Arts Education Program

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A passion for the performing arts can begin at an early age. The 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. Theatre IV on Tour is a division of Virginia Repertory Theatre. (When available, links to study guides are offered below.)

The support and generosity of the Virginia Commission for the Arts and our Arts Education Sponsors allows The Wayne to make these programs accessible to everyone in the Shenandoah Valley and Central Virginia by offering performances at a reduced cost. Tickets are $7.50 per person for all shows offered during the day.

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

Become an Arts Education Sponsor: 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.

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Spring 2016 Arts Education Performances

I Have a Dream

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Theatre IV
By Bruce Craig Miller

The phenomenal impact of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is chronicled in this compelling dramatization of the life and times of one of the most influential and charismatic leaders of the American Century. Inspired by the arrest of Rosa Parks, Dr. King becomes the prime mover behind the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, putting his philosophy of non-violent protest to work. He gains national recognition and becomes the dominant force in the Civil Rights Movement during its decade of greatest achievement. Your audience will be inspired by the story of this great leader’s struggle and his dream of lifting “our nation from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of brotherhood.” 

Theatre IV Study Guide


The Frog Prince

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Theatre IV
Book and Lyrics by Douglas Jones
Music by Ron Barnett

When a spoiled princess drops her golden ball into a well, a noble frog retrieves it in exchange for her promise of friendship. The princess breaks her promise, and must face the music in this colorful, funny, faithful adaptation of the classic folk story first recorded by the Brothers Grimm. Our beautiful production of The Frog Prince showcases an amphibian ensemble created by internationally acclaimed puppet master Terry Snyder.

Theatre IV Study Guide


Wonderful World of Simple Machines

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Theatre IV
By Bruce Craig Miller
Co-produced by The Carpenter Science Theatre Program at the Science Museum of Virginia

A hands-on demonstration of the six types of simple machines: the lever, the inclined plane, the wedge, the screw, the wheel and axle, and the pulley. Simple machines are tools that make work easier by changing the direction or increasing the effect of a force. They are the basic components of all machines. During the play you will meet Jake, Stella and Leslie, three avid science fans who take the audience on an exploration of the wonders of Simple Machines. Not only do the young scientists explore the six simple machines, but they also demonstrate the types of simple machines and how simple machines work.

Study Guide compiled by Heather Widener


Ooey Gooey Poetry

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By Barefoot Puppets

Sometimes characters end up in sticky situations! Children’s literature is a true treasure trove. This lively puppet show features timeless classics including The Three Little Kittens and Little Miss Muffet. Audiences also meet an entertaining circus worm (who meets an unfortunate fate!) and a young man named Jonathan who ate way too much cake. A wide variety of puppets — including a “humanette” will delight young audiences.


20,000 Leagues under the Sea

leaguesundersea400Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Theatre IV
Based on the Novel by Jules Verne Book, Music and Lyrics by Bitan Thomas

This rousing musical adventure beneath the high seas is the perfect way to captivate minds, support the earth science and geography curricula, and introduce young readers to one of the most popular landmarks of world literature. Join Captain Nemo, Professor Elaine Aronnax, and harpooner Ned Land as they explore the undersea world in this electrifying adaptation of a 19th century classic. With an expanded cast, lavish sets and costumes, lively music, and stunning deep ocean videography, this classic yarn will captivate your students.

Theatre IV Study Guide


The Little Red Hen

littleredhen400Thursday, May 12, 2016
9:30am & 12:30pm

Theatre IV
Based on the traditional folk story
Book, Music and Lyrics by Ford Flannagan

“Who’ll help me plant the seed?,” asks the plucky red hen as she begins the process that goes into making a loaf of her delicious bread. “Not I,” say the sheep, the cow, the horse, and the pig. They all have better things to do. But, “a hen’s gotta do what a hen’s gotta do,” and so our crimson heroine perseveres until her work is done. The tricks of the conniving fox combine with the hen’s common sense to add adventure and a sound moral lesson to this classic, feel good, foot-stompin’ country musical.

Theatre IV Study Guide


Mark Nizer

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Since winning the International Juggling Championships, Mark Nizer has taken his one-man show to thousands of venues around the world. He has been on MTV, HBO’s Just for Laughs, and Comic Strip Live. He has opened for Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Hope, George Burns, and Ray Charles, among others. Mark’s educational programs introduce students to the art of juggling and all that is possible. Mark stresses the principles of living your dreams, believing in yourself, keeping an open mind, and never giving up. Mark is now partnering with SIRI of iPhone fame to allow presenters to customize material to exactly what they are trying to teach.


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