The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series

Arts education is an essential component of every student’s academic journey. For many years, studies have shown that the arts have a real impact on a student’s reading and language skills, mathematics skills, thinking skills, social skills, and motivation to learn. In the Americans for the Arts’ Arts Education Navigator, there is overwhelming evidence that theatre, dance, music, visual art, and music all contribute to a student’s success. By adding a Discovery Series experience to your academic calendar, you will be inspiring new pathways for achievement both inside and outside of the classroom.

This season offers even more innovative and exciting opportunities for you and your students! Each Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series production takes place in the beautiful Victoria Theatre, and has been carefully selected to enhance curriculum connections throughout subject areas. Our customizable Discovery Workshops offer an affordable way to enhance the play-going experience for your students by connecting the themes, styles, and artistry with state and national academic standards. Plus, our free online Resource Guides for each production are full of practical information and grade-specific activities for you and your students.

Our Education & Engagement Department is proud to partner with you and your school to ensure the success of every student. We are excited to share all of the ways these amazing artists can support learning in your classroom. Thank you for choosing The Frank M. Tait Discovery Series, and making the arts a priority in the academic lives of our young people.


Click here for the 2016-2017 Discovery Series order form (PDF).

You can also download the full 2016-2017 Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series brochure (PDF) which contains the order form.

Ordering Tickets for the 2016-2017 Season

  1. CHOOSE! Select the productions you and your students want to see. Payment is due in full two weeks prior to performance or order may be cancelled.
  2. MAIL the order form to Victoria Theatre Association, The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series, 138 North Main Street, Dayton, Ohio 45402; OR
  3. FAX the order form to 937-222-6933 ATTN: Discovery; OR
  4. CALL 937-228-7591, ext. 3039 to reserve over the phone. Please complete the order form before you call so you have all information available, including special needs.

All SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS must be mailed or faxed.

Tickets are $5 for the 2016-2017 Season. Ticket scholarships and busing opportunities are available for schools with financial concerns.

Please review The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series Payment & Performance Policies.

Resource Guides

Resource guides containing a synopsis, production notes and before-and-after activities are available for each show. You can find them on the show’s page or in our Resource Guide Archive.

Resource Guide Archive


Come early or stay late, pack a lunch and choose one of our Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Workshops to make your visit to the Victoria Theatre even more valuable. Our customizable workshops offer an affordable way for you and your students to enhance the play-going experience by delving deeper into the themes and styles of particular performances. The workshops you see listed with each show use active techniques to expand your students’ creative and critical thinking skills, leadership and collaboration skills, communication and problem solving skills and so much more. Each one-hour workshop starts at $100 and is limited to 25 students. Workshops are available year-round and are able to travel to your school. Call 937-228-7591, ext. 3039 to schedule a workshop.

Discovery Workshops

2017-2018 Season Just Announced!

The Wright Stuff: First In Flight (October 12, 2017)
How I Became A Pirate (November 3, 2017)
Dragons Love Tacos And Other Stories (November 6, 2017)
Doktor Kaboom: Look Out! Science Is Coming (November 30-December 1, 2017)
Martin’s Dream (January 17, 2018)
Guess How Much I Love You & I Love My Little Storybook (January 31, 2018)
Maya: A Writer’s Journey (February 2, 2018)
Petra And The Wolf (February 13, 2018)
Charlotte’s Web (February 21, 2018)
All The Way Live! (April 10, 2018)
The Ugly Duckling (May 1, 2018)
Manxmouse: The Mouse Who Knew No Fear (May 3, 2018)

2017-2018 tickets will be available later this spring!

Discovery Series

Thank you to our Official Sponsors!

Official Energy Sponsor

Dayton Power & Light Company

Official Internet Service Provider


Official Host

Crowne Plaza Dayton

Official Coffee Provider

Boston Stoker

Government Sponsors

Ohio Arts Council and Montgomery County Arts And Cultural District

Shows In This Series

Anne Of Green Gables

April 4, 2017 | The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series
When you imagine, you find a home.
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The Cat In The Hat (Discovery)

April 7, 2017 | The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series
With the Cat in the Hat, the fun’s never done!
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John Steptoe’s Mufaro’s Beautiful Daughters: An African Tale (Discovery)

April 21, 2017 | The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series
African drumming, powerful choreography & thrilling original music.
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The Mayhem Poets

May 1, 2017 | The Frank M. Tait Foundation Discovery Series
The Simpsons’ meets Malcolm X at a Notorious B.I.G. concert.
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