The newest of our Initiative Programs, Poway OnStage now provides an educational field trip program in conjunction with our Professional Performance Series.  These educational programs provide area students with access to high quality performing arts experiences as well as study guides for teachers that provide additional arts integrated learning in-class.

For the 2021/22 school year, we will continue our ArtsEd OnStage offerings as Virtual Field Trips.

Virtual Field Trips


Each Virtual Field Trip will include:
• Tour of the Poway Center for Performing Arts
• Pre-Recorded Performance
• VAPA Extension Activities


Available in English and Spanish



FREE to San Diego County schools*
For schools outside of San Diego County, the following fees apply:
$25 – Single Class Access
$100 – Full School Access

* All San Diego Area Schools are eligible for grant-funded scholarships for FREE Access to our Virtual Field Trip Programs.

2021/22 Virtual Field Trips:


Missoula Children’s Theatre featuring Poway OnStage Youth Theatre

Alice in Wonderland

April 4 – May 27,  2022
Available in English and Spanish

The Missoula Children’s Theatre presents ALICE IN WONDERLAND, an original adaptation based on Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Special Title 1 Discount applies to this VFT.

Live on the PCPA Stage March 12, 2022

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Past Virtual Field Trips:

Sonia and the Okee Dokee BrosCelebrate Hispanic Heritage Month:

Somos Amigos

GRADES 1 – 5
September 1 – October 30,  2021
Available in English and Spanish

Sonia De Los Santos and The Okee Dokee Brothers present a bilingual program with songs that span the musical traditions of North America and illustrate the collective power of singing together with a common vision of peace and understanding.

Explore Vivaldi’s 4 Seasons

Catapult Shadow Dance Company

GRADES 2 – 7
October 1 – November 30,  2021
Available in English and Spanish


Experience the magic of CATAPULT Shadow Dance Company as they tell visual stories inspired by Vivaldi’s Four Seasons.  You will be inspired by music, movement, light and shadows.

Live on the PCPA Stage October 10, 2021

The Nutcracker with SCB

GRADES 1 – 5
Dec. 1, 2021 – January 15,  2022
Available in English and Spanish

Southern California Ballet will perform narrated show excerpts of “The Nutcracker”, and provide extension activities in movement, pantomime and costume design.

Special Title 1 Discount applies to the Nutcracker VFT.

Live on the PCPA Stage Dec. 16-19, 2021


Telling Early American Immigration Stories:

Layer the Walls

GRADES 2 – 7
January  3 – February 28, 2022
Available in English and Spanish

What if you discovered an old tenement apartment covered with forty layers of wallpaper? What if these layers could be peeled back to reveal the stories of past tenants? In Layer the Walls, shadow and Bunraku puppetry, along with masks, bring to life the stories of Irish, Italian, and Jewish families.


Celebrate Black History Month:

Jazzy Ash

February 1 – March 25,  2022
Available in English and Spanish

Celebrating Black History Month, Jazzy Ash will introduce students to the musical stylings of zydeco, jazz, blues and swing in her energetic and engaging concert. She draws out the roots of West African song traditions, rhythms and games.


Featuring the PUSD Music Program

Introduction to Instruments

GRADES 3 – 5
March 1  – April 29,  2022
Available in English and Spanish


Band performances and demonstrations by local middle and high school students, enhancement activities, interactive games and more. The perfect way to introduce your students to a school band program.

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Virtual Field Trip FAQ’s

Q:  What is the specific day/time of the field trip? Is there any live content?

A:    Everything is pre-recorded, to provide maximum flexibility and equitable accessibility across learning platforms.  It is all securely hosted on a password protected section of our website and is available for a three-week period.  You can assign it whenever fits best for your students.


Q:  Can the lesson be done over multiple sessions, or is the link/password limited to a single use?

A:  The link and password will work any time and as many times during the Field Trip period.


Q:  Does the field trip need to be given as an independent student activity or can I Zoom my kids through it all together?

A: We want you to use the materials in the format that works best for your students. We do ask that you have your students individually complete the pre- and post- forms. They give us valuable data for our grant reports and the exit worksheet also asks questions that help complete some of the VAPA standards. If your students are working through the field trip on their own device, these elements are embedded. If you plan to Zoom your kids through the field trip together, we will provide direct links to the surveys so you can assign them separately.


Q:  Once I have the link, is it ok to preview the field trip so that I can best prepare my students and families for the activities?

A:  Yes, please explore the content and figure out what works best for your class!  The “map” is provided at the beginning of the Field Trip to help students navigate if you assign activities over multiple classes.


Q: Is my class limited to just one Virtual Field Trip, or can we attend multiple trips?

A:  You are welcome to sign-up for all the trips that are appropriate for your grade level. (And thank you for your interest in sharing the arts with your students!)


Q:  My class grade level is above/below the recommended span of the Field Trip, can we still attend?

A:  The grade level spans are set with input from the artists as well as VAPA standards for each grade level.  If you are ONE grade above or below the recommended level, it will probably still be appropriate.  Please keep in mind that younger students may need additional guidance with some of the activities and navigating the platform and older students may not have their VAPA standards fully met with the program.  If you do sign-up, we encourage you to navigate through the trip prior to assigning it to your students in order to figure out how you may need to supplement or adapt it for your students.

For more information or for ticketing requests, please contact Sharlene O’Keefe at (858) 668-4797.
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