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Fun with STEM

Mar 28 - Apr 6 , 2014 · BOOTH PLAYHOUSE at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center


Presented by: Learn with Laughter

  • Box Office: (704) 372-1000
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Fun with STEM

Mar 28 - Apr 6 , 2014 · BOOTH PLAYHOUSE at Blumenthal Performing Arts Center


Presented by: Learn with Laughter

A Charlotte original! This innovative Broadway bound show, FUN WITH STEM, features a spectacular, multimedia blend of live action, magic, comedy, robotic puppets, live music, juggling and unicycling with national variety performer, Cory the Clown®, star of Cory’s Learning Corner on PBS member stations and the On-Stage European Circus.

This fun show, perfect for the entire family, was created to inspire children to be interested in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Cloaked in pure entertainment with colorful, comedy antics, children (unknowingly) are introduced to STEM concepts.

The larger-than-life robotic puppet zany sidekicks, Stan the Toucan and Darrel the Barrel with multi-media interactive videos, created by Corlin Productions, foster kinesthetic learning. By clapping hands or stomping feet, the audience makes things happen onstage. Original music with Music Director and Writer, Vladimir Kolenic, is performed by Vladimir Kolenic, Ethan Uslan, winner of 2007 National Piano Ragtime Contest and percussionist, along with science segments with Fiona the Science Buff and irresistible musical numbers with the Circus Gang performers.

In an end-of-show demonstration, the audience is shown the art and engineering used to create the fun robotic puppets and realize that all they enjoyed during the show was possible because of STEM and A-STEM (Art, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). Children chosen from the audience, use the computer software onstage to program the puppets for a grand musical finale. Children and adults who attend this live show will never forget this magical experience.

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Parking and Directions

A special preferred parking rate of only $5* is available for our patrons in our designated garage.
Bank of America Center Parking Garage
Enter on Trade or 5th Streets between N. College and N. Brevard Streets. 

The $5 rate is applicable when parked in the garage after 5pm on weekdays, Mon – Fri. If parked in the garage before 5pm, the $5 rate is void. There is no time restriction for the weekend, Sat & Sun.

Getting and Using Your Parking Pass When You Arrive

  1. Pull the garage entry ticket when you arrive at the designated garage. You will need this to exit!
  2. Purchase a $5 Blumenthal exit pass at the theater or click here to purchase in advance online. If you would rather purchase by phone, please call 704.335.1010*

When You Exit

  1. Insert your garage entry ticket into the yellow slot. Amount due will display on the screen.
  2. Insert your Blumenthal exit pass in the same yellow slot, with arrow pointing at slot.
  3. Gate arm will rise and screen will display “drive safely.”

*Pre-paid parking is not available day of show.

CLICK HERE to Purchase your Parking Exit Pass in Advance

The Booth Playhouse is located on the upper level of Founders Hall.  Take the Bank of America Center Parking Garage elevator to the 6th level.  Go through the Bank of America Center and cross the overstreet walkway into Founders Hall.  The Booth Playhouse will be on your immediate right.

CLICK HERE for parking information for Spirit Square events. (McGlohon Theater, Duke Energy Theater)

CLICK HERE for parking information for Knight Theater events.


Advance reservations for Patron Assistance are encouraged to ensure the best possible experience!

  • Assistive listening systems available
  • Wheelchair accessibility
  • Wheelchair seating

Wheelchair access
All of our theaters and classrooms are accessible to patrons who use wheelchairs. Most restrooms and water fountains in all facilities are wheelchair accessible, and restrooms are equipped with strobe-light as well as audio alarm systems.

Entry and exit assistance
For performances in the Booth Playhouse, an usher can meet patrons who need assistance at the corner of 5th and College Streets.


Audio Description
Certain performances will be audio described for the blind or visually impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances upon request. Audio description provides an on-going oral description of the action, sets and costumes during the performance. Each participant wears a headset, and no other patrons are able to hear the descriptions.

Large Print Programs
Large print programs are available for patrons at many performances. At the Booth Playhouse, simply ask any usher for assistance.

Service Animals
If you or someone in your party plans to attend an event with a service animal, please inform the Box Office when purchasing your tickets so that we may arrange for an aisle seat.


Certain performances at the Performing Arts Center will be interpreted for the hearing impaired. The Box Office will provide a schedule of these performances as requested.

Assistive Listening Devices
Assistive listening equipment is available free of charge for all amplified performances. Please see an usher for assistance