Engagement in the arts can help youth in a myriad of ways; such as being a vehicle for self-expression, acquiring communication skills and developing skills to aid in focus and teamwork.

VMT seeks to enrich the cultural vitality of the Hampton Roads Community by offering musical theatre at affordable prices and continues to mentor young performers through training, performance and scholarship programs aimed to prepare the next generation of artists for work on the professional stage.

More than 25 years ago, VMT began an educational partnership with The Governor’s School for the Arts musical theatre department to provide students with both performance and technical/crew internships. The students must audition for the productions and, if cast, will perform alongside of the Equity actors from New York in fully staged, live orchestra productions. Students receive a grade credit for participation in the internship program along with valuable real-world experience as a cast or crew member in VMT’s productions. The students at GSA are exceptionally talented and pair well with the regional and national professional talent that VMT brings in. They also get to work at the beautiful Sandler Performing Arts Center.

VMT and GSA are proud to continue this exceptional collaborative partnership that provides unique opportunities for young artists to learn and grow while being mentored by professional lighting, sound, costume and scenic designers as well as incredible singers, dancers and actors.

If you would like to contribute to this amazing educational internship experience, please contact Chip Gallagher at

VMT/Tom Felton Memorial Scholarships

Each year, VMT awards scholarships to graduating seniors who have been accepted into a college or conservatory musical arts program. Students are selected from applications received during their high school senior year by a panel of judges. The applicants must have worked with Virginia Musical Theatre prior to submitting their applications and must present themselves to the judging panel where they will be asked to perform a short presentation in their given discipline (acting, singing, dancing) or exhibit their design portfolios (lighting, costume or set design).

The scholarship amounts will be determined by the number of applicants, with the minimum scholarship amount being $500.00.

The scholarship is named in honor of Tom Felton, a well-known educator, theatre director and arts enthusiast.

Applications are accepted beginning January 1 of each year. For more information or to request an application,

Mark Hudgins, Executive Director
(757) 340-5446  |