Arts Education Program

Arts Education Program

A passion for the performing arts can begin at an early age. Arts Education performances give our youngest audience members the opportunity to experience live performing arts in our historic Wayne Theatre. The mission of this program is to present the best educational theater that engages children of all ages in meaningful ways, complements school curricula, and cultivates appreciation of the performing arts. (When available, links to study guides are offered below.)

Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. (read full article)

All of our arts programming is open to all ages and open to the public. Buses and large groups are welcome but advance tickets are required.


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How to Register Classrooms

Step 1 – Complete the registration form (download here)
Step 2 – Return the completed registration form to the Wayne Theatre
(P.O. Box 1821, Waynesboro, VA 22980)
Step 3 – Submit payment. Payment is due 30 days prior to performance date. Refer to registration form for details.



Call: 540-943-9999
(Tues. – Fri. 10am to 2pm)



Wayne Theatre/Ross Performing Arts Center
521 West Main Street
Waynesboro, VA 22980


Upcoming Arts Education Performances

View 2018-19 Arts Education Brochure.


The Jungle Book

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour
Download Study Guide.

Join young Mowgli as he learns the “laws” of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart.
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 5)
Art, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Reading, Science, History, Music, Character Development
Supports the Teaching of VA SOL: English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6 History : K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, 1.1, 1.6, 1.10, 2.10, 3.5, 3.10, USI.2 Science: K.2, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.5, 1.7, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 5.5


Know Before You Go

  • All programs are one hour in length.
  • Tickets are $7.50 each for students and adults
  • Once you have made your reservations,be sure to download the Study Guide which is available for all productions below.Study Guides are a great resource for preparing, enhancing and supporting your students’ performance experience. They contain additional information about the show and its broader context, and activities to incorporate into the classroom.
  • SOL connections with each performance.
  • Q & A available after each performance
  • “Meet & greet” with the cast. Available for classes / groups on the stage following the performances.(Pictures allowed)


Arts Education Sponsors

Whether for a moment or for a lifetime, the Arts touch people’s lives. Make a difference in our area school children by sponsoring an Arts Education performance at the Wayne Theatre. We are continuously looking for new sponsors for such events and would be happy to talk with businesses and individuals about sponsorship opportunities. Please call 540-943-9999.

The Wayne Theatre is also supported by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Virginia Commission for the Arts.


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