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We know you are anxious to hear our plans for the 2020-21 season, and we appreciate your patience as we continue to work to determine the safest path forward. At this point, we are awaiting information from university officials that will help us to determine how we might proceed.
We will send information via email  as soon as we are able. If you should have any questions in the meantime, please contact the Tina Napiorkowski at 608-796-3735 or



Join us this season!

Each season, we welcome approximately 20,000 teachers and students aged PK-12 to our Arts for Young America School Series performances. We understand the importance of exposing young children to live theatre, so we strive to present performances that suit different age levels and curricular connections. This season, you have the opportunity to attend musicals and plays based on popular children's literature, biographical/historical plays, musical performances, dance performances, multicultural titles, and STEAM-related presentations. We know you and your students will enjoy these performances. We'd love to see you!

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Important Reminders 
  • All reservations must be placed through our online order form (click the button above).
  • You will receive a confirmation email, invoice attached, within 10 days of your order.
  • You receive one complimentary ticket for every 10 you purchase. On the order form, indicate the TOTAL number of tickets you will need (including ALL students, chaperones, teachers, etc.). We will calculate the number of complimentary tickets you receive. You may use your complimentary tickets for students or adults.
Arts for All

Arts for All is an awards program where teachers can apply for a discount on their ticket price based upon the free and reduced percentage at their school. The application for the 2019-2020 season is now closed.  For more information on Arts for All, click here.

2019-2020 Performances

All Ages
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Nutcracker Ballet 
LDC Nutcracker1
(presented by La Crosse Dance Centre)

Friday, December 13, 2019
10 a.m.
$6   •  120 minutes
Curriculum connections: music, dance

An annual holiday classic presented by the La Crosse Dance Centre, this ballet is full of all the color and spectacle of the holiday season. Join us and share the remarkable magic with your students.

Lula Washington Dance Theatre: Reflections in Black
Lula Washington photo
Wednesday, February 12, 2020
9:30 a.m.

FREE •  60 minutes
Curriculum connections: dance, multicultural, history


Narrator and host Lula Washington, along with her dancers, will demonstrate various dance styles and perform excerpts from the company's repertoire. The program gives children awareness of African-American history and culture. Lula Washington also introduces students to historical facts about the Middle Passage, the Underground Railroad, the nature of slavery, and the slave's desire for freedom. Lula Washington brings students on stage to demonstrate and learn movements as part of the show.

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Recycled Percussion
Recycled Percussion photo

Monday, March 16, 2020
$7 • 60 minutes
Curriculum connections: music

Recycled Percussion has been an unstoppable international phenomenon since 1995, performing more than 4,500 shows in 15 countries. This is not just another drumming show, it is a fully produced, nonstop event that has been voted National Act of the Year a record-breaking six times. With their own headline show in Las Vegas since 2010, they are rocking the house with talent and creativity in a dynamic high-energy audience-interactive experience filled with comedy, music, amazing staging, and of course, brilliant drumming.

Elementary Grades
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Fractured Fairy Tales
Fractured Photo

Tuesday, November 12, 2019
Sorry, 9:30 a.m. is sold out, 12:30 p.m. is available

$6  • 60 minutes
Grades K-8
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based

Stories from Aesop, the Grimm Brothers, and Hans Christian Anderson get teased and tweaked to great comic effect. Done in the tradition of Chicago improv, the all-female cast puts these stories through the contemporary wringer and finds every laugh in these truly wacky tales-along with the tried and true morals of the stories.

Presented by Great Works Theatre Company

Study Guide not available.


Jolly Old Saint Nicholas
Jolly Old St Nick Photo

Tuesday, December 17, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

FREE  • 50- 60 minutes
Grades K-5
Curriculum Connections: family ties, language arts, literature-based, music, reading

Jolly Old Saint Nicholas is an original holiday tale. Tuck and his father prepare for Christmas as Mr. Grumpasaurus strives to thwart all Christmas merriment. But with the help of Santa and his elves, Christmas turns out to be the best one yet, even for Mr. Grumpasaurus.

