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Student Matinees

Interested schools or groups should contact education@vafest.org.

A Midsummer Night’s Dream

American Shakespeare Center on Tour
Friday, November 1, 2019 – 10:15am-12:45pm
Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare casts a theatrical spell powerful enough to make audiences of all ages believe in anything. This mischievous comedy of lovers, heroes, fairies, and rude mechanicals is his tribute to humankind's power of imagination, and reveals that the "course of true love" can alter with just one touch of magic.   

Charlotte Blake Alston, storyteller

Thursday, February 6, 2020 – 10:30-11:30am
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.

ALICE (in wonderland)

Hong Kong Ballet
Friday, April 17, 2020 – 10:30am-12:30pm
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

Get ready for a wild, wild ride down the rabbit hole! Bursting with energy and imagination, the extravagant ALICE (in wonderland) explodes with jaw-dropping excitement and fantasy. This giddy, over-the-top re-imagining of Lewis Carroll’s classic tale promises exhilarating fun for all ages. Join us on a spectacular adventure overflowing with unexpected humor and unbridled passion with Hong Kong Ballet – one of Asia’s premier ballet companies that is internationally recognized as a top institution and represents Hong Kong’s unique character.

Collage Dance Collective

Tuesday-Wednesday, April 21-22, 2020
10:30-11:30 AM
Harrison Opera House, Norfolk

Collage Dance Collective works to inspire the growth of ballet by showcasing a repertoire of relevant classical and contemporary choreography with a diverse company of world-class dancers. Founded in New York, the company relocated to Memphis in 2007 to take part in the city’s exciting artistic renaissance and to fulfill its mission of extending the reach of outstanding classical ballet. The company works to increase access to ballet training, increase diversity on professional ballet stages, and increase participation by people of color at ballet and other fine arts events.

Virginia International Tattoo

Wednesday-Friday, April 29-May 1, 2020 – 10:30am-12:30pm
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 1,000 performers from all over the world fill the Scope Arena – a truly spectacular springboard for classroom explorations of history, geography, and more!

The Kingdom Choir

Tuesday, May 5, 2020 – 10:30-11:30am
Attucks Theatre, Norfolk

Formed of singers and performers from in and around London, England, The Kingdom Choir is a group of likeminded artists dedicated to creating a sound that demonstrates the community they share. The Kingdom Choir has been performing up and down the country and all around the world for over 20 years. Known for its united sound, warm energy, and enthusiastic performance, The Kingdom Choir is a sterling example of the unity within the British gospel community. Their show stopping performance of “Stand By Me” at the Royal Wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle was seen by over two billion people worldwide, and since then, the choir’s version of this beloved classic has gone straight to the top of the Billboard charts. 

All programs subject to change.