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 Announcing the 2017-18 Arts Smart season! Order here.

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Dragons Love Tacos art
Dragons Love Tacos and Other Story Books

Friday, November 3 at 10:00 am.

When Dragon gets the rumblies for tacos, mayhem ensues! Join Theatreworks USA in a rollicking musical theatre tour of five children's titles. Connect literacy to edutainment, drive traffic to your media center and enjoy an awesomely energetic show! 


Titles in this 60-minute production are Dragons Love Tacos by Adam Rubin, Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein, The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds, Mercy Watson Goes for a Ride by Kate DiCamillo, and Cowgirl Kate and Cocoa School Days by Erica Silverman.


Recommended for grades 1-5. Curriculum connections are communication and language arts, literature, music, relationships and family. Click for the study guide. As of 9/21, 797 seats remain.

Art representing Wind and the Willows
Wind in the Willows

Friday, December 1, 2017 at 10:00 am

The classic "Wind and the Willows," by Kenneth Grahame, comes to life in Wright Auditorium. Toad's obsession with motorcars and his impetuous ways lead him to the brink of losing everything. Luckily, his friends Badger, Rat and Mole are able to show him how to act civilly and responsibly.

As of 9/20, 979 seats remain.

Recommended for grades 2-5. From ECU Storybook Theatre. Curricular connections are language arts, literature, relationships, family, economics and geography. Expect a study guide by 11/1.


Go, Dog. Go!
Go, Dog. Go!

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 10:00 am

Go, Dog. Go! brings the adventures of P.D. Eastman's book to life in a frolicking musical dog party. The cast of this beloved preschool favorite has gone to the dogs, with cars, hats, audience participation and even a wild game of ball as this hilarious visual spectacle manages to sneak in some important lessons about life between innings. Go, Dog, Go! is a musical romp full of surprises, color, clowning, vaudeville, singing/barking and, of course, six lovable dogs! From Childsplay.

As of 9/20, 1,094 seats remain.


Curricular connections include Fine Arts (page to stage, physical comedy, music, rhythm), Language Arts (prepositions, adjectives, verbs, repetition), science (dogs, colors) and emotional and social development (daily routines, schedules, celebrations). Teacher's PRESHOW guide. Teacher's POSTSHOW guide.


This performance is best for pre-K through second grades.

Flight School scene
Flight School

Friday, February 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

Penguin has the soul of an eagle and is ready to live on the wind. But he wasn't built to soar, as the other birds constantly remind him. His spirit won't be grounded. With some friends of a feather, and a little help on the technical parts, Penguin follows his dreams to flip, flap, fly!

As of 9/20, 1,200 seats remain.


Based on the bestselling book by Lita Judge, this musical adventure connects to science (birds, flight, climate), geography, storytelling and relationships (bullying, family, support). This title is best for grades preK-3. View the study guide.



Image from Junie B Jones stage production
Junie B. Jones

Friday, March 16, 2018 at 10:00 am

Dear first-grade journal, 


Hooray, hooray! TheaterworksUSA is making a musical (that is a play all jumbled together with singing and dancing, I believe). And what do you know! It's all about me, Junie B. Jones! (The B stands for Beatrice, only I do not like Beatrice. I just like B and that's all.)


This is the bestest musical ever, I tell you! It's got loads of funny songs, and it's based on a bunch of books this lady, Barbara Park, wrote about me and the things I do in first grade.


Expect vignettes from Junie B., First Grader (at Last!), Junie B., Boss of Lunch and Junie B., One-Man Band.

As of 9/20, 926 seats remain.


Recommended for grades K-5. Curricular connections are communication and language arts, literature, music, relationships and family. View the study guide.

Image of main traveler on a stage
Really Rosie!

Friday, April 20, 2018 at 10:00 am


Maurice Sendak (Where the Wild Things Are) and Carole King (Tapestry) bring Rosie and the Nutshell Kids (Pierre, Alligator, Johnny and Chef Jeff [aka "Chicken Soup"] to life in this classic musical adventure.


As of 9/20, 1,270 seats remain.


Sendak, the Caldecott Medal-winning genius, published the four-title miniature Nutshell Library in 1962. It featured Alligators all Around, Chicken Soup with Rice, One was Johnny, and Pierre. From these books, countless children learned the alphabet, counting, the months of the year and how to survive a scare with a boy that doesn't care.


Carole King, the four-time Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, crafted the music to accompany the Nutshell stories for a 1975 animated video, then a 1980 Broadway production (on which this show is based). King is perhaps best known for the song "You've got a Friend," made popular by James Taylor, as well as her own hits "It's Too Late" and the theme song for the television show "Gilmore Girls."


ECU Storybook Theatre brings to life the work of two creative geniuses in a performance that plays to young audiences (due to the Nutshell Library content) as well as old (due to the narration and the award-winning music. It's about fine arts (music, rhythm), Language arts (storytelling, language mechanics) and life skills (what to do with yourself on a hot day in the city). Recommended for grades preK-5. Study guide to follow.



Ordering and attending Arts Smart events


Click on the banner at the top of the page to download a traditional order form for use as a worksheet. Input the information into the portal. You may pay by credit card or by check. Follow the instructions in the portal if paying by check. Know that we reserve the right to cancel your reservation if we have not received your check 15 working days prior to the performance.

Contact us

Mail: Arts Smart, ECU Mailstop #528, Greenville, NC 27858-4353.  

Phone: 252-328-5386 

Fax: 252-328-0968.

For a successful educational field trip, please note the following: 

  • Plan on arriving no later than 9:45 am AND build extra travel time into your schedule.
  • Give us great contact information, including your cell phone, so we can reach you in the event of an emergency or a day-of-show development.
  • We mail teacher's guides and arrival maps at least two weeks prior to each performance. Read and share this information with your team, including your bus driver. Note that your driver must remain with the bus to restage offsite during the performance. 
  • Let us know if you have plans on campus outside of attending the performance, as they impact our departure planning. We're happy to accommodate you.
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