November 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am

The Genworth Lights Up! Youth Series is on the road! This series offers youth ages 3-18 the opportunity to partake in workshops and experience performances by local arts groups in community centers and schools across the region. Workshops are FREE for everyone to attend!

The next workshop takes place on November 18, 2023 at Huguenot High School. Check-in will begin at 9:30 am with the performance kicking off at 10:00 am. Each age group will get the chance to partake in both a visual and performing arts workshop following the performance. The event will wrap around 12:30 pm, leaving time for you to enjoy the afternoon. Pre-registration is not required but encouraged.

All Richmond Performing Arts Alliance (RPAA) representatives will be wearing name tags that identify them as RPAA employees or Lights Up! volunteers. Please seek their assistance whenever you need it. Parents/guardians must remain on site for students age 13 or younger. Students should be advised by parents/caretakers to remain in the building at all times and only leave with assigned caretakers. If your child is 14 or older and you plan to drop them off, please ensure that you return to the event no later than at 12:30 PM to pick them up.

Waiting parents and guardians are also welcome to join their children in each workshop, space permitting, by observing in the provided seats. Parents of children ages 3-6 are asked to participate with your child in their workshops.


Kiran Bhagat headshotJoin us for “Itty Bitty Movers Workshop,” where every little step is a giant leap into a world of imagination and creativity!

In this workshop, we’ll embark on a journey where tiny feet take big steps. Through a blend of interactive activities, stories, and games, your little mover will explore the joy of self-expression and the wonders of their imagination. Watch as they twirl, leap, and giggle their way through a series of fun exercises designed to enhance both physical coordination and creativity.

This workshop is taught by Greater Richmond Wolf Trap teaching artist Kiran Bhagat.

Danielle Hines HeadshotThe Sage Nest helps to enhance the symbiotic relationship between nature and early childhood development. Join me for a process art-based workshop that will allow children to explore their creative side using elements of nature and a natural love for art and through open-ended creating. Prepare to leave with messy hands and a happy heart.

This workshop is taught by Danielle Hines from Sage Nest.

Joanna Penick HeadshotStudents will learn different jewelry-making techniques and use their creativity and personal style to make a piece unique to them. A variety of materials will be available for students to choose from; using those materials, and their new skills, they’ll make jewelry to take home with them that day.

This workshop is taught by Joanna Penick.

VA Stage CombatJoin us in a Galaxy (not so) Far Away to learn how to embrace the ways of Stage Combat! We’ll be learning the way of theatrical sword principles while twirling our favorite light-up toys. Parents are welcome to join along with their Padawans! May the force be with you!

This workshop is taught by Va. Stage Combat School.

Desirée DabneyStudents will learn the in’s and out’s about improvisation and how to apply this fun and exciting skill to their future theatrical works!

This workshop is taught by Desirée Dabney of Theatre Diva Productions.

Kevin RobertsCome and learn the fun of making comics! The art of a 3-4 panel comic strip, or maybe you’re into longer-form comics, and the excitement of designing original characters and telling stories lies within! The art of visual storytelling awaits!

Drew Miles & Co.Performance by Drew Miles & Co. – Huguenot High School Band Director