Arts for Youth

barter players peter pan

The Barter Players brought "Peter Pan" to life for Lancaster Primary School students in February 2021, including a special appearances from the Lost Boys and a man-eating crocodile!

barter players red badge of courage lancaster virginia

The Barter Players presented "The Red Badge of Courage" for Lancaster Middle School students in February 2021.  The play centered on Henry Fleming's decision to enlist in the army and what he experiences when faced with battle.

The Rappahannock Foundation for the Arts supports arts education as the key to achieving understanding, appreciation and creative expression in our young people. Through grants that the RFA receives, we are able to bring high quality, professional performances to schools in the lower Northern Neck. Working with the schools that have limited resources available for arts education today, RFA strives to nurture and spark the imaginations of youth in our area, offer inspiration, and promote and develop life skills through the arts. Students in the public schools, private schools and those who are home schooled have the opportunity to see various shows.

This year, the Arts for Youth (AFY) program received local funding from The River Counties Community Foundation, The Tidewater Foundation, and The Mason and Lula Cole Charitable Trust. The generous community support from these organizations greatly enhances arts education in our local schools.

The 2020-21 AFY performances feature Plunky & Oneness for Lancaster Primary and Middle Schools (postponed from March 2020), Geoffrey Marsh, Juggler/Magician/Clown for both schools, The Barter Players "The Velveteen Rabbit" for LPS and "Tuck Everlasting" for LMS, and Barbara Lawson "Wild & Wonderful Storytelling Adventures" for LPS and Virginia Repetroy Theatre "Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad" for LMS.

During 2019-2020 season, four theatrical shows were staged for over 1,180 students.

Arts for Youth 2020-2021 Schedule

Lancaster Primary School

J Plunky Branch   

Plunky & Oneness

October 6, 2020 at 9:30am

Geoffrey Marsh   


November 12,2020 at 9:30am

The Barter Players   

"The Velveteen Rabbit"

February 24,2021 at 9:30am

Barbara Lawson   

"Wild & Wonderful Storytelling Adventures"

March  14, 2021 at 9:30am

Lancaster Middle School

J Plunky Branch   

Plunky & Oneness

October 6, 2020 at 1:30pm

Geoffrey Marsh   


November 12, 2020 at 1:30pm

The Barter Players   

"Tuck Everlasting" 

February 24, 2021 at 1:30pm

Virginia Repertory Theatre    

"Harriet Tubman & the Underground Railroad"

March 17, 2021 at 1:30pm

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