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Arts Discovery Series

Carolina Theatre Educational Program

Mission: To serve Greater Durham and the Triangle region with vibrant, thought-provoking programs of the performing and cinematic arts in our historic treasure, The Carolina Theatre. We strive to contribute to the cultural and economic vitality of downtown Durham and to delight and educate our children and future leaders.

Vision: To establish The Carolina Theatre as a destination for arts experiences for all ages.  This will be achieved by connecting our performances and film presentations with opportunities to learn and to be entertained. 


Education Goals:

  • Provide a feeling of welcome and access to Carolina Theatre for all segments of the community.
  • Enhance teacher awareness of the arts as an effective medium for cultivating student appreciation of creative expression, academic learning, and artistic discipline.
  • Create programs to promote arts integration to meet curriculum goals.
  • Promote the arts as a vehicle for greater understanding and respect for all.
  • Collaborate with arts and educational institutions and community organizations to bring rich educational experiences drawing upon the full spectrum of arts presented by The Carolina Theatre. 

The Carolina Theatre Arts Discovery Educational Series

Each year we present performances designed to complement classroom curriculum and to bring lesson plans to life!
Our goal is to engage our student audiences through captivating onstage performances and to inspire learning outside of the classroom.

Arts Discovery 2017 - 2018 Booklet 

Tickets for Durham Public Schools will be available from August 7th to August 25th. 

Tickets for all other shcools will be available starting on August 28th. 

Please complete the reservation form below. After submitting this form, you will recieve a confirmation and be contacted via email to finalize your order. If you have any questions, please call Beth Hopper at 919-226-8879. 

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 contact Beth at 919.226.8877 or beth [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org for assistance.

Thank you to the following donors for their support of Arts Discovery this year:
Fox Family Foundation •  Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina • Duke Energy • GSK 
Thanks to the generosity of the Fox Family Foundation, Durham Public Schools will be able to attend Arts Discovery Educational Series at NO CHARGE. Seats are limited. Tickets will be on a first-come, first-served basis.  These tickets will ONLY be available from August 7, 2017 through August 25, 2017. Please fill out the reservation form for the show you would like your class to attend. 
When do reservations open for Durham Public Schools?
Early reservations will open on August 7th and run through August 25th. Seats are limited and available on a first come first served basis. Once DPS seats are full, your school will be placed on a waiting list for the free DPS tickets.
What happens when my school is on the waiting list?
You have three options.
1)Your class may remain on the waiting list to see if seats become available for that show. You will be notified if this is the case.  
2)You may purchase your tickets by emailing Beth. If you wish to purchase your tickets, reservations will be processed on August 28th in the order they are received.
3)You may cancel your current reservation for a particular performance and choose another show that has DPS free tickets still available. Shows that still have DPS tickets available can be provided upon
If I miss the early reservation, can I still reserve tickets for my class?
Yes. Just note, that if you reserve after the deadline ends, your reservation will be processed in the order it was received.
How will I be notified if my class has tickets reserved?
You will receive and email notification when the reservation has been processed. Reservations do take up to 48 hours to process. If you do not receive an email after 48 hours, please contact Beth at 919-226-8877 or Beth [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org
What happens after my tickets are reserved?
You will receive an email 1 month prior to the show to confirm the total number of attendees.
How many shows can I reserve? 
Each DPS teacher is limited to 3 shows per class.
If my class can no longer attend, what do I need to do?
Please contact Beth at 919.226.8877 or Beth [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org to make any changes or cancel your reservation.
If there are any other questions, please email Beth at Beth [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org.

Tickets for Durham Public Schools will be available from August 7th to August 25th. 

Tickets for all other shcools will be available starting on August 28th. 

Please complete the reservation form below. After submitting this form, you will recieve a confirmation and be contacted via email to finalize your order. If you have any questions, please contact Beth at 919.226.8879 or beth [at] carolinatheatre [dot] org

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. For transportation, please provide the number of buses, activity vans, etc. you will be bringing.

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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Each year we showcase performances designed to complement classroom curriculum, giving educators an exciting way to reinforce lesson plans. 

Our goal is to help engage students through captivating on-stage performances that connect with students and foster learning. 


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

Fox Family Foundation

Norman & Bettina Roberts Foundation Inc. 

BlueCross and BlueShield of North Carolina 

Duke Energy Foundation

Duke University Hospital 


When do reservations start for the 2017-2018 season? 
Reservations will begin on August 28th.

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. 7.5% sales tax is included in the tickets prices. 

Do chaperones/teachers/infants have to pay?
Yes.  Schools receive one free chaperone/teacher ticket for every 30 seats purchased. Additional chaperones, teachers or parents can pay at the door on the day of the show. Infants under 1 year that will be seating on a parent’s lap can receive complimentary entry but still need get a ticket.

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 919.226.8877.
3)    Complete the order form attached mail to: Carolina Theatre Arts Discovery Series 309 W. Morgan St. Durham, NC 27701

Reservations may take up to 48 hours to process. If you do not receive an emailed invoice, please contact Beth at 919-226-8877

When do I pay for my classroom’s tickets?
A 25% deposit is due 1 month after the reservation is placed. 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 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. 

Where will my group sit?
Theatre staff will seat students based on age and grade level on group size and grade level. 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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