Concerts, Comedy + More

Arts Discovery Series

The Carolina Theatre Arts Discovery Educational Series presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina complements classroom curriculum with captivating on stage performances that engage students and inspire learning outside of the classroom.

“Reinforcing my curriculum at the Carolina always excites and engages my students, helping them to achieve new levels of classroom success."
– Alita Sutton, East Forsyth Middle School

The Arts Discovery educational series is designed to supplement your classroom curriculum and bring your lesson plans to life.  Topics include:

  • Reading, Writing & Language Arts
  • Math, Science & Health
  • History, Culture & Community

If you have any questions about our Arts Discovery Series, please call the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030 x236 for assistance.

Thank you to the following donors for their support of Arts Discovery this year:

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina • A.J. Fletcher Foundation  • Fox Family Foundation • GlaxoSmithKline • SunTrust Foundation

Please complete the reservation form below. All Arts Discovery tickets are $8 per child and $8 per adult teacher/chaperone. After submitting this form, you will be contacted by a member of the Carolina Theatre staff to complete your order. If you have any questions, please call the box office at 919-560-3030.

Event Registration

If your show is performed at multiple days and/or times, please specify which performance you wish to attend.

Please let us know of any special needs for your group. Wheelchair and specialized seating are available upon request. Assisted hearing devices are also available.

Contact Information
Accountant Department Contact

Check out the Arts Discovery F.A.Q. page for answers to our most common inquiries.

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How much are tickets?
Tickets for all shows are $8 per student. All children must purchase a ticket, regardless of age.  Reduced price tickets are available for Title I schools that qualify.

Do chaperones have to pay?
Yes.  Schools receive one free chaperone ticket for every 30 seats purchased. Additional chaperones or parents can pay at the door on the day of the show.

How do I reserve tickets to a show?
There are three ways to reserve tickets to an Arts Discovery event:
1)    Complete online reservation form by selecting the Reservation tab above.
2)    Call the Carolina Theatre box office at 919-560-3030.
3)    Complete the order form attached and fax to 919-560-3065 or mail to: Carolina Theatre Arts Discovery Series 309 W. Morgan St. Durham, NC 27701

When do I pay for my classroom’s tickets?
A 25% deposit is due at the time of reservation. No seats will be held without deposit, and deposits are non-refundable.  The balance of your order is due three weeks prior to the show.

How long are the shows?
Most Arts Discovery performances are 60 minutes.

What happens if school is canceled on the day of my show?
If your school is delayed or canceled due to weather or any other unexpected event, you will receive an account credit good for any remaining show this season, based on availability. The Carolina Theatre of Durham Inc. is responsible for paying artists and performers regardless of attendance, weather or school cancelations and will not be able to issue refunds under any circumstances.

Are study guides available?
Yes.  Almost every Arts Discovery performance at the Carolina Theatre has an accompanying study guide.  Study guides can be found by visiting each program's individual show page.  If you do not see the guide, please select the "show more" link to see the complete show description. Many guide download links are located there.  

Is the theatre accessible to persons with disabilities?
Yes.  Please contact the box office staff to make any necessary arrangements prior to the show.

Where is the theatre located?
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.

What parking facilities are available and where are they located?
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.

What time should my group arrive at the theatre?
Please arrive 45 minutes before show time.

What happens when my group arrives at the theatre? 
The group should remain 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. 

Where will my group sit?
Theatre staff will seat students based on age and grade level on a first-come first-serve basis. Locations cannot be held for late arrivals.  We request that all teachers and chaperones sit on the ends of the rows so they do not obstruct the view for smaller children seated behind them.

Can my group eat lunch at the theatre?
No. Eating inside the theatre or outside in the plaza is prohibited.  We apologize for any inconvenience.


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