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Join us this season!

Each season, we welcome approximately 20,000 teachers and students aged PK-12 to our Ronald McDonald 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!

Before reserving seats for our 2018-2019 season, please read our PDF iconSchool Series Brochure.

For more information about planning your field trip, please read our helpful guide:


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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. Applications for the 2018-19 season were due at the beginning of the October. The application for the 2019-2020 season will be available in early July 2019. Look for it here.  For more information on Arts for All, click here.

2018-19 Performances

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

Friday, December 7, 2018
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.

The 5 Browns
The 5 Browns

Wednesday, January 16, 2019
9:30 a.m. only - 15 SEATS REMAINING
$6  •  50 - 60 minutes
Curriculum connection: music

The 5 Browns - Ryan, Melody, Gregory, Deondra, and Desirae - all attended New York's Juilliard School, the first family of five siblings ever accepted simultaneously. The 5 Browns deliver on their dream to wake up classical music by introducing it to the widest, largest, and most excited audiences they can find. Whether performing individually or together in various combinations from duo to complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns bring a fresh energy and dynamic character to their sound.

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Lula Washington Dance Theatre: Reflections in Black
Lula Washington
Wednesday, January 30, 2019
9:30 a.m. only - 150 SEATS REMAINING
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 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 brings students on stage to demonstrate and learn movements as part of the show.

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Jabali African Acrobats

Monday, April 29, 2019 
9:30 am - SORRY, SOLD OUT
12:30 pm - SORRY, SOLD OUT
$7 • 50-60 minutes
Curriculum connections: music, dance, multicultural

This thrilling performance exemplifies the link between athletics and the arts as the incredible acrobatics, contortions, tumbling, human pyramids, and chair balancing skills of these performers turn to dance. The performance includes the Congo Snake Dance, the Flaming Limbo Bar Dance, Skip Rope Footwork techniques, and comedy set to electrifying music. Audience participation is always included.

Troupe Vertigo
Troupe Vertigo

Wednesday, May 1, 2019
12:30 pm only
$7 • 60 minutes
Curriculum connections: dance, music

Troupe Vertigo brings audiences on a spellbinding journey through the world of artistic movement. World-class ariel artists, contortionists, and ballet dancers fuse together circus-dance-theatre works that ignite the imagination.

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Elementary Grades
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Rosie Revere, Engineer 
Rosie Revere, Engineer

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.

$6  • 60 minutes
Grades K-4
Curriculum Connections: STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Mathematics), language arts, literature-based, social studies

Ms. Greer's classroom includes three inquisitive, out-of-the-box thinkers. Rosie Revere is a brilliant inventor of gizmos and gadgets who dreams of becoming a great engineer. When her great-great-aunt Rose (Rosie the Riveter) comes for a visit and mentions her one unfinished goal - to fly - Rosie sets to work building a contraption to make her aunt's dream come true. Iggy Peck has a relentless passion for architecture and builds with interesting materials. And Ada Twist, a scientist, has boundless imagination and curiosity.

Based on books by Andrea Beaty

Presented by Theatreworks USA

Study Guide not yet available.

Charlotte's Web 
Charlotte's Web

Monday, January 28, 2019
9:30 a.m and 12:30 p.m. 
$6  •  55 minutes
Grades K-5
Curriculum connections: language arts, literature-based, relationships and family

Theatreworks' production of Charlotte's Web is based on E.B. White's loving story of the friendship between a pig name d 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

PDF iconCharlotte's Web study guide

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly 
Diary of a Worm

Tuesday, March 19, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. 
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades K-5

Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, science

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug's world, capturing all the humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider, and Fly. Worm eats his homework, fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can't wait to grow up and molt. Promoting eco-consciousness, Earth science, and tolerance of others, this performance is a joyfu, hip musical exploration of the world outside. You might just find that a bug's life is not all that different from your own.

To see images and a short video of the production, click here.

Based on the books by Doreen Cronin

Presented by Dallas Children's Theater

PDF iconDiary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly study guide

Preschool and Lower Elementary
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Giggle, Giggle, Quack 
Giggle, Giggle, Quack

Wednesday, October 17, 2018
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$6  • 60 minutes
Grades K-3
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based

Running a farm is hard work, especially with cows that type, hens on strike, and a duck who's always causing trouble. So Farmer Brown takes a well-deserved vacation, leaving his brother Bob, an accountant from the city, in charge. Soon it's no work and all play (and cake, pizza, movies, and bubble baths...) as the animals run wild, taking advantage of Bob's lack of experience. Will the animals come clean about their devious tricks, or is there more to Brother Bob than meets the eye?

Based on the book by Doreen Cronin, illustrated by Betsy Lewin

Presented by Lifeline Theatre

To view images of the production, click here.

