Arts Education Program

Arts Education Program

A passion for the performing arts can begin at an early age. 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.)

Field trips to live theater enhance literary knowledge, tolerance and empathy among students, according to a study published by researchers in the University of Arkansas Department of Education Reform. (read full article)

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.


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How to Register Classrooms

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 $8.00 each for students and adults
  • $2 per person additional for popcorn and Capri Sun snack
  • Benny’s Pizza available for some performances for additional cost
  • Once you have made your reservations,be sure to download the Study Guide which is available for most productions. 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 (when available). Available for classes/groups on the stage following the performances. (Pictures allowed)


2019-20 Arts Education Performances

Rosie Revere
Wednesday, October 30, 2019

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades K-4
Ms. Greer’s classroom includes three inquisitive out-of-the-box thinkers: Rosie Revere has big dreams, Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture, and Ada Twist’s curiosity can drive her teacher crazy. A fun new TheatreworksUSA musical based on the books by Andrea Beatty which spotlights the STEM curriculum (focusing on science, technology, engineering and math.)
Download Study Guide.

The True Story of Pocahontas
Wednesday, November 6, 2019

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades K-5
Pocahontas is a name known to every school-age child and yet her true story is shrouded in myth. With an emphasis on historical fact, Pocahontas is revealed as a playful, strong-minded young girl who changes her world before she will change her beliefs or herself. Follow Pocahontas as she grows from a girl who helps the Jamestown colonists survive, to the young woman, wife, and mother who carries her message across the Atlantic to the mighty King of England. Join Pocahontas on her amazing journey and see how courage and determination can change the world. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Download Study Guide.

Elf The Musical Jr.
Monday, December 2, 2019

10:00 AM
Grades K-5
This musical is performed by students who’ve taken part in an 8 week workshop . We feel there is value in “children watching children perform.” Come and enjoy! A title known the world over, Elf The Musical JR. is a must-produce holiday musical that can easily become an annual tradition for any theatre. Based on the cherished New Line Cinema hit, Elf JR. features songs by Tony Award-nominees, Matthew Sklar and Chad Beguelin, with a book by Tony Award-winners, Thomas Meehan and Bob Martin. Buddy, a young orphan, mistakenly crawls into Santa’s bag of gifts and is transported to the North Pole. The would-be elf is raised, unaware that he is actually a human, until his enormous size and poor toy-making abilities cause him to face the truth. With Santa’s permission, Buddy embarks on a journey to New York City to find his birth father and discover his true identity. Faced with the harsh reality that his father is on the naughty list and that his half-brother doesn’t even believe in Santa, Buddy is determined to win over his new family and help New York remember the true meaning of Christmas.

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Tuesday, December 10, 2019

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades K-5
Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is an original holiday tale. Tuck and his father prepare for Christmas as Mr. Grumpasaurus strives to thwart all Christmas merriment. But with the help of Santa and his elves, Christmas turns out to be the best yet, even for Mr. Grumpasaurus. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.

The Rainbow Fish
Thursday, January 23, 2020

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades Pre-K – 2
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. Produced by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia.
Download Study Guide.

Sweet Chariot
Monday, February 10, 2020

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades 3-Adult
Unique and upbeat, educational and inspirational, the talented singer/actors of Sweet Chariot tell the true story of slavery by combining dazzling a capella spirituals with oral histories of 70, 80, and 90 year-old former slaves who were interviewed during the Federal Writers Project of the 1930’s. Their first-hand accounts of the joys and agonies of everyday life, and their efforts to escape to freedom across the Ohio River, bring new understanding to students of all backgrounds. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Download Study Guide.

Angelina Ballerina
Friday, March 13, 2020

10:00 AM
In Angelina Ballerina The Musical, Angelina and her friends, Alice, Gracie, AZ, Viki and even their teacher, Ms. Mimi, are all aflutter because a special guest is coming to visit Camembert Academy! Angelina and her friends will perform all types of dance, including hip-hop, modern dance, the Irish jig and of course, ballet and they are excited to show off their skills to their famous visitor. Angelina is the most excited of all, but will she get the starring moment she hopes for? Based on the CG-animated series, “Angelina Ballerina The Next Steps,” Angelina Ballerina The Musical is a family-friendly show that will have the entire audience dancing in the aisles. Presented by Vital Theatre.

Newton’s Apple
Tuesday, March 17, 2020

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades 2-8
The world was a different place when Isaac Newton had that apple drop on his head. The English mathematician, astronomer, scientist, author, and physicist developed the principle of modenr physics, including the laws of motion. Follow along with Newton as he uses scientific methods to conduct experiments and make discoveries that changed the world. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Download Study Guide.


The Little Red Hen
Thursday, April 2, 2020

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades K-5
“Who’ll help me plant the seed?” asks the plucky red hen as she begins the process that goes into making a loaf of her delicious bread. “Not us,” says the sheep, the cow, the horse, and the pig. They all have better things to do. But a “hen’s gotta do what a hen’s gotta do,” and so our crimson heroine perseveres until her work is done. But, the tricks of the conniving fox combine with the hen’s common sense to add adventure and a sound moral lesson to this classic, feel good, foot-stompin’ country musical. Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre.
Download Study Guide.

The Wonderful World of Simple Machines
Wednesday, April 22, 2020

9:30 AM and 12:30 PM
Grades K-5
This lively, hands-on introduction to the scientific principles and properties of simple machines will provide your students an unforgettable close encounter with levers, inclined planes, screws, wedges, pulleys, and the wheel and axle. The antics of the actors and audience participation (with help from a special guest) will bring the concepts of simple machines alive for your students in a way no other encounter will. This acclaimed show is sure to educate as well as entertain. Presented by Virginia Repetory Theatre.
Download Study Guide.


Arts Education Sponsors

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.

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


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