Education has been an important part of the FOX's mission since its grand reopening more than 25 years ago.  Tens of thousands of students from Hutchinson and throughout Reno County have traveled to the FOX "by the bus" to take part in our highly anticipated "Informances" and workshops. Aside from the cost of transportation, there is NO OTHER EXPENSE to the schools for participation in our "By The Bus" arts-in-education opportunities.  That is made possible in large part because of the generous underwriting support we receive from the Herman, Esther and Henry Stallman Foundation.

For more information about our "By The Bus" program, contact:

Penny Bettles at 620-663-5861 Ext 205.



Friday, December 8th, 2023
10:00 AM

60 Minutes • Recommended for Grades 3 - 5

Artistically and historically designed specifically for 3rd - 5th grades. 1869 Kansas dances to life in this new-century twist on the traditional Nutcracker. Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker music remains, masterfully adapted by Boston composer Rick Kuethe, a native of Omaha, Nebraska. This Informance offers selected students the chance to dance on stage at the Fox, audience practice in theatre etiquette, behind-the-scene Prairie Nutcracker peeks, selected scenes, and audience participation, while learning about Kansas history, literary and musical adaptation and meeting featured dancers and musicians.
*Prairie Nutcracker performs three shows for the general public:
Friday & Saturday, December 8th & 9th at 7:30 PM and
Sunday, December 10th at 3:00 PM.


Friday, February 16th, 2024
10:00 AM

60 Minutes • Recommended for Grades 1 - 5
Cat Kid and Molly Pollywog have started an epic club to teach 21 rambunctious baby frogs how to make their own comics! Their fishy father Flippy is overjoyed
that his kids will learn to unleash their creativity, but when the frogs’ constant bickering and outrageous imaginations send their comics comically off the rails,
Flippy flips out! Will the club survive? Will the frogs ever get along? And will creativity finally save the day? All will be answered in this madcap musical based on Dav Pilkey’s irreverently hilarious book series. This hilarious musical adaptation of Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man spin-off series, Cat Kid Comic Club, is written by Kevin Del Aguila and Brad Alexander - the team that brought you DOG MAN: THE MUSICAL!


Thursday, March 28th, 2024
10:00 AM

60 Minutes • Recommended for Grades K - 7

Buckets N Boards workshops center around teaching children the beginning fundamentals of tap dance, body percussion, beatbox, and drumming. The focus of the session is for the kids to learn basic skills in each discipline, show what they are really capable of achieving and encourage them to explore and create
on their own. Gareth Sever graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Musical Theatre from Ithaca College. Gareth has 25 years of professional performance experience
in theatre and music. He has tap danced for almost 20 years and worked as a vocal coach and instrumental instructor. Matt Levingston graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in theatre from William Jewell College and has been performing professionally for almost 20 years as a comedian and musician. He started playing pots and pans at the age of 3 and has been creating rhythm on everything he finds ever since.


To reserve FREE seats for your class for these Informances at Hutchinson’s Historic FOX Theatre, please contact
Penny Bettles, Fox Development Administrator by phone: (620)663-5861 Ext. 205
or email:
Two weeks before each Informance, teachers with reservations receive a preparatory letter from the FOX Theatre with arrival instructions, theatre etiquette and other fun information to prepare their students, before and after.