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crowdFrom nationally-known children’s entertainers, to puppet shows and live productions featuring beloved children’s book characters, the Arts Center’s stages host performances for students of all ages.

Group Discounts Available!

The Arts Center offers discounted group rates for most performances! Group tickets start as low as $6 for groups of 10 or more for school matinees. Group tickets must be purchased in advance by calling Irving Arts Center’s Box Office at (972) 252-ARTS (2787).

Upcoming Family Performances: Freedom Riders

Freedom Riders
Sunday, January 21 @ 2:30 and 6:30PM
Carpenter Hall

Free Show!


Irving Parks and Recreation and Irving Arts Center will present Freedom Riders, a new play with original songs and music produced by Mad River Theater Works. Two performances will be offered on Sunday, January 21, at 2:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m., in Carpenter Hall. The performances are FREE but are first come, first served with tickets being made available one hour before show time, day of show. No advance tickets will be offered.

Mad River Theater Works’ Freedom Riders demonstrates the importance of working together to affect change and specifically how non-violent protest was used to combat the cruelties of segregation. Freedom riders, both black and white, mostly young, Americans, decided to travel together on buses that crossed state lines purposefully disregarding the hateful segregation practices that were still commonplace in so many parts of the United States. The play, recommended for ages 9 and up, explores the valiant and courageous personalities behind one of the most critical chapters in the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Learn more about the play here.

Special Presentation: Civil Rights Legacy Awards Presentation
Following each of the Freedom Riders performances, Irving Community Television Network Producer Cathy Whiteman will moderate a post-show question and answer segment, featuring two of the 13 original Freedom Riders Charles Person (pictured left) and William E. Harbour (pictured right). They will be presented 2018 Civil Rights Legacy Awards.