School Series

2021-2022 Engagements for Schools 

This season we are pleased to offer both free virtual programs and in-performances to local homeschoolers, students from area K-12 schools, and families. Please join us!


Air Play

Air Play by Acrobuffos
Monday, May 2, 2022 // 10 AM - 11 AM
Alice Jepson Theater

Free with Registration (Grades K-5) // Watch Video 

Open to public, private, and homeschools in grades K-5. See our FAQs at the end of the page to help you plan your visit.

Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Acrobuffos’ production of Air Play transforms ordinary objects into uncommon beauty when umbrellas fly, fabrics float over the audience, larger-than-life-balloons swallow people, and a giant snow globe fills the stage. Created by circus performers Seth Bloom and Christina Gelsone, in collaboration with kinetic sculptor Daniel Wurtzel, Air Play was devised through years of experimentation with simple materials, movement, and technology. With wonder, laughter, and guaranteed fun, Air Play’s poetic ode to friendship brings to life the very air we breathe.

Length: 55-minutes with a brief post-show Q&A with the artists
Educational Materials: Download the educational guide with classroom activities 
Themes: Circus Theater, Clowning and Miming, Science, Visual Art, Dance/Movement, Storytelling, Design, Math

This engagement of Air Play is made possible through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program. 

Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation.


Sonia De Los Santos

Sonia De Los Santos
La Golondrina: A Musical Celebration of Latin America

Availability: Streaming until Fri, Jan 28 
Length: One 30-minute concert video and two 20-minute interactive workshops on Latin American rhythms and instruments.
Educational Materials: Educational guide with classroom activities will be provided

Watch Video // Free with Registration (Grades K-5) 

Themes: Music, Latin American Culture, History, Understanding

Children and grownups of all backgrounds adore the joyful and bright music of Sonia De Los Santos. Her songs, in both Spanish and English, reflect her inspiring journey of growing up in Mexico, moving to another country, learning about other cultures, and in the process, feeling closer to her own Mexican heritage. With sounds inspired by various Latin American rhythms from Mexico, Colombia, and Peru as well as North American folk traditions, Sonia weaves a personal musical story that touches on universal themes of understanding.

This Modlin Center virtual event includes one bilingual performance, two workshops on Latin American rhythms and instruments, and a performance guide with educational activities.

This virtual engagement of Sonia De Los Santos is made possible through the Mid Atlantic Tours program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts Regional Touring Program.



By Kaneza Schaal and Christopher Myers

Availability: Streaming Mon, Oct 18 - Mon, Oct 25
Length: 65 minute video, full length performance
Educational Materials: Educational guide with discussion questions will be provided

Watch Trailer  // Free with Registration (Grades 7-12)

Themes: Theater, Migration, Maturation, Dislocation, Resilience

A 17-year-old boy from Syria wonders if he ought to learn German, or if he will be going home too soon for it to be of use. A young woman draws the map of her journey to Munich, wavy blue lines between Turkey and Greece marking the night her brother slipped over the side of an inflatable raft into the cold hands of the Mediterranean. A girl cherishes the recording of her mother’s voice she keeps on her cellphone. These young people are making maps of their history, of their memories, and of their futures. Created in collaboration by artist Kaneza Schaal and writer Christopher MyersCartography is a virtual theatrical work for young audiences that explores the commonalities of migration and mapping at the center of worlds in motion. 

This virtual engagement of Cartography is made possible through the ArtsCONNECT program of Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Support funded in part by the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation and the Cultural Affairs Committee.

Health and Safety for In-Person School Series Performances

Health and Safety for In-Person School Series Performances
Please review the Covid-19 Health and Safety Guidelines for School Series performances. These guidelines follow guidance and recommendations in accordance with University of Richmond to protect the health and safety of our school audiences, artists, and staff.

We ask that all audience members do their part to create a safe environment for everyone.

