The jay and susie gogue performing arts center'sSchool Performance Series
Our season of school performances includes highly talented and acclaimed national and global artists – from legendary musicians to awe-inspiring cirque to thought-provoking dance. Schools will have the opportunity to bring their students to a performance that will spark conversation and curiosity in the classroom, will generate memories that are a highlight of the school year, and will encourage inquisitive learning through creativity.
42ft — A Menagerie of Mechanical Marvels by Cirque Mechanics
Date and Time
Thursday, October 31
American History, Social Studies, Pop Culture, Science, Engineering, Math, Design, Art, Theatre, Movement and Storytelling
Cirque Mechanics is a highly acclaimed American circus company rooted in the stories of American ingenuity and mechanical innovation. This performance takes place inside a 42-foot classic single-ring circus, transformed by marvels like a galloping metal horse, acrobats and strongmen. Sure to dazzle the crowd, Cirque Mechanics crafts a timeless and relevant message wrapped in wonder and a bit of clowning around.
Dino-Light by Lightwire Theater
Date and Time
Friday, January 17
Science, Art, Theatre, Puppetry, Movement, Computer and Technology Studies, Storytelling and Character Development
Lightwire Theater brings stories to life in complete darkness. Hailed by Rolling Stone as “absolutely incredible,” their electroluminescent artistry spellbinds audiences with a unique show that combines dance and innovative costume design. An assortment of puppetry-based neon creatures, from dinosaurs to 16-foot tall birds, ducks, soldiers and more, are choreographed to exhilarating music, showcasing innovative visual storytelling that enchants all.
Date and Time
Friday, January 31
Art, Movement, Music, American History, Physics and Math
Dorrance Dance is an award-winning tap dance company whose uniquely talented dancers and musicians deliver innovative, powerful performances. The company honors tap dance’s history as America’s original art form by beautifully pairing sound and movement, and mesmerizing audience members along the way. Featuring body percussion call and response, this performance is known to have students tapping along in their seats!
Creole For Kidz by Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience
Date and Time
Friday, February 21
American History, Geography, Cross-Cultural Studies, Music and Storytelling
Centered on the Creole culture of Louisiana and the indigenous zydeco music of the French-speaking Creoles, this program informs audiences about black American roots music. Two-time GRAMMY Award winner Terrance Simien and his talented bandmates will share stories about the diverse cultural influences that come together to create the zydeco sound. This lively performance will transport the audience to bayou country, lifting everyone to their feet!
Jazz For Young People by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra with Wynton Marsalis
Date and Time
Wednesday, March 25
American History, Cross-Cultural Studies and Music
The Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra comprises the finest jazz soloists and ensemble players today. With a mission of making jazz accessible to people of all ages, this vibrant ensemble will perform their renowned Jazz for Young People Concert, based on Leonard Bernstein’s legendary “Young People’s Concerts” of the 1950s and 60s. Hosted by Wynton Marsalis, this narrated performance introduces major jazz figures, key musical concepts and jazz fundamentals, sparking curiosity and inspiring audiences to dance in their seats.
Air Play by Acrobuffos
Date and Time
Friday, May 8
Science, Engineering, Math, Design, Art, Theatre, Movement and Storytelling, Character Development, Miming and Clowning
Circus and science collide in a gorgeous homage to the power of air. Acrobuffos’ production of Air Play includes flying umbrellas, larger-than-life balloons, dancing fabrics floating over the audience, and a giant snow globe—all sure to make audience members gasp in wonder and laugh until it hurts. With the ability to turn common, everyday objects into displays of uncommon beauty, Air Play’s poetic ode to friendship brings to life the very air we breathe.
How To Register Your Class for a School Show
Register online or download our School Performance Series Brochure for a complete listing of performances with all the details you’ll need to select an age-appropriate show that best fits your class curriculum and schedule. The guide includes a registration form in the back that can be printed out, completed and mailed to us at:
Gogue Performing Arts Center
C/O: Education Sales
910 South College Street
Auburn, AL 36849
Completed forms may also be emailed us at email@example.com
Tickets are $5 each. Total number of tickets ordered must include all adults attending along with the students. We request a ratio of one chaperone for every 10-15 students.
Bus Reimbursement Program
All schools attending one of GPAC’s education performances are eligible for the bus reimbursement program. Funding for this program is limited, so requests will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis. In order to request a bus scholarship, the “Bus assistance needed” box on the registration form must be checked.
Bus reimbursements will be processed once an invoice is received. Please email or mail invoice (contact info above), and include the following: name of the school, grade, show attended, mailing address of school/corporation to be reimbursed, and a breakdown of charges (driver, fuel, etc.).
Tickets are $5 per show.
Determine the performances and number of tickets your group needs. Total number of tickets ordered must include all adults attending along with the students. We request a ratio of one chaperon for every 10-15 students.
Include any accommodation needs. GPAC provides wheelchair seating, ASL interpretation, and sensory friendly accommodations.
Complete the online order form. Reservations are fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis. Payment in full is required prior to performance.
Order Changes and Availability
Educators must contact GPAC Education at least six weeks prior to the performance regarding any order changes. If GPAC Education is not contacted, the school will be held responsible for the payment of the order. Refunds will be given up to six weeks prior to the performance.
Groups are seated by seating chart based on size of group, accommodation needs and grade level.
All performances are one hour in length, unless otherwise noted. Please arrive 20 minutes prior to your scheduled performance time. Parking instructions will be given at the time of arrival. Please have all bus drivers provide a contact number where they can be reached, if need be, during the performance.
All performances are subject to change and cancellation. You will be notified of any performance changes.
Auburn University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. Contact the Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity Office to reach the designated person to handle inquires regarding Auburn University’s non-descrimination policies.