Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star Touring Theatre

Bright Star Touring Theatre is the nation’s largest provider of Black History and Bully Prevention programs for schools, libraries and museums. Now in our 17th year, Bright Star will perform over 2000 shows for audiences from Seattle, Washington to Moscow, Russia and almost every place in between!

All of our shows are aligned with state and national standards, come complete with a study guide and support materials, and, with over 50 unique shows in our catalogue, we have something for everyone! Topics include: STEM, Bully Prevention, Social/Emotional Learning, Black History, Women’s History, Holidays, Inclusion/Diversity, Summer Reading Programs, and Classic Literature.

In addition to shows, we’ve also got workshops, camps and residencies available!


  565 Long Shoals Road, Suite 204, Arden, NC 28704



Bright Star Touring Productions

Program description

Bright Star offers 45 minute shows with strong character messages that address topics like literacy/literature, STEM, diversity, anti-bullying, black history and more! Our season is comprised of 19+ tours with 3 shows available on each tour. In addition to these offerings, Bright Star has new and improved residencies, workshops and professional development opportunities where students, educators and patrons can learn to be a star! We require no stage or technical support and our professionally created sets, props, and costumes are designed to fit any space. Prices are all inclusive with travel expenses, study-guide access, post-show Q&A covered. Want to increase the impact? Add-on a workshop or residency to your show package for a reduced rate. Have a whole group of schools interested? Block booking rates are available! Discover what thousands of schools, libraries, theaters and museums already know – Bright Star shows, workshops and residencies are unforgettable.

2017-2018 Season Features:

Tour 1: September 4 – November 11, 2017

-The Lady of Bullyburg (PreK through 5th)
-Jack’s Great American Road Trip (K through 6th)
-Dreaming of America (3rd through 12th)

Tour 2: September 4, – November 11, 2017

-Professor Parsnip’s Lab of Healthy Living (preK through 5th)
-Captain Friendship & the Bully Bandit ( PreK through 5th)
-Choices: The Gameshow of Life! (3rd through 12th)

Tour 3: September 4 – November 11, 2017

-The Pirate of Bully Bay (PreK through 5th)
-The Legend of Sleepy Hollow (2nd through 8th)
-Maximus Mars (3rd through 8th)

Tour 4: September 4 – November 11, 2017

-Alice in Wonderland (PreK through 5th)
-Bullysaurus Rex (PreK through 5th)
-Bullied (4th through 8th)

Tour 5: September 25 – November 4, 2017

-Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling (PreK through 5th)
-FrankenSTEM (K through 5th)
-A Tell-Tale Tale: The Stories and Poems of Edgar Allan Poe (3rd through 8th)

Tour 6: November 13 – December 23, 2017

-Christmas with Santa (PreK through 5th)
-Holidays Around the World (K through 8th)
-A Dickens Tale (2nd through 12th)

Tour 7: November 13 – December 23, 2017

-Winter Fables (PreK through 5th)
-Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm (PreK through 3rd)
-Holidays Around the World (K through 8th)

Tour 8: November 13 – December 23, 2017

-Holiday Songs: Music Around the World (PreK through 5th)
-Stone Soup and Other Heartwarming Tales (PreK through 5th)
-Holidays Around the World (K through 8th)

Tour 9: January 8 – March 17, 2018

-Aesop’s Fables (PreK through 5th)
-Heroes of the Underground Railroad (3rd through 12th)
-Let It Shine: The American Civil Rights Movement (3rd through 12th)

Tour 10: January 8 – March 17, 2018

-George Washington Carver & Friends (PreK through 5th)
-Once Upon a Time (PreK through 5th)
-Struggle for Freedom: The Life of Dr. King

Tour 11: January 8 – March 17, 2018

-African Folktales (PreK through 5th)
-Jackie Robinson (K through 5th)
-Freedom Songs: The Music of Black History

Tour 12: January 15 – March 17, 2018

-Barnyard Bully (PreK through 5th)
-Black History Hall of Fame (PreK through 5th)
-Frederick Douglass (3rd through 12th)

Tour 13: January 15 – March 17, 2018

-Meet Dr. King (PreK through 5th)
-Black History Heroes, Soldiers & Spies (3rd through 5th)
-Let Freedom Ring: Music & Poetry of Black History (3rd through 12th)

Tour 14: March 2 – May 5, 2018

-Upcycled Cinderella (PreK through 5th)
-Write On! A Literacy Adventure (1st through 6th)
-American Giants of Science (2nd through 8th)

