Virtual Academy

Presented By

Sandler Center Foundation’s

Registration Now Open

With gracious funding from PRA Group and others, the Sandler Center Foundation’s VIRTUAL ACADEMY’S Winter matinee offerings (3 shows) are available AT NO COST to Coastal Virginia schools.

Innovation is born of necessity. When pandemic restrictions made gathering at the Sandler Center a risk, we developed new ways to accomplish our mission, including the development of our Virtual Academy for students. Alleviating health, transportation and staffing concerns, our Virtual Academy takes the action directly to children in their schools, either in live performances or online. over the past 1 1/2 years the Sandler Center Foundation has reached more than 32,000 students and teachers. This year we are on track to break our record with 32 performances planned—reaching more children than ever. Because academic test scores plummeted after the pandemic, your support for this critical programming is more important than ever. Can we count on you to give today to support the development of children’s hearts and minds in this post-pandemic world?

Registration is required.
Programs are 30-40 minutes each.
Confirmed Registrants will receive access links and study guides within 5 business days.

Access to the following virtual programs are available by reservation only for May

Celebrating mental health awareness, Mother’s Day, Cinco De Mayo and Memorial Day
The Velveteen Rabbit

The Velveteen Rabbit

To Celebrate Earth Day

K- 3rd Grade
Classic Literature, Bully Prevention and Character Education

These fables from the legendary Greek storyteller, Aesop, have been delighting young and old alike for thousands of years, and they still have a message for us today. Perfect for younger audiences, these classic tales entertain but also share a strong message about treating others fairly and knowing right from wrong. Stories like “The Boy Who Cried Wolf,” “The Tortoise and The Hare,” and “The Lion and The Mouse” leave audiences with a message that is both timely, and timeless!

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Happily Ever After

Happily Ever After: The Grimm Brothers Fairy Tales

K-6th Grade
Classic Literature

Get ready to laugh out loud at our hilarious renditions of some of the best from the Grimm Brothers’ iconic works. In this (not-so-grim) adventure, our engaging performers transform into Rapunzel, Little Red Riding Hood, Rumpelstiltskin and The Elves and the Shoemaker. Sure to please any audience, Happily Ever After will make your fairy tale dreams of a perfect show come true!

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Black History - Heroes, Soldiers and Spies

Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies

Ages 4+
Black History, History and Social Studies

History is filled with Black American heroes and in this production audiences learn the stories of some of the most amazing figures like Colonel Charles Young of the Buffalo Soldiers, the Tuskegee Airmen as they take flight to help achieve victory in World War II, and Mary Elizabeth Bowser, whose work as a spy helped the Union during the Civil War. An exciting and interactive production that is sure to intrigue young and old alike!

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Access to the following virtual programs are available by reservation only for June

Captain Friendship

Captain Friendship

Best for Grades Pre-K — 5th Grade
Bully Prevention and Character Education

Captain Friendship is our super fun, super impactful, superhero themed bully prevention circus adventure! There’s trouble under the big top as the Bully Bandit has struck fear in the hearts of all the performers. It’s up to one superhero to stand up and make a difference – Captain Friendship! Audiences learn to stand up to the Bully Bandit and find that kindness is the ultimate super-power!

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Old MacDonald's Sing-A-Long Farm

Old MacDonald’s Sing-A-Long Farm

Best for Grades Pre-K — Adult
Literature and Literacy

Everybody on the farm has a favorite song. Join Old Farmer MacDonald, his wife Mrs. MacDonald, Daisy the Cow, Simon the Pig and all your favorite friends from the farm for a fun and energetic singalong that brings everyone together. From tunes like “Camptown Races” to classic nursery rhymes like “Hey Diddle Diddle,” this fun interactive show has a strong character message of sharing and caring for others and is a great option for our youngest audiences.

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Heroes of the Underground Railroad

Best for Grades Kindergarten — 5th Grade
Black History, History and Social Studies

During one of the darkest periods of American History, thousands of enslaved people undertook a harrowing journey to find freedom. That story comes to life in Heroes of the Underground Railroad. This play highlights several of the heroic stories of the brave men and women who dared to escape slavery, and the abolitionists who risked everything to aid them along the way.  Your audiences will be amazed at the heroics of Harriet Tubman, Henry “Box” Brown, Frederick Douglass, Levi Coffin, and John Parker in this incredible show of true American Heroes.

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

Thank you to our Education Program sponsors.