbacks & Mingles are post-show

Free admission for those who purchase tickets to the evening’s performance.

Extra

Annie

December 20, 2017
6:30PM | Target Atrium

"Annie," an Ordway Original Production
Extra & Talkback

Spectrum Dance Theater presents A Rap on Race

January 13, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Spectrum Dance Theater image from A Rap on Race
Extra

Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience

February 10, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Terrance Simien
Extra

Ladysmith Black Mambazo

February 23, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Ladysmith Black Mambazo
Play & Learn

The Okee Dokee Brothers

March 3, 2018
10:00AM | Target Atrium

Okee Dokee Brothers
Extra

Lila Downs

March 6, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Lila Downs
Extra

Tanya Tagaq

April 20, 2018
6:30PM | Concert Hall

Tanya Tagaq
Extra & Talkback

Pilobolus presents Shadowland

May 5, 2018
6:30PM | Target Atrium

Pilobolus