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.



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



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.



Lyle Lyle Crocodile
crocAETuesday, April 11, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Some families have dogs; others are ‘cat people.’ But the Primm family has quite an unusual pet. When they move to New York City, they find, of all things, a crocodile living in their upstairs bathroom! Luckily, their pet is a very friendly crocodile, and the Primm family – especially their son Josh Primm – becomes very fond of Lyle. Lyle even gains the trust and friendship of the neighborhood after a game-winning home run makes him somewhat of a hero.
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The House at Pooh Corner
poohMonday, April 24, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: 3 – 12
This musical performance of A.A. Milne’s classic tale, House at Pooh Corner, continues to capture young audiences. Set in the magical Hundred Acre Wood in England, Christopher Robin’s adventures with Pooh, Piglet, Eeyore, Kanga, Roo, Owl, and Tigger still delight. From discovering what to feed Tigger (no haycorns, no honey, no thistles) to playing Poohsticks over the bridge, the friends are bound only by their childhood imaginations. Indeed, a child and his bear will always be playing.
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Barefoot Puppets
barefootAEThursday, May 18, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 3
Barefoot Puppets return to the Wayne Theatre. They have been building and performing original works since 1997 when founder and director, Heidi Rugg, began building puppet shows from the basement of her home in Richmond, Virginia. The first show she originally designed to fit in the back of a Volkswagen Golf! From these humble beginnings, the company (and the touring vehicle) has grown significantly and now tours nationally while continuing to create new works for young audiences and their families.
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