Individual Tickets:
$6.00-$7.00 Members
$7.00-$8.00 Children
$8.00-$9.00 Adults
$3.00 Children under 2

Group Tickets:
School Year
$6.00 Children & Adults*
$7.00 for Seasons of Light
$3.00 Children 2 and under
*1 free adult for every 20 children

Summer Season
$7.00 Children & Adults*
$3.00 Children under 2
*1 free adult for every 20 children

How Old is a Hero?
Tues.-Fri., Feb. 7-10, 2023 at 10:15 a.m. and 11:30 a.m.
Ripley Center, Smithsonian
Recommended for Ages 6 to 12 / Grades 1 to 6

How Old is a Hero?Everyone can make a difference! This Discovery Theater original play infused with archival music of the Civil Rights era celebrates three young people who helped change the nation by their heroic actions. Meet Ernest Green of the Little Rock Nine, the first black student to graduate from an integrated high school; Claudette Colvin, who months before Rosa Parks, also refused to give up her seat on a bus; and Ruby Bridges, who was only six in 1960 when she stepped into first grade—and into history—as the first student to desegregate an all-white school in New Orleans. Their inspiring stories demonstrate that hope begins with the courage of young people.

Connections to the Classroom: Perseverance; Courage; Social Change; Civil Rights; Activism ; Theater/Performing Arts; Social Studies; Music; Call and Response

Bring this show to your school, library, or community center February 13 to March 3, 2023!
Call Artivate at 301-588-7525 for prices and availability.

Made possible by a generous grant from the Nora Roberts Foundation

Learning Guide

How Old is a Hero Learning Guide

Important Note for the 22-23 School Year

We are so excited to welcome teachers and students back to in-person performances after 2+ years! Before making a reservation for your group, we ask that you please read over our updated Group Sales Policy and review our Health & Safety page to ensure you can comply with the procedures we have in place this year. If you have any questions or concerns regarding either of these policies, please contact us via phone or email and we will be happy to discuss them with you.

Theater Buyout Option for School Groups

If your group is between 45-150 people total (this includes all students, teachers, and chaperones attending) and would like to buyout the theater so your group is the only one in attendance, the cost to do this is $1,000.  This option is only available for select shows, a 20% non-refundable deposit is required, and dates are subject to availability.  For more information about the payment & cancellation policy for the buyout option, please visit our updated Group Sales Page.