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.

  • Jul
    14
    Sun, July 14, 2019
    7:00pm

    Under the direction of Maestro Gerard Schwarz, the Eastern Festival Orchestra returns to the festival for an evening of symphonic music featuring soloists Awadagin Pratt, piano and Morgan Short, harp. The program includes masterworks by Ludwig van Beethoven, Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy.

  • Jul
    16
    Tue, July 16, 2019
    6:00pm

    Based on a true story, Fanny’s Journey tells the compelling tale of a daring 13-year-old girl who will stop at nothing to save herself, her two sisters, and a group of young Jewish children from the Nazis.

  • Jul
    17
    Wed, July 17, 2019
    7:00pm

    Tapping into our cell phone-obsessed zeitgeist, seven long-time friends meet for an intimate dinner party during a lunar eclipse. When the hostess suggests a party game in which the attendees agree to make all calls and texts public, secrets and lies abound, forcing the participants to question how much they really know about each other.

  • Jul
    19
    Fri, July 19, 2019
    8:00pm

    Multi Grammy Award-winning master trumpeter and composer Chris Botti returns to the festival for a dazzling evening of music, ranging from jazz to pop to rock. For over two decades, this brilliant bandleader and born showman has amassed a spectacular variety of honors, including multiple Gold and Platinum albums, to become the nation’s largest selling instrumental artist.

  • Jul
    20
    Sat, July 20, 2019
    8:00pm

    Lily Tomlin, one of America's foremost comediennes, returns to the festival for an unforgettable night of smart humor and laughter. Bringing more than a dozen of her most memorable characters to the stage— from Frankie, of Netflix’s hit show, to Ernestine and Edith Ann— the show will provide comical insights and witty observations about the human condition.

  • Jul
    23
    Tue, July 23, 2019
    1:00pm

    Based on the 1964 Australian children’s book by Colin Thieve, “Storm Boy” tells the story of 10-year-old Michael Kingley who lives a lonely life with his reclusive father, Hideaway Tom, on the desolate coastline of South Australia. When a group of hunters kills a majestic pelican and orphans its young on the beach, Mike convinces his father to let him raise the chicks to adulthood.

  • Jul
    24
    Wed, July 24, 2019
    7:00pm

    “Becoming Astrid” is a 2018 biographical drama film about the early years of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, the world’s third most-translated children’s writer, credited for more than 100 books including Pippi Longstocking. Eager to break free from her conservative upbringing, teenaged Astrid trades her carefree life working on her family’s farm for an internship at a local newspaper. At first, it seems like an ideal outlet, not only for her talents, but also for her desire to become a free-thinking, modern adult woman of the 1920s.

  • Jul
    31
    Wed, July 31, 2019
    7:00pm

    “The Translator” tells the true story of a Russian Literature professor at the University of Havana who is ordered to work as a translator for the child victims of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster when they are sent to Cuba for medical treatment in the late 1980s. Torn from the abstract world of academia and forced into the relentlessly real world of medicine, the college professor must find a way to connect with the kids and serve as an empathic translator between the doctors and the children’s parents.

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

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    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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