2018-19 School Series

The Modlin Arts School Series presents live performing arts experiences that connect K-12 students to the world beyond the classroom, opening new pathways for intellectual, artistic, and culturall exploration. Taking place on the University of Richmond campus, these one-hour weekday performances enhance student learning, offer new perspectives of the world, and inspire creativity in all. 

Tickets: $7 | One complimentary ticket with every 10 purchased. Scholarship assistance available.

Reserve Seats Online or call the Modlin Center Box Office with questions: 804-289-8980

Click through for more information about reserving seatsplanning your visit, and educational resources.

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition 
Tuesday, October 9, 2018 | 10 AM + 12 PM 
Grades 3-8 

Jack London’s timeless classic is brought to life through storytelling, projected illustrations, and original music to tell the adventures of Buck, a magnificent dog kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sold to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s. Event Details > 

The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
Monday, March 11, 2019 | 10 AM + 12 PM 
Grades PreK-5 

The Magic School Bus blasts into outer space to explore the solar system in this new musical adaptation based on the original book series, underscoring the fun in learning about science, the cosmos, and beyond. Event Details >

The Pigeoning

The Pigeoning
Thursday, March 21, 2019 | 11 AM 
Grades 5-12 

New York City office worker Frank is convinced the pigeons are plotting against him – when really, they are just trying to tell him something. This imaginative and original theater piece created by Robin Frohardt mixes Japanese bunraku-style puppetry, original music, and clever special effects into an adventure about the divide between man and nature and the illusion of control in the context of unexpected events. An ensemble of five puppeteers develop humorous, dialogue-free scenes for a whimsical journey that is at once contemporary and timeless.  Event Details >

Anda Union

Anda Union    
Monday, April 8, 2019 | 11 AM
Grades 3-12 

Journey through the grasslands of Inner Mongolia, a land on the furthest edges of China, with a concert from Anda Union. Arrayed in stunning traditional Mongolian clothing, the nine-member group creates unforgettable rhythms with throat-singing and traditional instruments including the morin khuur (horse-headed fiddle) and the maodun chaoer (three-holed flute). As with all nomads, the Mongols have an oral culture, passed on from generation to generation in stories, music, and songs and thus, Anda Union sing their history.  Event Details > 

Reserve Seats

Admission for each School Series performance is $7 per person. For every 10 seats purchased, one is available at no charge for teachers and chaperones. Tickets are available only to homeschools and public/private Pre-K-12 teachers and students.

Reservations: Order online or call the Modlin Box Office at 804.289.8980, 10am-5pm Monday - Friday. Modlin Center provides scholarship assistance, which includes free admission for students in need. 

When ready to place your order, please be prepared with the following information:

  • Contact person's name, phone, and e-mail address;
  • Name, address, and phone number of the school;
  • Approximate number of students and adults attending;
  • Grade level of students attending;
  • Number of buses to be used;
  • Special needs of students (wheelchairs, ASL interpreter, assistive listening device, etc.).

Reservations will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. Hard tickets are not provided, but a confirmation email will be sent to upon receipt of your order. Seating is general admission, and you will be seated based on arrival time. Invoices will be sent approximately one month prior to each performance. Minor adjustments in the number of seats reserved may be possible up to two weeks before each performance, on a space-available basis. 

The Modlin Center offers fully subsidized tickets to help make it possible for students to attend school performances. We strive to secure resources and grants that allow us to offer free seats for students who qualify for free and reduced lunches. We provide to schools in need if there are no PTA or other community funds to support these students. Scholarships cover admission to a performance and are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Scholarship tickets can be requested at the time you reserve your seats.

Payment must be received two weeks prior to the show date. Seats are guaranteed only until the payment due date. Reservations not paid by the due date may be cancelled and given to groups on waiting lists. For orders of 10 seats or fewer, payment is due upon receipt of your order confirmation. 

Full refunds will only be given if the performance is cancelled by the Modlin Center for the Arts. Money will not be refunded due to school closing (e.g. inclement weather) or student illness.

View study guides with classroom activities to prepare students in advance for the live performances they will see.

QUESTIONS? Contact the Box Office Manager or call at 804.287.6023.

Plan Your Visit
 For more information about the School Series, please email or call 804.287.6599. If you would like to order tickets, please complete the online registration form or contact the Modlin Box Office at 804.289.8980.

Grade Recommendations
Each performance has been designated as being appropriate for multiple grades. These are guidelines based on the content of the performances and recommendations of the artists.

Study Guides
View study guides with classroom activities to prepare students in advance for the live performances they will see.

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition 
Sample Study Guide by  ACC Department of Drama and Austin Playhouse
Sample Study Guide by Stateside at the Paramount

The Magic School Bus: Lost in the Solar System
The Pigeoning
Anda Union 

Arrival Time
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to show time. This will give you enough time to be seated and escort students to the restrooms before the performance starts. Most performances are approximately one hour in length with no intermission.

Individual tickets are not issued for school performances. When you arrive, a Modlin staff member will greet you and seat your group based upon your arrival time. Please have an accurate head count of students, chaperones, and teachers when you arrive and report this number to the Modlin staff member who will be greeting you.

Please let us know if you need to make any special accommodations (wheelchair, ASL interpreter, assistive listening devices, etc.) by completing this information on the registration form or by calling the Box Office two weeks in advance at 804.289.8980.

We recommend groups to provide an adequate number of chaperones and prefer at least one adult chaperone (teacher or parent) for every 10 students. For many students this will be their first time to a live performance; please help them to be good audience members.

On the day of the performance, buses will unload at the front of the Modlin Center. Free parking for buses is available during the show. Upon arrival, a Modlin staff member will give your driver directions to the bus parking lot. Buses cannot park in front of the Modlin Center for an extended period of time following the show. Get directions to our venues.

Performances will only be cancelled and refunds issued if the artist is unable to reach the theater. Schools will be notified by phone as soon as possible if a performance is cancelled. We do not issue refunds due to school closing (for example: inclement weather) or student illness.

Education Resources
Modlin Arts In the Classroom
Bring a visiting artist into your school! Modlin Arts offers free lecture/demonstrations, master classes, and assembly performances to K-12 area schools to enrich classroom curriculum and connect students to master artists and live performances. For more information, email Shannon Hooker or call 804.287.6599.

Study Guides
 Study guides are supplied for each performance when made available by the artists and help increase students' understanding of the show. These resource guides are filled with background information about the show and its broader context and classroom activities you can use with your students to further illustrate concepts and ideas.

PD Workshops
We offer K-12 educators, of all disciplines, opportunities to participate in professional development workshops throughout the school year. These arts-centered workshops are led by nationally renowned teaching artists and instructors with UR Partners in the Arts, the Richmond region’s premier resource for arts integrated learning in K-12 classrooms. Professional Development Certificates will be awarded upon completion. Visit Partners in the Arts for arts integrated learning workshops available.

Community Resources
Partners in the Arts is a great resource for teachers and arts integration in the classroom. Modlin Center collaborates with PIA to offer in-school residencies by performing artists and professional development workshops in conjunction with School Series performances.