Student Stage Series

Student audience in The Clayton Center auditorium

The Clayton Center, the Town of Clayton and Johnston County Public Schools continue to build their partnership to allow students to discover the magic of live theatre. 

The school performances offered by The Clayton Center are free to schools and are designed to engage students as they discover the excitement of the performing arts while learning valuable lessons that can then be applied to their classroom learning. Arts education is important at all grade levels — live performances inspire students to view their world more creatively and to connect with literature and other areas of study more deeply.donna washington

Last year, more than 2,000 students enjoyed field trips to see shows at The Clayton Center. This coming year students in all grade levels will be served between 2 performances — Buckets & Boards and The Storytelling of Donna Washington. The January 2024 presentation by storyteller Donna Washington is supported by the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, and the Johnston County Arts Council.

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The annual series is made possible by Johnston County Public Schools, the Town of Clayton, the Clayton Cultural Arts Foundation, the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the Department of Natural and Cultural Resources, the Johnston County Arts Council, and other community partners. For more information contact Martha Vandergriff, or call 919-553-1737.

Upcoming Performances

We're cooking up some great shows for next school year. Check back soon for details!

In the meantime, check out our Resources for Educators and photos from past performances.