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.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Difret (2014)
    Tue, July 5, 2016

    From executive producer Angelina Jolie Pitt comes the award-winning drama Difret, based on the inspirational true story of a young Ethiopian girl and a tenacious lawyer embroiled in a life-or-death clash between cultural traditions and their country’s advancement of equal rights.

  • Young People’s Global Film Series: Oddball and the Penguins (2015)
    Thu, July 7, 2016

    Oddball is the heart-warming true story about an eccentric chicken farmer who, with the help of his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks and in the process tries to reunite his family and save their seaside town.

  • Schaefer Popular Series: An Evening with Broadway Star Kelli O'Hara
    Sat, July 9, 2016

    Tony Award-winning Broadway leading lady Kelli O’Hara has dazzled audiences and critics alike in the most recent revivals of The King and I, South Pacific, and The Pajama Game. Ms. O’Hara was the recipient of the highly coveted Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, for her portrayal of Anna Leonowens in the critically acclaimed revival of The King and I in 2015, along with Drama League and Outer Critics nominations. Performing with a trio, this beloved star takes the stage for an evening of Broadway showstoppers and familiar favorites from the Great American Songbook.

  • Eastern Festival Orchestra
    Sun, July 10, 2016

    Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an afternoon of memorable symphonic music featuring soloists Julian Schwarz, cello, and Marco Núñez, first-prize winner of the 2015 Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young and Emerging Artists.

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: The Dinner (2014)
    Tue, July 12, 2016

    Based on The New York Times bestselling novel, The Dinner turns an ordinary meal among family into a taut morality play as the limits of polite society are tested and two brothers discover just how little they know about each other.

  • Young People’s Global Film Series: On the Way to School (2013)
    Thu, July 14, 2016

    2014 César winner for Best Documentary, On the Way to School interweaves the stories of four children from around the world whose desire to learn and better their lives through education forces them to contend with arduous, often perilous journeys every day on their way to the classroom.

  • Rosen-Schaffel Competition
    Sun, July 17, 2016

    The festival, in partnership with the Hayes School of Music, proudly presents the sixth season of the highly acclaimed Rosen-Schaffel Competition for Young & Emerging Artists. In the final live round of the competition, a panel of symphony conductors will select a First Place, Second Place and Third Place Winner and the competition audience will select an “Audience Choice Award Winner.”

  • Weicholz Global Film Series: Baba Joon (2015)
    Tue, July 19, 2016

    Yitzhak is proud to maintain the same turkey farm hat his father built when the family moved from Iran to Israel. Now that Yitzhak’s son Moti is thirteen, the expectation is that he will learn the familial trade and, in his own time, take over the business. But Moti is more interested in reconstructing old cars and trucks, a trade for which he obviously has a tremendous talent.

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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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    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...

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    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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