Virtual Academy

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 November and December

Holidays from Around the World
To Celebrate the Holidays

Holidays Around the World

Recommended for Grades K-8th


‘Tis the season for hilarity! When the tour guides for Worldwide Tours get separated at holiday time, a worldwide adventure awaits. As they travel around the world in search of each other, these guides share what they learn about the season from a wide variety of places and cultures. Celebrate holidays from all over the globe – the Lohri Festival, St. Lucia Day, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Christmas and more

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

November/December 2022
A Dickens Tale
To Celebrate the Holidays

A Dickens Tale

Recommended for All Ages

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

Old Ebeneezer Scrooge has only one passion in life – money! Even at Christmas time, he’s more interested in making sure his business affairs are in order than in making sure his friends and family are cared for, but he’s about to learn an important lesson! Perfect for young and old alike, A Dickens Tale brings Charles Dickens’ classic “A Christmas Carol” to life in front of your very eyes. Join old Scrooge, bumbling Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim, old Jacob Marley and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future while discovering the true meaning of the season

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

November/December 2022
Stone Soup
To Celebrate the Holidays

Stone Soup

Recommended for All Ages

Holiday, Literature and Literacy

The holiday season is about more than simply celebrating traditions and culture with friends and family. It is also about the spirit of giving and learning to share with others no matter our circumstances. Three classic short stories – “Stone Soup,” “The Gift of the Magi,” and “The Drum” – help young audiences learn about what it means to give a gift with an open heart

Produced by Bright Star Touring Theatre

November/December 2022


Celebrating the New Year, MLK Jr
  • Winter Fables (PreK-5)
  • Struggle For Freedom: The Life of Dr. King (Ages 4+)


Celebrating Black History Month
  • Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights  Movement 1955-1968 (Ages 4+)
  • African Folktales (PK-5)
  • Black History Hall of Fame (All ages)


Celebrating Women’s History Month, Earth Day
  • We Can Do It (All ages)
  • Gus Goes Green: Earth Day Edition (K-5)


Celebrating Mental Health Awareness, Mother’s Day, Cinco de Mayo, Memorial Day
  • The Velveteen Rabbit (PreK-3)
  • The Little Mermaid (All Ages)
  • Black History Heroes, Soldiers, and Spies (Ages 4+)


Celebrating National Fruit & Veggies Month, Juneteenth, Last Day of School
  • Captain Friendship (PreK-3)
  • Old MacDonald’s Singalong Farm (All ages)
  • Heroes of the Underground Railroad (K-5)


Thank you to our Education Program sponsors.