Modlin School Series

The Modlin Center offers meaningful performing arts experiences to engage K-12 students with the world beyond the classroom, opening new pathways for intellectual, artistic, and cultural exploration. We are thrilled to offer a 2022-2023 season of in-person performances and expanded digital access to connect classroom curriculum with the performing arts and spark student imagination. 

These free school matinee performances are open to public, private, and home schools in grades PreK-12 with registration. Read our FAQs at the end of the page to help you prepare for your visit to the Modlin Center. 

Five Days with Step Afrika!

Classroom Digital Access: Five Days with Step Afrika!
Stream on-demand September 21 - October 21, 2022

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Step Afrika! is the first professional company dedicated to the tradition of stepping. Based on more than twenty-five years of performing and teaching students, the company has created a highly interactive and engaging virtual arts education experience for educators and students that will introduce them to the history and tradition of stepping.

Recommended for grades 3-12 
Length: Five Days with Step Afrika! is made up of five videos featuring the history of stepping, an interactive tutorial, two short presentations, and a pre-recorded Q&A for students.

Educator Digital Access: register separately for an educator preview through September 9

Step Afrika! Drumfolk

In-Person School Matinee: Step Afrika!, Drumfolk
Friday, October 21, 2022 | 11 AM - Noon
Alice Jepson Theatre

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Step Afrika! integrates song, dance, storytelling, and audience participation in highlighting the importance of stepping in cultural identity and the use of body percussion as a means of communication. Their newest production, Drumfolk, is a rhythmic storytelling of the history of African American percussive traditions inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 and the Negro Act of 1740. Experience how percussive forms took root, influencing some of our country's most distinct performance traditions - like ring shout, tap, and stepping.

Recommended for grades 3-12
Length: 60 minutes including a Q&A with the artists

Compagnia TPOs Farfalle

Compagnia TPO, Farfalle
Thursday, May 11, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Friday, May 12, 2023 | 11 AM - 12 PM
Cousins Studio Theatre

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Compagnia TPO’s Farfalle is a visual theatre of the senses, an immersive experience that weaves dance, storytelling, and visual experience into an innovative, magical relationship between children and performers. Two dancers move, play, and paint in the air, telling the story of the slow metamorphosis of the butterfly. Breathtaking images of plants and sounds from the rainforest create an atmosphere of anticipation, as the audience is invited to enter the performance and interact with the enchanting world created on stage.

Recommended for grades PreK-2
Length: 60 minutes

Reservations

Tickets are free and open to all public, private, and homeschool students, teachers, and families. If you would like to reserve seats, please complete an online registration form for each performance. 

Adjusting Your Reservation
If you need to adjust the number of seats reserved or your group can no longer attend, please inform the Modlin Center as soon as possible by contacting box office manager Samantha Salters so that tickets can be released to those on the waiting list. Minor seat adjustments may be possible on a space-available basis. 

Accessibility and Accommodations
We want to make your visit as easy and enjoyable as possible. Please advise us of any accommodations that you require in advance of your arrival at the Modlin Center. Wheelchair seating, parking, and assisted listening devices are available. Please make your request in advance.

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

Health and Safety
In accordance with guidance from University of Richmond, masks are no longer required in indoor public spaces. The University recognizes that members of the community may choose to continue to wear a mask and strongly supports such a decision.

We ask that patrons do their part in keeping our community healthy. If you feel unwell, please stay home.

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 prior to your visit.

Field Trip Guide 
Several weeks before the performance date, we will email our field trip guide to help you prepare for your performance. This guide outlines everything you need to know before attending your field trip including a educational guide to supplement your students' learning experiences, directions, seating procedures, theater etiquette, and more. All communication will go to the name and email address associated with the order. 

Arrival Time
Plan to arrive at the Modlin Center at least 20-30 minutes prior to show time. Allow for travel time, parking, and trips to the restroom. You should be in your seat at least 5 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.

Lunch Policy
While Modlin Center venues are not equipped to host lunches, we do have outdoor space available when the weather is nice. Space is limited and must be reserved in advance. Lunch arrangements requested on the reservation form will be confirmed when we send your field trip guide.

Arrival and Drop Off
Buses will unload at the circle in front of the Modlin Center entrance. Cars and vans may park in the Modlin Center lot. Modlin staff will be on-site to assist. Recommended arrival is 15-30 minutes before the start of the performance. Allow for travel time, parking, and trips to the restroom.

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

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

Seating Procedures
Individual tickets are not issued for school performances. Modlin Center staff carefully 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.

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

Feedback
Following the performance, you may receive a short survey requesting feedback on your theater experience. Please make time to respond, as doing so will inform us on how we can further develop Modlin Center K-12 programs. Thank you!

Questions?

For questions about your reservation, please contact box office manager Samantha Salters. For more information about the School Series programs, please contact assistant director Shannon Hooker