APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
Every season, affordable music, dance, film and theatre events are offered to students and their teachers from K-12 classrooms across the region. Students experience everything from high-energy acrobatics and Appalachian music to international dance and literary classics brought to life through theatrical productions
The performances are part of the APPlause! Series, presented by Appalachian State University's Office of Arts and Cultural Programs. Featuring local, regional and world-renowned professional artists, the mission of the program is to share university arts resources with young audiences in the public, private and home school network across our region. Study guide materials connect every performance to the classroom curriculum. With the help of the North Carolina Appalachian Collaborative for Higher Education (NCACHE) office, students can enjoy lunch in an on-campus dining facility, take a campus tour, or observe a demonstration by an Appalachian State professor. In 2014-15, the APPlause! Series served more than 8,000 students and teachers. By expanding the series in the 2015-16 school year, even more students across Western NC will benefit from this remarkable arts program!
Registration for all seats is now available. Note to homeschooling families: All seats for all events are $5. Ticket reservations must be paid for within 5 business days of the reservation.
Oct 7Lakota Sioux Indian Dance TheatreWednesday, October 7, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 3-12Admission $5 per seatLength: 60 minutes
For over three decades, Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre has educated, entertained and enlightened audiences all over the world. The company’s performance powerfully conveys the social, cultural, mythological and living history of the North American Plains through dance, storytelling, music, narrative and ritual.
Oct 13Appalachian State University’s Marching MountaineersTuesday, October 13, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades K-12Admission $1 per seatLength: 60 minutes
The Appalachian State University Marching Mountaineers are a source of pride and "Mountaineer spirit" for the university community. The Marching Mountaineers perform for over 20,000 fans at each home football game, provide support for the Mountaineers at select away games, and perform at high school festivals. With a strong commitment to excellence, the members of the band take great pride in being known as North Carolina's Band of Distinction!
Oct 28David Holt: “An Appalachian Musical Journey”Wednesday, October 28, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 4-8Admission $5 per seatLength: 60 minutes
Four-time Grammy Award-winner David Holt is a musician, storyteller, historian, television host and entertainer, dedicated to performing and preserving traditional American music and stories. Holt plays ten acoustic instruments and has released numerous recordings of traditional mountain music and southern folktales. The U.S. State Department has sponsored Holt’s performances in many parts of the world as a musical ambassador, bringing the sounds of American folk music to such diverse lands as Nepal, Thailand, South America and Africa.
Nov 5Doktor Kaboom Science Comedy: “Live Wire! The Electricity Tour”Thursday, November 5, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 3-8Admission $3 per seatLength: 60 minutes
Co-commissioned by the Kennedy Center, Live Wire! Tour will explore the fundamentals of electrical energy and the history of humanity’s adventures into its potential. At the dawn of the 19th century mankind first harnessed the power of electricity. The world changed and the journey still continues! Topics covered include: safety, Tesla, Edison, Faraday, lightning bolts, current, voltage, conductive and non-conductive media, electrical arcs, light emission, sparks, resistance, magnetic fields, electric generators: mechanical energy to electrical energy, electromagnetic coils and conductors.Sold Out
Jan 28American Shakespeare Center: “Julius Caesar”Thursday, January 28, 201610:00amValborg TheatreRecommended for grades 7-12Admission $5 per seatLength: 150 minutes
In this profoundly moving, breathtaking, and deeply human play, Shakespeare shows us a world on fire; a world turned upside down; a world where some of history’s most famous men commit horrific crimes in the name of patriotism and honor. Julius Caesar is a dazzling thrill ride of betrayal, violence, and perhaps most surprisingly — love. The American Shakespeare Center -- through its performances, theatres, exhibitions, and educational programs -- seeks to make Shakespeare, the joys of theatre and language, and the communal experience of the Renaissance stage accessible to all. NOTE: This is a full-length production with intermission. Limited seating available in Valborg Theatre.
Mar 16Banff Mountain Film Festival: Student EditionWednesday, March 16, 201610:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 6-9Admission $3 per seatLength: 90 minutes
Celebrating 20 years of Banff Mountain Films in Boone! The films selected for the student showing of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour highlight a variety of themes from adrenalin pumping adventure to thought provoking environmental concerns - while capturing the essence of mountain culture throughout the world. Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs Department staff members select the films with assistance from the Banff Centre staff.
Apr 8The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites”Friday, April 8, 201610:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades PreK-2Admission $5 per seatLength: 60 minutes
Three beloved stories by Eric Carle, award-winning children’s book illustrator and author, are retold on stage through the magic of black light and fanciful puppets. The Very Hungry Caterpillar follows the wonderful adventures of a very tiny and very hungry caterpillar as he eats his way through an amazing variety of foods on his path to becoming a beautiful butterfly. High up in the sky, Little Cloud playfully transforms himself into various creatures, including a sheep, and an airplane, a shark and more. The Mixed-Up Chameleon is bored with his life, sitting about predictably changing colour all day. Following an adventurous trip to the zoo, he attempts to emulate the beautiful animals he sees before coming to the conclusion that there is value in his own unique self.
Apr 13Theatreworks USA: “Junie B’s Essential Survival Guide to School”Wednesday, April 13, 201610:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades K-5Admission $3 per seatLength: 60 minutes
Now that Junie B Jones has been going to school for over one-and-a-half years, who better to write the book on EVERYTHING you need to know? From bus rules to band-aids, carpools to cookies, Junie B. and friends deliver the definitive word on surviving and thriving in style. With a jillion tips, tricks and trip-ups, Junie B. shares her hard-won expertise and shows us all how school is sometimes scary, sometimes super-fun, and ALWAYS something to sing about! An all-new musical adventure based on Barbara Park's popular book.
