Arts Education Program

Arts Education Program

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. (When available, links to study guides are offered below.)

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.

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

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.

 

How to Register

Step 1 – Complete the registration form (click here to download .pdf)
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.

 

Questions

Call: 540-943-9999
(Tues. – Fri. 10am to 2pm)
Email: info@waynetheatre.org

 

Venue

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

 

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)

 

2016-17 Arts Education Performances

View 2016-17 Arts Education Brochure.


 

2017-18 Arts Education Performances

Apollo to the Moon
Wednesday, Sept. 27
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Grades 3-12 History, Language Arts, Science 
Follow Scott Gibson, a young atronomer, who dreams of becoming an astronaut in the historic Apollo Space program.  This one man multimedia performance features music of the 1950’s and 60’s, original downlink broadcasts from space, and over 100 NASA photographs. 


Dragons Love Tacos
Wednesday, Oct. 4
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: K-5
Theatreworks USA’s newest musical revue of beloved contemporary children’s books! Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin Dragons love all sorts of tacos—except spicy ones! When a boy throws his new dragon friends a spicy salsa taco party , red-hot trouble ensues.


The Cashore Marionettes
Friday, Nov. 3
9:30 am
Grades: 3-8
The Cashore Marionettes are unmatched in artistry, grace and refinement of movement. The internationally acclaimed Cashore Marionettes redefine the art of puppetry. The moving and humorous performances have astounded audiences in Europe, the Far East and across North America including stops at the Kennedy Center, Annenberg Center, Kravis Center, and many others.


Pinocchio
Tuesday, Nov. 14
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Grades K – 5
Imagine Geppetto’s surprise when the puppet he carves from a most unusual piece of wood suddenly springs to life.  The wood boy, named Pinocchio, becomes like a son to the kindly old wood carver who provides him with a loving home.  But the mischievous, and somewhat ungrateful, Pinocchio has other ideas and sets off on a series of fantastical adventures.  Along the way he learns valuable lessons that lead him back home to Geppetto and earn him the thing he most desires – to be a real boy.


Junie B Jones
Friday, Dec. 1
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: K-5
Hooray, hooray! TheatreworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It’s all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that’s all.)


One Appalachian Christmas
Monday, Dec. 4
9:30 a.m.
The year is 1936. Christmas is coming but Addie Parker and her friend Clyde Runion are afraid that “Santy Claus” won’t be coming to their poor little town in the Appalachian Mountains.  But, the two are determined to make the holiday the best it can be.  Pa has been laid off from the saw mill and times are spare, but with some hard work and the help of family and friends, they learn that the best Christmases don’t come from the pages of a mail order catalog.

Freedom Train
Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: 3-9
Freedom Train tells the thrilling story of Harriet Tubman, the Moses of her people, in a fascinating series of highly theatrical scenes that use dance, dialogue, and music of the period. Songs include “Follow the Drinking Gourd,” “Steal Away,” “Wade in the Water,” “Good News, the Chariot’s A-comin’,” and many others still sung today. Freedom Train is the story of self-sacrifice, dedication and survival, laced with warmth and a sense of humor that celebrates the human spirit — a universal story for all.


Lightning Thief
Thursday, Feb. 15, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: 2-6
Percy Jackson is about to be kicked out of boarding school…again. And that’s the least of his troubles. Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of the pages of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, he’s angered a few of them. Zeus’s master lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect.


Click Clack Moo
Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades: K-4
“Cows that type? Hens on strike! Whoever heard of such a thing!” Farmer Brown cries. When his granddaughter Jenny comes for a visit, Farmer Brown declared the farm a “tech-free zone.” He confiscates her laptop in the cold barn along with the shivering cows who use her computer to type messages requesting blankets. “No way,” replies Farmer Brown. “No blankets!” So the cows go on strike and the chickens join them in solidarity. No blankets: no milk, no eggs! Will Farmer Brown give in to the animals’ demands? Will Jenny get her computer back? Find out in a hilariously “mooooo-ving” musical about negotiation and compromise, based on the Caldecott Honor Book by Doreen Cronin and Betsy Lewin.


Flight School  
Friday, March 16, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
It’s the first day of Flight School, where they teach birds to fly. Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn’t built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. Penguin’s spirit won’t be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly! With book by Cara Lustik, music by David Mallamud, and lyrics by Joshua H. Cohen, Flight School The Musical is based on the book Flight School from best-selling author Lita Judge.

     

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