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The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is a 1,660-seat multi-use auditorium located on the campus of Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. The Center features orchestra and balcony level seating and a proscenium stage. The Schaefer Center is also home to the Smith Gallery.


The Schaefer Center for the Performing Arts is dedicated to enhancing the artistic and cultural landscape of Appalachian State University and the surrounding region by providing a venue devoted to the year-round presentation of campus and community events that enrich, educate, inspire, and promote quality of life.

Facts about the Schaefer Center

  • Following an extensive renovation to the facility formerly known as Farthing Auditorium, the Schaefer Center opened its doors in July of 2013. Building renovations were privately funded through a $7 million gift from Bonnie and Jamie Schaefer.
  • Over 150 events are scheduled annually at the Schaefer Center.
  • Approximately 8,000 children in grades K-12 attend free and low-cost school matinees in the venue as part of the APPlause! Event Series.
  • Previously known as the Performing Arts Series, The Schaefer Center Presents features a diverse mix of music, dance and theatre performances throughout the academic year
  • The Smith Gallery, located on the main and mezzanine levels, presents work by students and faculty members during the academic year
  • With the addition of an elevator, all areas of the building are wheelchair accessible
  • Students who work backstage and in the box office play a critical role in the operation of the venue, while gaining important skills and experience

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