2023-2024 Education Performances

Education Performances are 60 minutes long and are purposefully chosen to correlate with the South Carolina Department of Education Standards. Each performance highlights the curriculum through the arts and is accompanied by a lesson plan crafted by the Gaillard Center’s education team. Lesson plans to come! 

Please contact Stephanie Lancaster at slancaster@gaillardcenter.org with any questions.

SENSORY-FRIENDLY PERFORMANCES

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Finding Freedom: The Journey of Robert Smalls

Story by Teralyn Reiter
Script developed by JaMeeka Holloway, Celeste Jennings, Caroline Randall Williams, and Teralyn Reiter

October 3-6 | 11:00AM

Second Grade to Adult

October 4th is a sensory-friendly performance, with American Sign Language interpreter.

The Charleston Gaillard Center is proud to present its first ever produced theatrical work. Based on the awe-inspiring life of South Carolina’s own Robert Smalls […] Read More…


Step Afrika! Drumfolk

November 1-2 | 11:00AM

Second Grade to Adult

Drumfolk is a rhythmic storytelling of the development of African-American percussive dance and movement traditions. Inspired by the Stono Rebellion of 1739 […] Read More…


Tomás and the Library Lady

November 13 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM*
November 14 | 10:30AM

Second Grade to Adult

*November 13th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance, with American Sign Language interpreter.

American Sign Language interpreter Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories. Read More…

American Sign Language interpreter Tomás loves stories. As the young son of migrant farm workers, he spends the summer with his family following the crops north from Texas to Iowa, passing long days in the fields listening to his grandfather tell stories. Before long, Tomás knows all of Papa Grande’s tales by heart….

When a chance encounter brings him to the local Carnegie Library, he meets the “Library Lady” who recognizes his thirst for knowledge and encourages him to read. His delight in books is equaled by his pride in teaching Spanish to the Library Lady, trading knowledge and respect between generations and cultures. By the end of the summer, Tomás has great pride in becoming his family’s new storyteller, the guidance of a colorful mentor, and a lifelong love of reading.

A bilingual musical, based on the beloved book about the true story of the Mexican-American author and educator Tomás Rivera, who became the first minority Chancellor in the University of California system. This inspirational production shows how reading and education — and self esteem– can make anything possible.


Scenes from The Nutcracker
with Dance Conservatory of Charleston and Charleston Symphony Youth Orchestra Students

November 29 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM

All Ages

American Sign Language interpreter available at both performances.

Join our guide Herr Drosselmeyer on a 60-minute journey through a captivating abridged version of this winter classic designed to engage audiences of all ages. Read More…


Cenicienta: A Bilingual Cinderella

January 16 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM*
January 17 | 10:30AM

Kindergarten – Fifth Grade

*January 16th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance, with American Sign Language interpreter.

Ten-year-old Belinda loves to tell stories, but when she’s in the basement preparing for a party upstairs, she’ll have to get creative. Read More…


Jazz Day for Kids

January 23 | 11:00AM

Kindergarten – Eighth Grade

American Sign Language interpreter available.

The Charleston Jazz Orchestra in partnership with the Gaillard Center’s Education and Community Program present Jazz Day for Kids, featuring the Charleston Jazz Orchestra led by Robert Lewis and Charlton Singleton, Gaillard Center Artist-in-Residence Emeritus. Read More…


Tweet Tweet

March 26 & 27 | 10:00AM, 12:00PM, & 2:00PM

Ages 0 – 6

This performance is in the Gaillard Center’s Ballroom.

TWEET TWEET is the story of 2 birds who’ve just hatched and start to discover the outside world. Read More…


Ranky Tanky

April 8 | 11:00AM

First Grade and Up

American Sign Language interpreter available.

Ranky Tanky (a Gullah phrase for “get funky”) are five lifelong friends from Charleston, South Carolina, who have established themselves as passionate global ambassadors for their local culture and community, helping to faithfully preserve the traditions originated by African Americans in the coastal South during slavery that are kept alive through the present day. Read More…


Show Way

April 15 | 10:30AM & 1:00PM*
April 16 | 10:30AM

First Grade – Eighth Grade

*April 15th at 1:00PM is a sensory-friendly performance
April 15th at 10:30AM and 1:00PM, American Sign Language interpreter available.

Soonie’s great-grandma was just seven years old when she was sold to a big plantation without her ma and pa, with only some fabric and needles to call her own. Read More…


Charleston Symphony’s Young People’s Concert

Date TBD


Flutter

May 21 & 22 | 10:00AM, 12:00PM, & 2:00PM

6 Months – 3 Years

Treehouse Shakers’ Flutter, a new play for babies ages 6-18 months and their caregivers, is a stunning new discovery play that introduces the very young to the four seasons. Read More…


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