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)


2017-18 Arts Education Performances

View 2017-18 Arts Education Brochure.


2017-18 Arts Education Performances

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.

Goodnight Moon and The Runaway Bunny
Tuesday, March 20, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Study Guide (.pdf)

Adapted from Margaret Wise Brown’s sixty-year-old classic, GOODNIGHT MOON is a celebration of familiar night-time rituals, while THE RUNAWAY BUNNY’s pretend tale of leaving home evokes reassuring responses from his loving mum. Both feature the endearing animal puppets, stunning scenic effects and evocative music that have earned international recognition for Mermaid Theatre. The hour-long staged adaptation brings a fresh appreciation of the stories and images that have delighted several generations.

Huck and Tom and the Mighty Mississippi
Thursday, April 5, 2018
9:30 am and 12:30 pm
Grades 2-8
Study Guide (.pdf)

The greatest young adventurers in American literature spring to life in this foot-stompin’, musical based on the novels of Mark Twain.  Join Huckleberry, Tom, Jim, Becky Thatcher, Aunt Polly, and all the residents and rapscallions of Hannibal, MO as they explore the majestic river that defined their lives, tested their souls, and carried their spirit into the heart of America.


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