Tour 15: March 2 – May 5, 2018

-The Greatest: Sports Heroes from A to Z (PreK through 5th)
-We Can Do It: American Women in History (2nd through 8th)
-Bullied (4th through 8th)

Tour 16: March 12 – May 19, 2018

-The Velveteen Rabbit (PreK through 5th)
-Rhyme Time! Adventures in Poetry (3rd through 8th)
-The Story of Anne Frank (4th through Adult)

Tour 17: June 4 – July 29, 2018

-African Folktales (PreK through 5th)
-Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm (PreK through 5th)
-Freedom Songs: The Music of Black Poetry (3rd through 12th)

Tour 18: June 4 – July 29, 2018

-Storybook Tales: Pinocchio & Robin Hood (Pre K through 5th)
-American Tales & Tunes (PreK through 5th)
-Old MacDonald’s Sing-Along Farm

Tour 19: June 4 – August 11, 2018

-Alice in Wonderland (PreK through 5th)
-Chicken Little: The Sky is Falling (PreK through 5th)
-American Songbook (PreK through 5th)

Booking / scheduling contact

Heather Corn


Program detail
Artistic discipline: Literary Arts, Music, Puppetry, Storytelling, Theater
Cultural Origin: American, European, Multicultural, Other
Program type: Day Trip, Out-of-School-Time, Professional Development, Residency, Workshop
Population served: Grade 1, Grade 10, Grade 11, Grade 12, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5, Grade 6, Grade 7, Grade 9, Kindergarten, Pre-K
Subject: Engineering, English, Language Arts, Literacy, Math, Music, Other, Science, Social Studies / History, Theatre Arts
Bilingual: No
Available dates:

Programs available year-round with dates of each tour listed on our website. Typically each tour runs 6-16 weeks. Often, we have 20+ shows on the road at a time.

Available times:


Length of program: 45 minutes per performance
Space / technical requirements:

We can perform in any given space with an adaptable background system. In ideal conditions, the performance space would be 20 feet across by 10 feet deep. We have performed shows in as small as 5 x 5 foot spaces. We do not need access to power.


Any- We do not require a stage or any special locations requirements. We can put on a production anywhere!

Fees / Ticketing:

$795 for one show; $995 for two; $1195 for three shows on the same day at the same venue. Schools may mix and match programs from the same tour–serving different audience ages, etc. on the same day. A variety of reduced block booking and referral rates are also available. A few examples are:

-Book with another school and both schools save $150!

-Four Schools Book together and all save $200!

-Bring in 4 different shows from 4 different tours during the year for $2,500 ($625 per show)

-Bring in 8 different shows from 4 different tours during the year for $3,200 ($800 per visit to see 2 shows each time we visit your school)


NC Standard Course of Study:

Bright Star Programs tie into a wide variety of Common Core State Standards depending on which program is chosen and which grade levels are seeing the program. A complete list of Common Core Standards are available for each of our productions on Bright Star’s website. Three examples of standards often found in Bright Star productions and study guides are:

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.1.3 Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to gather additional information or clarify something that is not understood.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RL.3.2 Recount stories, including fables, folktales, and myths from diverse cultures; determine the central message, lesson, or moral and explain how it is conveyed through key details in the text.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.5.3 Explain the relationships or interactions between two or more individuals, events, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text based on specific information in the text.

NC Essential Standards:

Bright Star Programs tie into a wide variety of North Carolina Essential Standards, depending on which program the school or sponsor chooses. Three Essential Standards which often covered by our productions and study guides are:

RED.SE.3.1: Understand how to support positive relationship building (e.g. managing impulsivity, adaptability, and flexibility).

3.H.1.2: Analyze the impact of contributions made by diverse historical figures in local communities and regions over time

5.A.1.1: Analyze texts or scripts in terms of setting, characters, sequence of events, main idea, problem, solution, and their interrelationships.


Conducts educational programming for 2 or more years: Yes
Performs criminal background checks on staff with youth contact: Yes
Maintains general liability insurance: 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
Cancellation Policy

Due to high costs associated with travel arrangements, we are unable to accept cancellations except in the instance that inclement weather causes the sponsor’s location to close AND Bright Star is unable to accommodate the Sponsor in making up the performance later on in the tour.  If a school cancels a program outside of these perameters, Bright Star requires a 60% cancellation fee.