Education: Matinees

Sandler Center Foundation Education Programs

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts offers a unique cultural experience to teachers, students and homeschool families throughout Hampton Roads through the Student Matinee Series. These weekday morning matinees are chosen with the area's students and teachers in mind, providing many students with their first experience in a world-class performing arts venue, while providing a fun learning experience to enhance the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL's). Performances are offered at special student rates, and funding is available for Title 1 schools that are in need of financial assistance through the Sandler Center Foundation's ACCESS the ARTS program.

Student Matinees for the 2016 – 2017 School Year

Reservation forms and ACCESS the ARTS applications for all shows are now being accepted. Matinee times are 10am and noon, with all shows approximately one hour in length. If you have any questions, please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ACCESS the ARTS is a program designed and funded by the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Foundation. Last year, the Foundation provided funding for more than 6,500 students from Title I schools to attend a matinee. All Title I schools are encouraged to apply! You can do so as part of the Matinee Performance Reservation Form below; no separate application is required.

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Student tickets are just $10!

ACCESS the ARTS is proudly supported by Annie Sandler, PRA Group, and so many generous supporters in our community.

Jigsaw Jones and the Case of the Class Clown

October 25, 2016
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
Grades: K-4

Download Study Guide: A Jigsaw Jones Mystery study guide

Athena Parker has been slimed and she doesn't think it's very funny! There is a practical joker on the loose in Ms. Gleason's class, so it's up to Jigsaw (Theodore) Jones and his friend Mila to catch the clown. Brimming with music, charm, and humor, ArtsPower's production, based on the book by renowned author James Preller, will make audiences laugh and think as they learn the secret codes that Jigsaw must decipher to solve the mystery.

Curriculum Connections: Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based
English: K.1-3, 8-9; 1.1-3, 8-9; 2.1-3, 8; 3.1, 5; 4.1-2, 5
Music: K.8, 10-12; 1.11-12; 2.8-9; 3.9, 4.8

Toying with Science

November 14, 2016
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
Grades 2 – 6

Download Study Guide: Toying with Science Study Guide

Toying with Science is a fast-paced, varied and dynamic program. It combines circus skills, mime, original music, and audience involvement in the exploration of the scientific principles of gravity, leverage, fulcrums, and simple machines. Garry and his audience investigate basic scientific information and delve into the imaginations of scientists who have played important roles in exploration and discovery of concepts that define our world.

Curriculum Connections:
Science: 2.1, 3.1-2; 4.1-2; 5.1; 6.1-2
English: 2.1-3, 8; 3.1; 4.1-2; 5.1; 6.1-2


Jackie Robinson

January 23, 2017
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
Grades: 1 – 6

Download Study Guide: Jackie Robinson Study Guide

This baseball star played an important role in integrating professional sports. His story is showcased in a production which is heartwarming, lively and interactive. Young audiences join Jackie as he learns valuable lessons from his mother, then cheer him on as he scores his first home run as a professional baseball player!

Curriculum Connections: American History, Social Studies, Character Education, Literature, Informational Texts and Foundation Skills, Speaking and Listening, and Language
History: 2.11; 3.11-12; VS.7-8; USII.1,5-6
English: 1.1-3,8-9; 2.1-3,8; 3.1,6; 4.1-2,6; 5.1,6; 6.1-2,6
Music: 1.11-12; 2.8-9; 3.9; 4.8; 5.8; 6.10


Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move

March 10, 2017
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
Grades: K – 4

Download Study Guide: Alexander Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move Study Guide

Based on the book written by Judith Viorst, Alexander, Who's Not Not Not Not Not Not Going to Move tells the story of a boy who is reluctant to move to a new city with his family. Alexander tries everything to avoid moving away and it takes his family to show him what really matters and that moving away might not be too bad after all.

Curriculum Connections: Communication and Language Arts, Literature-Based, Music, Relationships & Family
English: K.1-3, 8-9; 1.1-3, 8-9; 2.1-3, 8; 3.1, 5; 4.1-2, 5
Music: K.8, 10-12; 1.11-12; 2.8-9; 3.9; 4.8

The Rainbow Fish

March 13, 2017
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
**Both performances are currently full for large groups, but you may be placed on a waiting list.
Grades: Pre K – 3

Download Study Guide: The Rainbow Fish Study Guide

This musical adaptation of the popular children's book tells the story of a lonely fish who only wants to be noticed and how his life is changed forever when he meets Rainbow, a beautiful fish with scales of every color. ArtsPower has turned this bestselling book into a delightful and touching musical about the value of sharing true friendship with others.

Curriculum Connections: Family Relationships, Language/Communication Skills, Literature-Based, Musical, Values-Based, Science
English: K.1-3, 8-9; 1.1-3, 8-9; 2.1-3, 8; 3.1, 5
Music: K.2, 8, 10, 12; 1.11, 13; 2.8; 3.9
Science: K.7; 1.5; 2.5

Ellis Island: Gateway of Dreams

March 20, 2017
Time: 10am and noon Length: 60 min
Grades: 3 – 8
This is a brand new production; the study guide is expected to be published in January and will be uploaded as soon as available.

Download Study Guide: Three Little Birds Study Guide
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Ellis Island was the entry point to the land of dreams for countless immigrants from 1892 to 1954. Follow the story of family trials, heartbreaks, and triumphs and help reestablish the understanding that we are truly a nation of immigrants.

Curriculum Connections: Music, Reading, Science, History, Family, Environment, Social Skills, Multi-Cultural
English: 3.1, 6; 4.1-2, 6; 5.1, 6; 6.1-2, 6; 7.1-2, 6; 8.6
History: 3.11-12; USI.1, USII.1, 4
Music: 3.9; 4.8; 5.8

For questions about matinee reservations, please contact Christine Layne at 757-754-6402 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Reservation forms may now be submitted using our online form. If you have submitted your reservation and have not received an acknowledgment via email about your reservation within one week, please feel free to reach out to Christine Layne.

*The Standards of Learning (SOLs) noted above are suggested alignments. Depending upon classroom activities and exploration related to these matinees, these may vary or be augmented.

Thank you to the Sandler Center Foundation and all the ACCESS the ARTS donors who help make this education program possible.

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