PDF iconGiggle, Giggle, Quack study guide

The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favorites 
Very Hungry Caterpillar

Friday, November 2, 2018 
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades PK-2
Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, storytelling

Three beloved stories by Eric Carle are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through a variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. Llittle Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, an airplane, a shark, and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, predictably changing color all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before realizing the value in himself.

Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

To view a short video of the production, click here.

PDF iconThe Very Hungry Caterpillar study guide

The Rainbow Fish 
Rainbow Fish

Friday, March 22, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7 •  60 minutes
Grades PK-2

Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, storytelling

This beloved story by Marcus Pfister is retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. This tale introduces the most beautiful fish in the sea, whose scales shimmer in all the colors of the rainbow. He is admired-- and resented-- by the entire underwater world, until a clever octopus advises him to give each fish one of his scales. Further adventures follow as The Rainbow Fish finds the courage to explore the great deep sea, discovering a new world with wonderful sights and friendly creatures of all shapes, sizes, and colors who are eager to make his acquaintance.

Presented by Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia

To view a short video of the production, click here.

PDF iconThe Rainbow Fish study guide

Pete the Cat  
Pete the Cat

Friday, April 5, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 30 SEATS REMAINING
12:30 p.m.
$6  •  55 minutes
Grades PK-3

Curriculum Connections: language arts, literature-based, family relationships

When Pete gets caught rocking out after bedtime, the cat-catcher sends him to live with the Biddle family to learn his manners -- and boy are they square! The minute Pete walks in the door, he gets the whole family rocking... except for Jimmy Biddle, the most organized second grader on planet Earth. Jimmy has lots of tests, and the last thing he needs is some groovy cat turning everything upside down. But when Jimmy draws a blank in art class during the last week of school, Pete is the perfect friend to help him out. Join Jimmy and Pete on an adventure of friendship, all the way to Paris and back in a VW Bus.

Based on the book series by Eric Litwin

To view images and a short video of the production, click here.

Presented by Theatreworks USA

PDF iconPete the Cat study guide

Upper Elementary, Middle, and High School

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Freedom Bound 
Freedom Bound

Friday, February 15, 2019
9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
$7 • 60 minutes
Grades 3-8
Curriculum Connections: history, language arts, multicultural, character development

The Underground Railroad ran through countless communities in the north. The "Railroad" was a network of friends who helped slaves escape to freedom in the north and on to Canada before the Civil War. This turbulent period of history is the subject of Freedom Bound, which revolves around the most famous incident in the history of the Underground Railroad in Ohio: the story of Addison White, an escaped slave, and his rescue by the citizens of Mechanicsburg, Ohio. This performance brings history to life through original songs and an array of characters that pop right out of the past to relive the uncertainty and hope of the Underground Railroad.

To learn more about Mad River Theater Works, visit their website.

PDF iconFreedom Bound study guide

Doktor Kaboom and the Wheel of Science 
Doktor Kaboom

Monday, March 4, 2019
9:30 a.m. - 85 SEATS REMAINING
12:30 p.m. - 17 SEATS REMAINING
$6 •  60 minutes
Grades 2-8
Curriculum Connections: science, comedy, math, theatre

So much science, so little time... Doktor Kaboom is having trouble picking his favorite science demonstrations, so he's bringing them all. Unfortunately, there are way too many for one show. The solution: The Wheel of Science, a great big spinning wheel labeled with everything from optical illusions to chemical reactions to a homemade hovercraft, and more. At least a dozen fantastic demonstrations ready to go. Wherever the wheel stops, that's what's next. Will he turn a water bottle into a rocket or catapult bananas across the stage? Electrocute a pickle or create artificial gravity? Who knows? So, step right up and let's spin that wheel.

To learn more about Doktor Kaboom, visit his website.

Study guide not yet available.

Call of the Wild: Illustrated Edition 
Call of the Wild

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
12:30 p.m. only - 31 SEATS LEFT
$7  •  60 minutes
Grades 4-8

Curriculum Connections: historical, literature-based, values-based

Jack London's classic tale comes to life on stage. This multimedia adventure mixes performance and storytelling with projected illustrations to tell the story of Buck, the magnificent offspring of a St. Bernard and Scottish Collie. Kidnapped from his lavish life on a California estate and sent to work as a sled dog during the great Klondike Gold Rush of the 1800s, Buck becomes the most famous dog in the Northland's history and discovers the endurance and strength of his wild, primal ancestors as their call courses through his blood. 180-degree projections surround the performer and provide scenic, artistic, and historical context. The images feature a unique mix of Philip R. Goodwin's classical illustrations from the book's first edition, period photographs, and brand new drawings and animations created by artist Michael Rae.

Presented by Theatre Heroes

To see images and a short video of the production, click here.

PDF iconCall of the Wild study guide

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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, 2018 for reservations made prior to the start of the 2018-19 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) and are made possible through a generous grant from the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western Wisconsin and Southeastern Minnesota. 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 PDF iconAssistive 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.

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