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School Pricing

Option 1: Virtual (Live & Pre-Recorded) asynchronous

Virtual Live Performances (via Zoom)
Elementary Schools
(public and private)
$395 for a live Zoom performance per school. 100 device limit. May have more than 100 children watch if multiple students watch the same device (such as an overhead screen). For multiple schools on a single Zoom link, subtract $100 per school off the per school price. TCA grants available.
Pre-Recorded (Private Vimeo Link)
1 school $295 per school
2-4 schools $245 per school
5-10 schools $195 per school
11+ schools $125 per school
Private code is good for 5 consecutive school days, unlimited number of students,
and unlimited number of showings.

Option 2: Live In-Person (synchronous)

It is simple to budget for Margaret's school shows. A full day is $950 (4-5 shows), and a half day is $525 (1-2 shows). A half day is either before noon or after noon. Two schools can ONLY split a full day together - not a half day. For a half day, you can add an additional show for $225. To find your total cost, check to see which zone you are in, then look at show minimums plus travel. (Note - this pricing is only for public schools. Library and daycare pricing is available.)

If you order a live in person program but you still have "some" virtual learners at home, you will get access to the pre-recorded version of the same program for a FULL WEEK at NO ADDITIONAL CHARGE!

Mileage figured round trip from our address in Arlington, TX. Once we are in a city though there are no further mileage charges for you to incur.

Zone 1 No travel fee
Zone 2 $0.625 per mile round trip plus $175 per diem/day. Mileage costs waived for 3+ days in a row.
Zone 3 $0.625 per mile round trip plus $175 per diem/day. Mileage costs waived for tours 4+ days in a row.
Zone 4 $0.625 per mile round trip plus $175 per diem/day. Mileage costs waived for tours 5 days in a row.
Zone 5 $0.625 per mile round trip plus $175 per diem/day.

* Travel days must be consecutive in order to have fees waived. Pricing is based on ALL programs being in the same location within the school. If a move is required during the school day an extra fee will be incurred. We may also need to bring an experienced roadie along to help in this process. We do not allow school personnel to help with moving our equipment. No exceptions. We perform as the SAME character for an entire day. We do NOT change our programs or characters on the same day when traveling between schools. No exceptions.

Evening show rate - single performance: Many schools want an evening performance for a special school function. The evening rate for one show is $325. Evening performances can be a different program than the school day. Zone 1 schools can book an evening show with no other performances. Zones 2 - 5 can add an evening program with the required full day shows.

Bonus - Save money!

Here are 2 different ways to save.

1. Split a full day with another school and only pay half of the full day rate.

2. In zones 2-5 - get another school near you to book a full day, and you can share travel expenses.

FOR EXAMPLE: If you are in Zone 1 and you split a day with XYZ school, your half day rate would be $475 instead of $525! You save $50! With this special offer, each school gets 2 shows, for a total of 4 shows in that district. If you want to book an additional show (and your schedule permits) with this special you pay just $225 to add that performance.

If you are in Zones 2 - 5, split a full day with another school and save! By organizing performances on additional days you can save on travel, too. Each school must be within the same zone and quadrant (or very close to the same zone and quadrant) to split a day. By getting other schools to book on separate days you can eliminate travel expenses, too! See the chart above.

Booking directions: Please find your city on the following zone map. These areas are identified below with numbered bands to help you budget accurately, and save money! Once you locate your city, click here to fill out an online request form. Or, you may call Margaret at (817) 980-1760.

BLOCK BOOKING BONUS! Save an extra $100/day!

Margaret gives larger districts an incentive to ORGANIZE and book in blocks to SAVE money! You already know how you can save travel and mileage charges by booking multiple days (see chart above) but, how about AN ADDED BONUS! By booking MCP programs for 5 + full days, each school can save an additional $100 per full day. If you have Margaret for a full day, your rate would only be $850. If you are splitting a day with another school, your rate would only be $425! Just send an e-mail out on your listserv encouraging other schools to book together for the BLOCK BOOKING BONUS. Tell them the first 5 schools (or 10 schools if each one splits a day) will get the added discount. *If you have more than 5 days of bookings for your district we can also help you but call us!

Organizer Bonus! The librarian or educator who does the legwork and organizes a block booking (days must be consecutive in the same week) will receive $120 off the school's invoice for one day of shows. Multiple full week tours can accumulate savings for your school. For example, a 2 week tour would save your school $240. A 3 week tour would save $360 and so on.

Now Booking Through To 2023 - Call To Reserve Your Date!
Margaret will also book up to 2 years in advance! When you book a year or more in advance, you can lock in the price of your show for 2 years without a price increase. You can also be assured of getting a top level entertainer on time for the date you request!

Map courtesy of the University of Texas Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin.