Extras & Talkbacks

Join the Twin Cities art discussion

Join us one hour prior to the curtain of many of our performances, and enjoy our lively and popular Ordway Extras. These may be lecture demonstrations led by arts and cultural experts and practitioners or lobby installations. 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

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, demonstration of a particular art form, or a lobby installation. 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.

Family Series

Don’t miss out on the free Play & Learn lobbies one hour before most Family Series performances 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 Broadway 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 Broadway 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.

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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 one hour before the performance
  • Talkbacks & Mingles are post-show
  • View previously recorded Ordway Extras

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