Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts

The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,673-seat multi-use auditorium located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Center features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. The Schaefer Center is also home to the Smith Gallery.

  • Schaefer Popular Series: Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
    Sat, July 30, 2016

    New Orleans native Trombone Shorty is the bandleader and frontman of Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, a hard-edged funk band that employs hip-hop beats, rock dynamics and improvisation in a jazz tradition. In 2010, Trombone Shorty released his debut album, the Grammy-nominated Backatown, followed by For True in 2011, which topped Billboard magazine’s contemporary jazz chart for 12 weeks. His newest album, Say That to This, was released in 2013 and features funk/jazz elements of New Orleans.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Tangerines (2013)
    Tue, August 2, 2016

    In the wake of the Soviet Union’s dissolution, a large minority of Estonian extraction are forced to leave their adopted home in the Abkhazeti region of Georgia to flee for the safety of their ancestral land. Ivo and Margus stay behind in an effort to save their tangerine crop as the Abkhazia conflict surrounds them.

  • Young People’s Global Film Series: Marie’s Story (2014)
    Thu, August 4, 2016

    At the turn of the 19th century, an artisan and his wife have a daughter, Marie, who is born deaf and blind and unable to communicate with the world around her. Desperate to find a connection to their daughter, the Heurtins send fourteen-year-old Marie to the Larnay Institute, where an order of Catholic nuns manage a school for deaf girls. Based on true events, Marie's Story recounts the courageous journey of a young nun and the lives she would change forever, confronting failures and discouragement with joyous faith and love.

  • Schaefer Popular Series: Jerry Douglas Band
    Sat, August 6, 2016

    Dobro master and 13-time Grammy-award winner Jerry Douglas is to the resonator guitar what Jimi Hendrix was to the electric guitar: elevating, transforming, and reinventing the instrument in countless ways. Joining Jerry Douglas are special guests Mipso, traditionalists that are doing their share to take three-part harmony and Appalachian influences into new territory.

  • High Country Fly Fishing Film Tour
    Fri, September 9, 2016

    The original and preeminent exhibition of fly fishing cinema, The Fly Fishing Film Tour is a one of a kind experience. Each year fishy folk of all ages gather at premieres to soak up films from around the world, spin a few yarns amongst friends and dream about casts still unmade.

  • Havana Cuba All-Stars
    Wed, September 28, 2016

    The Havana Cuba All-Stars is comprised of Cuba’s most prominent musicians, and is devoted to promoting the entire tapestry of Cuban culture and music. Staying true to an acoustic base, they have developed a fresh sound with inventive songwriting, and have preserved the traditions of the Cuban musical art form.

  • Appalachian Theatre & Dance, “Selkie: Between Land and Sea”
    Fri, September 30, 2016

    Filled with lyrical language, music and mysticism, this coming-of-age story will fascinate theatregoers of all ages. A young girl struggles to find a sense of belonging and identity as the secrets of her family are revealed. This exciting version takes us beyond the land and into the tides where protagonist Elin Jean finds that "there is more beneath the sea than you or I can imagine."

  • Theatreworks USA’s “We the People”
    Tue, October 11, 2016

    “We the People,” a musical revue that brings American Civics lessons to life and promises to make Social Studies exciting and accessible. Students will have a blast learning about the three branches of government, the First Amendment, presidential elections, democracy, the judicial process, and more.

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APPlause! Series

Enriching lives, sparking imaginations and inspiring a love of learning through the arts! APPlause! offers a variety of performances at venues across the Appalachian State University campus that feature university-based artists as well as local, regional and world-renowned professional artists. These affordable performances offer access to a wide variety of art disciplines for K-12 students.

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  • Le_entreprise presents: (insert title)
    Tue, April 5, 2016

    Does art exist alone? Does art exist without a person observing or interacting with it? Does art exist only as an idea in the mind of the creator? (insert title) was a conceptual art experience that challenged viewers to think about how and why art exists.

  • Dr. John & the Nite Trippers to Perform at Schaefer Center on Saturday, Feb. 13
    Mon, February 1, 2016

    Legendary bluesy-boogie-jazz musician Dr. John will play at ASU’s Schaefer Center on Saturday, Feb. 13. He will be joined by fellow Nite Trippers Sarah Morrow on trombone, Reggie Jackson on drums, Dwight Bailey on bass, Dave Yoke on guitar and Bobby Floyd on organ. A part of the music scene since the ’50s, Dr. John, known as Mac Rebennack outside of the music world, will come to Boone to continue his most recent tour of the East Coast.

  • American Shakespeare Center breathes life into 15th century plays
    Thu, January 28, 2016

    Centuries-old Shakespeare plays are brought to life by the American Shakespeare Center, a touring troupe dedicated to the work of the famous playwright. The ASC comes to Appalachian State University’s intimate Valborg Theatre for two showings: “Julius Caesar” at 7 p.m. Jan. 29 and “The Life of King Henry the Fifth” at 7 p.m. Jan. 30.

  • Smith Gallery at Appalachian State University Presents ISM: BFA Senior Studio Exhibition Fall 2015
    Mon, November 30, 2015

    Each student artist showcases an ‘ISM’ she or he explored throughout her or his final undergraduate school year using a wide variety of media that includes ceramics, painting, photography, pen and ink, wood, fiber, mixed media, and installation. The exhibition is on view from November 30 - December 11, 2015.

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    Box office hours are...

    Monday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).


    The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. (Location and directions)

    Box office hours are...

    Monday - Friday
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (ET).


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    Tickets ordered online can be mailed to you, or you can choose to pick them up at will-call.