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.



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.

Our Arts Education programming is sponsored in part by:

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


How to Register

Step 1 – Complete the registration form (download here)
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)


2018-19 Arts Education Performances

View 2018-19 Arts Education Brochure.


The Magic School Bus

Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Theatreworks USA

When the class gets lost on the way to the planetarium, Ms. Frizzle saves the day by blasting into outer space for an epic inter-planetary field trip! But when rivalries both old and new threaten to tear the students apart, our young heroes must learn to pull together or risk getting forever lost in the solar system. Hop on The Magic School Bus for a ride in Theatreworks USA’s new musical adaptation based on the original book series published by Scholastic.
(Recommended Grades K – 5)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Music, Science, Social Studies


Janet’s Planet (STEAM)

Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Janet Ivey

Download Study Guide.
Explore the wonders of the solar system by traveling at the “speed of thought” in this interactive performance that takes young audiences on a virtual tour across the universe. Based on the educational television show that airs on 144 public television stations, fans are in for a real treat as they see the galaxy from Janet’s futuristic Mission Control.The live show challenges young minds while inspiring STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics).
(Recommended Grades 3 – Adult)
Meets these NGSS AND CC Standards:
NGSS (Next Genera on Science Standards) ESS1-1, ESS1-2, ESS1-3, ESS1-4
CCSS (Common Core State Standards) SL.1.2, SL.2.2, SL.3.2, SL.4.2, SL.5.2


Sugar Skull

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018
10:00 a.m.
Mexico Beyond Mariachi
Download Study Guide.

Meet Sugar Skull, a charismatic candy skeleton who dreams of riding the exclusive train to Who-Knows-Where. Can an ordinary girl like Vita help him in time? Sugar Skull is a colorful, musical family adventure that celebrates the rich traditions of Día de los Muertos, and the vibrant heart of Mexican culture. This is the experience that will change your students’ perception of the country, its people, and its cultural practices.
(Recommended K – Adult)


Charlotte’s Web

Friday, Oct. 26, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Theatreworks USA

Download Study Guide.
A loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman she will create a “miracle.” Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 5)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships and Family


The Shoemaker & the Christmas Elves

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour
Download Study Guide.

A heartwarming, holiday musical! Join us as Virginia Rep on Tour takes a yuletide spin on the classic Brothers’ Grimm fairy tale. The Christmas Elves are confused that Santa sent them to a shoe shop. The Shoemakers are confused about what they saw. But all is well in this delightful, magical story of the poor Shoemakers and the magical elves who show them the true meaning of Christmas!
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 5)
Family Ties, Folk Tales, Music, Reading, Self-Esteem, Tales from Other Lands
Supports the Teaching of VA SOL: English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.1, 1.2 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6


Rainbow Fish

Friday, Dec. 14, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

Download Study Guide.
The Rainbow Fish tells the story of the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. He is admired by the entire underwater world, and the other fish dream of owning one of his magnificent scales. Resentment ensues when he is unwilling to give any of them away, and he becomes the loneliest fish in the ocean. Following the advice of a clever octopus, he gives each fish one of his scales. The more he shares, the happier he becomes.
(Recommended Ages 3-7; Grades Pre-K – 2)


The Very Hungry Caterpillar

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

After much demand, that little caterpillar is returning, along with an assortment of favorite puppet characters. The triple-bill includes the wonderful story of The Very Hungry Caterpillar’s metamorphosis into a beautiful butterfly; the fanciful account of Little Cloud’s travels through the sky, and the Mixed-Up Chameleon’s discovery of his own unique nature. The whimsical tales have enchanted several generations, and our adaption teaches as well.
(Recommended Ages 3-7; Grades Pre-K – 2)


The Cat in the Hat

Monday, Feb. 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Theatreworks USA

Download Study Guide.
Everyone’s favorite cat comes to mischievous life in this theatrical adaptation of the Dr. Seuss classic. From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks, he is certainly fun to play with. And he turns a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will Mum find when she comes home?
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 4)
Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music


Buffalo Soldier

Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour

Download Study Guide.
Based on the true story of our nation’s longest-surviving Buffalo Soldier and veteran of the Spanish-American War, this dramatic play with music tells the heroic story of the brave soldiers of the 9th and 10th Cavalries. Trooper Jones Morgan served in Cuba and was one of the many Buffalo Soldiers at the Battle of San Juan Hill. His story not only encompasses the experiences of the Buffalo Soldiers, but also tells that of the black soldier in Jim Crow America.
(Grades 3 – Adult)


The Ugly Duckling (Lightwire)

Friday, March 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Lightwire Theater

Lightwire Theater brings a classic tale to the modern stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. Lined with electroluminescent wire, the beloved story of The Ugly Duckling plays out on stage through a cutting-edge blend of puppetry, technology and dance. With dazzling visuals, poignant choreography and the creative use of music ranging from classical to pop, this production brings this story into a new and brilliant light.
(Recommended Ages 5-10; Grades Pre-K – 4)


A Sick Day for Amos McGee

Tuesday, April 2, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour

A fun, rousing new musical: Amos McGee is as kindly and conscientious a zookeeper as you will find. Day after day he demonstrates the perfect way to bond with each of his friends: running races with the tortoise, and being always there with a handkerchief when one is needed by the sniffling elephant. When one day Amos himself feels under the weather and must remain home in his bed, the animals must decide together what they can do to return the favor.
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 5)
Art, Family Ties, Reading, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Music, Self-Esteem, Character Development
VA SOL: English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.1, 1.2 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6


The Jungle Book

Tuesday, April 23, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Virginia Rep on Tour
Download Study Guide.

Join young Mowgli as he learns the “laws” of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart.
(Recommended Grades Pre-K – 5)
Art, Language Arts, Literary Classic, Reading, Science, History, Music, Character Development
Supports the Teaching of VA SOL: English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.1, 1.2, 1.3, 1.4, 1.7, 1.9, 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 2.8, 3.1, 3.2, 3.5, 3.6, 4.1, 4.2, 4.4, 5.1, 5.2, 5.3, 5.5, 5.6 History : K.1, K.2, K.3, K.4, 1.1, 1.6, 1.10, 2.10, 3.5, 3.10, USI.2 Science: K.2, K.4, K.6, K.8, 1.5, 1.7, 2.5, 2.8, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 3.10, 4.5, 5.5


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