Book Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing
Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

Produced by Dallas Children’s Theater from Dallas, Texas

About the Company

The coolest ever rock-n-roll romp in a bug's world, capturing all the droll humor and whimsy of the wildly popular books. 


Insects rule in the diaries of unlikely best friends: Worm, Spider and Fly. Worm eats his homework, Fly believes she has superpowers, and Spider can’t wait to grow up and molt. 


Promoting eco-consciousness, earth science and tolerance of others, DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER, AND A FLY is a joyful, hip musical exploration of the world outside... You might just find that a bug’s life is not all that different from your own! 

Based on the books Diary of a Worm, Diary of a Spider, and Diary of a Fly, written by Doreen Cronin, New York Times bestselling author of  Click, Clack, Moo: Cows That Type, a Caldecott Honor Book; and Giggle, Giggle, Quack.

Best for Grades: K-5th

Audience Size: Large Venues

Archival promo video of "Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly"
(the set will be redesigned to tour.)

Behind-the-scenes video of DCT on Tour
with The  BFG (Big Friendly Giant) in 2015-2016.



Company Background

Past Tours: How I Became a PirateMufaro’s Beautiful Daughters, The BFG (Big Friendly Giant), The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley, and The True Story of the Three Little Pigs

Named by Time Magazine as one of the top 5 children's theater companies in the US, and the only one of that group to tour nationally, this critically acclaimed company travels coast to coast with professional large-scale productions designed to stir the heart, stretch the mind and promote education. Each touring production is selected and designed with a youth and family audience in mind from titles and materials that reflect the cultural diversity of our world community. They encompass a combination of new plays, familiar stories, literary works, biographies, mythology, folk tales, music, dance, and puppetry. With such a vast and impressionable audience to serve, DCT's productions usually target a different age range every other touring season. Study guides accompany each production and a variety of curriculum based workshops and residencies are also made available to teachers and students.

Dallas Children's Theater began a local touring program in 1985 with a Native American piece entitled Legend of the Bluebonnet. In 1989, the touring roster expanded to statewide and regional venues. In 1996, DCT launched its first national tour. September 2006 marked DCT's introduction to the world stage, as the theater was honored with an invitation to perform at the 2006 Shanghai International Children's Culture and Arts Expo in Shanghai, China.

DCT believes that theater provides a unique learning opportunity, which allows children exposure to ideas and imagery that reflect their own experiences and challenge their own understanding of the world in which they live. To this end, Dallas Children's Theater aims to engage and inspire children, to produce theater that reaches beyond the stage.


For more information, please visit the company’s website: http://www.dct.org/


Artistic Team

Book Music & Lyrics by Joan Cushing

Based on the three books by Doreen Cronin and illustrated by Harry Bliss

DCT Executive Artistic Director: Robyn Flatt 

DCT on Tour Producing Director: Sally Fiorello 

Critical Acclaim

“The raucous, joyous show rapping spiritedly at Dallas Children’s Theater offers an intoxicating mix of educational and entertaining fare.… it’s a memorable biology lesson and uplifting message for kids seeking their own special role in the world.”

—Nancy Churnin

Dallas Morning News

“DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY spins a sweet story about acceptance, tolerance and understanding of differences with additional messages about being kind to our planet and caring for all its creatures great and small.”

—Elaine Liner

Dallas Observer

“The creepy crawlies of Dallas Children’s Theater’s DIARY OF A WORM, A SPIDER & A FLY know how to put on a show.”

—Perry Stewart

Theater Jones

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Gallery of Past Productions


Curriculum Connections

  • Language Arts: reading, writing, comprehension, and vocabulary

  • Science: studying the world of Arthropods and worms

  • Math: size and measurement

  • Diversity and Inclusion: recognizing and respecting differences, valuing and supporting each individual’s place in the world

  • Performing & Visual Arts: theater, music, production design, and how they are used to adapt a play from a book


Minimum Technical Requirements

  • Load In Time: 5 hours (with lights prehung)

  • Crew Needs: A theatrically knowledgeable crew of at least four (4)+, with a designated supervisor present at all times (including load-in, setup, technical rehearsals, performances, strike and load-out.) After load-in is complete, the local running crew should include at least two (2) deck hands and possibly a lightboard operator.

  • Min. Stage Size: A minimum playing area of 35ʼ wide by 25' deep (upstage of the proscenium) by 16ʼ high. A minimum of 10' (W) by 25ʼ (D) out of view & unobstructed wing space on both sides of the stage.

  • Sound Needs: A house sound system in good working order that can accommodate all of the Company’s audio components (the Company travels with the following: seven (7) body mics & laptop computer for playback). A headset/intercom system is needed with at least four (4) stations.

  • Load Out Time:  1-2 hours.


Outreach and Workshops

Creative Dramatic Workshop

Using themes and situations from the play, two DCT artist/teachers will guide students through lively theater games and exercises designed to ignite the imagination and open new avenues of self expression.

  • Duration: 1 hour

  • Limited to: 30 participants

  • For: 1st thru 3rd grades & 4th thru 5th grades.


(Post performance) Using Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly as a backdrop, DCT company members will lead a discussion and take questions regarding certain aspects of a theatrical performance including how plays are adapted from books and taken from the page to the stage.

  • Duration: 1 hr.

  • Limited to: Size of house

  • For: All Grades

Sensory Friendly Performances

Diary of a Worm, a Spider, and a Fly  is available as a “sensory friendly” or “relaxed” performance if arranged with the company in advance and with specific direction as to what adjustments are necessary for your venue.

ph: 512-477-1859 | fx: 512-477-3908 | email: sk@holdenarts.org | P.O. Box 49036 | Austin, TX 78765
Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly