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.
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 Schaefer Center Presents 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: Contra Tiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater (PDF 47.18M)
- Bibliography: Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School (PDF 2.1M)
- Study guide: Junie B.'s Essential Survival Guide to School (PDF 539K)
- Study Guide: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Study Guide: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
- Study Guide: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: Little Cloud
- Study Guide: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Mixed-Up Chameleon
- Bibliography: The Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: “The Very Hungry Caterpillar & Other Eric Carle Favourites” (PDF 3.89M)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival (PDF 53.76M)
- Study guide: American Shakespeare Center: “Julius Caesar” (PDF 4.6M)
- Study guide: Doktor Kaboom Science Comedy: “Live Wire! The Electricity Tour” (PDF 4.9M)
- Study guide: David Holt: “An Appalachian Musical Journey” (PDF 10.53M)
- Study guide: Appalachian State University's Marching Mountaineers (PDF 9.47M)
- 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.