School Shows 2018/2019

 2018-2019 School Shows

The ArtsCenter is proud to present a season full of exciting and curriculum-relevant touring shows designed to help schools further integrate the arts into their classrooms. Take a look at our 2018-2019 season!


Number Drummer: The Human Drum Set (grades K-8) – September 24-28, 2018 

Number Drummer Live is a one-of-a-kind interactive production where the entire audience “drums” up math to create a spectacular rhythmic performance. Experience drumming through addition, multiplication, money, fractions, probability, ratios, algebra, and more. Experience math through beat, rhythm, timbre, dynamics, tempo, form, and more. Every student plays an instrument; Up to 400 students perform simultaneously; 100% student engagement; 50 minutes of non-stop math & music; In-depth math & music curriculum connections; Created & performed by a math teacher, curriculum trainer, and musician with over 20 years of experience. Number Drummer Live is inspiring, energizing, and 100% hands-on engagement. It is the ultimate live interactive educational experience.

**The Number Drummer program requires several school staff members to assist with seating and distribution/collection of instruments.**


Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Rapunzel (grades PreK-5) – October 15-19, 2018

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Our reimagined version of the classic tale takes on new life and a softer message in a beautifully adapted and visually moving story. Nan so loves her adopted daughter, Rapunzel, that she builds her a wonderful tower to keep her safe from the dangers of the world. As Rapunzel grows, she and Nan argue as Rapunzel tests boundaries and seeks independence. Rapunzel focuses on the parent/child relationship as it tests the boundaries of love, trust, perseverance and independence.



Children’s Theatre of Charlotte: Spelling 2-5-5 (grades 3-8) – October 15-19, 2018

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Simon’s a terrific speller, and now he has a chance to shine as a contestant on a televised spelling bee. Simon’s brother, Jake, who has autism, unwittingly reveals he’s also a gifted speller in a way that’s uniquely his. Sibling rivalry takes center stage as Simon faces choices about his role as the protective big brother and his desire to gain celebrity status. Spelling 2-5-5 takes a poignant look at bullying, inclusion, compassion and what it means to have empathy for others.




Queen Nur: 3 show choices – November 5-9, 2018

queen nurSweet Potato Pie & Such (can be tailored for any age group): A flavorful seasoning of tales from the African and African American Oral Tradition that will ground you in tradition, butter you up with joy and sweeten your mind. Designed for audiences to participate, celebrate and “Jubilate.” Values are indelibly remembered through lively folktales, fables, and fairytales.


Bully Free Zone (can be tailored for any age group): Participants learn that the #1 Bully-Free Zone is SELF. Tales enlivened by music are interactively told. Audience members are chosen as Bully Free Zone Leaders to identify bully traits in the stories. They lead the full assembly in a Bully-Free Zone call and response, and identify opposing buddy traits.


Voices of Courage: Profiles of 19th Century African-American Women (grades 5 and up): A collection of biographic vignettes highlighting outspoken African American women of the 19th Century, including Harriet Tubman, Sojourner Truth, Frances Ellen Watkins Harper, Ida B. Wells, Mary Church Terrell and Mary McCleod Bethune. Themes of courage and fortitude are explored as the one-woman performance reveals each heroine’s oratory style and fashion of the period.



Poetry Alive! (grades K-2, 3-5, or 6-8) – January 7-11, 2019

poetry alivePoetry Alive! performances provide students with a curriculum enhancing in-depth exploration of literary analysis, writing and speaking skills. Poetry Alive! high-energy assembly shows are presented by a team of two professional performers. A typical 40-50 minute show includes 20-25 poems tailored to fit the ages and interests of the audience. The poems, memorized and performed theatrically, are found in popular textbooks and anthologies.





Flamenco Carolina (grades K-8) – February 2019 (dates TBD)

flamenco carolinaFlamenco Carolina represents the flamenco art form of song, dance and instrumental music associated with the folkloric music traditions of Southern Spain. This music tradition includes tambourines, bells, wooden castanets and guitar with articulated movements reflective of the rich history of this culture. This Durham-based flamenco group consists of several dancers, a guitarist and singer dedicated to preserving flamenco through performance and education.




Common Chords (grades K-8) – March 2019 (dates TBD)

common chordsCommon Chords works to connect diverse communities for the purpose of unleashing the power of shared cultural expression. The program focuses on diversity, education, history, and creativity, designed to celebrate the role that cultural expression plays in where we come from, who we are now, and where we are headed in the future. The program is a musical journey that tells the story of how American music like bluegrass, blues, rock-n-roll, Motown, and hip-hop, grew from a family tree of European and African instruments, styles and stories. Musicians Robert Jones and Matt Watroba use music, art, and cultural expression to tell our story and celebrate what makes us unique, as well as celebrate what we all have in common.



Virginia Repertory Theatre: The Jungle Book (grades PreK-5) – April 15-19, 2019

VA RepJoin young Mowgli as he learns the “Laws” of the jungle in this time-honored adventure. With the help of friends like the black panther, Bagheera, and Baloo the lovable bear, Mowgli learns about friendship and survival. Cheer as Mowgli faces his fear and foils his nemesis the tiger Shere Khan. This musical version of Rudyard Kipling’s classic will delight both the young and the young at heart.





Please submit your in-school booking requests on the form below.

In-School Show Request Form

Filling out the booking request form does not guarantee the performance or time you requested. School Show staff will contact you to finalize your reservation. Booking requests received prior to May 29 will be given scheduling priority. Requests made after May 29 will be filled based on remaining performer availability.
Field Trips
Most artists listed above will also host a school performance at The ArtsCenter. If you are interested in booking a field trip to The ArtsCenter, stay tuned for dates, pricing, and reservation information here in mid-August 2018. Field trip reservations will be handled separately from in-school bookings, and sold at a per-ticket rate of $8.


Questions?  Email Jesse Hollars, Youth Education Coordinator at or call (919) 929-2787 x 204 for more information.

Teachers in FOCUS SCHOOLS should contact Virginia Queen Danford at to register for School Shows and Artist Residencies.