Virtual Performance Curriculum


Each Virtual Program includes:
• Tour of the Poway Center for Performing Arts
• Pre-Recorded Performance
• VAPA Extension Activities


Available in Spanish where listed.


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 Programming.

2023/24 Virtual Programs:

One-Step Registration!

Register for one or more of our Virtual Programs on one form:
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NEW! On-Demand Content

Access FIVE Virtual Programs Year-Round – Available August 15, 2023 – June 15, 2024


Catapult Shadow Dance Company

GRADES 2 – 7

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. Includes shadow shape tutorial videos and a 4 seasons Art lesson.


Introduction to Instruments

GRADES 4 – 5

Poway Unified Music Department presents Choose you Own Adventure Show, with an Instrument Family Hall of Fame and a visual art lesson Wassily Kandinsky.


Layer the Walls

GRADES 3 – 8

Explore stories of a tenement apartment in New York City that was once home to hundreds of new immigrants. Stories are told using Shadow, Bunraku puppetry, and masks.


MCT Presents Alice in Wonderland


An original adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland” and “Through the Looking Glass.”



Sewam American Indian Dance

GRADES 2 – 6



Sewam  Dance brings music, arts, and culture of Native American dance to audiences around the world. Specializing in the dances of the United States Plains Indians, Sewam Dance has performed across the country and internationally, inspiring audiences and sharing the power and beauty of Native American people.

In-person Add-on: California Indian Storyteller (available in San Diego County only) 


Seasonal Virtual Programs

These Virtual Performance Programs are offered during specific access periods during the school year.


For Hispanic Heritage Month!

Sugar Skull!: A Día de Muertos Musical Adventure

GRADES 1 – 5
Sep. 15 – Nov. 10,  2023


Come along with twelve-year-old Vita Flores as a spirited candy skeleton takers her on a magical, musical journey to unravel the true meaning of Día de Muertos.

In-person Workshop add-on: Latin Rhythms Workshop (available in San Diego County only) 

The Nutcracker with Southern California Ballet
GRADES 1 – 5
Dec. 1, 2023 – January 15,  2024


SBC will perform narrated show excerpts of “The Nutcracker”, and provide extension activities in movement, pantomime and costume design.  Activities include Nutcracker Time Machine, World Tour through the Land of Sweets, and a Tour of Tutu Terry’s workshop.

In-person Workshop add-on: The Nutcracker – Stage to Classroom (available in San Diego County only) 

Live on the PCPA Stage in December 2023

Celebrate Black History Month:

NORTH: The Musical

GRADES 4 – 8
February  1 – March 31, 2024


Written by Ashli St. Armant (Jazzy Ash), NORTH follows the journey of Lawrence, a teenage boy and Minnie, his young mother, as they escape the Deep South and travel North through the Underground Railroad to seek their freedom.

In-person Workshop add-on: African Rhythm and Drumming Workshop (available in San Diego County only)

Celebrate Black History Month:

Jazzy Ash

February  1 – March 31, 2024



Jazzy Ash plays Zydeco, jazz, blues, and swing in her energetic concert. She draws out the roots of West African songs and traditions, rhythms and games. Also included is an interactive instrument Match Game, a storybook reading, and a visual art lesson.

In-person Workshop add-on: African Rhythm and Drumming Workshop (available in San Diego County only)

Missoula Children’s Theatre featuring Poway OnStage Youth Theatre

Robin Hood

Apr. 1 – June 4,  2024


Join Robin Hood and his Merry Band of colorful characters as they seek the help of the Foresters to rescue Maid Marian and Marian’s Maid.

Live on the PCPA Stage March 9, 2024

Virtual Performance Curriculum FAQ’s

Q:  What is the specific day/time of the Virtual Program? 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-to six-week period or year-round, for some titles.  You can assign it whenever it 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 virtual program access period.

Q:  Does the Virtual Program 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 virtual program 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 Virtual Program 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 Virtual Program to help students navigate if you assign activities over multiple classes.

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

A:  You are welcome to sign-up for all the Virtual Programs 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 Virtual Program. 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 Denise Flynn at (858) 668-4796 or


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