Apr 22Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance TheaterFriday, April 22, 201610:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 4-12Admission $5 per seatLength: 60 minutes
Contra-Tiempo is a bold and multilingual Los Angeles-based dance company, dedicated to transforming the world through dance. The company will perform excerpts from the new full-length performance Agua Furiosa, which challenges audiences to confront harsh realities of race in our country. Inspired by Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Oya, the Afro-Cuban deity of wind and storms, artistic director and choreographer Ana Maria Alvarez harnesses her unique Urban-Latin movement approach to create a visually stunning and thought provoking evening of dance performance. Agua Furiosa merges call and response, a live vocalist, water themes, fierce physicality and the performers’ own personal narratives.
Using live performances and exhibitions to engage current university students and their professors, we aim to enhance classroom lessons through study guides and reference materials that connect educational objectives and standards to programming via the Performing Arts Series and the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts. This concept is extended to K-12 students and their teachers in the form of study guides that connect to the Common Core and North Carolina Essential Standards and serve to broaden and deepen the artistic experience for young audiences. Teachers are encouraged to use study guides to give their students a chance to prepare and connect to the performances.
More study guides for the 2015-16 will be posted soon.
- Study guide: Lakota Sioux Indian Dance Theatre (PDF 1.67M)
- Study guide: The Diary of Anne Frank (PDF 6.59M)
- Study guide: Koresh Dance Company: Styles of Dance (PDF 4.08M)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour (PDF 235K)
- Study guide: And Justice for All: America and the Civil Rights Movement (PDF 420K)
- Study guide: Holmes: The Art of Deduction (ONE ACT) (PDF 15.61M)
- Study guide: North Carolina Symphony: "What Makes Music MUSIC?" (PDF 2.17M)
- Study guide: Cirque Zuma Zuma (PDF 509K)
- Study guide: Appalachian State University's Steely Pan Steel Band (PDF 845K)
- Study guide: "A Christmas Carol" performed by Theatre IV (PDF 639K)
- Study guide: River North Dance Chicago (PDF 430K)
- Study guide: Billy Jonas Band (PDF 303K)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival (PDF 379K)
- Study guide: "The Miracle Worker" Performed by Montana Rep (PDF 3.45M)
Frequently asked questions (FAQ)
- Where is the Schaefer Center?
The Schaefer Center is located on the campus of Appalachian State University at 733 Rivers Street, Boone, NC. It is the building formerly known as Farthing Auditorium.
- Where should we park?
On performance days, campus parking and traffic officers will be available to assist you with parking. Typically, buses will be asked to park along Rivers Street right in front of the Schaefer Center. Cars will be asked to park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck (there is a small fee for parking in this deck). Please see http://parking.appstate.edu for more information on parking at Appalachian State University.
- Where will we sit?
Seat numbers and rows will be issued to your school’s main contact once payment is received. We will do our best to accommodate any requests or special needs of your group.
- How long will the performance last?
Most APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series performances are approximately 60 minutes in length. Occasionally, a performance will run longer than an hour – this will be noted in advance. Please check the details on each performance description for information on specific shows.
- How do we schedule lunch or a specific tour before or after our performance?
Please indicate that you would like to be contacted about tours and lunch options when you reserve your tickets.
- Can you accommodate students with special needs?
Yes. With proper notice we can provide for a variety of special needs including sign language interpretation, hearing assistance, wheelchair accessible seating and more.
- What if we home school?
We invite you to join us! The same admission will be charged to home school groups as any other group. If you are traveling by car, please park in the Rivers Street parking deck. Be sure you download our “Study Guides” to make the most of your visit!
- What are the arrival procedures?
Please arrive 30 minutes prior to the start of a performance. This will allow adequate time to find your seat and make those last minute trips to the restrooms! Our performances will start on time and once a show has begun, your group will not be seated until there is a break in the action on stage.
- What is the cost of admission?
The cost associated with admission are $1, $3 and $5. The same admission is charged for adults and children. If your group chooses an additional activity on campus which incurs expenses, or if your group is travelling by car and parks in the parking deck, you will be charged for separately for those ancillary expenses.
- What are the policies for confirmation and payment?
Once your online reservation has been submitted, the main contact from your school will receive an email confirming receipt of request. This will serve as a reservation form.
The main contact will receive an email a few weeks prior to the performance with details concerning the day of the event and with a link to the study guide.
Immediately following the performance, the main contact will be asked to provide exact numbers of students, school staff and chaperones in attendance. An invoice reflecting the actual number in attendance will be sent to the main contact immediately following each performance.
The main contact is responsible for forwarding this paperwork to the school’s finance office for processing. These are both due no later than the due date listed on the invoice. Payment can be made with check or credit card (Visa or MasterCard).
- What funding opportunities are available to help us get to the Schaefer Center?
Target Stores are offering 5000 $700 field trip grants to schools this year. Apply at https://corporate.target.com/corporate-responsibility/grants/field-trip-grants between August 1 and September 30.
Please contact (828) 262-6084 ext. 109 for assistance with writing this (or any other) request.
- What is the cancellation policy for the APPlause series?
Please notify us as soon as possible if you have to cancel. We will do our best to reschedule your group for a later performance date.
For more information about APPlause!, please contact...
- Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
(828) 262-6084 ext. 109
The Clabough Foundation
The APPlause! Series receives generous support from The Clabough Foundation.