Our Goal

Engage our young audiences through captivating on-stage performances and film screenings to foster learning.


Our Vision

Establish the Carolina Theatre as a field trip destination for performing arts experiences for young audiences and families.


Education Goals

  • Present high-quality performing arts, theater, dance, music and film for young audiences.
  • Enhance teacher awareness of the arts as an effective medium for cultivating student appreciation of creative expression, academic learning and artistic discipline.
  • Provide an affordable field trip destination for performing arts experiences to complement curriculum goals for both schools and community organizations that serve children and their families.
  • Promote the arts as a vehicle for greater understanding and respect for all.

All Durham Public Schools (DPS) reservations will be made by the school-designated Arts Liaison. The Arts Liaison was appointed by each school principal to coordinate this effort. Please contact your principal for further action.

Please note: We received funding specifically for a limited number of complimentary tickets for Durham Public Schools students to attend Arts Discovery Educational Series performances. Once the complimentary ticket limit is reached, DPS will be responsible for paying $6/ticket for additional tickets.


Reservations for all Arts Discovery Educational Series performances begin on Monday, August 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

If a show fills to capacity, you will be placed on a waitlist automatically through Eventbrite. If seats open up to accommodate your group, you will be notified via email. Follow the instructions in that email and claim your tickets within seven days, or they will be offered to the next group on the waitlist.

You will receive and email notification from Eventbrite when the reservation has been processed.

There is no limit to the number of shows each DPS teacher may reserve tickets for.

Cancellations must be made through Eventbrite at least three weeks before the performance date. If you need to cancel your reservation within the three weeks before a show, you must contact artsdiscovery@carolinatheatre.org as soon as possible. If your group is a no-show for a performance, we reserve the right to refuse future reservations for your group/school.

Each year, we present Arts Discovery Educational Series performances to complement classroom curriculum, as designated by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s Comprehensive Arts Education Essential Standards with specific focus on arts exposure. Our goal is to engage our young audiences through captivating on-stage performances and film screenings to foster learning.


Acknowledgements

Thank you to the following sponsors for their support of Arts Discovery Educational Series this year:

Fox Family Foundation

Rob GoFourth

G.A. LaPlaca Family Fund

 

Collaboration

Through combined resources, we are able to offer richer arts experiences for our students. We are proud to partner with the following organizations:

Durham Arts Council, Arts Connect, CAPPS

Durham Public Schools

University of North Carolina, Carolina Public Humanities, Carolina K-12

All school groups, including homeschools, will reserve tickets to Arts Discovery performances through Eventbrite. You may edit your reservation up until the show date to allow for changes in attendance numbers or special needs.

All school groups, including homeschools, will reserve tickets to Arts Discovery performances through Eventbrite. You may edit your reservation up until the show date to allow for changes in attendance numbers or special needs.

Reservations for the 2020-2021 season begin on August 17, 2020 at 10:00 a.m.

You can pay for your tickets on Eventbrite with a credit card or send us a check, payable to the Carolina Theatre of Durham, to 309 W Morgan Street, Durham, NC 27701. All payment must be processed before the performance date.

Yes. Schools receive one free ticket for every 30 seats purchased, intended to cover chaperone attendance. Additional chaperones, teachers or parents can pay at the door on the day of the show. Infants under one year that will sit on a parent’s lap will receive complimentary entry.

Payment is due three weeks prior to the show; we accept all major credit cards, check, and cash.

Most Arts Discovery performances are 60 minutes.

There is no limit to the number of shows a school or group pays to attend.

If your school is delayed or cancelled due to inclement weather on the day of the performance, please notify us as soon as possible at artsdiscovery@carolinatheatre.org or at (919) 226-8877. The Carolina Theatre is responsible for paying all performing artists regardless of attendance, weather or school cancellation and it is very rare for a performer to cancel a performance. If inclement weather prevents your group from attending, or the performance is cancelled or rescheduled, you will receive an account credit for any remaining performances for this season based on availability.

Yes. Study guides, when provided by the performing artist, can be found within their program description.

Yes. Please contact us to make any necessary arrangements prior to the show by emailing artsdiscovery@carolinatheatre.org or at (919) 226-8877.

The Carolina Theatre is located at 309 W Morgan Street (also known as the Downtown Loop) in the heart of Downtown Durham directly adjacent to the Durham Marriott. Detailed driving directions can be found here.

Vans and cars may use the Durham Centre pay-parking garage located across the street from the theatre. If coming by bus, please inform the box office of the number of buses that will need parking space. Street parking for buses is governed by the City and is not guaranteed. Please check with the box office prior to the event to confirm bus parking location.

Please arrive 20-30 minutes before show time.

The group should remain on the bus or outside while the group leader checks in with a theatre house manager in the main lobby. Doors open 30 minutes before the show, at which time your group will be directed to their seats.

Theatre staff will seat students based on grade level and group size. We request that all teachers and chaperones sit at the ends of the rows so they do not obstruct the view for children behind them. Seating placement may change for late arrivals.

No. Eating inside the theatre or outside in the plaza is prohibited. We apologize for any inconvenience.