2017-18 Arts Education Season

We are thrilled to offer our 2017-18 season of Arts Education programming (see listing below) and hope that you will take advantage of these high quality educational and enriching programs!

Please note that Virginia Standards of Learning & Curriculum Connections as well as synopses are listed beneath performance titles. To find out more about a production, please click the link provided underneath respective show title. Study Guide links will be completed soon. Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

Performance Running Times: All Arts Education performances are 60 minutes with the exception of The Unknown Soldier (75 minutes – includes post-performance Q & A).

Performance Dates & Times: As there are multiple times for most performances, and multiple days in the case of Guess How Much I Love You and Freedom Riders, please pay careful attention when requesting seats for your group.

Arts Education Program brochures will be sent to all schools and home school groups in mid-August.

REGISTRATION Information: Reservations are required with a completed registration form.

Please click HERE to Register

Tickets are $8.50 for students and teachers/adult chaperones.

Financial Assistance: To apply for Financial Assistance, please complete and submit this form: FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FORM

Other Notes:

  • Arts Education Performances are for children age 4 and above. We request that you do not bring children under 4 years old
  • If registering multiple grade levels from one school, please submit a separate registration for each grade level (for small private schools bringing multiple grade levels, one registration will suffice).
  • All registrations are processed in the order in which they are received. You will be notified of your registration status by e-mail within 2 weeks upon receipt of your registration form.

If you have any questions or would like more information about the Arts Education Program, please contact Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager at 434-293-1000 or

Photo: Nadirah Zakariya


*Thursday, October 12, 2017
Grades 7-12

Payment Due: September 21, 2017

Sponsored by Elizabeth and Joe LeVaca

Internationally acclaimed and world renowned, Pilobolus presents a multimedia performance that uses the human body as a graphic and expressive medium. Breaking the barriers between creative disciplines, the dancers produce a sense of unity with their athleticism, grace, and humor. Beauty is found in unexpected places. Drawing from an extensive repertory, this story-telling performance is crafted to delight those assembled and provide a unique experience. There is a psychological and social interaction that is somehow idealistic. The audience is engaged and inspired both physically and intellectually. Pilobolus was founded in 1971 by a group of Dartmouth College Students and has created and toured over 120 pieces of repertory to 65 countries.

SOL Connections to Visual Arts, Music, Theater Arts, Dance, Physical Education and Science. Curriculum Connections to the concepts of collaboration, unity, invention, sculpture, storytelling and community.

Website: Pilobolus

Study Guide: Pilobolus Study Guide

*Public performance: Thursday, October 12, 8:00PM

Photo: Heidrun Lohr



Monday, November 13, 2017
10:00AM and 12:30PM
75 MINUTES, performance includes post-show Q&A
Grades 6-12

Payment Due: October 23, 2017

Sponsored by Anonymous

Marking 100 years since America entered WWI, The Unknown Soldier tells two stories a century apart, from the battlefields of WWI to the home front in modern day Australia. Charlie, coping with his father’s return from Afghanistan with PTSD, and his Aunt Angela, a peace activist trying to make sense of it all, discover old letters and piece together the stories of Albert, a 16-year old WWI soldier, and Grace, a mother and nurse searching for her lost son. Through these letters, the historical war comes alive, and Charlie and his aunt find new perspective on the lives of soldiers, nurses, and the families back home. Themes of war, duty, courage and sacrifice are explored throughout this poignant work, and through the lens of history, audiences consider the meaning and significance of The Unknown Soldier. Monkey Baa is Australia’s leading professional theater company for young audiences.

SOL Connections to History: USI.2, USII.5, USII.7, USII.9, WHII.10, WHII.16, WG.4, WG.6, WG.10, WG.12; English: 6.5, 6.6, 7.5, 7.6, 8.5, 8.6, 9.4, 9.5, 10.4, 10.5, 11.4, 11.5, 12.4, 12.5; SOL Connections to Theater Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of war, duty, courage, conflict, sacrifice, mental health, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), compassion and respect.

Website: The Unknown Soldier

Study Guide: The Unknown Soldier Study Guide



Thursday, November 16, 2017
10:00AM and 12:00PM
*Friday, November 17, 2017
10:00AM and 12:00PM
*Sold Out
Grades K-5

November 16 Show Date Payment Due: November 10, 2017
November 17 Show Date Payment Due: October 27, 2017

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

A beloved Newbery Honor book comes to life in this charming tale about a resourceful boy named Elmer. Join him as he sets off on a daring adventure to rescue a baby dragon held captive by the ferocious animals of Wild Island. With pluck and ingenuity, Elmer makes his way to the island, outwits the wild animals, and saves Boris, the baby dragon. But can they find their way back home? They travel over the ocean, get lost in a storm, and discover a magical island. Finally, the dauntless duo safely returns home! Enchantment Theatre Company brings Elmer’s marvelous quest to the stage using puppets, masks, magical scenic effects, and original music. His adventure reminds us that we are never too young to make a difference.

SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.2, K.7, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.7, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.6, 2.8, 2.12, 3.4, 3.5, 3.9, 4.5, 4.7, 5.4, 5.5, 5.7; Science: K.1, K.7, K.9, 1.1,1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 2.7, 3.1, 3.4, 3.8, 3.10, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of imagination; creativity and problem solving; courage and bravery; ingenuity; whimsy; tenderness; adventure; adaptation; mythical, domestic and wild animals; good, evil, and justice.

Website: My Father’s Dragon

Study Guide: My Father’s Dragon Study Guide

Photo: Margo Ellen Gesser



*Wednesday, December 6, 2017
Thursday, December 7, 2017
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades Pre-K – 2

Payment Due: November 15, 2017

“Guess how much I love you,” Little Nutbrown Hare asks Big Nutbrown Hare. Little Nutbrown Hare loves Big Nutbrown Hare as far as he can reach and as high as he can hop. Big Nutbrown Hare loves Little Nutbrown Hare back even more, as far as his long arms can reach and as high as his strong legs can hop. The story continues as the two use larger and larger measures to quantify how much they love each other! Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia adapts for the stage this award-winning classic by author Sam McBratney and illustrator Anita Jeram. In I Love My Little Storybook, an eager bunny lies on the grass and opens his book. Within moments, the story he is reading, created by illustrator Anita Jeram, comes alive in fascinating detail and is an endearing celebration of the joy of reading. This whimsical menagerie showcases the imaginative blend of evocative music, stunning visual effects and innovative puppetry that have earned Mermaid Theatre international acclaim.

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Literacy, Visual Arts and Personal and Social Development; SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.2, K.8, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9,1.13, 2.3, 2.8, 2.12; Visual Arts: K.1, K.7, K.9, K.12, K.16, 1.5, 1.6, 2.1, 2.3, 2.4, 2.17; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of love, friendship, family, parent/child bond, competition, adventure, guessing and estimating.

Website: Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook

Study Guide: Guess How Much I Love You Study Guide

*Public Performance: Wednesday, December 6, 6:00PM

Photo: Robert Mayer Ricarrdo Valentine


A Movement Odyssey Celebrating The Life And Legacy Of Muhammad Ali
*Friday, January 19, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades 5-12

Payment Due: December 18, 2017


If you have questions about this performance, please contact Catherine von Storch at

Sponsored by Anonymous and the University of Virginia Office of the Vice President and Chief Officer for Diversity and Equity

Muhammad Ali (1942-2016) was an American former heavyweight champion boxer and one of the greatest sporting figures of the 20th century. The Opulence of Integrity, a theatrical, interactive, multimedia ensemble work, illustrates the public life and inner searching of boxing’s outspoken superstar. Choreographer Christal Brown uses an eclectic movement vernacular that includes elements of boxing, hip-hop, martial arts, modern dance, and theater to illuminate the turmoil of a life infused by divinity yet misinterpreted by humanity. This work takes an intimate and expansive look at the social, economic and spiritual trappings that prohibit freedom, while drawing parallels of war, resistance, and perseverance through a historical lens.

SOL Connections to History: USII.8, USII.9, CE.4, CE.9, WHII.15, VUS.14; SOL Connections to Dance and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of archetype, social activist, the struggle for identity, individuality, resistance, perseverance, integrity and legend.

Website: The Opulence of Integrity

Study Guide: The Opulence of Integrity Study Guide

*Public performance: Thursday, January 18, 7:30PM

Photo: Stephen Pruitt, Fluxion Photography

with Glass Half Full Theatre and Mother Falcon


Friday, February 16, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades 1-6

Payment Due: January 26, 2018

Sponsored by Mitford Children’s Foundation

Inspired from the Prokofiev classic Peter and the Wolf, this original work introduces the mischievous but fearless Petra, granddaughter of the fabled Peter. When a wolf threatens her home and animal friends, Petra’s adventures become a showcase of bravery and compassion. With captivating large-scale puppetry by Glass Half Full Theatre and an instrumental score written and performed live by Mother Falcon, a band NPR describes as “the little orchestra that can seemingly do the impossible,” this stunning piece of visual and musical storytelling inspires empathy for the animals that share our earth.

SOL Connections to Music: 1.10, 1.12, 1.14, 1.17, 2.7, 2.8, 2.9, 2.14, 3.9, 3.10, 3.12, 3.14, 3.16, 4.8, 4.9, 4.11, 4.13, 4.15, 5.9, 5.12, 5.15, 5.16, EI.18, EI.19, EI.20, 6.7, 6.9, 6.10; Science: 1.5, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 4.5, 5.5; SOL Connections to Visual Arts; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of courage and bravery, empathy and compassion, predators and prey.

Website: Petra and the Wolf

Study Guide: Petra and the Wolf Study Guide



*Wednesday, February 21, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades Pre-K – 2

Payment Due: January 31, 2018

Sponsored by The FUNd at CACF

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman’s classic book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved children’s favorite has gone to the dogs—with cars, hats, audience participation, and even a wild game of ball. This hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important life lessons between innings and honors the joyous simplicity of the world around us. Celebrating and exploring the words and pictures within the book, Go, Dog. Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking, and of course, six lovable dogs!

