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 2013-2014 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. All shows in the 2013-2014 series are performed at the newly renovated Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts.
"[The] Performing Arts Series 2013-2014 is just outstanding. Every performance that the students attend in their words is "...so AWESOME!" and "...the BEST DAY ever!" Hats off to an outstanding year of the arts!" -Teacher at Freedom Trail Elementary School
Mar 21Billy Jonas BandFriday, March 21, 20149:30amRecommended for grades K-3Admission $3 per seat
Throw out the rules when Billy Jonas hits the stage! It's a musical conversation… a sonic celebration … a splendiferous gathering of old and young, because at a Billy Jonas show, the ensemble is… everyone. Billy Jonas has made innovative use of "found objects." He helps audiences discover the music within common items … and within themselves.
Apr 3“The Miracle Worker” Performed by Montana RepThursday, April 3, 20149:30amRecommended for grades 4-7Admission $5 per seat
“The Miracle Worker” tells the story of Helen Keller, deaf and blind since infancy, who finds her way into the world of knowledge and understanding with the help of Anne Sullivan, her gifted tutor. In some of the most turbulent and emotion-packed scenes ever presented on the stage, Helen overcomes rage and confusion to triumph over her physical disabilities.
Join us as we explore, through theatre, the heart of character and the mystery of courage. “The Miracle Worker” is a story of victory over unbelievable odds—accomplished through conviction, perseverance, and love.
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 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)
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 our bus 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.
- 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 45-70 minutes. Please check the details on the performance description for specific show information.
- 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 (for campus group performers) $3 (for K-12 Performing Arts Series Performers) and $5 (for performers featured in the main stage Performing Arts Series evening performances). The same admission is charged for adults and children. If your group chooses an additional activity on campus, or if your group is travelling by car, you may 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. On your letter a deadline will be stated for changes in attendance and final payment. This letter should be used as an invoice.
The contact person 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. Purchase orders must be paid by the due date listed on the confirmation letter. Payment can be made with check or credit card (Visa, MasterCard, Discover, or American Express).
Ticket vouchers are used in lieu of standard tickets for the Kaleidoscope Series. The contact person on the order form will receive a ticket voucher approximately two weeks prior to each show. It will act as the group’s ticket to the event.
- 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. If you are able to cancel your reservation 2 weeks before the performance, you may transfer your seats to an available performance later in the same semester or your ticket money will be refunded.
For more information about APPlause!, please contact...
- Christy Chenausky
Director of Arts Education and Outreach
(828) 262-6084 ext. 109