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.

 

Legend of Sleepy Hollow
sleepyhollowWednesday, November 16, 2016
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: K – 5
Based on the original story by Washington Irving, The Legend of Sleepy Hollow tells the story of Tarry Town, a place where strange things happen and the townsfolk seem entranced by spirits. Ichabod Crane, a well-educated teacher who comes to live in Tarry Town, meets a mysterious fate. Legend has it that he is the victim of the dreaded ‘headless horseman’ who allegedly haunts Sleepy Hollow. After his disappearance, Ichabod’s horse was found grazing in a nearby pasture. His hat was found trampled on the path.
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Twas the Night Before Christmas
christmasMonday, December 19, 2016
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 5
Sometimes heartwarming and hilarious, this charming Christmas musical is complete with a jolly Santa, reindeer on the roof, moonlight on the snow, Ma and Pa in their caps, and sugarplums dancing in the dreams of hopeful children. Our careworn poet, Clement Moore is struggling to write a Christmas poem. Clement, uninspired until his eyes and heart are opened by the loving, joyous images all about him in his home, begins writing his immortal poem with these words, “’Twas the night before Christmas.”
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The Teacher from the Black Lagoon
teacherfromlagoonFriday, February 10, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 4
An exciting musical revue based on favorite contemporary children’s books. Teacher From the Black Lagoon (by Mike Thaler and Jared Lee) follows Hubie’s imagination as he faces his comically horrific fears and discovers that his new teacher is pleasantly human after all. The other storybooks included in this musical are: Dogzilla, Grumpy Bird, I Want My Hat Back, Lilly’s Purple Plastic Purse, Love Splat, Splat the Cat, and The Grasshopper and the Ant.
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Alexander Who Is Not… Going to Move
1589alexanderThursday, March 9, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 3
Alexander has just received some really bad news. His dad has taken a job in a city a thousand miles away, which means that he and his family are going to have to move to a whole new city. Even though his mom says, “Wait, you’ll like it,” Alexander already knows that he’ll hate it. He can’t bear to leave the people and places he loves, so he decides that he won’t move. With a little help from his mom and dad and even his bossy older brothers they help him to understand that home is “where your family is.”
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The Lightning Thief
lightningtheifTuesday, March 14, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: 3 – 8
Lately, mythological monsters and the gods of Mount Olympus seem to be walking straight out of Percy’s Greek mythology textbook and into his life. And worse, Zeus’ lightning bolt has been stolen and Percy is the prime suspect. He has ten days to find and return Zeus’ stolen property and bring peace to a warring Mount Olympus. To succeed, Percy must do more than catch the true thief: he must come to terms with the father who abandoned him; solve the Oracle’s riddle, which warns him of betrayal, and unravel a treachery.
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Miss Nelson is Missing!
1586missnelsonMonday, March 27, 2017
9:30am and 12:30pm
Grades: Pre-K – 4
The students in Room 207 were the worst-behaved class in the whole school: spitballs stuck to the ceiling; paper airplanes whizzing through the air – even though they had the sweetest teacher of all, Miss Nelson. But when Miss Nelson unexpectedly does not come to school one day, the class gets the strictest substitute they have ever met. The search is on for Miss Nelson, who seems to have vanished. This lighthearted musical reminds us all to show appreciation to those that we value!
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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
barefootAE(Performance Date: TBA)
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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