In-School Tours

Virginia Stage Company’s touring productions bring to life exciting new works as well as classics of children’s literature designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each production lasts under forty-five minutes with a Q & A wrap-up to easily fit into a classroom schedule.  All in-school shows are free and include an online activity guide!

Thanks to our partnership with Children’s Hospital of the Kings Daughters (CHKD) and Kohl’s Cares we will be touring two different productions about kindness to Hampton Roads area schools for the 2015-2016 school year! To learn more about the project please see show descriptions below. 


Based on the story by Oscar Wilde
Adapted by Ron Newman
Appropriate for students in grades PreK – 3

Original puppets, imaginative visuals, and some audience participation are all part of this retelling of the classic children’s story, The Selfish Giant. The Giant will not share his beautiful garden until a harsh winter – in the form of comic characters Frost, Snow, Hail and North Wind – brings the realization that the children who used to trespass in his garden implanted kindness and friendship. The Giant’s heart melts in a life-changing moment, and spring, along with the children, return to his garden. This joyous play touches on the themes of kindness, friendship, and sharing.


By Ryan Clemens, Kat Martin, and Ron Newman
Appropriate for students in grades 4 – 8

Set during a live broadcast of a fictional TV game show, A.O.K. –‘The Acts of Kindness’ Game Show places the audience in the role of the TV studio audience. A.O.K. is an original production that includes three ‘real world’ challenges about empathy. Each TV Personality contestant is put into a ‘real world challenge’ that reveal two different endings; one reveals an empathetic outcome, and the other reveals a more self-interest ending. Each contestant, along with the audience then judges which ending is the more empathetic one.

For more information on the Be Kind Do Kind project please visit or contact Madeline Dummerth or by phone 757-627-6988 x331

Written by Ryan Clemens
Directed by Ailish Riggs
Created and Toured through Virginia Stage Company

Actor Ryan Clemens, descendant of Mark Twain (pen-name of writer Samuel L. Clemens), brings to life the celebrated American author and humorist in this theatrical, hour-long performance. Clemens highlights Twain’s lectures and short stories, as well as classics “Huckleberry Finn,” “Life on the Mississippi,” “Roughing It,” “The Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” and more. Audiences love to watch him deftly transform into the varied characters of Twain’s world. Clemens’ performance will show you why Twain’s wit and wisdom remain poignant and laugh-out-loud funny more than 100 years after his passing.

“…the performance was so spellbinding that my students were more than entertained, they were hooked!  Ryan Clemens captured the dialect, the spirit, the sounds, the history, the culture of another era and mesmerized his audience with his one act play.”

-Marianne, High School Teacher, Chesapeake, VA

A show for ages 10 to 110, MEET Mark Twain is a fantastic touring program for schools, libraries, churches, meetings, and fundraisers of all sorts! 

For more information on booking please contact us!



Calling All Girls Scouts!

We offer a variety of workshops taught by professional teaching artists that are designed to help scouts learn to express themselves through the dramatic arts.


Stagedoor Saturdays


Earn your “VSC Drama” badge by expanding your creative horizons while learning about and using your acting tools (body, voice, imagination). This workshop includes theater games, and a behind-the-scenes tour of The Wells Theatre. Workshops are offered from 10:00AM – 11:30AM.


Earn your “VSC Drama” badge while working with our professional teaching artists on pantomiming skills, voice exercises, character development, warm-up techniques, theater games, and improvisation! As a grand finale, you can even perform a short play with your troop mates! Workshops are offered from 1:00PM – 2:30PM


Earn your “VSC Drama” badge by attending a show at The Virginia Stage Company and participating in a hands-on workshop led by one of our professional teaching artists. Class content will teach scouts how to use their acting tools (body, voice, and imagination) to explore a moment from the production of either “Peter and the Star Catcher” or from “A Christmas Carol,” create a character from that time period, and design a costume for her/him. Workshops are offered from 2:00PM – 3:30PM followed by a 4PM show. Families are welcome to attend the show as well.
Please note: March 5th workshop will NOT include a show.

Cadettes and Seniors

Cadettes will work toward their “Screenwriter Badge” and Seniors will earn their “Troop Performer Badge” by learning about the artistic careers available in theater while working with professionals already employed in the field. Three different 2 1/2 hour workshops in acting, play-writing, and costume, sound & scene design are available. There are also opportunities for fulfilling the badge’s service requirement. Workshops are offered from 1:00PM – 3:30PM

PLEASE NOTE: Saturday workshop reservations require a group of at least 5 girls! 

If you do not have the 5 girl minimum please contact Madeline Dummerth for availability.

Go Book Event: Amazing Stars

January 16, 2016

Daisies, Brownies and Junior Girl Scouts are encouraged to expand their artistic horizons and learn important skills that will apply to their “It’s Your Story, Tell It!” journey by participating in our interactive workshops. Each workshop is designed to give a brief overview of how theatre is created along with a brief history of The Wells Theatre. Taught by experienced instructors, areas covered include:

  • Storytelling
  • Theatre Terminology
  • Stage Make-up
  • Improvisation
  • Basic Performance Technique

Troop leaders and family members are invited to observe the final presentation at the end of the session.


will cover the Red Robin Award during the 1 1/2 hr workshop. The girls must choose animal care tips to share with others and tell it in a creative way.


will cover the Change a Story and Tell a Story awards during the 3 hour workshop. Brownies will choose a story that they’d like to change and then tell that story for family and friends!


will cover the Speak Out! and Try Out! awards during the 3 hour workshop. Juniors will choose a stereotype and create a play to help stop it. They will also try on many different roles throughout the workshop.

Sign your group up early! This is a popular program and class size is limited.


Saturday Workshops

VSC’s Saturday Workshops are a way to explore new skills and introduce yourself to the varied opportunities in the world of live theater.
Workshops are conducted on select Saturday afternoons.

Workshop programs this season include:

  • Stage Combat
  • Theatrical Special Effects
  • Acting Techniques
  • Script Writing

NEXT UP: Saturday Workshops will continue next season!

Master Classes

Local and national theatre professionals work both one-on-one and in a group setting with students, helping them hone their theatre skills. Topics and ages vary by session, providing a unique learning opportunity with each Master Class. Sessions are offered for students and adults.


We can custom-design workshops to meet your specific lesson needs and SOL requirements.

Careers in Theatre Arts, Improvisation, Stage Combat, Shakespeare for Young Actors, and Theatre Games to increase group cooperation are just a few of our many ideas.

Contact Ron Newman to discuss your needs today!


In-School Residencies

Skilled teaching artists create and conduct programs that work to support classroom learning goals by partnering with teachers and administrators in schools throughout the region. In-school residencies are designed to allow students to spend extended time with visiting artists at their home school by participating in activities that further connect performing arts to the broader core curriculum. The overall aim of the residencies is to provide students, teachers and administrators with first-hand opportunities to work with professional performers, enriching school arts programs, and encouraging future artists and arts audiences.

After-School Theater Residency– I.D.E.A.S                  

Interactive Drama for Education and Awareness in Schools and Society

In this drama and literary based residency, students use creative drama techniques and group writing strategies to write and perform original stories and scenes. In doing so, students learn and apply basic acting tools, improvisation games,  and elements of story structure and storytelling techniques as they practice collaboration, play-making with a final performance for the school and family.


We custom-design residencies to meet your specific lesson needs and SOL requirements.

Contact Ron Newman to discuss your needs today!