Local Heroes

Local Heroes Program

The Local Heroes Program seeks to recognize those Virginia Beach educators, first responders, and local military service members who provide exemplary service to their community through their professions. Our goal is to provide opportunities for local families to see a performance by one of our Resident Companies (subject to availability).

Local Heroes is a program designed and funded by the Sandler Center Foundation. Since its inception in 2015, we have provided attendance funding to over hundreds of Local Heroes and their families who may not otherwise have had the opportunity to attend a performance at the Sandler Center.

What some of our Local Heroes have said about their experience with the program:

“We had a wonderful evening! Everyone was so friendly and helpful. The show was great and brought back some fun memories. I can’t thank you all enough!”

“We were able to attend the ballet, and we all loved it! My 9 year-old daughter even made it through the show, which was great to see. Thank you so much for enriching her learning and our lives by providing a means by which we were able to attend the show. May God bless you for all of your kindness.”

“We loved the concert!! Never heard a counter tenor before. Wow, that young man can sing!!!! Best performance of Tchaikovsky No. 5 we’ve ever heard!! Thank you so much for the great seats!!”

Upcoming Local Heroes Shows

Ballet Virginia International

Nutcracker (with Symphonicity) – December 14-15, 2018
Snow White – April 6, 2019
Concert Classique – June 9, 2019

Governors School for the Arts

Orchestra Side by Side with VCU Orchestra – March 24, 2019


Destination: Latin America – October 7, 2018
Destination: Austria – November 18, 2018
Nutcracker (with BVI) – December 14-15, 2018
Destination: Italy – February 17, 2019
Destination: United Kingdom – March 17, 2019
Destination: Virginia – May 5, 2019

Tidewater Winds

Holiday Concert – December 4, 2018

Virginia Arts Festival

To be determined—check back soon for updates!

Virginia Beach Chorale

Visions of Sugarplums – December 18, 2018

Virginia Beach Forum

To be determined—check back soon for updates!

Virginia Musical Theatre

La Cage Aux Folles – October 12-13, 2018
Seussical the Musical – December 7-8, 2018
Mary Poppins – March 1-2, 2019
Sister Act, The Musical – April 26-27, 2019

Virginia Symphony Orchestra

Pictures at an Exhibition – September 23, 2018
Bolero – October 21, 2018
Halloween Spooktacular – October 27, 2018
Comic Concert – October 27, 2018
Winter Dreams – December 2, 2018
Holiday Pops! – December 22, 2018

The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts Resident Companies
Local Heroes Partners