Student Matinees

Let our stage be your classroom!

Virginia Stage Company chooses productions that coordinate with school curricula. Students are provided significantly discounted tickets to attend student matinees in the historic Wells Theatre. SOL-based study guides are researched and created by the Education team and provided to each teacher prior to attending the show. We will gladly arrange an in-school discussion about the production for students and educators prior to your selected performance. Our award-winning directors, designers, and actors participate in a talk-back session with the students directly following each performance giving students an opportunity to interact with professional artisans & technicians. Click here for a printable schedule.


Season 38

I Sing the Rising Sea
Book, Music, and Lyrics by Eric Schorr

Performances will be held at the Goode Theatre at ODU.

This musical by the coauthor of Frog Kiss tells a sweeping story that flows through generations and across continents - from the shores of Virginia to Japan and Antarctica. Scientists, soldiers, poets, and lovers strive to understand and master the power of the oceans that connect us all. In collaboration with ODURep, this newest installment of the American Soil Series is an original and timely work for musical theatre that captures the urgency of one of humanity's most overwhelming challenges - to survive the rising sea. Topics for curriculum use include poetry, sea level rise, international studies, and Norfolk history. Appropriate for high school. [Early Booking Ends July 31!]


Oliver Twist
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Patrick Mullins and Jake Hull

Performances will be held at TCC'S Roper Performing Arts Center.

This brand new, music-driven adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Oliver Twist takes audiences on an electric journey of hope as Oliver searches for his identity and explores what it means to be born into a certain class. Adapted by Patrick Mullins with music by Jake Hull, the show’s namesake character embarks on a gritty struggle through the streets and neighborhoods of London, yearning for a better life. In collaboration with The Governor’s School for the Arts and developed in part by Zeiders American Dream Theater, Mullins' Oliver Twist is a jubilant world within a world that tells a classic story of want and the fulfillment of a wish. Topics for curriculum use include Charles Dickens’ works and history. Appropriate for middle and high school. [Early Booking Ends Sept. 30!]


A Christmas Carol
By Charles Dickens
Adapted by Patrick Mullins

DECEMBER 6, 7, 8, 9, 13, 14, & 16 AT 10AM  |  DECEMBER 15 AT 10:30AM
Performances will be held at the Wells Theatre.

Charles Dickens’ timeless tale of hope and redemption comes to life in our heartwarming production filled with the arrival of the Ghosts, festive music, plenty of “Bah Humbugs” and Scrooge’s transformation through love and forgiveness. There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit! Performances at the Wells Theatre. Topics for curriculum use include Charles Dickens’ works and history. Appropriate for all ages. [Early Booking Ends October 31!]


A Streetcar Named Desire
By Tennessee Williams

Performance at the Wells Theatre.

Tennessee Williams' Pulitzer Prize-winning drama comes to life on the newly renovated Wells Theatre stage. Blanche DuBois, a faded Southern Belle, has mysteriously arrived on the doorstep of her younger sister, Stella, and her husband, the sexy yet brutish Stanley Kowalski. Blanche makes herself at home in the couple's New Orleans apartment. However, Blanche’s web of lies to cover her past soon begins to crumble. Her downward spiral brings her face to face with Stanley, leading to a final plea of passion and desperation that changes them both forever. Years after it was written, A Streetcar Named Desire is as gripping as ever. Curriculum topics include Tennessee Williams’ plays, character driven drama, gender roles, and history. Appropriate for high school. [Early Booking Ends December 16!]


The Wiz
Book by William F. Brown | Music & Lyrics by Charles Smalls
From the story The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum

APRIL 19 AT 10AM |  APRIL 26 AT 10:30AM
Performances at the Wells Theatre.

This multiple Tony Award winning musical adventure adapted from L. Frank Baum’s classic children’s novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, has received critical acclaim for film, television, and Broadway productions for more than 40 years.  Our production will feature cast members from New York as well as Norfolk State University and promises to be one of our biggest spectacles since My Fair Lady. Topics for curriculum use include English, social studies, science, and math. Appropriate for all ages! [Early Booking Ends March 1!]


Contact Madeline Dummerth by phone at 757.627.6988 x331.

Teachers: We also offer discounted dress rehearsal tickets. Click here for more info!