Artists-in-Schools Program Offers Students Educational and Fun Productions

Thousands of students will attend shows sponsored by the Caldwell Arts Council 

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LENOIR – As part of the Artists-in-Schools Program of the Caldwell Arts Council, thousands of students of the Caldwell County Schools will enjoy two productions at the J.E. Broyhill Civic Center in January.

“Pirate School: The Science of Pirates” will be presented on Thursday, Jan. 19 to over 1,950 students in grades K-5. The following week, on Thursday, Jan. 26, the Artists-in-Schools program will present “Barnyard Bully” by Bright Star Theatre to over 1,200 students in grades PreK-5. Each production will have two shows at the Civic Center – at 9:30 a.m. and at 12:30 p.m.

pirate-schoolUnlike any Science Comedy show on the high-seas today, “Pirate School: The Science of Pirates” show excites and motivates students with piratical fun while introducing simple concepts outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards. Concepts addressed will include atmospheric pressure, wind and currents, aerodynamics of a sailboat (Science), simple machines (Engineering), navigation (Math), and of course the flight of a cannonball (Technology). Combining important educational subjects with the universal dream of a swashbuckling adventure, this program aims to stir the spirit and capture attention with a blend of interactive clown theater, eccentric props, adept magic, a rich musical score, cartoon-like sound effects, and science.


In “Barnyard Bully,” everything has been so wonderful down on Friendly Acres Farm. That is until a bullying turkey starts picking on the other farm animals and making life harder for everyone. Farmer Jim and his faithful dog must stop this bullying bird to save Friendly Acres. Colorful and imaginative costumes bring this empowering production to life while equipping young audiences with the tools they need to stop someone from bullying them.

Though tickets are not available to the general public for these productions, interested parties are encouraged to learn more about the Caldwell Arts Council online, call 828-754-2486 or email

The Caldwell Arts Council’s programs are supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and by individual and corporate donors.

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