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


< March 2019 >
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TFO Pops: Women Rock
Sat, March 02, 08:00 pm
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Celtic Woman
Wed, March 13, 07:30 pm
TFO Coffee Concert: The French Connection
Thu, March 14, 11:00 am
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TFO Pops: Broadway Tonight
Sat, March 16, 08:00 pm
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Hozier Pre-Performance Dinner
Wed, March 20, 06:30 pm
Hozier Wasteland Baby! Tour
Wed, March 20, 08:00 pm
Turnstiles, Performing the Music of Billy Joel
Thu, March 21, 07:30 pm
Clint Black Pre-Performance Dinner
Fri, March 22, 06:30 pm
Clint Black - Still... Killin' Time 30th Anniversary Tour
Fri, March 22, 08:00 pm
TFO Masterworks: The Creation
Sat, March 23, 08:00 pm
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Multi-Day Pass)
Sun, March 24, 12:00 am
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Single Day Pass)
Sun, March 24, 11:00 am
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Single Day Pass)
Mon, March 25, 07:45 am
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Single Day Pass)
Tue, March 26, 08:00 am
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Single Day Pass)
Wed, March 27, 08:00 am
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition presented by ADC IBC (Multi-Day Pass)
Wed, March 27, 05:00 pm
14th Annual Youth International Ballet Competition Awards Gala
Wed, March 27, 08:00 pm
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TFO Masterworks: Brahms' Piano Concerto No. 1
Sat, March 30, 08:00 pm
The Australian Bee Gees
Sun, March 31, 07:00 pm

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