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Student Matinees

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

Monday, December 3, 2018

Soweto Gospel Choir
First Baptist Church, Bute Street, Norfolk


Soweto Gospel Choir celebrates the unique and inspirational power of African Gospel music. The Grammy Award-winning choir draws on the best talent from the many churches in and around Soweto in South Africa and tours all over the world, bringing their culture, traditions, and joy to thousands every year. “These absolutely thrilling singers need nothing but their voices to make dazzling music” – Billboard.

Thursday, February 7, 2019

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.

Monday, February 11, 2019

The Comedy of Errors
American Shakespeare Center on Tour
TCC Roper Performing Arts Center, Norfolk

With a raucous energy and the brilliant wordplay that makes Shakespeare so much fun, The Comedy of Errors is a classic Shakespearean farce in which two sets of identical twins are accidentally separated in infancy. They miraculously find themselves years later in the same city, each unaware of the presence of their long-lost counterparts, and hilarity mounts as the look-alikes are repeatedly mistaken for each other – until unexpected reunions bring happy endings for all.

Friday, February 22, 2019

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.

Wednesday-Friday, April 24-26, 2019

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!

Friday, May 3, 2019

Dance Theatre of Harlem
Chrysler Hall, Norfolk

A “Classically American” dance company, the Dance Theatre of Harlem has grown into a multi-cultural dance institution with an extraordinary legacy of creative expression and artistic excellence. Heading into their 50th anniversary season in 2019, Dance Theatre of Harlem has achieved unprecedented success, bringing innovative and bold new forms of artistic expression to audiences in New York City, across the country, and around the world.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged)
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Zeiders American Dream Theater, Virginia Beach

All 37 plays in 97 minutes! An irreverent, fast-paced romp through the Bard’s plays, The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) was London’s longest-running comedy having clocked a very palpable nine years in London’s West End at the Criterion Theatre! Join these madcap men in tights as they weave their wicked way through all of Shakespeare’s comedies, histories, and tragedies in one wild ride that will leave you breathless and helpless with laughter.

Friday, May 10, 2019

Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, Virginia Beach

Over their more than 40-year history, this inimitable company has created an art form all its own. The only common threads among the scores of works they have created is the absolute originality of each, and the commitment to showcasing the marvels of the human body in motion. They have enlivened the

Oscars, done commercials for the Super Bowl, and blown away audiences around the world. Now this beloved group returns to Virginia Arts Festival with a sampling of its newest adventures!

All programs subject to change.