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Student Matinees

Interested schools or groups should contact Caroline Salant, Education Manager, at education@vafest.org or by calling 757-605-3078.

Wednesday, January 17, 2018


American Shakespeare Center on Tour


Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

One of the great Shakespearean tragedies, Macbeth is a dark and bloody drama of ambition, murder, guilt, and revenge. Prompted by the prophecies of three mysterious witches and goaded by his ambitious wife, the Scottish thane Macbeth murders Duncan, King of Scotland, in order to succeed him on the throne. This foul deed entangles the conscience-stricken nobleman in a web of treachery, deceit, and more murders, which ultimately spells his doom. Macbeth paints a striking dramatic portrait of a man of honor and integrity destroyed by a fatal character flaw and the tortures of a guilty imagination.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller


Attucks Theatre, Norfolk

This dynamic storyteller breathes life into traditional and contemporary tales from African and African-American traditions, weaving in music performed on traditional African instruments. Meticulously researched and told with flair, Alston's stories transport young people to other cultures and other times and provide unforgettable lessons in history that translate easily into classroom connections.

Friday, February 23, 2018

Rhythm Live!

10:00AM-11:00AM & 11:30AM-12:30PM

Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

This performance combines the energy of Caribbean and West African music with exciting choreography to deliver the cultural history of Trinidad through its unique musical past. The combination of narrations based on historical facts, with color, movement, and sound, makes for an educational experience that students of any age will remember for a long time.

Friday, March 2, 2018

Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater


Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

One of the most acclaimed international ambassadors of American culture, the Alvin Ailey® American Dance Theater carries forward its founder's long-standing idea that "dance is for everybody." AAADT's graceful and energetic performances promote the uniqueness of African-American culture through modern dance. A must-see experience!

Friday, April 20, 2018

Romeo and Juliet

Birmingham Royal Ballet

with the Virginia Symphony Orchestra


Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

You know the story, but you've probably never seen it performed in such a grandiose fashion. Set to a mesmerizing score by Sergei Prokofiev, this adaptation of Shakespeare's classic tale of the "star-crossed lovers" brings to life the feud between the Houses of Capulet and Montague and the passionate story of two young people who fight and love until the end. Verona's walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike, and so ensues a story of romance, murder, and tragedy as famous as any that has graced the stage.

Wednesday-Friday, April 25-27, 2018

Virginia International Tattoo


Scope Arena, Norfolk

Pageantry and patriotism, spirit and spectacle, talent and teamwork combine in this awesome display of music and might -- one of the highlights of the Virginia Arts Festival. Over 850 performers from all over the world fill the Scope Arena -- a truly spectacular springboard for classroom explorations of history, geography, and more!