Arts Education

Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts is committed to supporting and presenting all genres of the Performing Arts at The Mahaffey Theater and throughout the St. Petersburg, Florida area; funding arts education for school children and providing its member patrons with unequaled services, entertainment, and cultural experiences.

The Class Acts Educational Performance Series has a rich history of serving local students for 25 years.  Since 2011, over 100,000 local school children have been able to experience the theater through the Class Acts program.  The Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts strives to provide quality performing arts programs that enhance the learning experience and correlate with Florida's curriculum initiatives. A primary goal of the Class Acts Program is to provide access for student groups who have economic needs and challenges by offering complimentary admission and transportation services.


“I would most definitely plan another trip to Duke Energy Center for the Arts. Everyone was very helpful, polite, smiling and friendly. The performance was amazing! My students had never seen a musical before and they loved it! The help I received from April was outstanding”.
Karen Penzien
Skycrest Elementary

“Thank you for providing such a fun and educational program! I am always impressed with the organization during Class Acts”.
Melissa Lewis
Westlake Christian School

“I always enjoy bringing my students to the Duke Energy Center –Mahaffey. You all do a wonderful job of getting content to enrich our students”.
Tracy Leskanic
Gifted Teacher
North Shore Elementary

“We went to 3 shows this year and this was their favorite!  It was well done and jammed packed with favorite books that we have read and a couple we hadn't that the kids immediately wanted to get their hands on!  Great Job and a great season!”
Kimberly Berry
Northside Christian Elementary School

“Thank You! Love the staff, love the venue, and love the performance!”
Lynne Gulotta
Safety Harbor Montessori Academy

“Great show and Great experience all around!! Thank you for a fantastic day!”
Mr. Hortin - Child Development Center

“I love coming to the Duke Energy Center Mahaffey Theater for field trips! Everything is always so organized and efficient. The quality of the performances is unmatched by any other theater. Your customer service is fast, friendly, and always helpful. I have planned field trips for here for years and plan on continuing the tradition. Thank you for everything you do for our students!”
Mrs. Krynski
Plato Academy

“The Class Acts Education Program at the Duke Energy Center for the Arts Mahaffey Theater provides educational and entertaining opportunities for students throughout Pinellas County.  Many of our students have never been to the theater; therefore Class Acts is often their first exposure to the performing arts.  The Class Acts staff provides a fully developed resource guide for every show in their educational series.  This guide allows our teachers to extend the theater experience and expand upon the academic content addressed in the show.  We are truly grateful to have this program in our community and look forward to many more years of partnership!”
Lori Matway
Associate Superintendent
Student & Community Services

“After attending a performance with 194 Voluntary PK students I wanted to express my sincere gratitude to the Bill Edwards Foundation for the Arts in providing this valuable opportunity. Without your support, most of these children would never step foot inside a theater and come to know the magic of a live theater performance. This enrichment to their education is priceless and we are all most gratefully, thank you!”
Gail Ramsdell
Early Childhood Education Coordinator

“Attending a Class Acts performance at Mahaffey Theater embraces our curriculum and lesson plans and is a tool we use to help engage our exceptional education students in social activities that empower them with the skills needed to communicate more effectively within the community!”
Nanci Tokach


< January 2018 >
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Sleeping Beauty Pre-Performance Dinner
Fri, January 05, 06:00 pm
The State Ballet Theatre of Russia presents Sleeping Beauty
Fri, January 05, 07:30 pm
TFO Masterworks: Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven
Sat, January 06, 08:00 pm
TFO Masterworks: Jahja Ling Conducts Beethoven
Sun, January 07, 02:00 pm
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A Night With Janis Joplin
Wed, January 10, 07:30 pm
TFO Coffee Concert: Musicians in the Spotlight
Thu, January 11, 11:00 am
An Evening with Branford Marsalis
Thu, January 11, 07:30 pm
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TFO Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Sat, January 13, 02:00 pm
TFO Pops: Rodgers & Hammerstein
Sat, January 13, 08:00 pm
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Tango Fire
Tue, January 16, 07:30 pm
The Drifters, Cornell Gunter's Coasters, and The Platters
Wed, January 17, 07:30 pm
Thu, January 18, 07:30 pm
Steve Martin & Martin Short
Fri, January 19, 07:00 pm
TFO Masterworks: Dvorak's Cello Concerto
Sat, January 20, 08:00 pm
TFO Masterworks: Dvorak's Cello Concerto
Sun, January 21, 02:00 pm
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Pink Martini with singer Storm Large
Tue, January 23, 07:30 pm
Bob Woodward
Wed, January 24, 07:30 pm
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TFO: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Fri, January 26, 08:00 pm
Masters of Illusion: Believe the Impossible
Sat, January 27, 08:00 pm
TFO: Distant Worlds: music from FINAL FANTASY
Sun, January 28, 02:00 pm

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