Book by Ron Barnett and Dawn Westbrook

Music and Lyrics by Ron Barnett

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre

Study Guide not available.


Lyle the Crocodile
Lyle the Croc
Wednesday, March 18, 2020

Sorry, 9:30 a.m. is sold out, 12:30 p.m. is available
$6  •  60 minutes
Grades K-5
Curriculum connections: language arts, literature-based, values-based

Lyle the Crocodile is the story of a friendly crocodile who turns up in a bathtub in an apartment in New York's Upper East Side. Lyle becomes good friends with the folks in the building, except for Mr. Grumps, who hates Lyle, parades, people, and pretty much everything. However, when Lyle rescues Mr. Grumps and his cat Loretta from a fire, Mr. Grumps has to apologize for the way he's treated Lyle. In the end, Lyle helps those around him learn that they should not judge others by how different they appear to be, but to love people (and crocodiles) for who they are.

By Kevin Kling. Based on the book by Bernard Waber. Music by Richard Gray.

Presented by Great Works Theatre Company


Charlotte's Web 
Charlotte's Web

Thursday, March 26, 2020
Sorry, 9:30 a.m is sold out, 12:30 p.m. is available
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades K-5
Curriculum connections: language arts, literature-based, relationships and family, music

TheatreWorks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig named Wilbur and a little gray spider named Charlotte. Wilbur has a problem: how to avoid winding up as pork chops! Charlotte, a fine writer and true friend, hits on a plan to fool Farmer Zuckerman - she will create a "miracle." Spinning the words "Some Pig" in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution, which not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but ensures his place on the farm forever.

Presented by TheatreWorks USA


Steve Trash: The Science of Ecology
Steve with Globe

Tuesday, April 28, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades K-6

Curriculum Connections: science, ecosystems

This educational show is full of amazement and rockin' fun. Designed for grades K-6, students learn the science of nature and that trash is actually a valuable natural resource. Green-themed illusions made from found objects blend eco-entertainment with eco-education.


Preschool and Lower Elementary
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Chicken Dance
Chicken Dance

Monday, February 24, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6  • 60 minutes
Grades PK-2
Curriculum Connections: language/communication skills, literature-based, family relationships, musical, values-based

Every barnyard has its bully. But two of the barnyard's chickens, Marge and Lola, will not stand idly by. ArtsPower's musical portrays the colorful story of these two barnyard chickens on a mission to win the barnyard talent contest first prize of two tickets to see the great Elvis Poultry in concert. But first, they must present a performance that will score higher than a flock of very talented ducks, led by Mac who loves to play the bully. Can Marge and Lola face their challengers, against all odds, and win the talent contest?

Based on the book Chicken Dance, written by Tammi Sauer and illustrated by Dan Santat

Presented by ArtsPower National Touring Theatre

The Snowy Day and Other Stories
Sowy Day

Monday, March 2, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades PK-3
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, storytelling, weather, seasons, music

Follow Peter and his friends through winter, spring, summer, and fall as they romp and play, start snowball fights and make snow angels, journey in space and under the sea, and more, all in this imaginative musical play. Using innovative shadow puppetry, The Snowy Day celebrates the magic and boundless possibilities of childhood and the challenges of growing up. A classic since it's publication in 1962 and winner of the Caldecott Medal, The Snowy Day was one of the first picture books for young people to feature an African American protagonist and is still beloved today.

Presented by Childsplay

Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School

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Sweet Chariot
Sweet Chariot

Wednesday, January 29, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6 • 60 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: art, family ties, history, social studies, biography, oral tradition, multicultural, music

Unique and upbeat, educational and inspirational, the talented singer/actors of Sweet Chariot tell the true story of slavery by combining dazzling a capella spirituals with oral histories of 70,80 and 90 year old former slaves who were interviewed during the Federal Writers Project of the 1930's. Their firsthand accounts of the joys and agonies of everyday life, and their efforts to escape to freedom across the Ohio River, bring new  understanding to students of all backgrounds.