Face Masks
In accordance with guidance from University of Richmond, face masks are no longer required in indoor public space, but are strongly encouraged regardless of vaccination status.

Vaccinated Staff
All University of Richmond students, staff, and faculty are required to be vaccinated against COVID-19. We strongly encourage adults in each school group visiting the theater, including teachers, parents, and chaperones, to be fully vaccinated before attending performances on the University of Richmond campus.

Physical Distanced Seating
The capacity of the 575-seat Alice Jepson Theater has been reduced to 30% capacity or 400 seats per performance. Each school group will be seated physically distant between groups from different schools. 

Air Handling and Filtration
The Modlin Center venues have upgraded ventilation systems with bipolar ionizers and UVC filters and are set to increase outside air intake.


Free tickets are open to all K-12 schools and partners. Ticket availability is on a first-come, first served basis.

Adjusting or Cancelling Ticket Reservations
Ticket reservations must be canceled at least 10 days prior to the event date.

If student or chaperone counts change, the school must notify Shannon Hooker no later than 10 days prior to the event. Additional tickets are not guaranteed due to Covid-19 safety and capacity limits. 

Seating Procedures
Modlin Center staff carefully assign seats in advance of the performance.

Assigned Seating
In order to make your experience at the theater as efficient as possible, you will not be issued tickets. Modlin Center staff will assign seats in advance of each performance, factoring in grade, group size, and special circumstances. We are not able to honor specific seating requests except for requirements for accessibility.

Physical Distanced Seating
The capacity of the 575-seat Alice Jepson Theater has been reduced to 30% capacity or 400 seats per performance.

After the Show
We ask that your group remain seated after the show. As soon as we can escort you to your bus, an usher will come to you.

Accessibility and Accommodations
We want to make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please advise us of any special accommodations that you require in advance of your arrival to the Modlin Center.

Wheelchair seating must be requested in advance, at the time of the ticket reservation, and is subject to availability. Assistive listening devices are available for patrons with hearing loss or who are hard of hearing. Order at time of ticketing reservation.

Pre-Trip Planning

Things to know before you leave, like what time to leave at school and what to do about lunch. As part of your registration, a field trip guide will be emailed to you one week prior to your visit.

Educational Guide
Download the educational guide to supplement your students' learning experience, including information about the artists, classroom activities, discussion questions, and more.

Show Length
55 minutes in length, followed by a brief question and answer session with the artists.

Arrival Time
Plan to arrive at the Modlin Center at least 30-45 minutes prior to show time. Allow for travel time, parking, and trips to the restroom. You should be in your seat at least 10 minutes before the performance begins.

If for any reason you are running late or need directions, please notify the box office at 804-289-8980. We regret that we are unable to hold the performance for latecomers.

Field trip leaders are asked to share their group size with a Modlin staff member before entering the building and being seated.

Modlin Center venues are not equipped to host lunch/snacks. Please plan accordingly.

No Eating or Drinking
All food and drink, aside from water, are not allowed in the building or in the theater.

Drop Off
Have buses, vans, or cars unload at the circle in front of the Modlin Center entrance. Upon arrival, a Modlin staff member will give your driver directions to the bus parking lot. Cars may park in the Modlin Center lot or the visitor parking lot adjacent to the Center.

Parking and Directions
The venue address is 453 Westhampton Way, Richmond, VA 23173. Free parking is available during the show. Get directions to our venues

After the Show
When the performance ends, remain seated. A Modlin staff member will come to the stage and release groups by school name to avoid traffic jams in the aisles and lobby. Please keep your group together as you exit the theatre and in the lobby.

Pick Up
When your group is released, please exit the performance hall through the same door you entered. A Modlin staff member will be outside to direct you to your bus.

Photo Policy 
The Modlin Center may take photographs during the performance for use on our website or on promotional materials. If you or your students do not wish to be photographed, please see a Modlin staff member



Contact the Box Office at (804) 289-8980 or with questions about School Series programs.