APPlause! K-12 Performing Arts Series
As an integral part of the Performing Arts Series, 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. The series also offers the opportunity for students from the Reich College of Education to view a field trip in action without having to leave campus. Students are also welcome to attend performances and to serve as ushers for these performances. Study guide materials and opportunities for campus tours will be offered to those interested in attending performances.
Among the 2014-2015 series performers, you will find those who will also be featured in the Performing Arts Series along with professional artists chosen specifically for our student audience as well as performances by campus groups.
Oct 1Holmes: The Art of Deduction (ONE ACT)Wednesday, October 1, 201410:00amValborg TheatreRecommended for grades 5-12Admission $1 per seat
A new play, written by Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member, Derek Davidson. Holmes: The Art of Deduction is a new twist on a “classic” favorite – Sherlock Holmes. This witty, exciting and surprising take on the adventures of Sherlock Homes is sure to be a quick favorite. Sherlock and Watson are solving mysteries with the help of some unlikely assistants. Appalachian State University students star in this fun-loving mystery at Valborg Theatre directed by faculty member, Teresa Lee.Sold Out
Oct 2Holmes: The Art of Deduction (ONE ACT)Thursday, October 2, 201410:00amValborg TheatreRecommended for grades 5-12Admission $1 per seat
A new play, written by Appalachian State University Department of Theatre and Dance faculty member, Derek Davidson. Holmes: The Art of Deduction is a new twist on a “classic” favorite – Sherlock Holmes. This witty, exciting and surprising take on the adventures of Sherlock Homes is sure to be a quick favorite. Sherlock and Watson are solving mysteries with the help of some unlikely assistants. Appalachian State University students star in this fun-loving mystery at Valborg Theatre directed by faculty member, Teresa Lee.
Oct 7North Carolina Symphony: "What Makes Music MUSIC?"Tuesday, October 7, 201410:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades K-12Admission $5 per seat
The North Carolina Symphony boasts one of the most extensive music education programs of any Orchestra in the United States of America. Since 1945, the North Carolina Symphony has been introducing young people to classical music in a thoughtful and engaging program. The education concert program entitled “What Makes Music MUSIC?” will introduce audience members to composition, composers and principals of orchestral music.
Nov 12And Justice for All: America and the Civil Rights MovementWednesday, November 12, 201410:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 6-12Admission $5 per seat
In honor of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the 1964 American Civil Rights Act, LA Theatreworks presents select scenes from Matt Pelfrey’s stage adaptation of John Ball’s groundbreaking 1965 novel In the Heat of the Night. Speeches by Civil Rights’ leaders and political advocates as well as pro-segregation arguments will be punctuated by riveting scenes from the story- which pointedly mirror the real-life racism experienced by African-Americans of the time and their determination to stand up for their dignity and rights. This program and the play include language of the period.
Mar 16The Peking AcrobatsMonday, March 16, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades K-12Admission $5 per seat
Based in ancient Chinese traditions, a performance by The Peking Acrobats brings with it the opportunity to view the epitome of a rich and ancient folk art tradition, highlighted by today's technology melding the ancient and traditional with the modern wonders of the 21st Century. The gymnasts, jugglers, and cyclists are masters of agility and grace. Accompanied by live musicians The Peking Acrobats performance is an exhilarating and fascinating experience.
Mar 25Banff Mountain Film Festival World TourWednesday, March 25, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades 6-9Admission $3 per seat
90-minute run time
Presented in partnership with Appalachian State University's Outdoor Programs
Following in the footsteps of a favorite Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs tradition of sharing and enjoying mountain culture films, the APPlause! Series presents a student screening of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour. Students will view a variety of mountain culture films featuring environmental, cultural and adventure themed films hand selected by staff members of the Banff Centre for Mountain Culture in Banff, Alberta, Canada and Appalachian State University’s Outdoor Programs Staff.
Apr 17Koresh Dance Company: Styles of DanceFriday, April 17, 201510:00amSchaefer Center for the Performing ArtsRecommended for grades K-12Admission $3 per seat
Styles of Dance is an introduction to dance as an art form and an exploration of the different styles that influence the Koresh Dance Company's choreography. Koresh dancers will break down some of the individual styles of dance including classical ballet, modern, jazz, and hip-hop by demonstrating specific steps and the similarities between them. Students will learn about how accents, isolations, rhythm and culture differentiate these forms and will discover how individual steps and styles can be recreated in contemporary dance. The ideas presented will then be highlighted and discussed throughout an interactive mini performance.
Apr 22The Diary of Anne Frank (FULL LENGTH)Wednesday, April 22, 201510:00amValborg TheatreRecommended for grades 5-12Admission $1 per seat
NOTE: Full length play with intermission, Approximate run time 120 minutes
Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance performs the moving full-length play based on young Anne Frank’s diary entries during a two year span of time during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. From 1942-1944 the Frank family was in hiding in the upper rooms of a company building in Amsterdam. The powerful story of the brutal realities of the holocaust is told through the enduring words of the witty teenager, Anne Frank. Under the direction of Anna Ward, faculty of Appalachian State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance, the touching story of these difficult years comes to life.
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.
Study guides for the 2014-15 season will be available at a later time.
- 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 on the “Reserve tickets for APPlause! events” page.
- 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. Please make a note of your group’s special needs in the comment section of the “Reserve tickets for APPlause! events" page or by calling (828) 262-6084 ext. 109.
- 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