Based on oral histories recorded during the Federal Writers' Project compiled by Bruce C. Miller

Presented by Virginia Repertory Theatre

Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks
Rosa Parks

Thursday, February 13, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7 •  60 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: history, language arts, multicultural, character development, music

The tremors of an earthquake were rumbling across America. A new kind of music was making its first appearance on the radio, and parents were outraged. While the rhythms of rock and roll were shaking the social fabric of the country, deep down an even more important transformation was about to take place. In Montgomery, Ala., a determined activist named Rosa Parks refused to give up her seat on a city bus. The resulting uproar launched the Civil Rights movement and changed our country forever. Walk On: The Story of Rosa Parks weaves together music and drama to tell the story of Rosa Parks from her childhood in rural Alabama to her famous decision to "sit down and be counted."

Presented by Mad River Theater Works

The Giver

Wednesday, February 26, 2020
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6  •  60 minutes
Grades 5-9

Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based

In a utopian world where pain, uncertainty, and indecision are things of the past and Sameness is the ideal, 12-year-old Jonas has been anointed the new "Receiver of Memory," the one member of the community who will hold knowledge of the time before Sameness. To receive this knowledge, he'll have to spend time with "The Giver," the previous holder of memory, who'll be Jonas' guide into the old world, where pain and happiness existed in equal parts. As Jonas discovers more about the past, he begins to realize how Sameness has killed the essential humanity of his community. That realization leads to a course of action he hopes will break the cycle, even though it will put his life, and that of Gabriel, a baby he's sworn to protect, in mortal danger.

From the novel by Lois Lowry

Presented by Great Works Theatre Company

Study Guide not available


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To Order Tickets

You must order online by clicking the Order Tickets button at the top of this page. You must fill out a separate order form for each performance you wish to attend.

Payment Information

Full payment is due October 1, 2019 for reservations made prior to the start of the 2019-20 school year. For reservations made during the school year, full payment is due one month from your order or one month prior to the performance, whichever is earlier.

Seating Assignments

Seating location is determined by three criteria: a group’s special accommodation needs, the date the initial reservation is made, and if payment is received by the due date on the invoice.

Refund Policy

All sales are final. If you experience a significant reduction in the number of seats needed and notify us of the change eight weeks prior to the performance, we will issue a refund for the unused seats. You may revise your numbers up to one week prior to the performance.

Inclement Weather

If a performance is cancelled by Viterbo University due to inclement weather, we will do our best to reschedule it. If you are unable to attend the rescheduled date, a refund will be given. If you need to reduce the number of seats for the new date, we will refund the difference. If you are unable to attend a performance due to your school’s delay or cancellation, we will make every attempt to exchange your order for another age-appropriate performance. If your group is unable to attend another performance, we will review requests for refunds on a case-by-case basis.

Group Ticket Policy

The ticket prices listed for the performances are intended for school groups of 10 or more (paid seats). Orders for non-school groups under 10 seats per performance do not meet the criteria for this reduced cost and will be charged at a higher rate.

Homeschool Families/Mom's Club Groups

If you are a homeschool family, we have a person within the homeschool community who coordinates a group school matinee ticket order. Those who order with the large group will receive discounted ticket prices. Please contact to be added to the homeschool coordinator's mailing list.

Special Accommodations

When ordering, communicate any special needs your students have (wheelchairs, walkers, no stairs, visual or hearing impairment, etc.) so we can seat your group appropriately. Because of limited ability to accommodate these needs, we must have this information upon order, or at least one week prior to the performance.  Please see our Assisted Listening Device handout to learn more about the devices available to aid your hearing impaired students. If you will bring a hearing impaired student who requires an ASL interpreter but are not able to provide the ASL interpreter, inform us at least one month prior to the performance to allow us to make appropriate arrangements.

Questions? Contact:

Tina Napiorkowski

Arts Education Coordinator