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (PreK) Connections to Literacy, Visual Arts, Music, and Personal and Social Development. SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.2, K.3, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.8, 1.9, 1.13, 2.3, 2.7, 2.8, 2.12; Science: K.1, K.7, 1.5, 2.4, 2.5; Mathematics: K.1, K.2, 1.12, 1.13, 1.16; SOL Connections to Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of prepositions, adjectives, verbs, routines, schedules, celebrations and parties.

Website: Go, Dog. Go!

Study Guide: Go, Dog. Go! Study Guide

*Public performance: Wednesday, February 21, 6:00PM



Thursday, February 22, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Friday, February 23, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades 3 – 8

Payment Due: February 1, 2018

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

Freedom Riders is the latest edition to the canon of American History plays by Mad River Theater Works. With original songs and live music, this new work explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights Movement. Freedom Riders thoughtfully demonstrates the importance of collaboration to affect change and specifically how non-violent protests focused the nation’s attention on the cruelties of segregation. The timeless, inspiring story of these unforgettable heroes and their achievements is essential to understand fully the Civil Rights Era and American history itself. Mad River Theater Works, based in rural Ohio, creates evocative original musical plays with a rich sense of place. Their productions, many of which are based on American history and folklore, have earned a reputation as authentic presentations that reflect the rich diversity of the country’s common heritage.

SOL Connections to History: 3.10, 3.11, 3.12, VS.1, VS.9, USI.1, USI.9, USII.1, USII.4, USII.9, CE.1, CE.4, CE.9; SOL Connections to Theater Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of Civil Rights Era and movement, segregation, cruelty, non-violent protests and change.

Website: Freedom Riders

Study Guide: Freedom Riders Study Guide

Photo: Christian Waits


*Monday, March 26, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades K-5

Payment Due: March 5, 2018

Sponsored by UVA Children’s Hospital

Sixty-five million years in the making, ‘Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ guides audiences on a breathtaking journey that begins in pre-historic Australia. Observe, meet, and interact with an eye-popping collection of amazingly life-like insects, mammals, and dinosaurs. Employing sophisticated design and electronics, these astounding creatures are presented in a theatrical performance that will thrill audiences while stimulating their imaginations in ways that will forever connect them to their world. The puppets were designed in consultation with professional paleontologists, based on current science and interpretations of fossil evidence, and brought to life by skilled performers and puppeteers. Erth’s DINOSAUR ZOO LIVE™ puppets are so extraordinarily realistic you may feel the urge to run and hide – but don’t!”

SOL Connections to Science: K.1, K.6, K.7, K.9, K.10, 1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.1, 3.4, 3.5, 3.6, 3.8, 4.1, 4.5, 5.1, 5.5; History: K.2, K.4, 1.1, 2.5, 3.5, VS.1, USI.1, USI.2; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of ancient insects, mammals and dinosaurs; terrestrial reptiles; paleontology/paleontologist; fossils; Mesozoic Era-Triassic Period, Jurassic Period, Cretaceous Period; extinction.

Website: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live

Study Guide: Erth’s Dinosaur Zoo Live™ Study Guide

*Public performance: Sunday, March 25, 4:00PM


If you would like to be added to the waiting list for this performance or have questions, please contact the Box Office at or Catherine von Storch at

*Monday, May 14, 2018
10:00AM and 12:00PM
Grades Pre-K – 3

Payment Due: April 23, 2018

Sponsored by Janet and Gray Ferguson

Join Mouse on an adventure through the deep dark wood in Tall Stories’ musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there? It’s a magical story that highlights values of courage and self-esteem, and illustrates the classic idea that the littlest and smartest can triumph over the big and brawny. Showcasing Tall Stories’ distinctive physical, visual performance style, The Gruffalo is full of songs, laughs, and hair-raising fun!

Foundation Blocks for Early Learning (Pre-K) Connections to Literacy, Personal and Social Development, Science, Visual Arts and Music; SOL Connections to English: K.1, K.4, K.9, K.12, 1.1, 1.4, 1.9, 1.13, 2.1, 2.8, 2.12, 3.5, 3.9; Science: K.7, K.9,1.1, 1.5, 2.1, 2.4, 2.5, 3.4, 3.8; SOL Connections to Visual Arts and Music; Curriculum Connections to the concepts of imagination; rhyme, meter and repetition; predators and peril; fables and morals; patience and understanding.

Website: The Gruffalo

Study Guide: The Gruffalo Study Guide

*Public performance: Sunday, May 13, 4:00PM

thank you to our 2017-18 Arts Education Season Sponsor

Quick Facts

Pricing: Tickets for all students and teachers/adult chaperones are $8.50. Students and school groups that qualify for free and reduced meals may receive financial assistance.

Performance Run Times: All performances are 60 minutes unless otherwise noted.

Show Day Essentials:

Study Guides/SOL Connections: Virginia Standards of Learning + Curriculum Connections and synopses are listed beneath performance descriptions.

Grade level designations are meant as guidelines.

More Information: Please direct all Arts Education related questions to Cathy von Storch, Education & Outreach Manager at 434.293.1000 or