APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
Enriching lives, sparking imaginations, and inspiring a love of learning through the arts!
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.
Registration for the 2019-20 APPlause! Series season is now open.
Please direct any questions to Christy Chenausky, Director of Arts Education and Outreach, 828-262-6084, ext. 109 firstname.lastname@example.org
Note: All home school groups and school groups of less than 25 will be required to pay $5 per seat at the time of registration. Schools with an accounts payable office will be invoiced following the performance based on actual numbers of seats used.
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 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 university’s College Access Partnership, school groups can enjoy lunch in an on-campus dining facility, take a campus tour, or observe a demonstration by an Appalachian State professor.
What our patrons are saying
“It was so fun to be in a room full of delighted children!” - Stephanie, Parent
“Great performance. Very affordable and great opportunity for our kindergarten students to see a wonderful show and have exposure to a college campus” - Michelle Holder, Gamewell Elementary Teacher
“Very engaging for the students! The event held their interest while teaching them something that they could bring back to the classroom and use.” - Erin Flynn, Green Valley Teacher
Appalachian State University’s Arts Education and Outreach Mission Statement
Appalachian State University’s arts education and outreach program is committed to connecting university arts resources to a diverse audience of community arts patrons, teachers and learners in the campus community, and in the public, private and home school network across our region. In doing so, we strive to broaden and deepen arts experiences for audiences of all ages, while ensuring access to the arts for young audiences, building future audiences for the arts, and inspiring a love of learning through the arts.
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.
- Study guide: Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia: The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites (PDF 6.00M)
- Study guide: Taj Express (PDF 700K)
- Study guide: Kraut Creek Ramblers (PDF 941K)
- Study guide: Magic Tree House: Showtime with Shakespeare (PDF 4.57M)
- Study guide: Peter and the Starcatcher by Rick Elice (PDF 5.94M)
- Study guide: The World of Musicals (PDF 785K)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Student Edition (PDF 1.29M)
- Study guide: TheaterworksUSA’s “Magic School Bus” (PDF 1.55M)
- Study guide: Ballet Folklórico de México (PDF 1.45M)
- Study guide: Didgeridoo Down Under (PDF 451K)
- Study guide: NC Symphony (PDF 8.65M)
- Study guide: TheaterworksUSA’s “Pete the Cat” (PDF 689K)
- Study guide: Black Violin (PDF 515K)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Student Edition (PDF 2.38M)
- Study guide: Natalie MacMaster & Donnell Leahy (PDF 1.34M)
- Study guide: Golden Dragon Acrobats (PDF 1.52M)
- Study guide: Appalachian Dance Ensemble (PDF 27.15M)
- Study guide: Ailey II: The Next Generation of Dance (PDF 735K)
- Study guide: Theatreworks USA’s “Click, Clack, Moo” (PDF 3.37M)
- Study guide: Cathy Fink & Marcy Marxer (PDF 512K)
- Study guide: The Nile Project (PDF 1.38M)
- Study guide: Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour: Student Edition (PDF 3.80M)
- Study guide: North Carolina Youth Tap Ensemble, “Percussive Dance Review” (PDF 2.96M)
- Study guide: Theatreworks USA’s “We the People” (PDF 839K)
- Bibliography: Theatreworks USA’s “We the People” (PDF 2.4M)
- Study guide: Appalachian Theatre & Dance, “Selkie: Between Land and Sea” (PDF 812K)
- Study guide: Havana Cuba All-Stars (PDF 1.53M)
- 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)
The 2019-20 APPlause! Series has been supported, in part, by a generous grant from the Kennedy-Herterich Family Foundation, and Dieter and Karyn Kennedy Herterich.
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 in front of the Schaefer Center. Please communicate with the parking and traffic officer about your length of stay while parking.
Cars must park in the Rivers Street Parking Deck. Please pre-purchase your parking pass and pick it up at the box office on the day of the performance. Otherwise, bring cash and expect to pay around $5 for parking. Please see http://parking.appstate.edu for more information about parking at Appalachian State University.
- Where will we sit?
Groups of ten or more will be assigned seats prior to the performance. Seating charts may be emailed to the main contact at the school just prior to the performance date. Groups of fewer than ten will pick up their tickets at the box office on the morning of the performance and will be escorted in to their seats by an usher. We make every effort to accommodate the 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! Home school groups will be charged $5 per seat. Payment is expected at the time of reservation. 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! Parking passes are available for pre-purchase as well.
- 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. Groups of fewer than ten people must prepay $5 per seat for every performance. Parking passes are available for purchase on the morning of the performance. Please call 828-262-6084, ext. 109 for more information.
- 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).
Groups of fewer than ten people must prepay $5 per seat for every performance. Parking passes are available for purchase on the morning of the performance. Please call 828-262-6084, ext. 109 for more information.
- 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