Trent Arterberry

Trent Arterberry

Trent Arterberry’s multi-decade career has taken him across North America, Europe and Asia where he has opened for major recording artists such as B.B. King, played historic theatres like Radio City Music Hall, headlined on luxury liners such as the QE2, and was named “College Campus Performing

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The Secret Life of Walter Manny


Program description

“The Secret Life of Walter Manny” is a heart-warming tale that touches on themes of self-esteem, bullying, and respect for others. Walter Manny is a lonely, ten-year-old boy whose fantasy life is more exciting than his real one. Parents and peers are perplexed as Walter transforms by turns into a cowboy, secret agent, firefighter, race car driver, pilot and rock star. But when confronted by a


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Program Detail

Program type: Assembly/Performance
Artistic Discipline: Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American
Subject: Language Arts, Literacy, Theatre Arts
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

I will be in NC in October, Feb and April. Other time periods may be added. Please email me for current availability.

Space / technical requirements:

Performance area 20 feet by 20 feet. One table, one chair and one empty A/V cart on wheels.


All locations

Fees / Ticketing:

$695/one performance; $995/two back-to-back performances


NC Standard Course of Study:

R.2 — Determine central ideas or themes of a text and analyze their development; summarize the key supporting details and ideas. This program has a detailed narrative. It tells the story of a nerdy kid who, recovers his self-esteem, and alters his relationship to his peers and the adults around him. There are themes about learning to focus and mind to stay on task, and tolerance of others who are different from ourselves. R.3 — Analyze how and why individuals, events and ideas develop and interact over the course of a text. This is a play about Walter and how his overactive imagination affects the other four characters. These relationships evolve over the course of the story, and each of the characters learns a lesson in the process. W.3 — Write narratives to develop real or imagined experiences or events using effective technique, well-chosen details, and well-structured event sequences. Students are encouraged to write, draw, tell or enact new imaginary adventures for Walter. SL.2 — Integrate and evaluate information presented in diverse media and formats, including visually, quantitatively, and orally. This program presents information both orally and visually which students need to interpret in order understand the story.

NC Essential Standards:

Arts Education>Theatre Arts >K-8 K-5.C.1 — Use movement, voice and writing to communicate ideas and feelings. This program tells its story using a combination of movement and voice. The study-guide encourages students to write, tell or enact new imaginary adventures for Walter. Arts Education>Theatre Arts>K-8 K-5.C.2 — Use performance to communicate ideas and feelings. This performance models the communication of ideas and feelings. The study-guide encourages students to improvise and reenact scenes later in the classroom. Arts Education>Theatre Arts>K-8 K-5.A.1 — Analyze literary texts and performances. This show tells a detailed story in which all five characters learn something. Students are encouraged to think about what the characters learned, and how this information may be relevant to their own lives.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance (Individuals and organizations listed in this Directory can provide proof of insurance upon request. ASC does not hold copies of current documentation for providers): Yes
Three letters of recommendation / references available: Yes
Provides study guides for teachers and or students: Yes
Connects to State and or Common Core Curriculum Standards: Yes
Provides tools to assess student learning (workshops and residencies): Yes
Conducts ongoing assessments of program quality: Yes



Available upon request

Cancellation Policy

There is no penalty to cancel two months in advance. Cancellation with less than two months notice will incur a penalty of 50% of the fee, unless the cancellation is due to weather or other circumstances beyond the control of the school, in which case it is assumed that every reasonable effort will be made to reschedule.